Visible to the public The NSF CPS Frontier Center on Software-Defined Nanosatellite Constellations at Carnegie Mellon UniversityConflict Detection Enabled


Brandon Lucia is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University. His lab's research encompasses programming languages, software systems, and computer architecture, especially with applications to highly physically constrained systems. His work developed the foundations of hardware and software support for intermittent computing on energy-harvesting computing devices, energy-minimal reconfigurable dataflow architectures, and space-based computer systems, including constellations of nanosatellites. His lab has architected and taped-out several chips that define the state-of-art in low-power, energy-efficient general-purpose computation and his team has launched several intermittent computer systems to Low-Earth Orbit. His work has won 7 Best Paper (or equivalent) Awards, and Lucia is the recipient of several awards, including the Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the IEEE Technical Committee on Computer Architecture Young Computer Architect Award, an NSF Career Award, and the Bell Labs Prize


This panel talk will provide a brief overview of the CPS Frontier Center on Software-defined Nanosatellite Constellations at Carnegie Mellon University. The talk will describe the motivation for the center, describe the high-level goals and team, and will discuss the main areas of inquiry covered by the center. The talk will show the value of applications of nanosatellite constellations, predicated on the success of the research in the center in edge computing, sensing, controls, planning, actuation, ML, communications, and infrastructure all applied to the context of nanosatellite systems in Low-Earth Orbit.

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