Simula is a partner in this Robotic Safe Adaptation In unprecedented Situations (RoboSAPIENS) project that will begin in 2024.
The robots of tomorrow will be endowed with the ability to adapt to drastic and unpredicted changes in their environment, including humans. Such adaptations can, however, not be boundless: the robot must stay trustworthy, i.e., the adaptations should not be just a recovery into degraded functionality. Instead, it must be a true adaptation, meaning that the robot will change its behaviour while maintaining or even increasing its expected performance and staying at least as safe and robust as before.
RoboSAPIENS will focus on autonomous robotic software adaptations and will lay the foundations for ensuring that such software adaptations are carried out in an intrinsically safe, trustworthy, and efficient manner, thereby reconciling open-ended self-adaptation with safety by design. RoboSAPIENS will also transform these foundations into 'first-time right'-design tools and robotic platforms and will validate and demonstrate them up to TRL4, or technology validated at a lab scale.
This project is funded by the Horizon Europe programme under the Call: HORIZON-CL4-2023-DIGITAL-EMERGING-01-01— Novel paradigms and approaches, towards AI-driven autonomous robots. The funding is EURO 717 000 for Simula. For more information, follow the developments on the RoboSAPIENS project page.