I’m currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Computer Science at Harvard University. I am working on the legal applications and implications of computational technologies. In particular, I am interested in the potential of programming languages and associated tools to develop programs that are used to enforce legal contracts.

I recently completed the PhD program at the Computer Science Department at Cornell University working under Nate Foster. Previously I’ve worked at:

Interests & Projects

My interests are centered around languages—human, computational, legal and visual. I’m interested in the way we use them to communicate and build structures of knowledge and information.

I am also interested in publication systems. The World Wide Web offers a great opportunity for human discourse and collaboration and an important part of that is usable web publishing systems. I currently use (and occasionally contribute to) a programmable publishing system called Pollen.

Outside of computational interests, I have been meditating semi-regularly for a few years now, and have recently started studying Zen Buddhism. I am also interested in writing tools and instruments, especially fountain pens and inks.

Mundane details

In 2018 I finished a PhD at Cornell University’s Computer Science department, located in Ithaca, NY. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lafayette College in 2011 with degrees in Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering. I’m originally from Calcutta, India where I went to school at St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, a place which has changed a lot since I left.

If you’re interested in more details, take a look at my résumé.

Contact

  • Please send email to shr(AT)basus.me.
  • Please send code to @basus on GitHub.
  • Please tweet to @basus on Twitter.

Colophon

This website is hosted on an Arch Linux VPS by the Linode hosting service. Pages are (mostly) static HTML5 and CSS and served by the Nginx web server. The fonts used are from the Merriweather family, serif for most body text and sans for headings. The layout is based on a combination of Craig Mod’s excellent website and A Working Library by Mandy Brown.

Almost all text was authored in the Emacs text editor on on a 13-inch 2015 MacBook Pro running some version of macOS. The HTML versions of the pages are generated from a marked-up source version and injected into HTML templates using the Pollen publishing system. This affords me the programmability of the Racket programming language while being able to write straight text most of the time. Some pages were converted from equivalent LaTeX files.