Carnegie Mellon University

Bruno Sinopoli

Bruno Sinopoli

Adjunct Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Robotics Institute

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Sinopoli's research is in cyber-physical systems, networked and distributed control systems, distributed interference in networks, smart infrastructures, wireless sensor and actuator networks, cloud computing, adaptive video streaming applications and energy systems.

In 2015, the Carnegie Mellon team won the Microsoft Indoor Localization Competition in the infrastructure-based category at IPSN 2015. In 2010, he received the George Tallman Ladd Research Award from the Carnegie Institute of Technology at Carnegie Mellon, as well as an NSF CAREER Award, which is awarded to junior faculty who model the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research. As a graduate student at Berkeley, he received the Eli Jury Award for outstanding achievement in the area of systems, communications, control or signal processing.


Ph.D., 2005 
Electrical Engineering 
University of California, Berkeley

M.S., 2003 
Electrical Engineering 
University of California, Berkeley

Laurea, 1998 
Electrical Engineering 
Università di Padova


Advances in very large-scale integration and microelectromechanical system technology have boosted the development of micro sensor integrated systems. Such systems combine computing, storage, radio technology, and energy source on a single chip. When distributed over a wide area, networks of these embedded devices can perform a variety of tasks that range from environmental monitoring and military surveillance, to navigation and control of a moving vehicle.

A common feature of these systems is the presence of significant communication delays and data loss across the network. From the point of view of control theory, significant delay is equivalent to loss, as data needs to arrive to its destination in time to be used for control. In short, communication and control become tightly coupled such that the two issues cannot be addressed independently. Bruno Sinopoli's research interest focuses on the analysis and design of networked embedded control systems, with applications to sensor actuators networks.


  • Networked embedded control systems
  • Sensors/actuators networks
  • Control theory, automation & control systems
  • Cloud computing, controls and automation
  • Cyberphysical systems (CPS)
  • Cybersecurity
  • Resiliant systems
  • Sensed critical infrastructure
  • Smart cities
  • Smart infrastructure 

Related news

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sinopoli co-chairs and co-organizes Automotive CPS conference

Bruno Sinopoli co-chaired and co-organized the 2018 MORE on Automotive: Cyber-Physical-Systems (Control, Robustness, Security) workshop at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE).
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.
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.
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, March 06, 2017

A hurricane shouldn't bankrupt your insurance company

Researchers have recently received funding from the National Science Foundation’s Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) program to study the intersection between financial and physical infrastructure in response to disasters.
Friday, October 14, 2016

Sinopoli receives NSF grant to strengthen infrastructure

Sinopoli aims to support policy makers and the managers of financial and physical infrastructures so that they can learn how to properly prepare for and respond to extreme events that disrupt daily life.
Monday, June 06, 2016

Sinopoli shares views on smart cities and indoor localization with Bloomberg BNA

Bruno Sinopoli was recently interviewed by Bloomberg BNA regarding smart cities and indoor localization.
Monday, May 09, 2016

Revolutionary UDOO maker board gets upgrade

The UDOO—a tiny, single-board computer similar to Arduino microcontrollers and the Raspberry Pi—has been upgraded. The UDOO X86 is currently the most powerful maker board on the market, ten times more powerful than the Raspberry Pi 3.