Center for Computing Research (CCR)

Center for Computing Research

Kiran Lakkaraju

Kiran Lakkaraju
Cognitive Sciences & Systems
Email: klakkar@sandia.gov
Phone: 505/844-4032
Fax: 505/844-4728

Mailing address:
Sandia National Laboratories
P.O. Box 5800, MS 1327
Albuquerque, NM
87185-1320

My research interests focus on agent based models of social phenomena, such as population wide linguistic change, the emergence of conventions/norms, attitude change and diffusion of clean energy technology (e.g., Photovoltaic Solar Panels) . Validation and verification of these models, however, requires rich, temporally extended, high resolution data of human behavior. To gather such data, I have been looking at Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) as a new, rich source of data.

Education/Background

  • Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S. Northern Illinois University

Selected Publications & Presentations

2014
  • Alvari, Hamid, Kiran Lakkaraju, Gita Sukthankar, Jonathan Whetzel, "An Analysis of Guild Composition in Massively Multiplayer Online Games," Poster, 2014 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction (SBP14), April 2014.
  • Lee, Jina, Kiran Lakkaraju, "Predicting Social Ties in Massively Multiplayer Online Games," Conference Paper, International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction (SBP14), April 2014.
2013
  • Lakkaraju, Kiran, Jon Whetzel, Jeremy Bernstein, "Do public interaction networks reflect private interaction.," Workshop Paper, workshop on Multiagent Interaction Networks at the 14th Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems conference, May 2013.
  • Lakkaraju, Kiran, "Group roles in massively multiplayer online games. ," Workshop Paper, Workshop on Collaborative Online Organizations at the 14th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagents Systems, May 2013.
2012
  • Cardona-Rivera, Rogelio, Kiran Lakkaraju, Jon Whetzel, "Large-scale conflicts in massively multiplayer online games.," Conference Paper, 2nd International Conference on Complex Sciences: Theory and Applications, August 2012.
  • Lakkaraju, Kiran, Samarth Swarup, Les Gasser, "Consensus under Constraints: Modeling the Great English Vowel Shift ," Conference Paper, 2011 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction (SBP11) , March 2012.
  • Vineyard, Craig M, Kiran Lakkaraju, Joseph M Collard, Stephen J Verzi, "The Impact of Attitude Resolve on Population Wide Attitude Change ," Conference Paper, 2012 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction, April 2012.
2010
  • Lakkaraju, Kiran S, Ann Speed, "A Cognitive-Consistency Based Model of Population Wide Attitude Change ," Symposium Paper, AAAI Fall Symposium on Complex Adaptive Systems , November 2010.
  • Lakkaraju, Kiran S, Ann Speed, "Key Parameters for Modeling Information Diffusion in Populations ," Conference Paper, IEEE Homeland Security Technologies Conference, November 2010.