Sebastian Sardina

Professor @ RMIT University

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I am a Professor in Artificial Intelligence at RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia) within the School of Computing Technologies (AI Discipline) and a member of the AI Innovation Lab. I completed my PhD and M.Sc in the Cognitive Robotics Group at the University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada) and, before that, a BSc in Computer Science at Universidad Nacional del Sur in Bahia Blanca, Argentina.

My research falls in the intersection between knowledge representation for reasoning for action and change, automated planning, and intelligent agents. In a nutshell, my research seeks better representation models and algorithms for programming intelligent controllers operating in complex and dynamic environments. In those cases, an intelligent agent must plan, verify, execute, monitor, and reconsider its actions so as to achieve its goals. Developing such controllers in standard programming languages (like C++, Python, or JAVA) becomes a difficult, cumbersome, and an error-prone task, so we look for better ways to do that! At RMIT I also teach several courses, mostly related to the mathematical foundations of Computer Science (Theory of Computation, Discrete Mathematics, and Artificial Intelligence).

As a Computer Scientist I am also very interested in bringing Computational Thinking and programming to the community, particularly to children and youth. I have delivered or supported courses and workshops on algorithmic thinking and coding in Melbourne (in primary and secondary schools as well as in community centres) and provided outreach activities from RMIT to the community. I have helped promote (or tried to!) the integration of Computational Thinking with the Math teaching at the Mathematical Association of Victoria conferences (the premier forum for math educators in Victoria), running workshops, presentations, and participating in panel of experts discussions. He is currently a member of the panel at VCAA conducting the study design review for the Algorithmics (HESS) VCE program which would come into effect in 2023.

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I generally teach the following courses:

I have also thought short intense PhD/Master level courses overseas. Together with Dr. Nir Lipovesky, I have coordinated and run the RMIT-Mel Uni Inter University Pacman Capture the Flag contest, as an extension of our AI courses. If you want to be part of it with your course, let us know! You can check a paper reporting on our experiences and results here.

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Service & Professional Activities

I have recently organized (or I am organizing) the following events:

I also participate as SPC and PC for various AI scientific events, including IJCAI, AAAI, ICAPS, KR, and AAMAS.