Who am I?

It's a deep question. Honestly, I have not clue! Nevertheless here are some facts about me!

I'm Janakiraman and I have been part of the Electrical Engineering Department IIT Madras since Nov 2016. I enjoy creative endeavours both in arts and science, particularly in engineering. That along with my passion for teaching led me to join this wonderful institute that I hope to make a difference to.

Work Experience (2010-2016)

Before joining IIT Madras, I was with the Semiconductor group in GLOBALFOUNDRIES Bangalore where I worked as the Tech. lead for a team that developed Non-Volatile Memories. This team was part of IBM till June 2015. At IBM, since 2010, I worked as a logic verification engineer in a team that developed early technology vehicles for Embedded DRAM built on 14nm FinFET SOI tehcnology. In this period I designed and verified SEVEN chips in 32nm, 22nm, 14nm SOI and Bulk technologies.

Education (PhD: 2005-2010)

I joined the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore for an M.E. in 2005. Having enjoyed both the problem and the experience of working with my advisor Dr. Bharadwaj Amrutur I decided to convert to a PhD. I worked on applying artificial neural networks to statistical leakage analysis as part of my PhD thesis. I graduated in 2010 and joined IBM Semiconductor in Bangalore. Prior to IISc, I worked with Talisma Corporation Pvt. Ltd. in Bangalore between 2003 and 2005 immediately after my B.E in Electronics and Communication (1999-2003) from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering also in Bangalore.

Other Interests

I am interested in music. Mainly Carnatic classcial and Indian Film music. I have also acted in stage plays as part of theatre group Karpanai Kudhirai. You can read the review of one such play here. My creative efforts in music and theatre bear fruit through this theatre group and Oonjalile Saaindu Kondu is a song whose tune I co-composed with my wife (also sung by her).
I am also an avid trekker and have visted the Himalayas thrice looking for that elusive answer to the question "Who am I?"