Focusing on four central research pillars, we will identify challenges, create novel solutions and help progress these to maturity in order to inform industry and regulatory best practice for robotics and connected autonomous systems (RCAS).

Research pillars

Design and verification

By designing and verifying safety-centred software and hardware, we will ensure RCAS can be trusted in challenging environments – from nuclear plants to busy roads.


We will overcome barriers to assuring and regulating RCAS as they increasingly employ methods, such as AI, which currently cannot be given universal assurance for safety.


To enhance the security of communications between RCAS, we wil develop resilient communication mechanisms and deploy quantum communication technologies.

Society and ethics

Our aim is to introduce RCAS appropriately and safely. We will consider practical ethics and how to ensure that the systems we develop and assure are acceptable and desirable.