Rohini Srihari, Chief Data Scientist, PeaceTech Lab

Rohini Srihari is the Chief Data Scientist at PeaceTech Lab. PeaceTech Lab works to reduce violent conflict, using technology, media, and data to accelerate and scale peacebuilding efforts. Headquartered at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), the Lab carries out its mission in close collaboration with public and private sector partners.

Rohini brings her expertise as an educator, scientist, and entrepreneur to PeaceTech Lab, where she oversees the data and technology programs. She is responsible for PeaceTech Lab’s data and analytics hub which is used by peacebuilders around the globe to rapidly configure solutions for their specific needs. She manages the development of innovative artificial intelligence solutions involving content such as social media, satellite imagery, and data obtained through trusted, local networks.

As a professor of Computer Science at the University at Buffalo, her research in text and data mining has been funded by agencies such as DARPA and the National Science Foundation as well as corporations. Her work incorporates multiple disciplines, including natural language processing, machine learning, multilingual text mining, and information retrieval. She has published extensively, given invited talks, and has supervised PhD, MS and undergraduate students. She has been involved in efforts to increase the participation of women and minorities in STEM disciplines.

As an entrepreneur, she has had experience in raising venture funding, developing and marketing software products, as well as overall responsibility for running a company. She founded Content Savvy, a company offering “big data” analytics for various markets, including healthcare, marketing and customer support; Content Savvy has since been acquired. Dr. Srihari serves as an advisor to organizations ranging from startups to nonprofits.

Rohini received her undergraduate degree in Math and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada and her PhD in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.