I'm a first year Psychology PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My primary interest is in the nature of visual concepts. How are they learned? Why are they useful? Can machines be taught these concepts? I study drawings as a means to answer these questions.
I'm affiliated with the Knowledge and Concepts Lab, Schloss Visual Reasoning Lab, Austerweil Lab, and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. I grew up in Kolkata, India, a bustling city with hot summers and torrential monsoons. Noticing a distinct lack of snow in my climate collection, I moved to upstate New York, where I received my BA in Cognitive Science and Japanese from Vassar College.
While at Vassar, I was advised by Ken Livingston and Josh de Leeuw. I also spent a summer at the Computation and Cognition Lab at Stanford University as a CSLI intern, working with Judy Fan and Robert Hawkins.
BA, Cognitive Science and Japanese, 2019
I was introduced to Cognitive Science at Vassar through Ken Livingston's freshman writing seminar - The Science and Fiction of Mind.
The title of my undergraduate thesis was Visual Cognition and Graphical Production: Exploring Semantic Part Structure in Communicative Sketches.
I also picked up a second major in Japanese, and spent the summer of 2016 studying at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo.
Josh de Leeuw introduced me to computational modeling in cognitive science, and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to minor in Mathematics.
I was also involved with Vassar Debate and was a member of the Vassar Men's Rugby Team during my undergraduate years.