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Biography Dr Sarah L. Thomson is a lecturer in data science at Edinburgh Napier University, having started there in August 2023. She was previously at the University of Stirling: she was awarded her PhD there in March 2021, and worked as a research fellow from September 2020 until May 2022; after that. she took up a lectureship in June 2022, before moving to Edinburgh Napier in August 2023.

Dr Thomson's expertise is predominantly in evolutionary computation, optimisation, and machine learning. She has worked on problems from healthcare, aviation, vehicle management, and agriculture. Additionally, she has a passion for fundamental research and is particularly interested in fitness landscapes and explainable artificial intelligence (XAI).
Research Interests fitness landscapes
neural architecture search
explainable artificial intelligence