UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub

Lead Research Organisation: University of Southampton
Department Name: Sch of of Electronics and Computer Sci


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.




Sarvapali Dyanand Ramchurn (Principal Investigator)
Rita Borgo (Co-Investigator)
Ann-Marie Hughes (Co-Investigator)
Mercedes Torres Torres (Co-Investigator) orcid
Susan Gourvenec (Co-Investigator) orcid
Sarah Sharples (Co-Investigator) orcid
Richard Michael Hyde (Co-Investigator) orcid
Carmine Ventre (Co-Investigator) orcid
Murray Goulden (Co-Investigator)
Boriana Koleva (Co-Investigator)
Luca Vigano (Co-Investigator)
Hana Chockler (Co-Investigator)
Wendy Jo Adams (Co-Investigator)
James Scanlan (Co-Investigator)
Diana Margaret Eccles (Co-Investigator)
Christian Wagner (Co-Investigator)
Christian Enemark (Co-Investigator)
Tanya Aplin (Co-Investigator)
Paurav Shukla (Co-Investigator)
Adela Katharine Devlin (Co-Investigator) orcid
Mark Philip Kleinman (Co-Investigator)
David Thomas Branson III (Co-Investigator)
Alexa Spence (Co-Investigator)
Elvira Perez (Co-Investigator) orcid
PROKAR DASGUPTA (Co-Investigator)
Christine Evers (Co-Investigator) orcid
Adriane Chapman (Co-Investigator) orcid
Luc Moreau (Co-Investigator) orcid
Steve Benford (Co-Investigator)
Gary Edward Burnett (Co-Investigator)
Joel Fischer (Co-Investigator)
Rita Samiolo (Co-Investigator)
Neville Stanton (Co-Investigator)
Michael Butler (Co-Investigator)
Paul Luff (Co-Investigator) orcid
Derek McAuley (Co-Investigator)


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