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Anita Raja is a Professor of Computer Science at Hunter College and a member of the doctoral faculty in Computer Science at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She was formerly Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs and Professor of Computer Science in the Albert Nerken School of Engineering at The Cooper Union from 2014-2019.
Professor Raja’s research contribution is in the field of artificial intelligence, specifically in the study of decentralized control and reasoning in software agent systems operating in the context of uncertainty and limited computational resources. She directs the Distributed Artificial Intelligence Research (DAIR) Lab. Current projects include advanced machine learning methods for prediction of preterm birth and optimizing route choice in traffic networks. She has taught several courses in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Engineering. Professor Raja’s has co-chaired several workshops in Artificial Intelligence and served on program committees of many AI-related conferences and workshops. She is co-editor of the MIT Press book titled Metareasoning: Thinking about Thinking and co-author of Cognitive Science: An Interactive Approach published by NSS Press. 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. In 2019, Crain’s New York Business named Professor Raja as one of 75 “Notable Women in Tech” in the Greater New York City area. As of 2020, she is the CUNY faculty ambassador on a National Council for Artificial Intelligence in Finance.
Raja 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.