Nidhi Kalra

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Information Scientist
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Education

Ph.D. and M.S. in robotics, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in computer science, Cornell University

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Overview

Nidhi Kalra is an information scientist at the RAND Corporation and a senior decision scientist at the World Bank. Her research addresses energy, environment, and science and technology policy. She is currently leading projects to ensure long-term water security in Lima, Peru and manage flood-risk in Colombo, Sri Lanka using robust decision making techniques. She recently co-led a study providing policy guidance on autonomous vehicle technologies. Her clients include the World Bank, the U.S. National Cooperative Highway Research Program, the Government of Qatar, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Department of Defense. Kalra has also worked on international development and education, and developed educational technology tools to promote literacy among blind children in India. Kalra received her Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Senior Decision Scientist, World Bank

Recent Projects

  • Developing robust flood risk management strategies for Ho Chi Minh City
  • Informing regulations for autonomous vehicle technologies
  • Developing research priorities for energy and environment research institutions
  • Improving the use of technology in transportation

Selected Publications

James M. Anderson, Nidhi Kalra, Karlyn D. Stanley, Paul Sorensen, Constantine Samaras, Oluwatobi Oluwatola, Autonomous Vehicle Technology: A Guide for Policymakers, RAND Corporation (RR-443-1), 2014

Robert J. Lempert, Nidhi Kalra, Suzanne Peyraud, Zhimin Mao, Sinh Bach Tan, Dean Cira, Alexander Lotsch, Ensuring Robust Flood Risk Management in Ho Chi Minh City, World Bank, 2013

Steven W. Popper, Nidhi Kalra, Richard Silberglitt, Edmundo Molina-Perez, Youngbok Ryu, Mike Scarpati, Strategic Issues Facing Transportation, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, 2013

Robert Lempert and Nidhi Kalra, Managing Climate Risks in Developing Countries with Robust Decision Making, World Resources Institute, 2011

Commentary

  • Power lines stretch across rural Turkey, where the World Bank has renewable energy and energy efficiency projects

    Making Informed Investment Decisions in an Uncertain World

    Changing how we make development decisions requires a cultural shift as much as it requires an analytical shift. Methodological innovations like Robust Decision Making can help. By motivating and equipping analysts to manage uncertainty, they can shape how we think about, discuss, and make decisions.

    Feb 28, 2014 | The World Bank blog, Let's Talk Development

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