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Meghan Clark

I am a third-year PhD student working with Prof. Prabal Dutta at the University of Michigan. My work focuses on improving automated interactions with the built environment.

Why aren’t there portable apps for physical computing? Why can’t I write a presence-activated automatic lights app and have the same app that is running in my living room on Hue bulbs, Wemo switches, and Ninjablocks motion sensors also run in my neighbor’s kitchen on their LIFX bulbs and Insteon motion sensors, or in my office at work on the enterprise-grade smart lighting infrastructure? What if I want to write an app that will blink the lights to wake me up if my heart rate drops low enough to indicate that I am falling asleep outside my bedroom?  Shouldn’t that app be able to work for anyone with a heart rate monitor while they are in a room with controllable lights, regardless of the particular brand of heart rate monitor or light bulbs?

I have identified two main challenges that currently make it difficult to write portable, scalable Internet of Things applications. My work addresses these challenges from the two very different, but complementary, perspectives of systems engineering and artificial intelligence:



  • 12/27/14 – Attending 31C3 (Berlin, Germany)
  • 11/05/14 – Attending BuildSys’14 (Memphis, TN)
  • 11/03/14 – Attending SenSys’14 (Memphis, TN)
  • 11/01/14 – Visiting MIT
  • 10/30/14 – Attending TerraSwarm Annual Review (Berkeley, CA)
  • 08/22/14 – Attending Burning Man 2014
  • 07/16/14 – Visiting CMU
  • 06/11/14 – Attending ACM e-Energy’14 (Cambridge, UK)
  • 06/03/14 – Attending New Making Renaissance Workshop (St. Helena, CA)
  • 05/30/14 – Visiting Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • 05/29/14 – Attending Terraswarm SwarmOS workshop (Berkeley, CA)
  • 05/28/14 – Visiting UC Berkley
  • 05/16/14 – Attending Terraswarm localization workshop (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • 11/13/13 – Attending BuildSys’13 (Rome, Italy)
  • 11/11/13 – Attending SenSys’13 (Rome, Italy)
  • 05/01/13 – Visiting UCSD



  1. Clark, Meghan, Bradford Campbell, and Prabal Dutta. “Deltaflow: Submetering by Synthesizing Uncalibrated Pulse Meter Streams.” The 5th International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM e-Energy), Cambridge, UK, June 11-13, 2014.


  1. Bradley, Justin M., Meghan Clark, Ella M. Atkins, and Kang G. Shin. “Mission-Aware Cyber-Physical Optimization on a Tabletop Satellite.” AIAA Infotech@Aerospace (I@A) Conference, Boston, MA, August 19-22, 2013.


  1. Kennedy, William G., Tim Gulden, Atesmachew B. Hailegiorgis, Jeffrey Bassett, Mark Coletti, Gabriel C. Balan, Meghan Clark, and Claudio Cioffi-Revilla. “An Agent-Based Model of Conflict in East Africa and the Effect of the Privatization of Land.” Proceedings of the 3rd World Congress on Social Simulation, Kassel, Germany, September 6-9, 2010.



  1. Aksanli, Baris, Alper S. Akyurek, Madhur Behl, Meghan Clark, Alexandre Donzé, Prabal Dutta, Patrick Lazik et al. “Distributed control of a swarm of buildings connected to a smart grid: demo abstract.” BuildSys’13 Proceedings of the 1st ACM Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings, Memphis, TN, November 5-6, 2014.


  1. Campbell, Bradford, Sam DeBruin, Meghan Clark, and Prabal Dutta. “Demo Abstract: Disaggregating End Loads with Energy-Harvesting Sensors and Cloud Analytics.” BuildSys’13 Proceedings of the 5th ACM Workshop on Embedded Systems For Energy-Efficient Buildings, Rome, Italy, August 13-14, 2013.

Service and Outreach


  • Talk: Surveillance and You
  • Cryptoparty
  • Talk: Surveillance and You


  • Talk: A Brief History of Hacking, Pt I – The Phreaks
  • Panel in Boston


  • Xplore Engineering (University of Michigan)
    Robotics outreach for children of alumni Volunteer, Aug. 9, 2013
  • Ann Arbor City Council Meets a Raspberry Pi
    Spoke on video surveillance and drone technology privacy issues Aug. 8, 2013
  • Lurie NanoFab Outreach University of Michigan
    Optics outreach for fourth graders Volunteer, May 28, 2013
  • Lunch and Lab Mentorship Program (University of Michigan)
    Mentorship for undergraduates interested in graduate studies Mentor, 2013
  • gEECS Mentoring Program (University of Michigan)
    Mentorship for women in EECS Mentor, 2013


  • Lightning Talk: High-Performance Computing (Michigan Hackers)
    Ann Arbor, MI Oct. 2, 2012
  • A Comparison of Space-Filling Curves (Summer Research Symposium)
    Rackham Summer Institute Aug. 7, 2012


  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Mentorship Program (George Mason University)
    Mentorship for women in EECS Mentor, 2011
  • Society of Women Engineers Panel SWE – Baltimore Washington Section

Honors and Awards


  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2014)
  • Microsoft Graduate Women’s Scholarship (2013)
  • Rackham Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan (2012)


  • Outstanding Undergradute, GMU School of Engineering (2012)
  • Undergraduate Distinguished Academic Achievement, GMU Dept. of Computer Science (2012)
  • Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Assoc. (AFCEA) Scholarship (2010)
  • Society of Women Engineers (Baltimore-Washington) Endowment Scholarship (2010)