Cross-Disciplinary Research Team Aims to Ensure the Trustworthiness of Machine Decision-Making

Dr Lachlan Urquhart, Lecturer in Technology Law at Edinburgh Law School, is part of a University of Edinburgh research team working to ensure that to ensure that autonomous systems are safe, reliable, resilient, ethical and trusted. 

Along with Prof Burkhard Schafer, Dr Urquhart is researching the legal and social aspects of the governance of Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS), from virtual assistants like Alexa to aircraft autopilot. Dr Urquhart leads on research that reflects on what trustworthiness looks like for these systems and how these principles can be integrated into developer processes to form a ‘trustworthy by design toolkit’. 

The research project is led by Prof Subramanian Ramamoorthy (School of Informatics and Edinburgh Centre for Robotics) and is part of the UKRI’s TAS programme, funded through the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund and delivered by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).