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

Wall Street Journal

Bergés talks battery-powered home appliances

Mario Bergés talks to the Wall Street Journal about battery-powered home appliances.

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.”

Civil and Environmental Engineering

The rise of digital twins

Part Two: A Space Ripe for Innovation & Industry Collaboration

Civil and Environmental Engineering

The rise of digital twins

Collaborating with industry leaders while combining infrastructure, data analysis, and computing expertise, CEE faculty are working on numerous digital twin projects. Their research aims to predict and prevent vehicle and equipment failures, maintain smart habitats in space, and optimize the safety, equity, and sustainability of various infrastructure systems.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

New master's program: AI Engineering in CEE

The program — first of its kind in the nation — trains students to truly integrate AI solutions into practical solutions to Civil and Environmental Engineering problems — capabilities/talent that are currently not addressed by either computer science or traditional engineering disciplines alone.

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.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Choi awarded Smith Graduate Fellowship

Choi has developed probabilistic models to describe near-surface temperature to assess the heat-induced risk of an urban area.

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.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Shooting for the moon: Making smart cities ethical and sustainable

Bergés is the principal investigator on the Autonomous Technologies for Livability and Sustainability initiative, which won funding from the CMU College of Engineering’s Moonshot 2020 competition.

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.