Carnegie Mellon University

Anthony Rowe

Anthony Rowe

Siewiorek and Walker Family Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • 2217 Collaborative Innovation Center
  • 412-268-4856
Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


My research focuses on networked real-time embedded systems for sensing and control applications. We are seeing an increasing number of new systems that interact directly with the environment where poor performance, unanticipated results and failure can be catastrophic. In the spirit of systems research, I like to design, implement and evaluate these types of systems in order to truly understand them. 

Recently, I have been working on developing large-scale sensor networks and their supporting technologies that are energy-efficient and provide real-time properties. Sensor networks are a practical mechanism for bringing contextual information and new abilities to the already numerous embedded systems that surround us. They have the potential to revolutionize a wide range of application areas ranging from transportation and critical infrastructure monitoring to smart buildings and microgrids. One of our core focuses is on precise timing and navigation to support localization in GPS-denied environments like inside buildings.



  • CPS
  • Embedded systems
  • Distributed systems
  • Sensor networks

Related news

Monday, September 14, 2020

Detecting Wireless Interference

Swarun Kumar, Anthony Rowe, and Robert Iannucci from Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering have been awarded a $1M National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to investigate a system that allows teams of geo-distributed low-power devices to quickly and efficiently scan wide bandwidths to avert interference.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Sensing Tire Wear

Today, every car has tire pressure sensors. But what if they also had tire wear sensors? This would increase safety on the road, save drivers money, and ultimately, save lives.
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Tracking Wildfires

A research team has received the Best Paper Award at the 19th ACM/IEEE Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN) in recognition of their work "Quick (and Dirty) Aggregate Queries on LP-WANs" (QuAiL).
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Rowe Receives Siewiorek Professorship

Anthony Rowe, named the inaugural recipient of the professorship, has been inspired by Siewiorek’s dedication to electrical and computer engineering and computer science.
Monday, May 20, 2019

Rowe’s Yodel Labs wins 2019 AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup Regional and International Finals Competitions

Yodel Labs, a CMU spin-off co-founded by ECE’s Anthony Rowe, won the 2019 AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup Regional Competition and International Finals Competition.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

First round of Secure and Private IoT Initiative funded projects announced

CyLab’s Secure and Private IoT Initiative (IoT@CyLab) has broken ground as the first round of funded proposals have been announced. Twelve selected projects will be funded for one year, and results will be presented at the IoT@CyLab annual summit next year.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Rowe’s Yodel Labs wins 2019 AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup Regional Competition

Yodel Labs, a CMU spin-off co-founded by ECE’s Anthony Rowe, won the 2019 AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup Regional Competition.
Friday, November 09, 2018

Rowe discusses FCC's proposed plans to quicken Wi-Fi

According to Anthony Rowe, this change would provide faster Wi-Fi, nearly tripling the available bandwidth.
Monday, October 08, 2018

Carnegie Mellon team dives into DARPA Subterranean Challenge

A team from Carnegie Mellon University will compete in the systems track of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Subterranean Challenge, a multi-year robotics competition with a $2 million prize in which robots will autonomously search tunnels, caves and underground structures.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Secure and Private IoT Initiative

Carnegie Mellon's CyLab launches initiative on IoT security with Amazon Web Services, Infineon Technologies, and Nokia Bell Labs
Monday, August 06, 2018

Indoor location, location, location

A CMU team and a CMU spinout took first and second place, respectively, at the 2018 Microsoft Indoor Localization Competition.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Faculty and students win at IPSN 2018

Carnegie Mellon University had a strong showing at this year’s International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN) in Porto, Portugal, by winning Best Paper, Best Demo, and taking first and second place in the Microsoft Indoor Localization Competition.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Rowe heads research on future of edge computing

Anthony Rowe is leading CONIX, a research project aimed at increasing the capabilities of future computing networks.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Rowe quoted on CMU students' contribution to IoT field

According to Anthony Rowe, students at Carnegie Mellon are developing solutions for real-world IoT applications.
Thursday, January 25, 2018

New research center CONIX featured in TribLIVE

Anthony Rowe will head the Computing on Network Infrastructure for Pervasive Perception, Cognition, and Action Research Center—CONIX—to work toward improving Internet of Things (IoT) networks.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Radio City

Iannucci is the director of the CyLab Mobility Research Center at Carnegie Mellon University, and resident at CMU’s Silicon Valley campus. His cell phone exemplifies how prevalent radio technology is in our daily lives. If it weren’t for radios, we wouldn’t type on Bluetooth keyboards, wouldn’t engage in wireless video chats, wouldn’t be guided safely to our destinations by GPS mapping. These technologies illustrate what radios do for us now. But what will they do for us in the future?
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tracking firefighters through heat and smoke

Tracking firefighters in burning buildings is fraught with challenges. Smoke renders laser- and vision-based tracking technologies useless, while heat and flames will obliterate pre-installed monitoring devices. GPS isn’t an option either, because it doesn’t work indoors. Another constraint is the need for speed—when firefighters arrive on the scene, they don’t have time to operate complex technology.
Monday, August 14, 2017

Rowe featured in NPR for research on bicycle safety and autonomous vehicles

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2015, nearly 1,000 cyclists were killed in car crashes. Some people say that self-driving vehicles will make our roadways safer, but before this can happen, researchers argue that these vehicles must be able to recognize bicyclists.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

NIST awards CMU $3.2M to help firefighters and first responders

The US Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology has recently awarded $38.5 million to 33 different research and development projects that are aimed specifically at advancing broadband communications technologies for first responders.
Monday, May 22, 2017

Student wins Best Presentation at CPS Week

Adwait Dongare won Best Presentation for his talk on a paper called “Pulsar: A Wireless Propagation-Aware Clock Synchronization Platform” at the Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS) as part of CPS Week hosted in Pittsburgh.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sending signals to keep cyclists safe

To reverse this alarming trend, Anthony Rowe, an associate professor in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, says that early-warning collision systems that are making their way into our auto fleet must not only detect cyclists but also predict how they will move.
Monday, August 15, 2016

The vents in your office aren't just pumping out air

Current systems waste huge amounts of energy and hemorrhage money as a result. It’s estimated that buildings consume more than 40% of our country’s energy, and of that energy, nearly one third is wasted due to outdated, inefficient systems like heating and cooling.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Rowe presents at the World Economic Forum

Eight Carnegie Mellon University faculty members, led President Subra Suresh, are presenting at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, today through Jan. 23. One of the largest university delegations at the prestigious conference, the CMU faculty will meet with government and business leaders from around the world to explain the latest research in fields such as big data, artificial intelligence and climate change.