Trust Me, I’m a Robot!

Event postponement:

This event has been postponed due to a recent fire at the venue. We are working with We The Curious to identify a new date and will update this page when the new date is secured.


Would you trust a parcel-delivering drone? How do swarms of robots collaborate to complete a task? What scares you and excites you the most about living in a world of autonomous systems?

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Join us for a fun event about robots and trust!

Where: The space above We The Curious museum, 1 Millennium Square, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB

When: Postponed date TBC – watch this space!

Who: This event is open to anyone, but is most suitable for adults and children over 12. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult.

What: You will take part in activities like flying drones, building your own robotic gripper, playing games about robot swarms and driverless cars, and more. You will have the opportunity to talk to Bristol University researchers who are developing these technologies and discuss the ethical and societal implications of robotics.

Organisers: This event is organised by the Trustworthy Autonomous System Node in Functionality project at the University of Bristol. This project is funded by UK Research and Innovation. The TAS project investigates how autonomous systems with ‘evolving functionality’, which can rapidly adapt to changes in the environment or in the systems themselves without a human controller, should be developed and deployed to be trustworthy.

COVID-19 measures: Please do not come to the event if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Please also do a lateral flow test before attending if you can, and wear a face covering at the event unless you are exempted.

Accessibility: Please let us know in advance if you have any access requirement. The event is wheelchair friendly. Some activities may not be suitable for deaf or hard-to-hear visitors and blind or partially sighted visitors. For more information about accessibility at We The Curious, please check the ‘Access for all’ webpage.

Contact: If you have any questions, please contact Dr Arianna Manzini by email.

Complete Agent-driven Model-based System Testing for Autonomous Systems

If you are interested in novel approaches to testing complex autonomous transportation systems (ATS) in the automotive, avionic, and railway domains, then join Prof Kerstin Eder at 17:00 on 21 October at the Third Workshop on Formal Methods for Autonomous Systems (FMAS 2021).

Kerstin will be joined by Jan Peleska and Wen-Ling Huang. Jan will present their paper ‘Complete Agent-driven Model-based System Testing for Autonomous Systems’ before opening the discussion. The intention is to use the methods described in the paper for system-level testing of some of our TAS Functionality Node use cases.

The workshop will take place from 17:00 – 17:30 on 21st October.

FMAS 2021 will be held online on 21st and 22nd October 2021. For programme information and how to register visit FMAS 2021.

Do you want to know more about our research into evolving functionality in autonomous systems?

Then come and join us for a series of talks and workshops on Wed 15 September at the TAS Programme All-hands meeting.

Dr Shane Windsor, Functionality Node Principal Investigator, will be hosting a fireside chat where you will have a chance to ask questions about the research we are doing at the Node. So if you are interested in how evolving functionality influences how systems need to be specified, designed, verified, validated, curated and regulated, then this is the event for you.

Shane has pre-recorded a talk which you are invited to listen to beforehand so you can prepare your questions.

The Functionality Node are also hosting a Specifying for Trustworthiness workshop which brings together researchers and engineers with interests in the specification requirements for trustworthy autonomous systems to discuss and identify intellectual challenges that can be developed into collaborative research projects.

Again, if you are interested in joining us and a host of experts from the TAS programme (Professor Luc Moreau, UKRI TAS Hub Deputy Director; Professor Yiannis Demiris, Professor of Human-Centred Robotics; Professor Subramanian Ramamoorthy, Professor of Robot Learning and Autonomy and more) register and sign up at the links below.

Members of the TAS community can also join an interactive Poster session on Tuesday 14 September at 12pm and 2.30pm where you can met some of the Functionality Node researchers and chat to them about their work.

View the programme

Register for the TAS Programme All Hands Meeting

Download the Whova Mobile App to sign up for talks and workshops.

Functionality Node fireside chat Wed 15 Sept 09:30-10:30 – open to all

Functionality Node Specifying for Trustworthiness workshop Wed 15 Sept 13:30-15:30 – open to all

Poster session Tuesday 14 September at 12pm and 2.30pm – open to TAS community members

BRL On Demand

The Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) hosted their first virtual conference on 30 June 2021. With over 50 talks, the conference was a gathering of top robotics researchers, business leaders and PhD/post-doctoral students showcasing cutting-edge research.

Members of the TAS Functionality Node gave talks on Connected Autonomous Vehicles (Prof Kerstin Eder), Out-of-the-Box Swarm Solutions for Intralogistics (Associate Prof. Sabine Hauert) and Developing Trustworthy Adaptive Autonomous Systems (Dr Shane Windsor). Sabine Hauert also joined a panel discussion: What Is The Future of Robotics?

Other speakers covered a wide range of topics such as unmanned aerial vehicles, soft robotics, assistive technologies, human-robot interaction and robot safety and ethics.

If you missed the conference, or you would like to re-watch it, BRL has made all the talks available through their dedicated YouTube channel.