Sara Bernardini

Full Professor
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, where I also am the Director of the MSc in Artificial Intelligence and the Equality and Diversity Champion.

My research interests revolve around designing and building Intelligent and Autonomous Systems for practical applications and lie at the intersection between different areas: AI, cognitive robotics and intelligent control. I have conducted extensive research on AI planning for temporal domains, planning domain modelling languages, domain-independent search control, probabilistic reasoning and intelligent control. Currently, I am the Principal Investigator (PI) of the project SHARPA: Shared Autonomy via Robust Task Planning and Argumentation, funded by EPSRC, and the co-PI of three projects on AI and Robotics for Extreme Environments funded by Innovate UK: Connect-R (£6m), MIMRee (£4.2m) and Prometheus (£2,2m).

Before joining Royal Holloway, I was a research associate in the Planning Group at the Department of Informatics of King’s College London and, previously, a research fellow at UCL Knowledge Lab. In 2005 – 2007, I was a research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, where I worked on autonomous planning agents for space mission operations. I received a PhD in AI from the University of Trento as well as MSc and BSc in Computer Science and Engineering (Summa cum Laude) from the University of Rome "La Sapienza".