Archived: Governance and Regulation Seminar 5 – Helen Hastie, Heriot-Watt University

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Wednesday, 11th August 2021, 2pm

Trustworthy Autonomous Systems- The Human Perspective 

In this talk, the UKRI “Node on Trust” will be presented, which is part of the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems UK-wide Programme. The Node on Trust is a collaboration between Heriot-Watt University, Imperial College London and The University of Manchester and will explore how to best establish, maintain and repair trust by incorporating the subjective view of human trust towards autonomous systems. I will present our multidisciplinary approach, which is grounded in psychology and cognitive science and consists of three “pillars of trust”: 1) computational models of human trust in autonomous systems including Theory of Mind; 2) adaptation of these models in the face of errors and uncontrolled environments; and 3) user validation and evaluation across a broad range of sectors in realistic scenarios.


Helen Hastie is a Professor of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University, Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotic and Autonomous Systems at the Edinburgh Centre of Robotics, and Academic Lead for the National Robotarium, opening in 2022 in Edinburgh. She is currently PI on both the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Node on Trust and the EPSRC Hume Prosperity Partnership, as well as being HRI theme lead for the EPSRC ORCA Hub. She recently held a Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship. Her field of research is multimodal and spoken dialogue systems, human-robot interaction and trustworthy autonomous systems. She was co-ordinator of the EU project PARLANCE, has over 100 publications and has held positions on many scientific committees and advisory boards, including recently for the Scottish Government AI Strategy.