Kiran Lakkaraju, Ph.D.

Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Labs

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Advisor: Prof. Les Gasser)

M.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.S. Northern Illinois University

"...well, Samuel rode lightly on top of a book and he balanced happily among ideas the way a man rides white rapids in a canoe. But Tom got into a book, crawled and groveled between the covers, tunneled like a mole among the thoughts, and came up with the book all over his face and hands."

From East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

Computer scientist (Ph.D) with 10+ years of experience leading cross-disciplinary teams developing innovative AI/ML solutions to national security problems. I use AI/ML, modeling & simulation, online experiments, and wargaming to study topics spanning consumer purchasing decisions, language and information diffusion, attitude change, cybersecurity and deterrence. I am excited by interdisciplinary collaborations and have worked with researchers spanning linguistics, psychology, political science, nuclear engineering, and computer science. I believe the best insights and progress come from rich interaction between fields.

I've published more than a 70 papers and presented at many conference, seminars, and meetings. 

For my papers and previous work, please see the following sites:

Information about experimental wargaming, a methodology to develop quantitative insights to national security problems, can be found here: 


Updated: 12/20/2023