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Sara Bernardini

I am a professor of Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Computer Science at Royal Holloway University of London.


I am also the Principal Research Scientist in AI and Data Science at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton and a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute in London.

My research is in AI and Robotics and focuses on autonomous decision-making.

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My research has been regularly published in top-ranked AI and robotics journals and conferences, for example, Artificial Intelligence Journal (AIJ), Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR), and  IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. My paper "Through the Lens of Sequence Submodularity" received the ICAPS-2020 Best Paper Honorable Mention Award.


My projects revolve around applying AI and advanced robotics to challenging environments. Currently, I am the co-PI of three projects funded by Innovate UK and industry: VersaTile, SoAR and Demeter. I am also the co-PI of the project SMaILE funded by Compagnia San Paolo, and I lead a Leverhulme grant on game theory for large-scale decision-making. In 2019-21, I was the co-PI of three projects funded by Innovate UK under the program "Robots for a Safer World": MIMRee, Prometheus and Connect-R. 



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I am the Director of the MSc in Artificial Intelligence at Royal Holloway, and I teach three of its core modules: AI Principles and Techniques, Intelligent Autonomous Agents and Ethics in Advanced Computing and AI. Previously, I taught Interconnected Devices and Wireless Sensor Networks in the MSc in the Internet of Things. In 2019, I was the General Chair of the 3rd Summer School on Cognitive Robotics.



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I am the Program co-Chair of ICAPS 2024, the flagship International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS). 


ICAPS is the premier forum for exchanging news and research results on the theory and applications of intelligent and automated planning and scheduling technology. ICAPS 2024 is part of the ICAPS conference series. ICAPS 2024, the 34th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, will take place in Banff, Alberta, Canada, in June 2024.


I am a guest editor of the Artificial Intelligence Journal Special Issue "Risk-Aware Autonomous Systems: Theory and Practice". The Impact Factor of the Artificial Intelligence Journal is 14.050, ranking it 11 out of 139 in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence.  The other guest editors are Prof. Luca Carlone (MIT), Dr Ashkan Jasour (JPL), Prof. Andreas Krause (ETH Zurich), Prof. George Pappas (University of Pennsylvania), Prof. Brian Williams (MIT) and Prof. Yisong Yue (Caltech). 

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