Anantha Chandrakasan

MIT Chair, MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab; Inaugural MIT Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer; Dean, MIT School of Engineering


Efficient AI

Anantha Chandrakasan is the MIT chair of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, the inaugural MIT chief innovation and strategy officer, dean of the MIT School of Engineering, and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His research focuses on making electronic circuits more energy efficient. His early work on low-power chips for portable computers contributed to the development of today’s smartphones and other mobile devices. More recently, his research has addressed the challenge of powering even more energy-constrained technologies, such as the “internet of things” that would allow everyday devices to send and receive data via networked servers while using minimal power. Chandrakasan also leads the MIT Energy-Efficient Circuits and Systems Group, which focuses on energy harvesting, security hardware, and wireless charging for the internet of things; energy-efficient circuits and systems for multimedia processing; and platforms for ultra-low-power biomedical electronics.

Chandrakasan has served as conference chair of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference and has received the Solid-State Circuit Society’s Distinguished Service Award. He has also received a Semiconductor Industry Association University Researcher Award, the IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits, and a University of California, Berkeley, EE Distinguished Alumni Award. A fellow of IEEE, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He earned a BS, an MS, and a PhD in electrical engineering and computer sciences from UC Berkeley.

Selected Publications