I am a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science and Cognitive Science at Tufts University, advised by Matthias Scheutz and Daniel Dennett. My research focuses on computational approaches to understanding human intelligence and creativity.

I study how our drive to continually make sense of the world guides our perception of it and our behavior in it. At the core of this capability lies a vast store of hidden knowledge (social, causal etc.) that we bring to bear. A better understanding of how we use this knowledge to make sense of the world will help us design more effective and more ethical artificial intelligence systems.

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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