Assuring Autonomy International Programme
The University of York is one of 16 universities to receive funding for a new Doctoral Training Centre in artificial intelligence (AI) to train the next generation of researchers and innovators.
Posted on 1 November 2023
Ahead of the upcoming AI Safety Summit, we set out three key approaches which we believe will help regulators and policy makers work towards the goal of answering the big question: 'is it safe?'.
Posted on 19 October 2023
New network membership to support the University’s leading research in safe and responsible artificial intelligence (AI) systems.
Posted on 2 October 2023
Researchers at the Universities of York and Sheffield worked with disabled young people to reimagine autonomous systems so they can enhance the lives of everyone.
Posted on 13 June 2023
Two leading experts from the Fraunhofer IKS and the University of York in the safety of complex systems have published a paper proposing a new approach to assure the safety of cognitive cyber-physical systems (CPS), including automated driving systems.
Posted on 13 February 2023
The AAIP MSc module is the only one dedicated to the safety assurance of autonomy and machine learning
Posted on 4 February 2023
Our Year in review 2022 considers how our assuring autonomy community are guiding the safe development of autonomous systems across the globe
Posted on 3 February 2023
Balancing the technical and ethical sides of assuring the safety of AI in the complex world of healthcare
Posted on 28 January 2023
Dr Colin Paterson tells us how the experiences and aspirations of young people with complex needs are being used in research into trustworthy autonomous systems
Posted on 26 January 2023
Professor Farah Magrabi, an AAIP Programme Fellow, has been appointed as one of Australia’s representatives on the Global Partnership for AI (GPAI)
Posted on 7 November 2022
Funding from MPS Foundation awarded to new AI in healthcare project
Posted on 3 November 2022
Public consultation for BSI British standard: BS 30440 Validation framework for the use of AI in healthcare is launched
Posted on 12 October 2022
If you've used our AMLAS guidance please give us your feedback and support our work to provide more expert safety assurance guidance.
Posted on 11 October 2022
The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) published “Responsible Innovation in Self-Driving Vehicles” this month, featuring recommendations shaped by the AAIP’s Director, Professor John McDermid, and Professor Jack Stilgoe of UCL
Posted on 31 August 2022
Safety experts from the Assuring Autonomy International Programme have published their latest guidance to support system developers, safety engineers, and assessors to design and introduce safe autonomous systems.
Posted on 11 August 2022
A partnership conference from AAIP and NHS Digital to bring delegates up-to-date with technology developments in healthcare, how the safety of these systems is being assured, and how ethics and governance are being considered.
Posted on 18 July 2022
The exhibit, developed by the Assuring Autonomy International Programme (AAIP) and the National Railway Museum, will explore how autonomous technologies could help shape the future of the railways.
Posted on 13 June 2022
New tool will help machine learning developers and safety engineers create a safety case for ML components
Posted on 30 May 2022
AAIP report presents two new ontological models to support work to identify all of the risks associated with the introduction of autonomous vehicles
Posted on 4 May 2022
A free conference and workshop organised by NHS Digital and the AAIP for clinicians and those working in healthcare IT
Posted on 4 April 2022
The Call for Papers is now out for the 3rd international Dynamic Risk managEment for AutonoMous Systems (DREAMS) workshop
Posted on 31 March 2022
Safety experts at the University of York develop first standardised procedure to help assure the safety of robots, delivery drones, self-driving cars, or any products that use machine learning
Posted on 14 March 2022
Two new projects involving AAIP researchers have been awarded almost £300k of pump-priming funding from the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems programme.
Posted on 7 March 2022
We are delighted to announce the launch of our new guidance website
Posted on 21 February 2022
DeepDECS is a new method for the synthesis of correct-by-construction discrete-event controllers for autonomous systems that use deep neural network classifiers for the perception step of their decision-making processes
Posted on 14 February 2022
Our Year in review 2021 considers how our assuring autonomy team and community are guiding the safe development of autonomous systems through the translation of our significant body of research into guidance and training
Posted on 1 February 2022
AAIP demonstrator project leads to a new report highlighting the regulatory and legal barriers that need to be removed to enable the safe operation of remote-controlled and autonomous ships in UK waters
An article from the SAM demonstrator project has been named one of the top ten most-cited papers published in BMJ Health & Care Informatics in 2019.
Posted on 21 December 2021
University of York academics have been awarded £700,000 to develop a legal and moral framework for tracing and allocating responsibility behind autonomous systems, such as driverless cars or medical systems.
Posted on 24 November 2021
Register now for a free conference discussing the safe development and utilisation of AI in healthcare
Posted on 11 November 2021
Richard Hawkins discusses the safety of self-driving cars with Dr Claire Asher
Posted on 1 November 2021
Online collaboration for this year's Manufacturing Robotics Challenge
Posted on 30 September 2021
AAIP demonstrator project leads to new white paper setting out a human factors perspective on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) applications in healthcare
Posted on 21 September 2021
Two reports, authored and co-authored by the University of York and published this week, highlight the increasing complexity of systems that are part of our everyday lives, and propose a framework that can help us to safely manage this increasing complexity and interconnectedness.
Posted on 15 July 2021
Dr Radu Calinescu was a joint editor of this special issue of Elsevier's Journal of systems and software
Posted on 17 May 2021
Read all the latest news and updates in the May 2021 AAIP email newsletter
This new book chapter describes the application of the Functional Resonance Analysis Method to study performance variability and trade-offs in an intensive care unit.
Posted on 4 May 2021
This new special issue is on resilient software and software‑controlled systems and was edited by Radu Calinescu and Felicita Di Giandomenico
Posted on 20 April 2021
AAIP’s Dr Mark Nicholson was part of the steering group which developed this standard.
Posted on 30 March 2021
In our latest CPD module, you will consider the challenges posed to safety engineering techniques and practice by robotics and autonomous systems.
Posted on 1 March 2021
New AAIP guidance presents a methodology for the Assurance of Machine Learning for use in Autonomous Systems (AMLAS).
Posted on 4 February 2021
Our 2020 annual review considers an unusual year, but one in which we have accomplished much of what we planned and achieved additional successes along the way.
Posted on 2 February 2021
Ahead of the launch of our Year in Review 2020, we’ve taken a look back at a somewhat unexpected year and some of the key activities and achievements along the way.
Posted on 30 January 2021
Submissions are invited for this special issue on the topic of AI auditing, assurance, and certification.
Posted on 15 January 2021
Is it appropriate for autonomous vehicles to be able to detect and make decisions based on characteristics protected by anti-discrimination legislation?
Posted on 17 December 2020
The FAA recently set out steps for the return of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft to commercial service. Professor John McDermid looks at what went wrong and the fixes that have been put in place.
Posted on 30 November 2020
An AI Command Centre, thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, is to be the focus of a study to understand how it will impact the quality, safety and organisation of healthcare at the Bradford hospital it is part of.
Posted on 6 November 2020
AAIP is delighted to endorse the new guidelines to improve the guidelines for clinical trial protocols and clinical trial reports
Posted on 26 October 2020
A project that will improve the ability of autonomous systems to reason about the impact of their decisions and actions on technical and social requirements and rules has been awarded over £3M from the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) programme.
Posted on 19 October 2020
40th edition of SAFECOMP to be held at the University of York with a special theme of Safe human-robotic and autonomous system (RAS) interaction
Posted on 18 September 2020
The new paper examines the modelling assumptions that have been informing the COVID-19 policy-making processes and to what extent these assumptions and their limitations are communicated to decision-makers.
Posted on 11 September 2020
Elon Musk thinks his company Tesla will have fully autonomous cars ready by the end of 2020. Challenges remain - Professor John McDermid gives us five of the key obstacles.
Posted on 30 July 2020
New report provides single point of reference on the safety, regulatory and liability issues for operating inspection robots in the EU
Posted on 1 July 2020
New AAIP report presents framework for assuring the safety of highly automated driving systems
Posted on 31 May 2020
Today we are rolling out the first practical guidance that is freely accessible through the online AAIP Body of Knowledge to support the safe development of robotic and autonomous systems (RAS).
Posted on 8 April 2020
Every day across the world people depend upon complex systems for their everyday lives: healthcare, transportation, and the built environment they live and work in. These systems are evolving rapidly through developments in technology. But such progress can run ahead of the necessary changes to the structures and governance around the systems themselves that will ensure their safety.
Posted on 3 April 2020
AI-based tools in health care are challenging the standard clinical practices of assigning blame and assuring patient safety. This paper considers the possibility of patient harm caused by the decisions of an AI-based clinical tool, focusing on two aspects: moral accountability; and safety assurance.
Posted on 2 April 2020
The UK-RAS Network has announced five new strategic task groups to lead activities on key areas of interest to the Network. AAIP is delighted to be part of the Skills and Education in Robotics and Autonomous Systems group.
Posted on 1 April 2020
Professor John McDermid and Dr Ana MacIntosh talk to journalist Philippa Geering about the safety of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems
Posted on 9 March 2020
Collaboration is key to the success of the Programme and we have worked across the globe to join forces where needed. A real triumph of our partnerships is their multi-disciplinary nature: the safe introduction and adoption of robotics and autonomous systems is a complicated issue and we must work across disciplines to solve it.
Posted on 31 January 2020
Last month the Assuring Autonomy International Programme (AAIP) became the newest member of the Australian Alliance for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare (AAAiH).
Posted on 18 November 2019
We are delighted to announce that Dr Radu Calinescu has been awarded funding from ORCA for a new verification and assurance project
Posted on 15 November 2019
Dr Radu Calinescu is a guest editor on upcoming special edition
Posted on 11 October 2019
Ana MacIntosh to present at Lloyd's Register Foundation's international safety conference in October
Posted on 6 September 2019
Nikita Johnson received the International System Safety Society's George Peters Award at their recent conference
Posted on 2 September 2019
Dr Richard Hawkins and Professor John McDermid have written a briefing paper for the Institute of Manufacturing on assuring the safety of autonomy in manufacturing
Posted on 30 August 2019
The University of York is to establish a £35m flagship research facility to address global challenges in assuring the safety of robotics and other systems that use artificial intelligence. The York Global Initiative for Safe Autonomy will be based on Campus East and will house specialist laboratories and testing facilities – bringing together industrial partners and world-leading experts in the field.
Posted on 10 July 2019
Short talks and posters invited for this first workshop on assuring the safety of physically assistive robots
Posted on 2 July 2019
The current unprecedented interest in machine learning is fuelled by a vision of its applicability extending to healthcare, transportation, defence and other domains of great societal importance. Achieving this vision requires the use of machine learning in safety-critical applications that demand levels of assurance beyond those needed for current applications.
Posted on 1 July 2019
The Assuring Autonomy International Programme, a partnership between international charity Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the University of York, is investing more than £1.2 million into research that will advance the safety assurance of robotics and autonomous systems (RAS), while building public trust in such technology.
Given the recent rapid advances of robotics and artificial intelligence, this paper addresses the associated ethical issues.
The Law Commission's announcement today that they could begin work to establish a safety assurance scheme to facilitate the deployment of highly automated driving systems is a welcome next step towards the safe introduction of autonomous vehicles.
Posted on 19 June 2019
The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has confirmed the appointment of Professor John McDermid as a non-executive director on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Board.
Posted on 17 June 2019
Congratulations to Assuring Autonomy International Programme Research Associate Colin on this award
Posted on 5 June 2019
Join us for a World of Wonder at this year's York Festival of Ideas.
Posted on 10 May 2019
AAIP is looking for applicants from industry, academia and regulatory organisations for our visiting fellowships.
Posted on 24 April 2019
Congratulations to AAIP Research Associate Nikita on her recent award
Posted on 16 April 2019
Find out more about what we accomplished in 2018 and where we're heading now: read our 2018 annual review.
Posted on 8 April 2019
The 2019 NHS Digital Health Safety Conference at the University of York: a beautiful city, 100 great minds and a whole day dedicated to discussing the safe introduction of new AI-based digital health technologies.
Posted on 5 April 2019
Guardian angel or big brother? Professor John McDermid gives us five things to consider before speed limiters are added to cars in an article in The Conversation
Posted on 28 March 2019
The Assuring Autonomy International Programme was part of a debate organised by White Rose Brussels about how we address the challenges of increasing human-robot interaction in many areas of society.
Posted on 11 February 2019
Can we expect autonomous vehicles to be moral agents? Decisively no, says Professor John McDermid in this article for The Conversation
Posted on 24 January 2019
Professor John McDermid's article on assuring the safety of smart city initiatives for a New Statesman Spotlight on Transport
Posted on 12 November 2018
Up to £500,000 awards are available for research into assuring the safety of robotics and autonomous systems
Posted on 6 July 2018
Major industrial and academic organisations gather in York to launch new programme in robotics and autonomous systems.
Posted on 5 July 2018
Professor John McDermid, Director of the Assuring Autonomy International Programme, responds to the deal.
Posted on 27 April 2018