Current Project


Discovering how power grids succeed and fail.

The power grid is one of humanity’s most significant engineering undertakings and is essential in developed and developing nations alike. Currently, transparency into the power grid relies on utilities and more fine-grained insight is provided by costly smart meter deployments. We claim that greater visibility into power grids can be provided in an inexpensive, crowdsourced manner independent of utilities by leveraging existing smartphones. Read our first paper here and visit the project site here.

GridWatch has received funding from the Siebel Energy Institute, the Millennium Challenge Corporation as part of the Ghana Power Compact, and the Energy and Economic Growth program from the Department for International Development (DFID).


Klugman, N., Correa, S., Pannuto, P., Podolsky, M., Taneja, J., and Dutta, P. 2018 The Open INcentive Kit (OINK): Standardizing the Generation, Comparison, and Deployment of Incentive Systems The Tenth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD '19). Talk PDF and PowerPoint with Notes

Klugman, N., Jacome, V., Clark, M., Podolsky, M., Pannuto, P., Jackson, N., Nassor, A., Wolfram, C., Callaway, D., Taneja, J., and Dutta, P. 2018 Experience: Android Resists Liberation from Its Primary Use Case. In Proceedings of the The 24th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom '18). ACM. Talk PDF and PowerPoint with Notes

Correa, S., Klugman, N., and Taneja, J. 2018. Deployment Strategies for Crowdsourced Power Outage Detection. IEEE International Conference on Communications, Control, and Computing Technologies for Smart Grids. IEEE.

Correa, S., Klugman, N., and Taneja, J. 2018 How Many Smartphones Does It Take To Detect A Power Outage? Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM e-Energy). ACM. Audience award.

Lee, S., Chen, Y., Klugman, N., Gouravajhala, S., Chen, A., and Lasecki, W 2017. Exploring Coordination Models for Ad Hoc Programming Teams. Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Crawford, T., Allmendinger, C., Snell, J., Weatherwax, K., Lavan, Balasundaram., Baman, T., Sovitch, P., Alyesh, D., Carrigan, T., Klugman, N., Foo Kune, D., Hughey, A., Lautenbach, D., Sovitch, N., Tandon, K., Samson, G., Newman, C., Davis, S., Brown, A., Wasserman, B., Goldman, E., Arlinghaus, S., Oral, H., Eagle, K. 2017 Cleaning and Sterilization of Used Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices With Process Validation: The Next Hurdle in Device Recycling. Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Clinical Electrophysiology.

Zachariah, T., Klugman, N., Campbell, B., Adkins, J., Jackson, N., and Dutta, P. 2015 The internet of things has a gateway problem. In Proceedings of the 16th Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications (HotMobile '15). ACM.

Klugman, N., Rosa, J., Pannuto, P., Podolsky, M., Huang, W., and Dutta, P. 2014. Grid watch: mapping blackouts with smart phones. In Proceedings of the 15th Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications (HotMobile '14). ACM.

Meredith, S.E., Robinson, A., Erb, P., Spieler C.A., Klugman, N., Dutta. P., and Dallery, J. 2014. A Mobile-Phone-Based Breath Carbon Monoxide Meter to Detect Cigarette Smoking. Nicotine and Tobacco Research (2014) 16 (6): 766-73.

Selected Talks, Awards, Media, Demos, and Posters


Siebel Energy Institute: Award

We received a $50,000 seed grant as a member of the first class of the Siebel Energy Institute. Please view our submission here.


Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project: Finalist

Please view the submission here.

Keeping The Lights On with Noah Klugman and Jay Taneja of Gridwatch

Terms of Reference Podcast: Media

Jay Taneja and I were guests on the Terms of Reference Podcast. Please listen here.

GridWatch: Using Cell Phone Sensors to Detect Power Outages

Development Impact Laboratory: Media

The Development Impact Laboratory at UC Berkeley featured GridWatch. Please read here.

Demo: Android Resists Liberation from Its Primary Use Case

MobiCom 2018 Demo

Please view our submission here.

Open Gateway Architecture for the Internet of Things

2015 In Proceedings of the 16th Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications (HotMobile '15) : Demo

Klugman, N., Campbell, B., Zachariah, T., Jackson, Neal., and Dutta. P. 2015.

Michigan's IoT Toolkit

2015 Proceedings of the 13th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems : Demo

Adkins, J., Campbell, B., DeBruin, S., Ghena, B., Kempke, B., Klugman, N., Kuo, Ye-sheng., Natarajan, D., Pannuto, P., Zachariah,. Zhen., A, and Dutta, P.

Putting the IT in QuIT Smoking

2014 UNESCO Tech4Dev International Conference : Poster

This poster presents work developing a low power carbon monoxide sensor to aid smoking cessation programs. Please view the poster here.

Guiding Lights – Using Slow Visible Light Communication to Display Localization Information

Terraswarm Localization Workshop : Poster

This poster describes the development of an software controlled ambient lighting testbed. Please view the poster here.

Bluetooth LE 4.0 and 4.1 (BLE)

Prabal Dutta Lab Meeting : Talk

Josh Adkins and I attempted to distil the Bluetooth 4.0 and 4.1 spec into an two hour talk which we gave to our research lab. Please view our slides here.

Grid Watch: Mapping Blackouts with Smart Phones

ACM Hotmobile 14 : Talk

I gave a presentation at HotMobile 14 describing our paper at the conference. Please view my slides here.