The work being carried out by the TAS Functionality Node at the University of Bristol is part of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) programme, funded through the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund and delivered by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The TAS programme brings together research communities and key stakeholders to drive forward cross-disciplinary fundamental research to ensure that autonomous systems are safe, reliable, resilient, ethical and trusted.
This will be achieved through research programmes carried out by six TAS research Nodes. Each Node will explore a different element of trustworthiness in autonomous systems using academic and industry expertise. The key aspects of trustworthiness that the six Nodes will research are:
The work of the TAS research Nodes is overseen by the TAS Hub.
The TAS Functionality Node is based in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), a collaborative partnership between the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the University of Bristol, and home to a vibrant community of over 300 academics, researchers and industry practitioners taking a multidisciplinary approach to robotics and autonomous systems.