How CMU is using Pittsburgh as a “living lab”

(Anthony Rowe, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University)

Rowe said Pittsburgh provides an ideal laboratory for CMU’s work in sensors and control systems, which can influence a wide variety of industries including transportation, smart buildings and microgrids.

One of the projects he said students are working on now involves sensors on top of CMU campus buildings that can collect data over a couple city blocks. The sensors are designed for low-power Internet of Things devices that can sense information from their environments and push it back to a centralized location for different applications. Rowe said one of those applications the students are pursuing is monitoring infrastructure, including the safety and integrity of bridges.