Sara Bernardini

Department of Computer Science,
Royal Holloway University of London

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

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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: Connect-R, Prometheus and MIMRee. I am also the co-PI of the NERC-funded project Net Zero Oceanographic Capability and of the project SMaILe funded by Compagnia San Paolo and I lead a Leverhulme grant on game theory for large-scale decision-making.


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.


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 9.088, 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).