Dr. Kiran Lakkaraju is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, California in the Systems Research & Analysis III group. Kiran’s research has been marked by extensive interdisciplinary efforts that bring together the social and computational sciences. Kiran has been investigating how games, including Massively Multiplayer Online Games and wargames can be used as a means to systematically and quantitatively study conflict escalation and global strategic stability. Kiran is a member of the Project on Nuclear Gaming (https://pong.berkeley.edu) which has developed one of the first experimental wargames, SIGNAL (https://pong.berkeley.edu/e-game/). Kiran has a background in artificial intelligence, multi-agent systems and computational social science. He holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
What is your area of expertise?
Are you interested in mentoring high school or college students, or both?
How did you become interested in this area?
I've always been interested science fiction and future technology. Artificial Intelligence was a natural field of study for me. I'm excited to be able to use my skills to tackle critical world problems.
What was your career path to get here?
I obtained a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and then joined Sandia National Laboratories.
Why should the public care?
Better engaging students through active and experiential learning will teach them critical concepts. This, in turn, will lead to more informed decision making and a better world for everyone.
What is a current issue or trend that concerns you?
I'm concerned about the rise of cyberattacks and cybersecurity related vulnerabilities.
Make an important decision regarding conflict escalation.