Designing technology for people, requires that people are – at all times – either fully in control of the technology or that they can reply on the benevolent intentions and the security of autonomous systems that they cannot control. Therefore, the idea is to build trust into (autonomous) robotic systems.

From September 2018 TU Wien has established an interdisciplinary Doctoral College (DC) on “Trust in Robots – Trusting Robots” to foster cutting-edge research in robotics and AI at the TU Wien. The main objective of the DC is to comprehensively analyse “trust” in the context of robot technology from various perspectives including but not limited to social sciences and economics, computer science and mathematics, electrical and mechanical engineering, and architecture.