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We are on the cusp of a global technological breakthrough that will influence lives around the world. Robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) play an increasing role in our economic, public and domestic life. But they are not without risks. How do we ensure that they are dependable and safe?

The Assuring Autonomy International Programme is spearheading research, training and standards in the safety of robotics and autonomous systems. The Programme is a £12 million initiative funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the University of York, and builds on the University’s 30 years of pioneering research and training in the safety of complex systems.

Our work includes the development of standards and guidance for assurance of robotic and autonomous systems, assessment methods and open toolsets as well as the production of internationally accessible educational and training resources.

We work with industry, regulators and research teams to address global challenges in assuring the safety of robotics and autonomous systems.

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Assuring Autonomy International Programme
+44 (0) 1904 325345
Department of Computer Science
Deramore Lane
University of York
YO10 5GH

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Lloyd's Register Foundation

In partnership with Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Lloyd’s Register Foundation helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research.

"The next generation of robotics and autonomous systems holds significant promise and opportunity for commerce and society as a whole. But it is essential for all of us that the systems are dependable and safe. Based on 30 years of pioneering research and training in this sector, the University of York is leading this new chapter in complex systems assurance."

- Professor John McDermid OBE, FREng, Programme Director

"Robotics and autonomous systems are going to make a big impact on the sectors we serve as a charity and key to uptake and application is going to be their assurance of safety and regulation. That is why establishing this programme with York is so important towards our purpose of working together for a safer world."

- Professor Richard Clegg FREng, Chief Executive, Lloyd’s Register Foundation