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Priya Narasimhan

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and CyLab


Priya Narasimhan

Research Areas

Mobility, Next Generation Secure and Available Networks, Secure Home Computing, Survivable Distributed Systems


Priya Narasimhan is Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Co-Director of the CyLab Mobility Research Center.

Her research interests lie in the following areas: dependable distributed systems, embedded systems, and distributed system security. Her current research projects address a variety of related issues: proactively fault-tolerant and adaptive systems (MEAD), applying compiler techniques for reliable distributed computing (Midas), distributed secure sensor middleware (Maples, Sluice), secure Web Services (Thema), survivability benchmarking (Vajra) and automated failure prediction and root-cause analysis in distributed systems (Sherlock and Tiresias).
She is also interested in the application of embedded systems to make society better -- in particular, she leads a research project (Trinetra) for assistive technologies for the blind, and the UNESCO Intelligent Book Reader project aimed at tools for enhancing education in the rural areas of Africa.


PhD, 1999. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara
MS, 1995. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara
BS, 1993. Physics, Mathemetics, and Electronics, BMS College for Women

Professional Background

Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, she served as the Chief Technology Officer and, later, Vice-President of Engineering of Eternal Systems, Inc., a high-tech startup company that commercialized the results of her Ph.D. research to develop reliable systems that are successfully used today. Her research greatly influenced the development of the Fault Tolerant CORBA specification, which has been officially adopted as an industrial standard.

For her research, she has received an NSF CAREER Award, a Best Paper Award, the UCSB Lancaster Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award and two IBM Faculty Partnership Awards. She is an elected member of the IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance.

Research Projects

Cloud Computing: Establishing Shared Utility, Informing Assured Cloud Computing Research

Research Area: Survivable Distributed Systems
Researchers: Greg Ganger, Priya Narasimhan, Chuck Cranor, Garth Gibson, Julio Lopez, David O'Hallaron

Agora: Mobile Cloud-Computing Middleware

Research Area: Mobility
Researcher: Priya Narasimhan

Sluice: Secure Software Upgrades in Sensor Networks

Research Area: Next Generation Secure and Available Networks | Mobility
Researchers: Priya Narasimhan, Michael Chuang

Trinetra: Mobile Technologies for Assisting the Blind & Visually Impaired

Research Area: Mobility | Secure Home Computing
Researchers: Priya Narasimhan, Moshe Mahler

Starfish: Scalable Survivable Middleware

Researcher: Priya Narasimhan

Development & Evaluation of Resource-Aware Configurable Survivability

Researcher: Priya Narasimhan

Surviving Network Partitioning in Distributed Wireless Systems

Research Area: Survivable Distributed Systems
Researcher: Priya Narasimhan

Vajra: Benchmarking Survivability in Distributed Systems

Researcher: Priya Narasimhan


"Challenges and Opportunities for Embedded Computing in Retail Environments". K. Mankodiya, R. Gandhi, and P. Narasimhan. 3rd International conference on Sensor Systems and Software, pp. 121-136, 2012.

"Detection and Diagnosis of QoS Problems for Large-Scale Mobile Wireless Video Streaming". N. Mickulicz, R. Gandhi, and P. Narasimhan. IEEE International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks.

"Draco: Statistical Diagnosis of Chronic Problems in Large Distributed Systems". S. Pertet, K. Joshi, M. Hiltunen, S. Daniels, R. Gandhi, and P. Narasimhan. DSN: Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks, 2012.

"Theia: visual signatures for problem diagnosis in large hadoop clusters". E. Garduno, S. Kavulya, J. Tan, R. Gandhi, and P. Narasimhan. Large Installation System Administration Conference (LISA), vol. 26, pp. 33-42, 2012.