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Research

We provide a world-class research environment that facilitates innovative, cutting-edge research with benefits for society and the economy.

Research priorities

Our centre is uniquely positioned to target new opportunities emerging at the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and human-machine systems. Our ambition is to develop fundamental and applied knowledge and to train future experts in challenging multidisciplinary areas such as human-centred computing, human-centred robotics, human-like AI, explainable AI, affective computing and trusted autonomy.

Our interest centres on exploring difficult research problems at the intersection of human behaviour and technology such as intuitive interaction, confusion, curiosity, imagination and creativity. Our focus is on developing new methods for studying human-machine interaction, accurate real-time perception, localisation of multiple humans and objects, and multisensory processing and control.

Research themes

We have established four research themes which encompass a broad spectrum of priorities. Each research theme comprises an interdisciplinary team of academics with expertise in these fields, forming working groups to collaboratively address research challenges of strategic importance:

Human-like AI

  • Affective computing: the study and development of computing that deliberately incorporates human emotion.
  • Augmented cognition: a form of human-system interaction that links user and computer via physiological and neurophysiological sensing of the user’s mental state.
  • Computational semantics: the study of how to extract, represent and reason with meaning.

Ethical and explainable AI

  • Ethical AI: developing intelligent systems that on the basis of values, principles and techniques that guide the moral conduct of AI technology.
  • Explainable AI: developing techniques and frameworks used in the application of AI technology to make the results understandable to humans.
  • Trusted autonomy: understanding and designing the interaction space between humans and computer-controlled technology that exhibits autonomy.

Cyber systems and society

  • Human-centred computing: the design, development and evaluation of human-computer systems.
  • Human-centred cyber security: the development and implementation of cyber security systems which consider the challenges of the human aspect in securing information.
  • Technology and society: the study of the co-dependent relationship between technology and society, and the impact and influence each has on the development of the other.

Humans and robots

  • Human-centred robotics: developing robots that understand, anticipate and respond to human behaviours.
  • Social robotics: robots that are designed to interact with humans and other robots in human environments.
  • Robot perception/learning: systems by which robots are endowed with the ability to perceive, comprehend and learn new skills or adapt to its environment through learning algorithms.