Funders and collaborators

Collaboration is the key to safe robotics and autonomous systems

The Assuring Autonomy International Programme (AAIP) is an independent broker that connects industry, regulators and others concerned with the safe introduction of AI, robotics and autonomous systems (RAS). We understand that to assure the safe introduction and adoption of RAS we must collaborate: across disciplines, across geographic borders and across technologies. Find out more about our funders and collaborators below.


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.

Engineering a Safer World: Lloyd's Register Foundation Strategy 2019-2025

"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, Former Chief Executive, Lloyd’s Register Foundation

Governing Council

  • Prof Dr. Peter Liggesmeyer (Chair) Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in Kaiserslautern (Germany)
  • Walt Aldred - Independent Member
  • Tony Boylen - Principal Specialist, Assurance of Autonomy, Lloyd’s Register
  • Mike Clark - Head of Academic Accounting, University of York
  • Professor John McDermid - Programme Director, Assuring Autonomy International, University of York
  • Dr Jan Przydatek - Director of Technologies, Lloyd’s Register Foundation
  • Professor Matthias Ruth - Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of York

Executive Board

  • Professor Matthias Ruth (Chair) - PVC for Research, University of York
  • Tony Boylen - Principal Specialist, Assurance of Autonomy, Lloyd’s Register
  • Professor Paul Cairns - Head of Department, Department of Computer Science, University of York
  • Dr Rachel Curwen - Associate Director (Research and Innovation Development), Research and Enterprise, University of York
  • Neil Everett - Science Finance Manager, University of York
  • Professor John McDermid - Programme Director, Assuring Autonomy International Programme, University of York
  • Dr Chris White - Senior Programme Manager, Lloyd's Register Foundation


We collaborate on the safety of autonomous systems in a number of ways, including funding demonstrator projects, writing bespoke training and education materials, developing joint funding applications, planning partnership events, and undertaking collaborative research. If you would like to talk to us about how we could collaborate on the assurance or regulation of autonomous systems, please contact Dr Ana MacIntosh, Programme Manager on

Demonstrator projects

We support demonstrator projects across the globe with organisations working on diverse technologies in numerous sectors. Read more about the projects and the teams we work with.

Programme Fellows

Fellows from industry, academia and regulatory organisations contribute to the strategic development of the Programme. Read more about our Fellows.


We are delighted to lead and be a part of a number of essential networks and advisory boards that are supporting the safe introduction of robotics and autonomous systems. Read more about the networks and groups we are part of.