Hub to lead UK research on Trustworthy Autonomous Systems

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Thursday 4 June 2020

The Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub announced today, Thursday 4 June, will spearhead work to ensure that autonomous systems such as driverless cars and robots are trustworthy by default and can ultimately benefit society and industry.

Autonomous systems are technologies that gain information about their environment, learn, adapt and make decisions, with little or no human control. They can include automated software and ‘smart’ devices as well as self-driving cars, drones and robots.

Autonomous systems are already used in many sectors of society, and given their increase use it is important to ensure that they are designed, built and deployed in a way that can be accepted and trusted by all.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is investing £33 million from the Strategic Priorities Fund to support the Trustworthy Autonomous Systems programme, which originated through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) Big Ideas initiative and aims to address this challenge.

EPSRC will manage the programme, with £12 million allocated to support the Hub.

Based at the University of Southampton with King’s College London and the University of Nottingham as partners, the hub is the first element of the programme, which will bring together the UK’s world-leading expertise in areas ranging from computing and robotics to social sciences and the humanities. Fully integrated technical and social sciences and humanities research will allow the huge potential industrial and societal benefits of autonomous systems to be unlocked.  Further details on the hub can be found here.