UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems in Health and Social Care Workshop

7th and 8th June 2022

Institute for Safe Autonomy, Department of Computer Science and Ron Cooke Hub

Campus East, University of York

Organised by the UKRI TAS Node in Resilience on behalf of the UKRI TAS Programme, the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems in Health and Social Care Workshop will bring together health and social care practitioners, researchers, developers, operators, end users, policy makers and regulators, to discuss challenges and solutions for the trustworthy adoption of autonomous systems in health and social care.

The workshop will include keynotes from leading experts, presentations, demonstrations and poster sessions, panel debates, guided tours of the Institute for Safe Autonomy, a new £45m flagship research centre at the University of York, as well as ample opportunities for networking.


The registration for in-person participation is now closed.

Directions and accommodation

The workshop sessions and social event will be organised on the University of York's Campus East - see directions for reaching the University of York's Campus East. For accommodation options, please see the wide range of UniversityRooms and options.

Presentation information

  • Each presentation slot (30mins) is arranged as 20mins talks + 10mins questions.

  • The venue has a PC and a projector for each presenter to use, and it is also possible to connect your own laptop.

  • eduroam wifi connection is available at the venue.


(see also detailed programme with presentation abstracts and rooms)

Tuesday 7th June 2022

12:00-13:00 Participant arrival, registration and buffet lunch - Department of Computer Science, Campus East

13:00-14:00 Keynote: Engineering NHS Resilience in the Pandemic First Wave (Chair: Ibrahim Habli)

Tom Lawton Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation

The demands placed on the NHS by the COVID-19 pandemic at the start of 2020 were unprecedented in the life of the NHS, but the response showed the best of what can be achieved when people are united by a single purpose. Using the real-life example of Bradford Royal Infirmary, this talk will discuss human resilience, the engineering response, and discuss how lessons from the pandemic may be relevant to healthcare Artificial Intelligence.

Tom Lawton is a Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia and Head of Clinical Artificial Intelligence at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Director of Clinical Analytics at the Improvement Academy in the Bradford Institute for Health Research. He is a former computer programmer and current NHS-R fellow, and an affiliated member of the Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. As a Visiting Fellow of the Assuring Autonomy International Programme he is actively involved in the responsible introduction of AI into healthcare. He was awarded an MBE in 2020 for his work on COVID-19.

14:00-15:00 Session 1 : AI Solutions for Emergency, and Resilience of Network Services for Care (Chair: Victoria Hodge)

14:00- 14:30 AI-Assisted A&E Triage

Tunde Ashaolu – York and Scarborough NHS Trust

Ibrahim Habli and Billy Lyons – University of York

14:30 -15:00 Network Service Resilience and Its Role in Autonomous Healthcare/Social Care Systems Reliability

Poonam Yadav University of York

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-17:30 Session 2: Trustworthy Autonomous Systems for Mental Healthcare and Disability Support (Chair: Mohammad Mousavi)

15:30- 16:00 Use of Robots for the Rehabilitation and Education of Autistic Children and Children with Learning Difficulties

Maria Jose Galvez TrigoUniversity of Lincoln

16:00- 16:30 Reimagining Trustworthy Autonomous Systems with Disabled Young People

Lauren WhiteUniversity of Sheffield

Harry Gordon Greenacre School

16:30- 17:00 Kaspar Explains: assessing added value of explanation in interaction with assistive technology

Marina Sarda GouUniversity of Hertfordshire

17:00- 17:30 Trustworthy Assurance in Digital Mental Healthcare

Christopher Burr Alan Turing Institute

Rosamund PowellAlan Turing Institute

17:30-19:30 Reception

Wednesday 8th June 2022

09:00-10:00 Keynote: Human-centric data driven resilience for assistive robots (Chair: Radu Calinescu)

Sanja Dogramadzi – University of Sheffield

A major barrier to deployment of RAS systems in healthcare sectors is the assurance of safety in such systems, and the ability to ensure confidence in their design and use. A critical step in making machines safe to engage in physical contact with humans is to endow them with human-like sensing to adapt their response to external stimuli. Autonomous robots cannot be safely adopted in the healthcare domain without making significant advances in physical and cognitive adaptation to the ever changing dynamic environments in which they have to operate. This is of utmost importance in robotic applications that require close physical human-robot interaction where resilient operation is a precursor for safety. Resilience in this context requires the continuous monitoring of the user and environmental states, and using the observations from this monitoring to predict and detect failures, and to adapt the robot’s behavior proactively and efficiently. In the context of having users in the loop, communication with the autonomous agent through multi-modal sensing can ensure safe task execution and consequently build trustworthy human-robot interaction.

Sanja Dogramadzi is a Professor of Medical Robotics at the University of Sheffield. She has over 20 years of research experience in surgical and physically assistive robots, safe human-robot interaction and soft robotic structures. She has led numerous EPSRC, Horizon 2020, NIHR and Innovate UK projects as PI. She has expertise in soft robotics, sensing, image-guided control, haptics, teleoperation and safety in close physical human-robot interaction.

10:00-10:30 Session 3 : Assistive robotics (Chair: Maria Galvez Trigo)

10:00-10:30 Connected and Collaborative – designing assistive robots that change the dynamics in health and social care

Praminda Caleb-Solly – University of Nottingham

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-13:00 Demonstrations, posters, guided Institute of Safe Autonomy tours (activities not available to online participants)

AI-Assisted A&E Triage (demo), Tunde Ashaolu – York and Scarborough NHS Trust, and Billy Lyons – University of York

Ethical assurance methodology and interactive platform (demo), Christopher Burr and Rosamund Powell – Alan Turing Institute

Scheduling of Missions with Constrained Tasks for Heterogeneous Robot Systems, Gricel Vazquez - University of York

Human emotion understanding with XAI for trustworthy HRI (poster), Chuang Yu - University of Manchester

Towards simulation-based safety validation of assistive robots using assertion checking (poster), Chris Harper - Bristol Robotics Laboratory

Trust and Proxemics in Autonomous Medical Delivery Robots (poster), Charles Fox - University of Lincoln

Certified Reinforcement Learning (poster), Chao Huang University of Liverpool

12:30-13:30 Buffet lunch

13:30-15:00 Session 4 : Explainability and regulation of AI for health and social care (Chair: Beverley Townsend)

13:30 -14:00 Do explanations enhance trust in healthcare applications?

Benedicte Legastelois King's College London

14:00 -14:30 Certified Reinforcement Learning

Chao Huang University of Liverpool

14:30 -15:00 Regulating AI in health and care: 3D regulation for 4D technologies

Phoebe Li University of Sussex

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-17:00 Session 5: Co-design and deployment of TAS for health and social care (Chair: Poonam Yadav)

15:30- 16:00 COdesigning Trustworthy Autonomous Diabetes Systems (COTADS)

Chris Duckworth University of Southampton

16:00- 16:30 A co-design framework for empowering future care workforces

Cian O'DonovanUniversity College London

16:30- 17:00 Intersectional Approaches to Design And Deployment of Trustworthy Autonomous Systems

Mohammad NaisehUniversity of Southampton

17:00 Participant departure

Organising Committee

Radu Calinescu, University of York and TAS Resilience Node

Xinwei Fang, University of York and TAS Resilience Node

Sinem Getir Yaman, University of York and TAS Resilience Node

Billy Lyons, University of York and DAISY TAS Pump-Priming Project

Hayley Taylor, University of York and TAS Resilience Node

Gricel Vazquez Flores, University of York