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The IAA is a national center of excellence ensuring the safe, secure, reliable, and predictable integration of autonomous systems into society by covering the full spectrum of research across the three pillars of technology, ecosystem, and policy and governance. Its goal is to ensure that autonomous systems will be trusted to operate as expected, to respond safely to unexpected inputs, to withstand corruption by adversaries, and to integrate seamlessly into society.

Autonomous systems are becoming ubiquitous in society. They are the focal point of innovation and advances in academia, industry, and government. Autonomous vehicles will increasingly be managing industrial warehouses, transporting people between buildings and cities, delivering groceries, helping people at their home and work, and shipping goods across the world. Autonomous sensors are increasingly used to monitor our homes, optimize our living conditions, sense the health and well-being of patients, and protect our schools and institutions. Often, autonomous systems work in teams composed of humans and other autonomous systems. The trustworthiness of future autonomous systems will depend on reliable technology, rigorous systems and human engineering, and principled public policy. Thus, IAA focuses on the three core pillars driving the assurance of autonomous systems: technology, ecosystem, and policy and governance.

The IAA  leverages the deep experience of Johns Hopkins in autonomous systems as well as creates strategic collaborations with external partners to provide breadth and depth of expertise to accomplish the vision of a trusted autonomous future.