Carnegie Mellon University

Brandon Lucia

Brandon Lucia

Sathaye Family Foundation Career Development Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Address Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Brandon Lucia is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Lucia's research spans programming languages, software and hardware computer systems, and computer architecture. Lucia's lab is defining the area of intermittent computing on batteryless, energy-harvesting devices, as well as designing reliable, low-latency, high-throughput parallel cloud and edge computing systems. Lucia's cross-cutting computer systems research has led to a 2018 NSF CAREER Award, the 2018 ASPLOS Best Paper Award, three IEEE MICRO Top Picks in Computer Architecture (2009, 2010, 2016), a 2015 OOPSLA Best Paper Award, the 2015 Bell Labs Prize, a 2016 Google Faculty Award, and an appointment to the DARPA ISAT study group. More information on his lab, which is supported by NSF, Intel, Google, SRC, the Kavcic-Moura Fund, and Disney Research, can be found here. Please visit Lucia's personal webpage is and his band's webpage.



  • Intersection of computer architecture, computer systems, and programming languages
  • Intermittent computing on batteryless, energy-harvesting devices
  • Parallel computing
  • Parallel graph processing
  • Improving programmability, reliability, and efficiency of computing systems
  • Efficient, energy-aware edge computing


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Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Carnegie Mellon launches initiative to transform nanosatellite capabilities

Researchers at CMU’s College of Engineering are working to develop computationally capable constellations of nanosatellites, equipped with machine learning techniques that extract valuable insights from the data while still in orbit.
Thursday, March 03, 2022

Low Power Encrypted Computing Solutions

van der Hagen has developed new algorithms and hardware designs that make encrypted offloading feasible, even for low-resource clients.
Thursday, January 13, 2022

Tartan-Artibeus-1 Satellite to Launch to Low-Earth Orbit

Lucia's lab developed the Tartan-Artibeus-1 Satellite, the world’s first batteryless pocketqube nanosatellite, which will be deployed to Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) aboard the SpaceX Transporter-3 Rocket, launching from Cape Canaveral.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Fanti and Lucia Receive 2021 Sloan Research Fellowship

The fellowships honor early career scholars whose achievements put them among the very best scientific minds working today.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Gobieski Receives Apple AI/ML Fellowship

Apple Scholars is a program created to recognize the contributions of emerging leaders in computer science and engineering at the graduate and postgraduate levels. As part of Apple Scholars, Apple is proud to announce the recipients of Ph.D. fellowships in artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML).
Monday, June 29, 2020

Smile, You’re on Camaroptera

Brandon Lucia created a battery-less remote image sensor—and taught it time management.
Monday, April 13, 2020

Orbital Edge Computing

As humanity moves into outer space, scientists and engineers must come up with innovative technology to get them there. In a recently published paper, Brandon Lucia, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Bradley Denby, a Ph.D. student, explore one such innovative idea: orbital edge computing with nanosatellite constellations.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Lucia Receives VMWare Early Career Grant

Brandon Lucia, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received the VMWare Early Career Grant in support of building efficient intermittent edge computer systems.
Monday, December 16, 2019

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.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Lucia receives IEEE TCCA Young Computer Architect Award

ECE Assistant Professor, Brandon Lucia, has been selected to receive the 2019 IEEE Young Computer Architect Award from the IEEE Technical Committee on Computer Architecture (TCCA).
Friday, May 24, 2019

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.
Monday, April 22, 2019

Intelligence beyond the edge

Lucia, 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.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Graph reordering for an optimal future

In a paper granted the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Symposium on Workload Characterization (IISWC) 2018, Vignesh Balaji, a Ph.D. candidate in electrical and computer engineering, and assistant professor Brandon Lucia investigated how the performance of graph processing applications could be improved using a technique called Graph Reordering.
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Lucia and students receive Best Paper Award at ASPLOS

Brandon Lucia, Alexei Colin, and Emily Ruppel received a Best Paper Award at the 23rd Association for Computing Machinery’s International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS).
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Lucia featured in People of ACM

Brandon Lucia was featured in ACM’s People of ACM bulletin, a bulletin that “highlights the unique scientific accomplishments and compelling personal attributes of ACM members who are making a difference in advancing computing as a science and a profession.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lucia receives NSF CAREER grant for energy-harvesting devices

Brandon Lucia, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award supporting his research on the next generation of reliable, capable intermittent computer systems. Lucia will receive a $654,500 grant over the next five years to further his research on energy-harvesting devices.
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Lucia quoted on Intel’s new chip in Popular Science

Intel has developed the most powerful computer desktop chip for consumers. The Core i9 Extreme Edition processor is the first chip to break the teraflop barrier and can accomplish a trillion computational operations every second. ECE’s Brandon Lucia explains just how powerful the new chip really is.
Friday, January 06, 2017

Lucia’s paper selected as IEEE Micro’s Top Picks in Computer Architecture

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.
Friday, October 28, 2016

Making energy-harvesting computers reliable

Lucia and student created the first programming language designed to build reliable software for intermittent, energy-harvesting computers.
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Lucia receives NSF grant to improve the reliability of parallel computer systems

The project proposes a new system design that will prevent incorrectly written programs from leading to potentially dangerous and incorrect behavior.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Lucia elected to DARPA’s ISAT Study Group

Brandon Lucia has been elected to DARPA’s ISAT (Information Science and Technology) study group for a three-year term from 2016-2019. ISAT comprises about 30 leading researchers in academia and industry who identify and explore emerging inflection points broadly related computing in the context of national security.
Monday, April 04, 2016

Disney and CMU develop debugging method free of energy interference

Researchers at Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have developed a system for finding computer bugs in small devices that scavenge their energy from their environment and are subject to intermittent power failures.
Monday, January 11, 2016

Meet the new ECE faculty members

As a new semester begins, we welcome three new faculty members to ECE. Meet Brandon Lucia, Swarun Kumar, and Maysam Chamanzar.