Reimagining Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) with Disabled Young People (DYP)

‘Reimagining TAS with DYP has been an interdisciplinary and collaborative project using methods of co-production and makerspaces (collaborative workspaces for making, learning, exploring and sharing) to explore TAS.

Animated representation of young disabled people supporting with the development of robotics
Trustworthy autonomous systems (TAS) are technologies that we might use in our everyday lives and that assist us, work with us to complete tasks, and we might trust them to do things for us. 
Disabled young people are key end-users and potential co-designers of these future systems, although their experiences and aspirations are rarely acknowledged. This interdisciplinary project has brought together young people, social and computer science researchers and school and industry partners. We have centralised the expertise and aspirations of our young co-researchers around questions of trust, resilience and capacity in relation to autonomous systems; thus embedding inclusion, equity, responsible research and innovation in studies of TAS. 
The project team worked with 9 co-researchers who are students at Greenacre Special School in Barnsley. The team hosted a series of workshops exploring technology, TAS and robots and set about designing and making our own together with the team maker{futures}. 
To find out more about the project, please watch our animation, listen to Dr Lauren White on the Living with AI podcast or visit:
For more information, please contact Dr Lauren White - Lecturer in Sheffield Methods Institute or Professor Dan Goodley - Professor in Disability Studies in the School of Education. 
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