Dr Vidya Narayanan

Vidya recently joined the Oxford Internet Institute, as a post doctoral researcher in the Computational Propaganda Project.

Email: vidya.narayanan@oii.ox.ac.uk

Vidya recently joined the Oxford Internet Institute, as a post doctoral researcher in the Computational Propaganda Project. She has several years of experience working as a researcher in Artificial Intelligence, with groups at both universities and in commercial environments. Her research interests, lie in the interface between technology, ethics and policy, and she is primarily engaged in developing systems that use technology for the greater good of society. She completed her Phd in Computer Science from the University of Southampton, building adaptive techniques for automated negotiations. Prior to this, she completed her M.S., in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, working on problems in decentralised decision making, specifically in the defence logistics domain. Her basic background is in Mathematics, which she studied at the masters level at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and as an undergraduate at the University of Madras. She has also worked as a scientific coordinator at BAE Systems and as a software engineer at Tech Mahindra. She tweets from @vidunarayanan.

Research Interests:

Impact of AI on society, Machine learning.

Position held at the OII:

  • Researcher, November 2017 –

Latest blog posts

  • Russia and Brexit

    Date Published: 19 December 2017

    Authors: Vidya Narayanan

    Several prominent UK politicians are concerned about the role of Russian troll and bot accounts in public conversation over social media during the Brexit ... Read More Russia and Brexit

Current projects

  • Computational Propaganda

    Participants: Professor Philip Howard, Dr Vidya Narayanan, Mimie Liotsiou, Lisa-Maria Neudert, Samantha Bradshaw

    This project will focus on how bots, algorithms and other forms of automation are used by political actors in countries around the world.

  • Political Communication, AI and Data Diversity in the US

    Participants: Dr Victoria Nash, Professor Philip N. Howard, Mimie Liotsiou, Lisa-Maria Neudert, Dr Vidya Narayanan

    This project investigates contemporary trends in political communication, political polarization, artificial intelligence, and data diversity in the United States.

  • Strengthening Digital Democracy

    Participants: Dr Victoria Nash, Professor Philip N. Howard, Mimie Liotsiou, Lisa-Maria Neudert, Dr Vidya Narayanan

    This programme supports research into the use of computational propaganda in developing democracies, our management of strategic relations with industry, government and civil society stakeholders, and capacity transfer to civil society groups.

  • Russia and Brexit

    19 December 2017

    Author: Vidya Narayanan

    Several prominent UK politicians are concerned about the role of Russian troll and bot accounts in public conversation over social media during the Brexit ... Read More Russia and Brexit