We work across academic disciplines, and with partners from industry, policy and society, to safely explore how Robotics and Connected Autonomous Systems can benefit people and the planet.
From driverless cars and remotely monitored ships, to robotic arms and virtual assistants – new technologies which can learn and solve problems independently are transforming the way we live, travel and work. At the Institute for Safe Autonomy (ISA) our mission is to ensure that these systems, their software, and their communications are safe.
"Within our purpose-built living lab we are establishing an ecosystem of interdisciplinary collaboration. ISA is home to over 100 independent experts from disciplines including Physics, Engineering, Quantum Communications, Politics and Law, who are working across sectors to ensure that a safety-critical approach is taken to the design, development and deployment of autonomous systems."
Professor Miles Elsden, Director of the Institute for Safe Autonomy.
Design and verification
We are creating and testing safety-centred software and hardware.
We are overcoming barriers to regulating and assuring the safety of autonomous systems.
We are developing resilient and secure communication mechanisms.
Society and Ethics
We are examining whether these new technologies are beneficial, fair and trustworthy.
ISA was established through joint funding from Research England (via the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund), the Lloyd's Register Foundation and the University of York.
ISA is a member of York Unlimited, the University of York’s campaign to inspire innovation and explore new technologies that could help society and tackle global challenges.