Autonomous systems have become increasingly
integrated into all aspects of every person’s daily life
Autonomous delivery products are changing
the future for consumers
Autonomy’s impact on transportation will be
transformational
Catalyzing Engineering Innovations
to Improve Healthcare
Autonomy’s impact on transportation
will be transformational

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Upcoming Events

Mar
4
Thu
Guest Speaker – Nicole Perlroth: “The Cyber Weapons Arms Race”
Mar 4 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Nicole Perlroth is The New York Times cybersecurity reporter and the author of This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends, the untold history of the global cyber arms trade and cyberweapons arms race spanning three decades. Perlroth reveals for the first time the classified market’s origins (a Russian attack on American embassy), its Godfather, brokers, mercenaries, hackers and its spread to the furthest corners of the globe, from the United States to Israel, the Middle East, South America, China and beyond. She documents attacks across nations and how each new attack builds on the last, as nation states learn and improve upon one another’s playbooks, extending into high-profile attacks on multi-national companies and private organizations.  Perlroth’s reporting spans the period from the 1990s to the 2020 election and its aftermath, when Russia has been engaged in a months-long hack of the United States federal government itself, an attack that Perlroth continues to report for the Times, building on her book’s extraordinary revelations.

This talk is joint with the JHU Information Security Institute.

Mar
16
Tue
IAA Seminar Series – Alyssa Pierson (Boston University)
Mar 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Speaker: https://alyssapierson.com/

Talk details will be posted when available.

Apr
20
Tue
IAA Seminar Series – Larry Peterson (Princeton, ONF)
Apr 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Speaker info: https://www.cs.princeton.edu/~llp/

Details will be posted when available.

May
20
Thu
IAA Seminar Series – Daniel Jackson (MIT)
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Speaker: http://people.csail.mit.edu/dnj/

Talk details will be provided at a later date.

Jun
15
Tue
IAA Seminar Series – Elham Tabassi (NIST)
Jun 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

IAA Seminar Series – Elham Tabassi
Details to be announced
https://www.nist.gov/people/elham-tabassi

Jul
20
Tue
IAA Seminar Series – Laura Freeman (VaTech)
Jul 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

IAA Seminar Series – Laura Freeman
Details to be announced
https://www.stat.vt.edu/people/stat-faculty/freeman-laura.html

Aug
17
Tue
IAA Seminar Series – Hava Spiegleman (UMass)
Aug 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

IAA Seminar Series – Hava Spiegleman
Details to be announced
https://www.cics.umass.edu/faculty/directory/siegelmann_hava

How Do We Create an Assured Autonomous Future?

Autonomous systems have become increasingly integrated into all aspects of every person’s daily life. In response, the Johns Hopkins Institute for Assured Autonomy (IAA) focuses on ensuring that those systems are safe, secure, and reliable, and that they do what they are designed to do.

Pillars of the IAA

Technology

Autonomous technologies perform tasks with a high degree of autonomy and often employ artificial intelligence (AI) to simulate human cognition, intelligence, and creativity. Because these systems are critical to our safety, health, and well-being as well as to the fabric of our system of commerce, new research and engineering methodologies are needed to ensure they behave in safe, reasonable, and acceptable ways…

Ecosystem

Autonomous systems must integrate well with individuals and with society at large. Such systems often integrate into—and form collectively into—an autonomous ecosystem. That ecosystem—the connections and interactions between autonomous systems, over networks, with the physical environment, and with humans—must be assured, resilient, productive, and fair in the autonomous future…

Policy and Governance

The nation must adopt the right policy to ensure autonomous systems benefit society. Just as the design of technology has dramatic impacts on society, the development and implementation of policy can also result in intended and unintended consequences. Furthermore, the right governance structures are critical to enforce sound policy and to guide the impact of technology…

  • In recent years, we have learned that the most important element about autonomous systems is – for humans – trust. Trust that the autonomous systems will behave predictably, reliably, and effectively. That sort of trust is hard-won and takes time, but the centrality of this challenge to the future of humanity in a highly autonomous world motivates us all.
    Ralph Semmel, Director, Applied Physics Laboratory
  • In the not too distant future we will see more and more autonomous systems operating with humans, for humans, and without humans, taking on tasks that were once thought of as the exclusive domains of humans. How can we as individuals and as a society be assured that these systems are design for resilience against degradation or malicious attack? The  mission of the Institute is to bring assurance to people so that as our world is populated by autonomous systems they are operating safely, ethically, and in the best interests of humans.
    Ed Schlesinger Benjamin T. Rome Dean, Whiting School of Engineering