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EPSRC Reference: EP/V00784X/1
Title: UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub
Principal Investigator: Ramchurn, Professor SD
Other Investigators:
Ventre, Professor C Borgo, Dr R Goulden, Dr M
Spence, Dr A Scanlan, Professor J Benford, Professor S
Butler, Professor M Moreau, Professor L Burnett, Professor GE
Sharples, Professor S Enemark, Professor C Vigano, Professor L
Seabrooke, Dr T Evers, Dr C Torres Torres, Dr M
Chapman, Professor A Kleinman, Professor MP Spence, Professor C
Hughes, Dr A Aplin, Professor T Branson III, Professor DT
Fischer, Professor J Perez Vallejos, Professor E DASGUPTA, Professor P
Devlin, Dr AK Adams, Professor WJ McAuley, Professor D
Hall, Professor Dame W Stanton, Professor N Luff, Professor P
Koleva, Professor B Samiolo, Dr R Chockler, Dr H
Webb, Dr H Hyde, Professor RM Maior, Dr HA
Wagner, Professor C Kucukyilmaz, Dr A Gourvenec, Professor S
Shukla, Professor P Boniface, Professor M Eccles, Professor D M
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Advanced Mobility Research & Development Alliance Innovation Laboratory AXA Group
BAE Systems BBC Boeing
Capital One Bank Plc City Arts Nottingham Ltd Connected Everything Network+ (II)
DataSpartan Consulting DEAS NetworkPlus (+) Department for Culture Media and Sport
Department for Transport Experian Harvard University
Health and Safety Executive IBM UK Ltd Institute of Mental Health
Institution of Engineering & Technology Intuitive Surgical Inc Ipsos MORI
J P Morgan Lloyd's Register Group Lykke Corp
Maritime and Coastguard Agency Max Planck Institutes Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime
Mental Health Foundation Microlise Group Microsoft
Ministry of Defence (MOD) National Gallery Netacea
New Art Exchange NIHR MindTech HTC NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research C
NNT Group (Nippon Teleg Teleph Corp) Northrop Gruman (UK) NquiringMinds Ltd
Ottawa Civic Hospital QinetiQ RAC Foundation for Motoring
Rescue Global (UK) Royal Academy of Arts Royal Academy of Engineering
Royal Signals Institution Schlumberger Setsquared
Shell Siemens Siemens Healthineers
Slaughter and May SparkCognition Thales Ltd
The Foundation for Science andTechnology UKMSN+ (Manufacturing Symbiosis Network) Ultraleap
Unilever University of Lincoln University of Southampton
Department: Sch of Electronics and Computer Sci
Organisation: University of Southampton
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 September 2020 Ends: 31 March 2025 Value (£): 14,069,722
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Artificial Intelligence Control Engineering
Robotics & Autonomy Social Policy
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Manufacturing
Information Technologies Transport Systems and Vehicles
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
22 Apr 2020 Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub - Full Proposal Interview Panel Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Public opinion on complex scientific topics can have dramatic effects on industrial sectors (e.g. GM crops, fracking, global warming). In order to realise the industrial and societal benefits of Autonomous Systems, they must be trustworthy by design and default, judged both through objective processes of systematic assurance and certification, and via the more subjective lens of users, industry, and the public. To address this and deliver it across the Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) programme, the UK Research Hub for TAS (TAS-UK) assembles a team that is world renowned for research in understanding the socially embedded nature of technologies. TASK-UK will establish a collaborative platform for the UK to deliver world-leading best practices for the design, regulation and operation of 'socially beneficial' autonomous systems which are both trustworthy in principle, and trusted in practice by individuals, society and government.

TAS-UK will work to bring together those within a broader landscape of TAS research, including the TAS nodes, to deliver the fundamental scientific principles that underpin TAS; it will provide a focal point for market and society-led research into TAS; and provide a visible and open door to engage a broad range of end-users, international collaborators and investors. TAS-UK will do this by delivering three key programmes to deliver the overall TAS programme, including the Research Programme, the Advocacy & Engagement Programme, and the Skills Programme.

The core of the Research Programme is to amplify and shape TAS research and innovation in the UK, building on existing programmes and linking with the seven TAS nodes to deliver a coherent programme to ensure coverage of the fundamental research issues.

The Advocacy & Engagement Programme will create a set of mechanisms for engagement and co-creation with the public, public sector actors, government, the third sector, and industry to help define best practices, assurance processes, and formulate policy. It will engage in cross-sector industry and partner connection and brokering across nodes.

The Skills Programme will create a structured pipeline for future leaders in TAS research and innovation with new training programmes and openly available resources for broader upskilling and reskilling in TAS industry.

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