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EPSRC Reference: EP/T017627/1
Title: Twenty20Insight
Principal Investigator: Bencomo, Dr N
Other Investigators:
Sawyer, Professor P Liu, Dr W
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Arcadis (UK) BT Foldingspace
Department: Sch of Engineering and Applied Science
Organisation: Aston University
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 April 2020 Ends: 31 March 2023 Value (£): 586,520
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Artificial Intelligence Software Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Communications Information Technologies
Related Grants:
EP/T017112/1
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
22 Oct 2019 People at the Heart of Software Engineering Announced
11 Nov 2019 People at the Heart of Software Engineering Interviews Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
As digital technology permeates every area of modern life, we risk becoming over-dependent on complex systems that operate in an opaque way, creating a risk that they exhibit emergent properties that adversely affect their users or their wider environment. This is particularly true as developers increasingly rely on AI or ML techniques as a means to define system behaviour when the problem space is too complex or poorly understood for human developers to explicitly specify that behaviour. We are tackling incompletely understood problems by developing systems whose behaviour and wider impact are by necessity also incompletely understood. This trend, which is largely enabled by an abundance of data harvested from (e.g.) mobile devices, sensors and social media, is radically changing how systems are developed and how they are used. We need a new approach to software engineering that

(i) places greater emphasis on making explicit the risks of unintended behaviour for innovative new software products either through limitations on our understanding of the envisioned product's behaviour or through misuse, and

(ii) actively supports explainability of the exposed behaviour by the running system.

Twenty20Insight is an interdisciplinary project bringing together academic experts in Software Engineering (SE), RE, Design Thinking and ML to help system stakeholders and developers understand and reason about the impact of intelligent systems on the world in which they operate.
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