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Our joint ICRA 2023 Workshop on Multidisciplinary Approaches to Co-Creating Trustworthy Autonomous Systems will bring together academics and industry practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds (including robotics, engineering, AI, computer science, social science, humanities, design, and law). We will organise a workshop which will be open and welcoming to researchers from the autonomous agents and multi-agent systems community.

Defining autonomous systems as systems involving software applications, machines, and people, which are able to take actions with little or no human supervision, the workshop will explore different definitions of TAS and individual aspects of trust from a multidisciplinary perspective. We are interested in several factors contributing to the trustworthiness of autonomous systems, which include but not limited to the following:

To explore these topics through the lenses of different disciplines and to co-create a common ground, we propose to organise a full-day workshop with a balanced mix of invited talks, panel discussions, contributed presentations, and focus groups. While the workshop will be an in-person event, we will also stream sessions online and allow for an interactive Q&A.

A diverse group of invited speakers and panellists will present and discuss fundamental issues as well as current and future challenges of TAS.

Contributed Papers will be presented in spotlight talks and during two poster sessions. We will seek submissions describing novel ideas and/or preliminary results, but also related works concerning TAS that have been peer-reviewed and accepted by other top-tier journals and/or conferences (e.g. ICRA or AAMAS). The latter allows workshop participants to learn about recent works that have been published in the field. The Programme Committee will nominate and select papers for the Best TAS Paper Award, while workshop participants will cast their votes for the Best TAS Poster Award on the day.

An online survey on TAS (conducted before the event) will complement the workshop. Results of the survey will be presented during the workshop and will guide the work of focus groups during the day. Focus groups will work towards a multidisciplinary taxonomy on various aspects and the emerging challenges for TAS which will be summarised in a workshop report and/or joint white paper. A particular focus of the working groups will be on the design, engineering, operation and regulation of TAS.

Finally, a Special Issue on TAS in a journal (e.g. RA-L) will capture and disseminate the workshop outcomes including the results of the survey, the multidisciplinary taxonomy, and extended versions of the contributed papers. Thereby the workshop outcomes are preserved beyond the event.


Call for Papers

The workshop on Multidisciplinary Approaches to Co-Creating Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (MACTAS) will bring together academics and industry practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds (including robotics, engineering, AI, computer science, social science, humanities, design, and law). Defining autonomous systems as systems involving software applications, machines, and people, which are able to take actions with little or no human supervision, the workshop will explore different definitions of TAS and individual aspects of trust from a multidisciplinary perspective. We are interested in several factors contributing to the trustworthiness of autonomous systems, which include but not limited to the following: robustness and resilience in dynamic and uncertain environments; the assurance of the design and operation of autonomous systems through verification and validation processes; the confidence the systems inspire as they evolve their functionality, their explainability, accountability, and understandability to a diverse set of users; defences against attacks on the systems, users, and the environment they are deployed in; governance and the regulation of their design and operation; and the consideration of human values and ethics in their development and use.

Trust is a multi-dimensional issue and is conceptualised differently by a range of disciplines. Hence, we invite novel contributions (short and regular papers with 2-4 and 6 pages, respectively) as well as already published journal/conference papers covering a wide set of topics that will be attractive to both technical and non-technical audiences:

Please, use the link below to submit to MACTAS 2023.

https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=mactas2023

Submission Types

Please use the standard ICRA double column template (available here) when submitting a novel contribution.

All accepted papers will be presented in a spotlight talk as well as a poster. Additionally, all accepted contributions will be also invited to submit an extended version to our planned Special Issue on TAS (TBD).

Best Paper / Poster Awards

Our international Programme Committee will review all submissions using EasyChair and will also select a paper for the Best TAS Paper Award (£250). The workshop participants will vote for a paper to receive the Best TAS Poster Award (£250).

Important dates:


Schedule

Time Speaker Title
09:00 Organisers Welcome note & TAS Overview
09:20 Kate Devlin (King’s College London) Our friends, the machines?
09:40 Luis Sentis (Univ. of Texas) Mental Workload Estimation During Human Multi-Robot Search Teaming using Wearable Thin Film EEG Sensors
10:00 Spotlight talks  
10:30 Coffee break & Poster session  
11:15 Panel discussion 1 Theme: Co-Creation of TAS
12:00 Lunch Break  
13:40 Organisers Survey results / Key Questions for Focus groups
14:00 Focus groups Small working groups focusing on different aspects of TAS including: Design, Engineering, Operation, and Regulation
15:00 Coffee break & Poster session  
15:30 Subramanian Ramamoorthy (Univ. of Edinburgh) Algorithmic approaches to simulation-based safety evaluation in open environments
15:50 Panel Discussion 2 Theme: TAS in our Society - Testing, Operation & Governance
16:40 Organisers Best TAS Paper/Poster Awards & Concluding remarks
17:00 End of Workshop  

Organising Committee

Name Affiliation Contact details
Lars Kunze Univ. of Oxford Email: lars@robots.ox.ac.uk
URL: https://ori.ox.ac.uk/~lars
Sinem Getir Yaman Univ. of York Email: sinem.getir.yaman@york.ac.uk
URL: https://sinemgetir.github.io
Mohammad Naiseh Univ. of Southampton Email: m.naiseh@soton.ac.uk
URL: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/people/5yq6nf/doctor-mohammad-naiseh
Ayse Kucukyilmaz Univ. of Nottingham Email: ayse.kucukyilmaz@nottingham.ac.uk
URL: http://www.cs.nott.ac.uk/~pszak1/
Hugo Araujo King’s College London Email: hugo.araujo@kcl.ac.uk
URL: https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/hugo.araujo.html
Baris Serhan Univ. of Manchester Email: baris.serhan@manchester.ac.uk
URL: https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/baris.serhan.html
Zhengxin Yu Lancaster Univ. Email: z.yu8@lancaster.ac.uk
URL: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/scc/about-us/people/zhengxin-yu

Programme Committee (Potential)

Name Affiliation
Caitlin Bentley King’s College London
Elena Nichele University of Nottingham
Justyna Lisinska King’s College London
Jennifer Williams University of Southampton
Liz Dowthwaite University of Nottingham
Elnaz Shafipour University of Southampton
Mohammad Divband Soorati University of Southampton
Edmond Awad University of Exeter
Kaite Parnell University of Southampton
David Bossens University of Southampton
Benedicte Legastelois King’s College London
Xin Du University of Edinburgh
Tayyaba Azim University of Southampton
Andrew Sogokon Lancaster University
Yang Lu Lancaster University
Wang Miao University of Plymouth
Haozhe Wang University of Exeter
Rui Jin University of Exeter