Carnegie Mellon University

Research labs


The Advanced Chip Test Laboratory (ACTL) at Carnegie Mellon researches, develops and implements new methodologies for detecting, characterizing, and coping with integrated circuit (IC) failures. Our research involves hardware design, algorithmic development, simulation, and real silicon experiments with various industrial partners. The lab’s founder and head of ACTL is Professor. Shawn Blanton.


CALCM (pronounced “calcium”) brings together all faculty, staff, and students interested in computer architecture research and education at Carnegie Mellon.


The Data Center Observatory (DCO) is a centerpiece of Carnegie Mellon’s attack on ever-growing data center operational costs. As a data center, it will provide a computation and storage utility to resource-hungry research activities such as data mining, design simulation, network intrusion detection, and visualization. As an observatory, it will provide invaluable real data to systems researchers seeking to understand the sources of operational costs and to evaluate novel solutions. Combining the two builds on Carnegie Mellon's tradition of actively using and show-casing new computing approaches, even as we invent them, allowing us to push the frontiers and stay at the forefront of technology.


The Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Laboratory is associated jointly with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Robotics Institute (part of the School of Computer Science), and the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems at Carnegie Mellon University.

In the MEMS Laboratory, we are developing miniature sensor and actuator systems made using batch-fabrication processes, especially integrated-circuit fabrication processes. Research in this area is motivated by the potential to produce high-performance, low-cost, miniature sensors and actuators. Smart sensors are made by combining microstructures and circuits on a single silicon chip. Specific research areas of interest include nanometer-scale data storage, microsensors and microactuators, MEMS design tools, micromechanical component modeling, embedded microinstruments, and microrobotics.

Claire and John Bertucci Nanotechnology Laboratory

A premier research laboratory in the College of Engineering, the Claire and John Bertucci Nanofabrication Laboratory is one of the most well equipped university based facilities for thin film and nano/micro device development in the United States. "The Nanofab" includes a cleanroom with 2,600 square feet of class 100 space and 1,200 square feet of class 10 space, as well as three thin film labs. The Nanofab is a self supporting facility managed by the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department.