Postdoctoral Associate, IDSS
Sankaran Ramakrishnan is a postdoctoral associate in the Trancik Lab at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) at MIT. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, for research on efficiency maximization of energy conversion systems through reduction in thermodynamic irreversibility.
Before joining MIT, he was the chief researcher at Apium Inc., a startup developing swarm robotics technology, where he focused on controlling groups of robots through information-sharing modeled on energy dissipation.
His research interests are in understanding how and what information exchanged/gathered in distributed energy systems could result in system-wide reduction in energy consumption, emissions, and optimize energy storage.