Mario Bergés is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He is interested in making our built environment more operationally efficient and robust through the use of information and communication technologies, so that it can better deal with future resource constraints and a changing environment. Currently his work largely focuses on developing approximate inference techniques to extract useful information from sensor data coming from civil infrastructure systems, with a particular focus on buildings and energy efficiency. Bergés is the faculty co-director of the Smart Infrastructure Institute at CMU, as well as the director of the Intelligent Infrastructure Research Lab (INFERLab). Among recent awards, he received the Professor of the Year Award by the ASCE Pittsburgh Chapter in 2018, Outstanding Early Career Researcher award from FIATECH in 2010, and the Dean’s Early Career Fellowship from CMU in 2015. Bergés received his B.Sc. in 2004 from the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic; and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2007 and 2010, respectively, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Unlocking the Power of Sensing Technology Today and Tomorrow

Using Analytics to Understand Energy Consumption in Buildings

Behind the Researcher


2010 Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

2007 MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

2005 Graduate Certificate, Construction Management, Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo

2004 BS, Civil Engineering, Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo

Media mentions

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bergés named Amazon Scholar

CEE’s Mario Bergés joins Amazon Scholars, a program that allows Amazon to collaborate with a “world-class group of academics from various disciplines who hold positions at leading research institutions.”

CMU Engineering

Decarbonizing the grid with flexible buildings

Researchers in CEE have created a new model that can help decrease energy consumption from buildings and provide for a more efficient grid.

CMU Engineering

Behind the Researcher

The College of Engineering is known for our cutting-edge research, academic rigor, and amazing students, but you might be surprised by some of the other talents of our award-winning faculty.

the Accelerator

College of Engineering announces 2020 Moonshot winners

The College of Engineering is pleased to announce that the College will fund two Moonshot proposals as winners of the Moonshot 2020 competition, as well as one College of Engineering Planning Award.

CMU Engineering

Heating and cooling that anticipates your needs

Researchers have created a system that predicts each occupant’s ideal temperature range and changes the room temperature to provide better comfort for all.

CMU Engineering

A gnu way to control room temperature

Bergés has developed a machine learning solution, Gnu-RL, to manage building temperature, saving energy and earning the Best Paper Award at BuildSys 2019.

International Business Times

Berges leads research team for NASA habitat project

In preparation for Mars and Moon missions, NASA is working on a project called Habitats Optimized for Missions of Exploration (HOME). CEE’s Mario Berges, head the research team, plans to combine artificial intelligence and robotic systems to create habitats that can maintenance themselves, allowing them to be left in space for long periods of time.

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Bergés, Noh, and Zhang monitor cognitive decline with sensors

CEE’s Mario Bergés and Hae Young Noh and ECE’s Pei Zhang want to use sensors to improve early diagnosis of cognitive decline. By sensing electricity consumption and floor vibration patterns, they can tell the difference between confusion and proficiency in daily tasks. They may be able to use this data to detect warning signs and establish early treatment.

CMU Engineering

HOME away from home

To explore the Moon or Mars, astronauts need smart habitats that will remain operational when they are vacant. However, space is harsh, so we need autonomous systems that will not fail. Carnegie Mellon researchers are engineering a smarter habitat for deep space exploration

CMU Engineering

Escape from the heat island

New models of the urban heat island effect could inform the next generation of urban planners and help prevent hundreds of heat-related deaths occurring every year.

Choose Energy

Berges weighs in on energy consumption

CEE’s Mario Berges was quoted by Choose Energy on the differences in energy consumption based on region and household spending behavior.

CMU Engineering

Simulating structural health

Civil engineers are using ANSYS software to monitor infrastructure systems.