Research Scoping Security and Privacy in RAS  

The Project is funded by EPSRC UK-RAS Network

Title of the Project: Scoping research challenges for secure and private interaction with interconnected multimodal assistive robotic and autonomous systems in health and care
Under this project, two events will be organised. The events include talks & discussion from experts of different fields (Cybersecurity, AI, Robotics, IoT and Healthcare services) and conduct research scoping to produce a roadmap of multidisciplinary research on security and privacy for remote and autonomous operation of interconnected RAS in health and care. It also provides an excellent opportunity to showcase assistive care robots to public at Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University (AWRC received a £14m strategic investment from the Department of Health for world-class R&D capabilities dedicated to technological and clinical research. It hosts a University Enterprise Zone (UEZ) funded by Research England) and gather feedback from participants pertaining to issues and concerns regarding security and privacy to help researcher design an adoptable and acceptable assistive robotic systems to general public in health and care domain.

Activity 1: Public Showcase of Digital and Robotics Technologies for Health and Wellbeing

This public engagement event is to demonstrate cutting-edge robotics technologies to general public. These robotics technologies support clinicians and empower people to stay healthy and live independently for longer. However, security and privacy preserving robotic systems are at its infant stage. Thus, this is also an opportunity for the researchers to understand the issues and challenges pertaining to security and privacy need from the end-user's perspective. Privacy is complex in nature, and it is a daunting task to define because it could mean different things to different persons, and it also varies from individual-to-individual perspective. This public engagement event will help researcher understand the concerns and issues around the need for designing a secure and a privacy preserving assistive robotic system. This activity will help the researchers shape their research questions and directions and develop secure by design robotic solutions by developing and incorporating security and privacy mechanisms that fits user's need, preferences, and acceptance of the technology to enhance trust and transparency.
Anyone is Welcome to JOIN us!

Activity 2: Workshop on Research Scoping of Security and Privacy in an Assistive Multimodal Robotic System 

  It will enable the collaboration of a group of academic with multidisciplinary expertise, including assistive robotics, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, IoT, sensors technology, health services, representatives from industry, healthcare sector and the end-users. The workshop aims to (1) produce a roadmap for secure and private interaction, trust building and safe adoption of interconnected RAS system in health and care; (2) build a partnership for applying to EPSRC Healthcare Technologies funding opportunities.

Activity 3: Develop a White Paper 

Security and Privacy in Assistive Multimodal RAS:

Protect RAS and safeguard user’s data to promote quality Independent Living

Open Call for Workshop Presentation

You are invited to present your work on Security and Privacy of autonomous robotic systems for health and care which is to be organised on the 30th June, 2022. You are invited to submit an abstract of your presentation to on or before 18th June and the abstract will be reviewed by 2 experts in the field and provide the acceptance notification by 20th June 2022. The key topics are highlighted below:
• Assistive multimodal Robotic security architectures • Safety and Security modelling of Assistive multimodal Robotic systems • Secure IoT integration with Assistive multimodal Robotic systems • Secure and privacy safeguarding techniques for Assistive multimodal Robotic systems • Cross-disciplinary Solutions for Building Trust in Assistive multimodal Robotic systems • Trust and Transparency • Continuous authentication techniques for Assistive multimodal Robotic system.
Funding: Travel Cost for the Participants will be funded (If Abstract/Paper is Accepted)
Program Detail of Activity 1: Public Engagement and Showcase Events

When: Public Engagement (18th June ) and Showcase (3rd August 2022)

Where: AWRC, Sheffield Hallam University, Olympic Legacy Park 2 Old Hall Rd, S9 3TU.

Public Showcase Event
When: 3rd August 2022, Wednesday, 1PM-2.30PM

1.00PM-1.10PM Welcome and Reception at AWRC, Tea and Coffee at the Hub, Level 2.

1.10PM-1.30 Robot Demo by Joshua Bamforth, at AWRC Level 3, Applied Computing and Digital Lab.

1.30PM-2.00PM Interaction, Discussion, Questionnaire and Feedback Session at the Hub, Level 2.

2.00PM-2.30PM Lunch Break at the Hub, Level 2, AWRC.

Public Engagement Event 

When: During Olympic Legacy in Action Event: The AWRC Heptathlon - Saturday, 18th June, 10.00AM - 12.00Noon

How: Researchers and Volunteers will be interacting and engaging with age appropriate candidates to collect feedback about user's security and privacy concerns in care robotic systems.

Program Detail of Activity 2: Workshop on Research Scoping of Security and Privacy in an Assistive Multimodal Robotic System (Health and Care)

When: 30th June 2022

Where: AWRC, Sheffield Hallam University, Olympic Legacy Park 2 Old Hall Rd, S9 3TU.

9.30 AM - 10.00 AM, Welcome and Tea & Coffee

Where: Hub in Level 2, AWRC Building.

Experts Talk Session 1 (Executive Lecture Theatre)

10.00 - 10.10 AM, Welcome Speech by Deputy Director of AWRC, Professor. Jason Brannan

10.10 - 10.20 AM, Prof. Steven Furnell, Cyber Security., University of Nottingham.

Topic: Security by Design Starting with solid foundations

10.20 - 10.30 AM, Prof. Massimiliano Zecca, Healthcare Technology, Loughborough University.

Topic: Towards better personalised physical interventions

10.30 - 10.40 AM, Prof. Sally Fowler-Davis, Health and Care, Sheffield Hallam University. 

Topic: Technology acceptance challenges- Do we fear robotics for being too clever or too stupid?

10.40 AM to 10.45 AM BREAK

Open Call Research Paper Presentation (Executive Lecture Theatre)

10.45 - 10.55 AM, Dr. Guodong Zhao

Topic: Continuous authentication for Assistive multimodal Robotic system

10.55 - 11.05 AM, Dr. Francisco Javier Aparicio Navarro

Topic: Proactive Detection of Cyber Threats

11.05 - 11.15 AM,  Mr. Erioluwa Adeola

Topic: Application of using embedded devices to send personal data across a MESH network of monitored workers

11.15 - 11.25 AM, Mr. Raymond Mawanda

Topic: Secure Person Identification using an IoT system within a robotic environment

11.25 AM to 11.30 AM BREAK

Experts Talk Session 2 (Executive Lecture Theatre)

11.30 - 11.40AM Noon, Dr. Daniele Magistro, Physical Activity and Health, Nottingham Trent University.

Topic: Perceptions of Social Robots among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: a qualitative study

11.40 - 11.50 PM, Prof. Alessandro Di Nuovo, AI & Human Robotic Interaction, SHU.

Topic: Social Applications of Multimodal Intelligent Robots

11.50 - 12.00 PM, Prof. Angelo Cangelosi, Machine Learning & Robotics, Manchester University.

Topic: Developmental Robotics for Language Learning, Trust and Theory of Mind

12.00 - 12.10 PM, Prof. Chris Dayson, Economic and Social Research, SHU.

Topic: Can we socially prescribe robots?  Thinking aloud about some opportunities and challenges from a community perspective

12.10 - 12.20 PM, Ian Gardner FBCS CITP, IBM

Topic: Securing your factory of the future

12.20 - 12.30 PM

Demo by Joshua Bamforth

Where: AWRC Level 3, Applied Computing and Digital Technologies Lab.

Research Discussion Questions for Post Lunch will be Displayed on the Screen at 12.30 PM

12.30 - 1.30 PM

Lunch Break at the Hub, Level 2, AWRC.

01.30 - 5.00 PM

Research Question Discussion Session (Moderator : Dr Helen Meese)

Where:   Education Training and Engagement Hub (Level 3 AWRC)

2.00 PM and 4.00 PM, Tea & Coffee

Project Collaborators

Dr. Jims Marchang (PI)

Sheffield Hallam University

Dr. Samuele Vinanzi (CoI)

Manchester University

Prof. Massimiliano Zecca (CoI)

Loughborough University

Prof. Alessandro Di Nuovo (CoI)

Sheffield Hallam University