Chitta Baral is a professor in the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.
Chitta joined ASU in 1999 as an associate professor, becoming a professor in 2002. Prior to ASU, he served as an assistant and associate professor with the University of Texas at El Paso (Sept 1991 - August 1999).
Chitta did his B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering at IIT Kharagpur and his Masters and PhD in Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. He directs the laboratory of Cognition and Intelligence at ASU. His research focus is in various areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Chitta is the author of the book "Knowledge Representation, Reasoning and Declarative Problem Solving" published by Cambridge University Press. Chitta has been an Associate Editor of Journal of AI Research and the AI Journal, among the two top journals in the field of AI. Chitta is a past President of KR Inc, a not for profit Scientific Foundation concerned with fostering research and communication on knowledge representation and reasoning. He is a member of AAAI, the Association for the Advancement of AI and has published regularly in the annual conferences of AAAI. Chitta was a Research Affiliate at Mayo Clinic and continues collaboration with them.
Chitta's current research focus in on cognition and intelligence; in particular on understanding natural language, visual objects, and multi-modal documents; using knowledge in that understanding; and applying that understanding to cybersecurity, robotics and biological and health sciences.