Dr. Gowri Sankar Ramachandran

Senior Research Associate | University of Southern California (USC), USA | gsramach@usc.edu

Dr. Gowri Sankar Ramachandran is a senior research associate at Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California (USC). He is currently associated with Autonomous Networks Research Group (ANRG), and Center for Cyber-Physical System and the Internet-of-Things (CCI). His mentor is Prof. Bhaskar Krishnamachari.

His research interests are focused on Internet-of-Things (IoT). In particular, he works on the design, implementation, and deployment of energy-efficient IoT applications. He has over five years of experience in middleware for the IoT with strong expertise in run-time reconfiguration and management of IoT applications across all layers of the stack. He is also specialized in low power wireless communication and was involved in the deployment of IoT applications and testbeds using technologies such as LoRa, IEEE-802.15.4e, and WiFi. Lately, Gowri is exploring blockchain technology and its application in IoT.

Gowri's Ph.D. dissertation focused on cross-layer optimisation of dynamic IoT applications, in which he presented self-configuring middleware solutions for increasing energy-efficiency while minimising the management complexity. Besides, he has also deployed testbeds to foster research in the application and network layers of the IoT stack.

In 2017, Gowri and his team had received the second prize in the LoRa Alliance Global IoT Challenge for their deployment of smart medical fridges in Kikwit, DR Congo. Kikwit lacked fixed-line electricity. Medical fridges were mostly powered by solar panels or electricity generators. Our team had developed a smart medical fridge to continuously monitor and preserve critical medical supplies such as blood and vaccine. More information can be found here.

Gowri Sankar Ramachandran received his Ph.D. from imec-DistriNet , KU Leuven, Belgium, under the guidance of Prof. Danny Hughes. He completed his M.Sc in Intelligent Embedded Systems from Malardalen University, Sweden. During his M.Sc, Gowri visited the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands as Erasmus scholar, where he worked under the supervision of Prof. Reinder Bril and Prof. Johan Lukkien. Gowri completed his B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from SASTRA University, India.