Trustworthy Swarms

In collaboration with the Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Functionality Node at Bristol University, the Dyson Institute’s Robotics & Control Lecturer has recently published a paper on the challenges surrounding the use of swarm robotics systems in real-world applications.

The paper delves into four key areas to unravel the complexities of building trust in swarm robotics. First, the researchers analyse the technical properties of swarms, exploring aspects like proficiency, scalability, robustness, and adaptability, and their critical role in fostering trust.

Second, the study investigates the realm of Human-Swarm Interaction, examining how humans perceive, monitor, control, and interact with swarms, which is pivotal in ensuring trust between humans and these autonomous systems.

Third, the paper delves into techniques used to specify, verify, and validate swarm behaviours, crucial for building confidence in their functionality and reliability.

In conclusion, the research points toward a promising future for swarm robotics. It suggests areas of advancement that could bolster human and societal trust in robot swarms, ultimately paving the way for their integration into our everyday lives.

To access the full paper, click here.