Professor Elizabeth Sklar

Elizabeth Sklar is a Professor of Robotics, the Head of the Centre for Robotics Research (CoRe) and former Director of Studies for Data Science in the Department of Informatics at King’s College London. Prof Sklar’s research interests include human/multi-robot interaction and behaviour mining. She has published over 150 papers in refereed journals, conferences and workshops and has edited two books. She is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems and a former member of the Board of Directors for the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems and the Board of Trustees for the RoboCup Federation.

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Dr Leanne Smith

As the Head Forecasting & Planning at the London Ambulance Service, Leanne leads a small team of Data Scientists in supporting operational colleagues to make evidence-based decisions around efficient delivery of care.  Leanne received her PhD in Mathematics and Operational Research from Cardiff University where she worked with the Welsh Ambulance Service to investigate the impact of operational decisions, vehicle allocation and hospital pressures on performance.  Later, she worked with numerous other ambulance Trusts across the country as a Data and Implementation Specialist for Optima, a company specialising in ambulance service simulation software.  Now Leanne is applying her experience in this field, and interest in predictive modelling, to help tackle some of the London Ambulance Services biggest challenges – from developing long-term forecasts for business planning to understanding drivers of demand and individual patient needs.

Archie Drake

Archie Drake is a Research Associate at the Policy Institute. He specialises in applied administrative reform, with diverse interests in public service delivery practice, technological innovation and institutional development across various fields. From 2008 to 2013, Archie worked in conflict-affected states delivering government reform technical assistance projects for the UK Department for International Development, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, World Bank, European Union and others. He holds a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Public Administration. He is also a qualified lawyer and a history enthusiast.

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Professor Simon Parsons

Simon Parsons is a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Informatics at King’s College London and Vice-Dean for Technology. He received his PhD from University of London in 1993, and held academic positions at Queen Mary and Westfield College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, City University of New York and University of Liverpool before joining King’s. Simon’s research interests center on autonomous systems, in particular coordination and decision-making, and he has published over 300 papers and written or edited 11 books on these topics. He is co-Editor of Knowledge Engineering Review, and an Editorial Board member for Journal of Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems and Argument & Computation.

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Alex Pollitt

Alexandra Pollitt is a Research Fellow at the Policy Institute. She works on a wide range of policy areas, with a current focus on research evaluation and R&D policy. Alex’s recent work includes a report looking at the future of UK research collaboration with other countries post-Brexit and a study mapping the global mental health research funding landscape. Alex has expertise in a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and has taught research methods, communications and project management internationally. She holds an MA in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University.

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Eric Schneider

Eric Schneider is a Research Assistant in the Department of Informatics. His research focuses on finding efficient, agent-based solutions to multi-robot and multi-vehicle routing problems. Multi-vehicle routing problems appear in a wide range of settings that include dispatching of emergency response vehicles, a problem faced by the London Ambulance Service and of central interest for the DASH project. He received his BA in computer science from Hunter College, The City University of New York in 2012 and is a final year PhD candidate at the University of Liverpool.

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