Swaroop Vattam


I am a NAS/NRC research associate at the Naval Research Laboratory. I am part of the Adaptive Systems Section, where I am investigating models of advanced autonomy for intelligent systems. Previously, I was a research scientist in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. There, I made significant contributions to several research projects in the Design & Intelligence Lab. I obtained my PhD in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2012. I also hold a Masters degree from the Institute for Artificial Intelligence at the University of Georgia, and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the National Institute of Engineering, India.


I have wide-reaching research interests in AI including knowledge representation and reasoning, machine learning, plan and activity recognition, natural language understanding, and information retrieval and extraction. Currently, my research is focused enabling autonomous systems to recognize plans and intentions of human team members and/or adversaries from observed and reported behavior. My past research has mostly concentrated on computational analogy, i.e., reasoning with and learning from deep similarity. I have successfully incorporated models of deep similarity into a range of AI applications to enhance their functionality including, information retrieval systems, knowledge extraction systems, model-based reasoning systems, and planning systems.