Shahriar Nirjon

Assistant Professor

256 Sitterson Hall
919-590-6039 (phone)
919-590-6105 (fax)
nirjon (at)

(136) Ph.D. 2014, Virginia. Mobile Computing (OS, Services and Applications); Embedded Sensor Systems (Hardware-Software Co-Design, Wearables); Wireless Networks (Mobile, WSN, and other RF); Data Analytics for Mobile Systems (Mobile Health, IoT, and Cloud).


Shahriar Nirjon is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Shahriar is interested in building practical cyber-physical systems that involve embedded sensors and mobile devices, mobility and connectivity, and mobile data analytics. Research challenges that he deals with include practical issues in physical world sensing, user-contexts and mobility, real-time issues, and resource constraints of the embedded platform. His work has applications in the area of remote health and wellness monitoring, and mobile health.

Shahriar received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville in 2014. Shahriar has won a number of awards, including two Best Paper Awards, at the Mobile Systems, Applications and Services (MOBISYS 2014), and the Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS 2012). Shahriar has worked as a Research Scientist in the Networking and Mobility Lab at the Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, CA (2014 – 2015), and as a Research Intern at Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA (Summer 2013) and at Deutsche Telekom Lab, Los Altos, CA (Summer 2010). Several of his work have been highlighted in the electronic and print media, including – the Economist, the New Scientist, and the BBC.


  • Best Paper Award, The 12th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MOBISYS 2014).
  • Best Paper Award, The 18th IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS 2012).

Selected Publications

  • Typing Ring: A Wearable Ring Platform for Text Input. S. Nirjon, J. Gummeson, D. Gelb, and K. Kim, ACM Mobisys, May 2015.
  • COIN-GPS: Indoor Localization from Direct GPS Receiving. S. Nirjon, J. Liu, B. Priyantha, G. Dejean, Y. Jin, and T. Hart, ACM Mobisys, June 2014. (Best Paper Award)
  • Auditeur: A Mobile-Cloud Service Platform for Acoustic Event Detection on Smartphones. S. Nirjon, R. Dickerson, P. Asare, Q. Li, D. Hong, J. Stankovic, P. Hu, G. Shen, and X. Jiang, ACM Mobisys, June 2013.
  • Musical Heart: A Hearty Way of Listening to Music. S. Nirjon, R. Dickerson, Q. Li, P. Asare, J. Stankovic, D. Hong, B. Zhang, G. Shen, X. Jiang, and F. Zhao, ACM Sensys, November 2012.
  • MultiNets: Policy Oriented Real-Time Switching of Wireless Interfaces on Mobile Devices. S. Nirjon, A. Nicoara, C. Hsu, J. Singh, and J. Stankovic, IEEE RTAS, April 2012. (Best Paper Award)