Overcoming Critical Barriers to Assurance and Regulation of Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Dr Ana MacIntosh
Programme Manager, Assuring Autonomy International Programme, University of York
Dr Richard Hawkins
Senior Research Fellow, Assuring Autonomy International Programme, University of York
The Assuring Autonomy International Programme (AAIP) is spearheading research, training and standards in the safety of robotics and autonomous systems (RAS). A major part of the programme is to develop a Body of Knowledge (BoK) that becomes the de facto reference source for professionals working in this field. This BoK will be a structured, curated knowledge base covering state-of-the-art techniques, methods and processes for engineering, assuring, deploying, regulating and operating RAS.
The AAIP will identify Critical Barriers to Assurance and Regulation (C-BARs). A C-BAR is a problem that must be solved for a particular system, in order to avoid one or more of the following risks:
• A safe system cannot be deployed (losing the benefit of the technology);
• An unsafe system is deployed (lack of clear evidence to assure operation);
• The adoption of safe technology is slow;
• There is a lack of progress in adoption in a particular domain;
• The level of accidents and incidents leads to a backlash.
Addressing the C-BARs will be the focus of the BoK. The C-BARs will also be used to focus the demonstrator projects that are commissioned by the project.
We will introduce the Programme and discuss the C-BARs that we have identified. We will briefly consider how the demonstrator projects will help to address these issues.