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Aadya Shukla

Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program/Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age




Aadya Shukla is a Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP)/Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age associate at the Belfer Center. Her research focuses on aspects of cyber security (construction of computational models to conceptualize cyberspace (cyber ontology construction and mapping), comparative analysis of national cyber strategies, formulation of frameworks to measure the impact of innovative semantic technologies in the public domain, and use of trustworthy computing in the context of digital government.

Aadya has an additional affiliation as a research fellow within the joint Harvard-MIT-DoD Project Minerva, also known as Explorations in Cyber International Relations (ECIR). ECIR explores a wide range of the issues within cyber security from the contexts of international relations theory and practice. Aadya is addressing the problem of conceptualizing cyberspace using a number of techniques from the Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering domain. Aadya is a teaching fellow at Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Science. She is responsible for the development and delivery of an undergraduate module on Cybersecurity and ICT.

Before coming to the Harvard Kennedy School in 2010, Aadya was a Microsoft Research Doctoral Scholar at the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford. During her time at Oxford, she also acted as an undergraduate tutor (Computer Science) for a number of colleges at Oxford and the Stanford University Center at Oxford. She will be completing her D.Phil. in 2012.

Prior to Oxford, Aadya worked (2000–2006) as a scientist for the Siemens Limited (Germany), European Molecular Biology Laboratory (Cambridge, UK), and Medical Research Council (Oxford, UK), where she engaged in research in computational biology, bioinformatics, expert system design, ontology development, and large scale data integration within a number of interdisciplinary European projects.

Aadya has co-authored a number of publications (Second Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit, International Conference in Electronic Governance, and Hawaii International Conference in System Sciences) and journal articles which have appeared in Nature Genetics and Mammalian Genome. She has received two best paper & poster awards.

Aadya was elected Microsoft European Scholar at the Department of Computer Science and Great Eastern Graduate Fellow (member of the Senior Common Room, St. Catherine's College) at Oxford and first Royal Dutch Shell Centenary Scholar from India to study Artificial Intelligence at University of Edinburgh.




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