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Dr Sara Webb

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Decision Support)


The last 100 years of astronomy has seen our knowledge of our own home galaxy, universe and even the thing’s that make-up us change in almost immeasurable ways. We simultaneously know more and less about the Universe we live in, and with new and exciting telescopes, we’ll soon have too much data to work with manually.

To prepare for the future of Astronomy, Dr. Sara Webb works with optical telescope data and machine learning to explore explosions in the universe and how astronomers find them. Sara focused on studying small, yet mighty, red dwarf stars and their flares. When a star flares, energy and matter are spewed out into the surrounding solar system, and Sara has worked to build up a large and unique population of these stars that flare in very short periods of time. In her broader research into investigating the use of AI in team situations, Sara is currently working on studying how astronomers work in their various cognitive states.

Aside from her academic research, Sara also coordinates and co-leads Swinburne’s unique student space challenge programs, sending student led experiments to the International Space Station. This Australian wide program gives students insight into a space science career.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • High Energy Astrophysics And Galactic Cosmic Rays - 510106
  • Machine Learning - 461100
  • Stellar Astronomy And Planetary Systems - 510109


  • 2023, International, Finalist Women in AI (Defence), Women In AI - Asia Pacfic
  • 2023, International, AmCham Alliance Awards (Finalist AI), AmCham
  • 2022, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award (Early Career), Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2022, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor’s Empowered Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2022, National, Superstar of STEM, Science and Technoogy Australia
  • 2021, Swinburne, HDR Student of the Year Winner (SoSET), Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2018, Swinburne, Venture Cup Winner , Swinburne University of Technology


Also published as: Webb, Sara; Webb, S.; Webb, S. A.; Webb, Sara A.
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