Ketaki Shriram is Chief Technology Officer of Krikey, a new Augmented Reality (AR) mobile application that enables users to create and share videos featuring 3D AR objects and characters that interact with the real world.
Ketaki became interested in mobile AR due to its accessibility and how it can inform storytelling by breaking the barriers between fantasy and reality. As CTO of Krikey, Ketaki has found the perfect balance between technical problem solving and creativity.
Prior to Krikey, Ketaki earned her PhD in Virtual Reality in 2017, making her one of the few people and the youngest woman to hold this degree. During her PhD studies, she immersed herself in research for Google[x] on the Glass team and at Facebook’s Oculus VR. She also published a number of research studies exploring the impact of sexual harassment in virtual worlds and how animals in a VR experience can impact people’s awareness around the environment and conservation issues. Ketaki’s research on conservation behavior influenced the development of Krikey’s objects and characters to bring a renewed sense of connection to nature and apathy toward animals through the interactions.
Ketaki holds a BA, MA and PhD in Virtual Reality from Stanford University. Ketaki is a winner of the 2016-17 Magic Grant, in collaboration with the Columbia School of Social Work. Her work has been published in IEEE’S VR division & in the Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science.