Carnegie Mellon University

Research centers


At the Center for Nano-Enabled Device and Energy Technologies (CNXT), a multidisciplinary team of Carnegie Mellon University researchers work to harness nanoscale research underway at both the College of Engineering and the Mellon College of Science. The center, which is housed at the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES), primarily focuses on nanoscale research that enables the design of innovative systems for sensing and on future energy generation and storage technologies. The secondary focus of the center is on advanced information and communication technologies.


The CONIX Center’s research agenda is broad and ambitious, spanning architectures, components, services, security, and privacy, all of which combine into three demonstrator applications. The center’s mission is to develop the architecture consisting of APIs and protocols that allow system designers to operate on all resources in a system in an abstract manner like that used by modern data centers. This requires an interdisciplinary and cross-cutting approach that extends from new programming paradigms at the top, all the way down to platforms that support in-network computation. To cope with dynamics and scale, the system needs to be sufficiently autonomous using machine learning and cognitive approaches to build resilience and to self-optimize.


Carnegie Mellon CyLab is a bold and visionary effort aimed at creating a public-private partnership to develop new technologies for measurable, available, secure, trustworthy, and sustainable computing and communications systems, and to educate individuals at all levels.

CyLab Biometrics Center

Authentication by biometric verification is becoming increasingly common in corporate and public security systems, consumer electronics and point of sale (POS) applications. At the CyLab Biometrics Center, the primary research thrusts that will be developed and will use leveraged resources: 3D face reconstruction, 2D pose correction and 2D facial landmark detection.

CyLab Mobility Research Center

To fully realize a vision of the connected mobile future, we need to better understand how people can work, play and collaborate in the mobile ecosystem and how to meet those needs through new designs, implementations and deployment mechanisms. Through Carnegie Mellon's broad and deep expertise in related research activities, the CyLab Mobility Research Center is uniquely positioned to partner with organizations around the world to advance the state of the art in Mobility Systems.


The Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC) at Carnegie Mellon University is an interdisciplinary research and educational organization whose mission is to advance information storage technologies. Faculty and students from a wide range of disciplines at Carnegie Mellon are developing the fundamental understanding of the science and advanced engineering methods required for future generations of information storage systems.


The GM-CM CRL is an interdisciplinary organization formed to foster close collaboration between General Motors and Carnegie Mellon researchers in a wide spectrum of technologies that are working toward making the automobile the next information technology platform in our society. 


The Parallel Data Lab (PDL) is one of academia's premier storage systems research centers. The PDL addresses a broad spectrum of storage-related challenges, including secure storage, emerging technologies, disk characterization and modeling, efficient storage access, storage networking, and network-attached storage clusters.

SRC Smart Grid Research Center

The mission of the Carnegie Mellon Smart Grid Research Center (SGRC) is to develop an Information Communications Technology (ICT)-enabled framework for Dynamic Monitoring and Decision Systems (DYMONDS) in support of a sustainable evolution and re-engineering of today’s electric power system into future generations of energy systems. These next generation systems will be capable of meeting dynamically evolving complex tradeoffs between economics and societal and energy service user needs in both the short-term and very long-term.