Subramanian Sundaram

Boston University & Wyss Institute, Harvard University.

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow exploring the interface of Robotics and Tissue Engineering. I work with Prof. Chris Chen at Boston University and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.

I received my PhD from MIT where I worked with Prof. Wojciech Matusik at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL).

Previously, I received my undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at BITS Pilani, India. I did my undergraduate theses with Prof. Herbert Shea at EPFL, Switzerland and Prof. Klaus Kern at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany.



610 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215, USA


[Jul 2021 - present] I'm an Associate Editor for IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L). Please send us your best papers in tactile sensing, robot manipulation and grasping!

Selected Publications

(see full list in Google Scholar)

<image> Next-generation engineered microsystems for cell biology: a systems-level roadmap
S. Sundaram, and C. S. Chen
Trends in Cell Biology, vol. 32, no. 6, 2022
PDF [Paper Link]
<image> Plakophilin-2 truncating variants impair cardiac contractility by disrupting sarcomere stability and organization
K. Zhang, P. E. Cloonan, S. Sundaram, F. Liu, S. L. Das, J. K. Ewoldt, J. L. Bays, S. Tomp, C. N. Toepfer, J. D. C. Marsiglia, J. Gorham, D. Reichart, J. Eyckmans, J. G. Seidman, C. E. Seidman, and C. S. Chen
Science Advances, vol. 7, no. 42, 2021
<image> Filamin C Cardiomyopathy Variants Cause Protein and Lysosome Accumulation
R. Agarwal, J. A. Paulo, C. N. Toepfer, J. K. Ewoldt, S. Sundaram, A. Chopra, Q. Zhang, J. Gorham, S. R. DePalma, C. S. Chen, S. P. Gygi, C. E. Seidman, and J. G. Seidman
Circulation Research, vol. 129, no. 7, 2021
Paper Link [SI Link]
<image> Coupled oscillation and spinning of photothermal particles in Marangoni optical traps
H. Kim*, S. Sundaram*, J.-H. Kang, N. Tanjeem, T.Emrick, and R. C. Hayward (*equal contribution)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 118, no. 18, 2021
<image> Robots learn to identify objects by feeling
S. Sundaram
Science Robotics, vol. 5, no. 49, 2020
Reprint [Full Text]
<image> How to Improve Robotic Touch
S. Sundaram
Science, vol. 370, no. 6518, 2020
Reprint [Full Text]
<image> A Microtissue Platform to Simultaneously Actuate and Detect Mechanical Forces via Non-Contact Magnetic Approach
J. Javor, S. Sundaram, C. S. Chen, and D. J. Bishop
IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 2020
<image> Limits to Thermal-Piezoresistive Cooling in Silicon Micromechanical Resonators
J. M. L. Miller, H. Zhu, S. Sundaram, G. D. Vukasin, Y. Chen, I. B. Flader, D. D. Shin, and T. W. Kenny
IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, vol. 29, no. 5, 2020
<image> Transient Support from Fibroblasts is Sufficient to Drive Functional Vascularization in Engineered Tissues
H.-H. G. Song, A. Lammers, S. Sundaram, L. Rubio, A. X. Chen, L. Li, J. Eyckmans, S. N. Bhatia and C. S. Chen
Advanced Functional Materials, 2003777, 2020
<image> Topology Optimization and 3D Printing of Multimaterial Magnetic Actuators and Displays
S. Sundaram, M. Skouras, D. S. Kim, L. van den Heuvel and W. Matusik
Science Advances, vol. 5, no. 7, eaaw1160, 2019

Featured as the MIT Frontpage. Read the MIT News press release.
<image> Learning the Signatures of the Human Grasp using a Scalable Tactile Glove
S. Sundaram, P. Kellnhofer, Y. Li, J.-Y. Zhu, A. Torralba and W. Matusik
Nature, vol. 569, no. 7758, 2019
Paper Link [Free to read]

Project page with designs, datasets and results.

Commentary in Nature by Giulia Pasquale (PDF); in Nature Electronics by Christiana Varnava (PDF); in Science Translational Medicine by Li-Hsin Han (Link); Behind the paper - Nature Communities (Link)

Covered by [MIT News, Homepage] [The Economist] [PBS NOVA] [BBC Radio] [NewScientist] and others.

<image> Photothermocapillary Oscillators
A. W. Hauser*, S. Sundaram* and R. C. Hayward (*equal contribution)
Physical Review Letters, vol. 121, 158001, 2018
<image> 3D-Printed Self-Folding Electronics
S. Sundaram, D. S. Kim, M. A. Baldo, R. C. Hayward and W. Matusik
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2017
PDF (ACS Editors' choice)

Featured as the MIT Frontpage. Covered by MIT News, C&EN (PDF) and others.
<image> 3D-Printed Autonomous Sensory Composites
S. Sundaram, Z. Jiang, P. Sitthi-Amorn, D. S. Kim, M. A. Baldo and W. Matusik
Advanced Materials Technologies, vol. 2, no. 3, 2017
PDF (Cover Article)

Featured as the MIT Frontpage. Covered by MIT News, TechCrunch, Forbes and others.
IEEE Signal Processsing Magazine report describes our work in the context of robotics.
<image> Bulkmode Piezoresistive Thermal Oscillators: Timeconstants and Scaling
S. Sundaram and D. Weinstein
IEEE Trans. on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol. 62 , no. 8, 2015
<image> Self-Assembled Electrical Biodetector Based on Reduced Graphene Oxide
T. Kurkina, S. Sundaram, R. S. Sundaram, F. Re, M. Masserini, K. Kern and K. Balasubramanian
ACS Nano vol. 6, no. 6, 2012
<image> Vibration and Shock Reliability of MEMS: Modeling and Experimental Validation
S. Sundaram, M. Tormen, B. Timotijevic, R. Lockhart, T. Overstolz, R. P. Stanley and H. Shea
Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering vol. 21, no. 4, 045022, 2011
<image> ESD Testing and Combdrive Snap-in in a MEMS Tunable Grating under Shock and Vibration
S. Sundaram, M. Tormen, B. Timotijevic, R. Lockhart, R. P. Stanley and H. Shea
Proc. SPIE Photonics West 2011, 79280A, San Francisco, Jan 2011
<image> Modeling Interface Diffusion as a Mechanism for Threshold Voltage Drift in pH Sensors
S. Sundaram and N. N. Sharma
Proc. IEEE Sensors 2010, Hawaii, Nov 2010
<image> Improved V-Shaped Microcantilever Width Profile for Sensing Applications
Subramanian S. and N. Gupta
Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, vol. 42, no. 18, art. no. 185501, 2009
<image> A Memory Efficient Algorithm for Real Time Object Counting
Subramanian S. and Bhadrinarayana L. V.
Proc. IEEE International Advance Computing Conference IEEE IACC 2009, Patiala, Mar 2009
<image> Design and Analysis of Helical Flagella Propelled Nanorobots
Subramanian S., J. S. Rathore and N. N. Sharma
Proc. 4th IEEE International Conference on Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems IEEE NEMS 2009, Shenzhen, Jan 2009


[PhD Thesis] Subramanian Sundaram, 3D-printing Form and Function, PhD Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018 PDF

[SM Thesis] Subramanian Sundaram, Thermally-Actuated Piezoresistively-Sensed Mechanical Silicon Oscillator, SM Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014 PDF


[20.405] Subramanian Sundaram, Tunable coupling in synthetic oscillators for pattern recognition, 20.405 Project report, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016 PDF

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