Chitta Baral

Chitta BaralProfessor Chitta Baral has been at ASU since 1999. Baral’s main research interests are threefold: (i) developing language constructs and surrounding building block results for representing knowledge and reasoning with it, (ii) developing a theory of actions and their impact on an environment and using it in autonomous agent design, planning and diagnosis, (iii) Using (i) and (ii) in modeling cell behavior and reasoning with it to explain observations and develop plans of action so as to alter pathways that could suggest therapeutic procedures.


Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1991
Master of Science Computer Science, University of Maryland,  1990
Bachelor of Technology with Honors Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, 1987

Research interests

Knowledge representation, temporal logics, logic programming, dynamic systems, text extraction, question answering, natural language semantics, bioinformatics

Honors and awards

  • NSF CAREER Award, 1995
  • Member, senior program committee, AAAI 2002 and 2004
  • Best paper awards at CoopIS 2000 and ATAL 1999
  • Team adviser of robot teams that placed 1st (1997) and 3rd (1996) in AAAI robot contests

Key activities

  • Associate Editor of Journal of AI Research
  • Area Editor of ACM Transactions on Computational Logic
  • Editorial Board Member of Journal of Theory and Practice of Logic Programming