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Richard Scherl, PhD

Associate Professor

PhD, University of Illinois, Computer Science

MA & PhD, University of Chicago, Anthropology

Diploma, Madurai University (India), Tamil

Office: Howard Hall , Room 222

Phone: 732-571-4457


Web site: Richard Scherl

Fall 2016 Office Hours:
Mondays: 2:30 - 4 p.m.

Fall 2016 Courses:

CS-202 Discrete Math

CS-502 Theoretical Foundations of Computer Science

CS-520 Intro to Intelligent Systems

Regularly Taught Courses:

CS-175 Intro to Computer Science I

CS-176 Intro to Computer Science II

CS-202 Discrete Math

CS-205 Data Structures and Algorithms

CS-432 Database Systems

CS-501A Computer Programming Essentials

CS-501B Program Development

CS-502 Theoretical Foundations of Computer Science

CS-503 Data Structures and Algorithms

CS-517 Database Design and Management

CS-520 Intro to Intelligent Systems

CS-522 Knowledge Fusion

CS-618 Data Mining


The focus of Professor Scherl’s research is on logic-based methods of representing common sense knowledge about the world and the development of automated methods for reasoning with these representations. He pursues connections between this topic and work in other areas of computing such as databases and natural language processing, as well as other disciplines such as linguistics, philosophy, and the social sciences.

Professor Scherl has been teaching at Monmouth University since 2002. He teaches courses in the areas of artificial intelligence, databases, discrete mathematics, and programming.

Research Interests:

Artificial intelligence, cognitive science, info systems

Professional Associations:

American Association for Artificial Intelligence, Association for Computing Machinery

Selected Works:

Scholarly Articles:

Scherl, Richard. “Towards a Formal Model of the Decitically Constructed Context of Narratives.” Pages 520-525 in the proceedings of CONTEXT 2015. November 2-6. Larnaca, Cyprus.

Somak Aditya, Chitta Baral, Nguyen Ha Vo, Joohyung Lee, Jieping Ye, Zaw Naung, Barry Lumpkin, Jenny Hastings, Richard Scherl, Dawn M. Sweet and Daniela Inclezan. "Recognizing Social Constructs from Textual Conversation." Pages 1293-1298 in Proceedings of the 2015 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies. May 31-June 5, 2015. Denver, Colorado.

Scherl, Richard. “A Situation-Calculus Based Theory of Justified Knowledge and Action.” Pages 134-140 in Logical Formalizations of Commonsense Reasoning: Papers from the 2015 AAAI Spring Symposium. Technical Report SS-15-04. AAAI Press. Palo Alto, California. 2015.

Scherl, R. "Developing Semantic Classifiers for Big Data. In proceedings of AAAI Fall Symposium on Semantics for Big Data." Arlington, Virgina. November 15-17, 2013.

Scherl, R., Inclezan, D. and Gelfond, M. "Automated Inference of Socio-Cultural Information From Natural Language Conversations." Pages 480-487 in Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Social Computing/IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust. SIN- The Second International Symposium on Social Intelligence and Networking. Los Alimitos, California: IEEE Computer Society. 2010.

Scherl, R., Tran, C. and Baral, C. "State-Based Regression with Sensing and Knowledge." International Journal of Software and Informatics. 3(1):3-30. 2009.

Gilett, P., Scherl, R. and Shafer, G. "A Probabilistic Logic based on the Acceptability of Gambles." Pages 281-300. International Journal of Approximate Reasoning. Volume 44, Issue 3. March 2007.

Baral, C., Gelfond, G., Gelfond, M., and Scherl, R. "Textual Inference by Combining Multiple Logic Programming Paradigms." Pages 1-5 in Proceedings of the AAAI-05 Workshop on Inference for Textual Question Answering. July 9, 2005, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Baral, C., Gelfond, M., and Scherl, R. "Answer Set Programming as the basis for a Homeland Security QAS." Pages 149-150 in Proceedings of the 2005 AAAI Spring Symposium on AI Technologies for Homeland Security, Edited by John Yen and Robert Popp. March 21 – 23, 2005. Stanford, California.

Baral, C., Gelfond, M., and Scherl, R. "Using Answer Set Programming to Answer Complex Queries." Pages 17-22 in the Workshop on Pragmatics of Question Answering at HLT-NAACL 2004 (Human Language Technology – North American Association for Computational Linguistics). Boston, Mass. May 2004.

Scherl, R. "Reasoning about the Interaction of Knowledge, Time and Concurrent Actions in the Situation Calculus." Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-03), pp. 1091-1096, Acapulco, Mexico, August 9-15, 2003.

Scherl, R. and Levesque, H. "Knowledge, Action, and the Frame Problem." Artificial Intelligence, pp. 1-39, vol. 144, 2003.

Scherl, R. and Geller, J. "Global Communities, Marketing, and Web Mining." Doing Business Across Borders, pp. 141-150, vol. 1, no. 2, November 2002.

Shafer, G, Gillett, P. and Scherl, R. "A New Understanding of Subjective Probability and its Generalization to Lower and Upper Prevision." International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, pp. 1-49, vol. 33, Issue 1, 2003.