Autonomous systems have the power to prevent loss of life, improve physical and social wellbeing and optimise our interaction with the world around us. It is important to consider how humans process information, respond socially to autonomous systems and understand how we can benefit from new technologies, whilst not adopting technology that can inherently harm us and society at large.

“By far, the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it” – Eliezer Yudkowsky

2021 – Present

The role of the TAS Hub is to coordinate and work with seven research nodes to establish a collaborative platform for the UK to deliver world-leading best practices for the design, regulation and operation of ‘socially beneficial’ autonomous systems. These systems should be trustworthy in principle and trusted in practice by individuals, society and government.

2020 – 2021

Submarine command teams are facing an increasing challenge of manipulating escalating amounts of data and information as crew numbers are set to decrease. In these high pressure environments understanding and optimising how information flows and is presented is critical, and how human-machine systems can support working tasks. ComTET addresses these concerns using modern human factors methods and human-in-the-loop testing to inform designs.

2017 – 2020

Human Interaction: Designing Autonomy in Vehicles (HI:DAVe) investigated the future of human-machine interfaces in level 3 automated vehicles (as specified by the SAE). The project developed new interfaces and customisation features for future autonomous vehicles – validated in high fidelity simulations and on-road environments.

Thesis title: Designing Interactions in Automated Vehicles: The Application of Communicative Concepts to Generate Novel Solutions