Hi. I'm Subu Kandaswamy.

I am a PhD candidate in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of Northwestern University. I am a member of the Qualitative Reasoning Group headed by my advisor Dr. Kenneth D. Forbus.


I am interested in figuring out how to build thinking machines.

It's necessary for us to understand what makes us smart in order to construct machines that are atleast as smart as us.

Albert Einstein

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better

Simon & Newell

A physical symbol system has the necessary and sufficient means for general intelligent action

Richard Feynman

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.


Conference Proceedings

Kandaswamy, S, Forbus, K. and Gentner, D. (2014). Modeling Learning via Progressive Alignment using Interim Generalizations. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci). Quebec city, Canada.

Kandaswamy, S. and Forbus, K. (2012). Modeling Learning of Relational Abstractions via Structural Alignment. Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci). Sapporo, Japan.


McLure, M., Kandaswamy, S., and Forbus, K. (2015). Finding Textures in Sketches using Planar Ising Models . Proceedings of the 28th International Workshop on Qualitative Reasoning. Minneapolis, MN.

Lovett, A., Kandaswamy, S., McLure, M., and Forbus, K. (2012). Evaluating qualitative models of shape representation. Proceedings of the 26th International Workshop on Qualitative Reasoning. Los Angeles, CA.


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