Nandita Shankar Naik

Stanford CS | Google Scholar | LinkedIn | Research @ Stanford NLP Group


Hi there! I’m a master’s student at Stanford, studying computer science and machine learning. I’m supervised by Elisa Kreiss and Christopher Potts. I’m interning at Contextual AI this summer, supervised by Douwe Kiela. My research interests are in the intersection of vision and language models.

I’m also a published fiction and poetry writer.

Research Publications


  1. Preprint
    CommVQA: Situating Visual Question Answering Within Communicative Contexts
    Nandita Naik, Christopher Potts, and Elisa Kreiss


    Context-VQA: Towards Context-Aware and Purposeful Visual Question Answering
    Nandita Naik, Christopher Potts, and Elisa Kreiss
    In ICCV: 5th Workshop on Closing the Loop Between Vision and Language , Oct 2023


  1. IASPM
    ’You Know, I’ll Be Free’: Gnosticism, Feminism, and Creativity in David Bowie’s ’Blackstar’ Album
    Nandita Shankar Naik, and Tiffany Naiman
    In International Association for the Study of Popular Music Conference , May 2022


  • CS 229 Best Project for satellite image embeddings project, awarded in Andrew Ng’s graduate-level machine learning class, selected from 300+ students
  • Stanford CS + Social Good Fellowship
  • USA Computing Olympiad Gold Division

Creative Writing



Creative Writing Awards


  • Four Way Review 10-Year Anniversary Reading, Dec 16, 2022
  • Adroit Journal Issue 42 Reading, Aug 16, 2022

“‘When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Fossil’ is a wonderfully voice-driven short story with an inventive premise and deep love of human life and the natural world. Set against the blazing effects of climate change, “When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Fossil” manages to address some of the most pressing planetary concerns of our time while closely and charmingly exploring adolescence, tedium, the life of work, and what intimacy means in the face of looming disaster. I adored this story and these characters.”

— Kali Fajardo-Anstine, author of Sabrina & Corina and Woman of Light