ESP Biography



KARTIK CHANDRA, PhD student at CSAIL




Major: EECS

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: G

Picture of Kartik Chandra

Brief Biographical Sketch:

I’m a PhD student at MIT studying visual computing systems. Previously, I was an undergrad at Stanford University studying computer science, physics, and English literature. https://cs.stanford.edu/~kach/



Past Classes

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H15115: How to be moved by a work of art in Splash 2022 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2022)
What does one *do* in an art museum? Stand in front of a framed painting: do you feel drawn in, or does the canvas resist you? How, then, do you invite the image into your mind, into your life? —what are the stakes to doing so? And why do we look at art, anyway? What is seeing, and what is believing? These are some of the questions we will ask, together, in this course.


H14897: Reading "Beloved," a banned book in HSSP Spring 2022 (Feb. 26, 2022)
Last fall, Virginia's gubernatorial election turned on some parents' intense opposition to Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Beloved" being taught in public schools. In this class, we will defiantly read "Beloved" cover to cover (we will mail you a free paperback copy). Together, we will discuss and understand the novel's place in today's America.


H14704: The painting hanging in the museum, and you in Splash 2021 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2021)
What does one *do* in an art museum? Stand in front of a framed painting: do you feel drawn in, or does the canvas resist you? How, then, do you invite the image into your mind, into your life? —what are the stakes to doing so? And why do we look at art, anyway? What is seeing, and what is believing? These are some of the questions we will ask, together, in this course.


S14707: Brain as a computing device in Splash 2021 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2021)
This course presents Neuroscience in a light where the Brain is perceived as a computing device. We will start with basics of neurons as computing devices, show some very cool visual and auditory illusion demos, and talk about how we learn and remember things in day to day life!