The field of robotics is advancing at an unprecedented pace, with autonomous systems becoming increasingly integrated into our homes and industries. However, ensuring the safety and dependability of these systems remains a critical challenge. In response to this need, the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced the establishment of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Dependable and Deployable Artificial Intelligence for Robotics (CDT-DDAIR).
The CDT-DDAIR aims to address the pressing issue of verifying and certifying robotics and AI systems, enabling them to interact safely with users and their environment. By providing comprehensive training in AI, verification, design, and robotics, this groundbreaking initiative will equip PhD students with the necessary skills to develop dependable solutions that meet stringent safety standards.
Based at the esteemed Edinburgh Centre for Robotics (ECR), a collaboration between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh, the CDT-DDAIR will leverage state-of-the-art facilities, including living labs and a dedicated space for testing and development. With access to over £20 million worth of cutting-edge robotics equipment, students will have the opportunity to simulate and refine their solutions in a controlled environment.
Director of the CDT-DDAIR, Professor Ron Petrick of Heriot-Watt University, emphasizes the urgency of integrating safety considerations into AI and robotics. He underscores the importance of certifiability, reliability, and human-centered design, especially when deploying AI assistants in homes and interfacing with manufacturing and construction processes. Petrick believes that cultivating a new generation of researchers and innovators who prioritize safety will not only bolster the UK’s expertise in robotics but also increase productivity and establish the country as a global leader in trustworthy AI technologies.
What is the aim of the CDT-DDAIR?
The CDT-DDAIR aims to train PhD students in verification and certification systems for robotics and AI to ensure their safe interaction with users and the environment.
Where will the CDT-DDAIR be based?
The CDT-DDAIR will be based at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics (ECR), which is a joint initiative between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. It includes the National Robotarium and the Bayes Centre.
What facilities will be available to students in the CDT-DDAIR?
Students in the CDT-DDAIR will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including living labs and a dedicated space for testing and development. More than £20 million worth of robotics equipment will be available for simulation and training purposes.
Why is safety important in robotics?
Ensuring the safety of robotics and AI systems is crucial as they become increasingly integrated into our daily lives. Safety considerations are essential for applications such as AI assistants in homes and robots operating in challenging and extreme environments, such as manufacturing and construction.