Anita Raja

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

Professor Raja joined the Albert Nerken School of Engineering at Cooper Union as Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs and Professor of Computer Science in August 2014. Formerly, she was an Associate Professor of Software and Information Systems at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she directed the Distributed Artificial Intelligence Research (DAIR) 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 has taught courses in Software Agent Systems, Network-based and Web-based Application Development, Advanced Object Oriented Design and Implementation.

Professor Raja's research contributions is 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 program committees of many AI-related conferences and workshops. While at UNCC, Professor Raja was PI and Project Director of the DOE-funded GAANN Program for Computing and Informatics. She is also affiliated with the Center for Computational Learning Systems at Columbia University.

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