Anita Raja

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

Anita Raja is Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs and Professor of Computer Science in the Albert Nerken School of Engineering at  The Cooper Union.  Prior to joining Cooper Union, she was an Associate Professor of Software and Information Systems at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 2003-2014.  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. As Associate Dean, she oversees the graduate program, the study abroad program, the premed track and facilitates research activities of faculty and students in the Engineering School.

Professor Raja's research contributions are in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), specifically as it relates to the study of decentralized control and reasoning in intelligent software systems operating under the context of uncertainty and limited computational resources. She directs the Distributed Intelligent Agents Lab. The lab consists of a team of undergraduate and graduate engineers doing research in Applications include traffic control, clinical informatics, tornado tracking, major defense acquisition programs, situational awareness in social media, e-government and public policy decision making, predictive and visual analytics for intelligence analysis, task allocation problems, intelligent information gathering and smart home technologies.artificial intelligence, meta-level reasoning, multiagent systems and machine learning. Professor Raja also serves as a research mentor to several high school students from New York and New Jersey high schools. She has taught courses in Software Agent Systems, Distributed Artificial Intelligence, Network-based and Web-based Application Development, Advanced Object Oriented Design and Implementation, Physics Simulations and Engineering Design and Problem Solving.

Her research is supported by grants from NSF, ONR, DARPA and DHS. Raja 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 organizing and program committees of several AI-related conferences and workshops and regularly participates in National Science Foundation grant review panels.  

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