Maria Fox is Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Informatics at King's College London. Previously she held a Professorship at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, and before that she was a Reader in Computer Science at Durham University and a Lecturer in Computer Science at University College London. She was an Adjunct Researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Instititute (MBARI), In Moss Landing, California, from 2010 to 2013. She co-founded (with Derek Long) the Planning Group, which moved to King's College London in 2011. She was an elected counsellor on the Executive Council of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and a Fellow and Chartered IT Professional of the British Computer Society. She is now an elected member of the ICAPS council.

Research and External Activities

My research is in AI Planning and Intelligent Autonomy. This includes planning domain modelling, domain modelling languages and their formal semantics, automatic domain analysis, planning for temporal and metric domains, continuous planning, plan validation and plan execution monitoring.

Funded Projects

I have been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on 12 EPSRC-funded research projects::

  • EP/J012211/1: Sustained Autonomy through Coupled Plan-based Control and World Modelling with Uncertainty
  • EP/G023360/1: Automated Modelling and Reformulation in Planning
  • EP/I031650/1: The Autonomic Power System
  • EP/J012157/1: Automated Plan-Based Policy-Learning for Surveillance Problems
  • EP/F022883/1: Using Meta-Level Search for Efficient Optimal Planning
  • EP/D062721/1: Planning in Mixed Discrete-Continuous Domains
  • EP/D062764/1: Evolving and Generalising Very High Quality Control Knowledge for Planning
  • GR/S11015/01: Symmetry-breaking in Planning
  • GR/R89325/01: A Modelling Language and Development Tools for Temporal Planning
  • GR/M70568/01: PLANFORM - An Open Environment for Building Planners
  • GR/M54087/01: Using Automatically Inferred State Invariants in Planning
  • GR/S86037/01: Symmetry and Search Network
The planning group is also participating in the EU FP7 project PANDORA, which started in November 2011, and the EU FP7 project SQUIRREL. These projects are described on the Planning Group web pages.

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Employment History

  • Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, University College London, 1989-1995.
  • Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, University of Durham, 1995-2000.
  • Reader in Computer Science, University of Durham, 2000-2003.
  • CNRS fellow, Laboratoire d'Analyse et d'Architecture des Systemes, 2003-2004
  • Professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde, 2003-2011.
  • Professor, Department of Informatics, King's College London, 2011-continuing.

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