Brandon Lucia is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. He researches the boundary between computer architecture, computer systems, and programming languages. He leads the abstract research group.

Some of his current research interests include: making intermittent computing devices that harvest energy from their environment and are programmable, reliable, and robust to common-case power failures. These devices are really exciting because they are a great fit for sensing, medical implants, “extreme” scenarios, and many other applications. He also researches the need to create better software systems and computer architectures that make parallel computing correct, reliable, and efficient. The problem space is especially interesting now with the end of Moore's Law and Dennard Scaling, and the move to crazy heterogeneous parallel systems, approximate computing, distributed system architectures, and emerging (e.g., non-volatile, biological) technology maturing and becoming useful.

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Abstract Research Group

Orbital Edge Computing in Smart Nanosatellites

Energy Harvesting Computers: Extracting Energy from the Environment

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Brandon Lucia designs the basic technology to support “energy harvesting computers,” or devices that can perform computations, sense their environments, and communicate using energy that they extract from their environments.


2013 Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington

2010 MS, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington

2007 BS, Computer Science, Tufts University

Media mentions

CMU Engineering

Smile, you’re on Camaroptera

ECE’s Brandon Lucia created a battery-less remote image sensor—and taught it time management.

Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Lucia receives VMWare Early Career Grant

ECE’s Brandon Lucia has received the VMWare Early Career Grant in support of building efficient intermittent edge computer systems.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Edge computing, ad-blocking, and more: CyLab announces 2020 seed funding awardees

Over $500K in seed funding has been awarded to 10 different CyLab faculty in six different departments across three colleges at CMU.

CMU Engineering

Computing at the edges of the Earth—and beyond

Brandon Lucia has developed new hardware and software that enables reliable sensing and processing onboard nanosatellites smaller than the size of a playing card.

Technology Networks

Lucia quoted on novel memory compression technique

ECE’s Brandon Lucia was recently quoted in a Technology Networks article about a novel memory compression technique developed by MIT researchers. Lucia praises the MIT researchers for finding a way to make systems “faster and more efficient with novel computer architecture features.”

CMU Engineering

Intelligence beyond the edge

Brandon Lucia, Nathan Beckmann, and their student present first-ever demonstration of machine learning inference using deep neural networks on a batteryless, intermittent computing device at ASPLOS 2019.

CMU Engineering

CONIX Center

The CONIX Center is creating the architecture for networked computing to better connect edge devices to the cloud in the IoT.

ACM Digital Library

Lucia and students receive Best Paper Award at ASPLOS

ECE’s Brandon Lucia and his students were awarded a Best Paper Award for their work on software for energy responsiveness in energy-harvesting devices.

CMU Engineering

Smarter networks to connect the edge to the cloud

Carnegie Mellon University will lead a $27.5 million Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) initiative to build more intelligence into computer networks.

Association for Computing Machinery

Lucia featured in People of ACM

ECE’s Brandon Lucia was featured in ACM’s People of ACM bulletin.

CMU Engineering

Lucia’s paper selected as IEEE Micro’s Top Picks

A paper from Brandon Lucia and his research group has been selected as one of IEEE Micro’s 12 top picks of all computer architecture papers published in 2016.

CMU Engineering

Stamp-sized satellite

ECE Assistant Professor Brandon Lucia and Ph.D. student Alexei Colin developed the first programming language for intermittently-powered computing devices, called Chain.