Brandon Lucia

Brandon Lucia

Assistant Professor

Office: 2311 Collaborative Innovation Center


Phone: (412) 268-9192

I am an assistant professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. I do research on the boundary between computer architecture, computer systems, and programming languages to make computer systems more capable, more reliable, and more efficient. I lead the abstract research group (

Here are some of my current research interests:

Defining Intermittent Computing: We are working to make intermittent computing devices that harvest energy from their environment, programmable, reliable, and robust to common-case power failures ( These devices are really exciting because they are a great fit for sensing, medical implants, "extreme" scenarios (like outer space!) and lots of other things. Watch this video ( for a 3 minute overview of our work in this area.

Safe, Simple, & Efficient Future Parallel Computing: We are working to create better software systems and computer architectures that make parallel computing correct, reliable, and efficient. The problem space is especially interesting now with the end of Moore's Law and Dennard Scaling, and the move to crazy heterogeneous parallel systems, approximate computing, distributed system architectures, and emerging (e.g., non-volatile, biological) technology maturing and becoming useful.