I am a fourth year dual PhD student in Computer Science and Cognitive Science at Tufts University. I work with Matthias Scheutz at the Human-Robot Interaction Lab. I am interested in Artificial Inteligence, Robotics, and Machine Ethics.

My research focuses on uncovering the computational principles behind creative problem-solving and common sense reasoning. How do we design machines to learn about their surroundings, be resourceful and use what they learn to improve their interactions with us? In doing so, they must not only be clever, but also consider the normative (ethical, legal, social and moral) implications of their actions.

I previously received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Prior to coming to Tufts, I was a lawyer and practiced Intellectual Property law for nearly a decade at Ropes & Gray in Boston.

On the side, I enjoy drawing cartoons. Some of my work can be seen on Legally Drawn, cartoons poking fun at law and lawyers.

Contact: vasanth dot sarathy at tufts dot edu

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