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Using a unique methodology to tease out ethical, legal and social values – which often remain implicit and unarticulated – to build robot/AI, cyber and human enhancement systems that are more effective, efficient and better accepted by users, clients and the public.

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Competitive advantage

  • Proven experience working with trusted autonomous systems
  • Australia’s first and only team dedicated to inserting specific organisational values into emerging military and security products or services with the aim of enhancing outcomes and user experience
  • Expertise influencing the regulation of trusted technologies at the national and international level, including United Nations regulatory efforts
  • Demonstrated experience positively managing the media’s coverage of trusted technologies
  • A unique value-sensitive design method proven to yield better design outcomes


  • Aligning trusted technology with societal values and user requirements to prevent technology from being misused, underutilised or disused

Successful applications

  • $1 million study of the ethical and legal implications of the development of trusted autonomous systems
  • Multi-million-dollar long-term program for embedding ethics and law into the design of future autonomous weapons

Capabilities and facilities

  • An interdisciplinary and international team of ethicists, lawyers, sociologists, cognitive scientists and engineers, many with active security clearances
  • Access to cutting-edge tools – social robotics, small aerial imagery drones, etc
  • Experienced writers, cited and published in international news media
  • Commentators who have appeared on prime-time national television

Our partners

  • Australian Department of Defence
  • US Department of Defence
  • Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence CRC