About Me

Research Statement

It is natural to ask, how much do we humans know? Is there a limit to what we can know? Traditionally, philosophy dealt with these questions. Mathematicians like Kurt Godel, Alan Turing, and many others asked similar questions too but within the framework of mathematics. Their works are regarded as the very first in the field of theoretical computer science. Spurred by a similar quest for knowledge, my interests lie at the historical and philosophical confluence of theoretical computer science and logic.

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Vishal Chakraborty,
Jack Baskin School of Engineering
University of California Santa Cruz
1156 High Street, Mail Stop SOE2
Santa Cruz, CA 95064




Ph.D. in Computer Science (In progress)
University of California, Santa Cruz
M.Phil. in Advanced Computer Science
University of Cambridge, England
B.Sc. in Computer Science, summa cum laude
B.A. in Philosophy, summa cum laude
University of California, Davis

I am now a PhD student under the supervision of Professor Phokion Kolaitis, in the Department of Computer Sciencnce and Enginerring in Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where I am supported by a GSR possible due to this NSF grant .

I was a post-graduate student in the Faculty of Computer Science and Technology at the University of Cambridge till July 2018 where I was researching on definability and learning on sparse structures under the supervision of Professor Anuj Dawar . It is based on this work.

I completed my undergradaute studies in Computer Science as well as Philosophy at the University of California, Davis . My dissertation comprised of two parts - philosophy, and computer science. The late Professor G. Aldo Antonelli and Professor Elaine M. Landry supervised the former, and Professor Norman Matloff and Professor David Doty supervised the latter. Alan Turing's seminal work was the inspiration behind my undergradaute thesis.


I am a certified pilot and enjoy flying in my free time. I also love horse riding, cooking, and attending operas and concerts. When I get time, I read Dickens, Austen, and Wilde. I also enjoy reading poetry, specially poems by the English poets.

Here's how you would spell my name in Bengali (my mother tongue): বিশাল চক্রবর্তী.