£300k awarded to new projects that will involve end-users to improve trust in autonomous systems

News | Posted on Monday 7 March 2022

Two new projects involving AAIP researchers have been awarded almost £300k of pump-priming funding from the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems programme.

Project investigators with the proposed DAISY robot
Project investigators with the proposed DAISY robot (a Sanbot Elf robot)

The first project, DAISY: Diagnostic AI System for Robot-Assisted A&E Triage, is a multidisciplinary project that will develop a robot-assisted A&E triage solution for reducing patient waiting time and doctor workload.

The DAISY robot will take the A&E patient’s vital signs and use the patient’s symptoms and medical history in order to make diagnosis recommendations for A&E medics using artificial intelligence (AI).

This project will be carried out by a University of York team led by Professor Radu Calinescu, with Dr Ibrahim Habli, Dr Chiara Picardi and Dr Jordan Hamilton from AAIP in the Department of Computer Science and Dr Bev Townsend from York Law School. It is a collaborative project with York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and co-led by Dr Tunde Ashaolu, who has developed the algorithm at the core of DAISY's A&E triage solution. It will be supported by Dr Katherine Plant from the University of Southampton and a research engineer.

Through the involvement of the A&E medics and patients, the project team will identify the social, legal, ethical, empathetic and cultural (SLEEC) norms, concerns and tensions associated with using an autonomous system for A&E triage. The DAISY prototype will be evaluated in a real A&E setting and an assurance case developed to support stakeholder trust in the robot by showing how and under what assumptions it meets both its functional and SLEEC requirements.

The second project is being led by a University of Sheffield team, in partnership with Dr Colin Paterson (York lead), Professor Radu Calinescu and Dr Chiara Picardi from the Department of Computer Science and Dr Bev Townsend from York Law School.

This project, Reimagining Trustworthy Autonomous Systems with Disabled Young People, will explore the perspectives, experiences and aspirations of disabled young people in relation to questions of trust, resilience and capacity as they relate to autonomous systems.

Find out more about the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomy Systems programme