Anita Raja

Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs; Professor of Computer Science

Professor Raja is Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs and Professor of Computer Science at the Albert Nerken School of Engineering at the Cooper Union. She is Director of DIAL, the Distributed Intelligent Agents Lab. Anita received a B.S. Honors in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics summa cum laude from Temple University, Philadelphia in 1996, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1998 and 2003 respectively. She was a tenured faculty member from 2003-2014 in the Department of Software and Information Systems at UNC Charlotte. She has taught courses in Physics Simulations, Software Agent Systems, Network-based and Web-based Application Development, Advanced Object Oriented Design and Implementation.

Professor Raja's research contributions are in the field of artificial intelligence, specifically as it relates to the study of decentralized control and reasoning in software agent systems operating in the context of uncertainty and limited computational resources. Along with her students, she studies the role of bounded rationality and meta-cognition in complex agent systems, as well as leveraging decision-theoretic mechanisms, distributed constraint optimization and multiagent learning for agent control. Applications include tornado tracking, major defense acquisition programs, situational awareness in social media, medical informatics, e-government and public policy decision making, predictive and visual analytics for intelligence analysis, task allocation problems, intelligent information gathering and smart home technologies.

Her work is supported by grants from NSF, ONR, DARPA and DHS. Anita has co-chaired several workshops on Metareasoning and is co-editor of the MIT Press book titled Metareasoning: Thinking about Thinking. She is recipient of the 2006 UNCC College of Computing Essam El-Kwae Student-Faculty research award and Best Paper Award at the 2010 IEEE Intelligent Agent Technology Conference. She has served on organizaing and program committees of several AI-related conferences and workshops.  

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