Principal Research Scientist, MIT; Director, Decentralized Information Group at CSAIL
Lalana Kagal is a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. For over 15 years, she has studied the impact of digital technologies on society and worked on methodologies for governing them. She is the Director of the Decentralized Information Group whose research focuses on the intersection of technology, society, and policy. She was responsible for the first Web policy language and has been at the forefront of computational policy research. She was awarded the AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) award, which is aimed at young scientists who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. She is a Research Fellow of the Web Science Research Institute and an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Web Semantics, the leading journal in the Semantic Web research area. Lalana teaches an MIT Entrepreneurship class around her research, the students of which have gone on to launch successful startups, some of which she continues to advise. She also advises non-profits such as Future State, a not-for-profit initiative of the United Nations Foundation, that work on digital policy and technology design.