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White-Box Self-Programming Mechanisms

Descrizione del progetto

Analizzare i dispositivi auto-programmabili basati sull’IA

I dispositivi di produzione, gli oggetti intelligenti, i robot intelligenti e altre applicazioni fanno affidamento su meccanismi che offrono forme di programmabilità e che si basano su componenti di rilevamento e di attuazione avanzati. Tuttavia, l’effetto di tali meccanismi è ridotto poiché la loro logica si fonda su regole fisse codificate in programmi artigianali. Il progetto WhiteMech, finanziato dall’UE, svilupperà gli strumenti per una nuova generazione di meccanismi a scatola bianca auto-programmabili, in grado di adeguare automaticamente il proprio comportamento per raggiungere gli obiettivi desiderati, sostenendosi con limiti sicuri in un ambiente mutevole e rispettando i regolamenti e le convenzioni in evoluzione nel corso del tempo. Il progetto WhiteMech fonda i suoi risultati scientifici sulla combinazione di conoscenze e indizi provenienti dal processo decisionale autonomo e sequenziale dell’intelligenza artificiale, dalla verifica e dalla sintesi dei programmi in metodi formali e da processi sensibili ai dati nelle banche dati.

Obiettivo

We are witnessing an increasing availability of mechanisms that operate in nondeterministic (uncertain) environments and offer some form of programmability. These include manufacturing devices, smart objects and spaces, intelligent robots, dynamic business process management systems, and many others. All these mechanisms are currently being revolutionized by advancements in sensing (vision, language understanding) and actuation components (autonomous mobile manipulators, automated storage and retrieval systems). However, such mechanisms are held back by the fact that their logic is still based on hard-wired rules encoded in hand-crafted programs. WhiteMech aims at developing the science and the tools for a new generation of mechanisms to emerge: mechanisms that are able to program themselves, automatically tailor their behavior so as to achieve desired goals, maintain themselves within safe boundaries in a changing environment, and follow regulations and conventions that evolve over time. Crucially, empowering mechanisms with self-programming carries significant risks and therefore we must be able to balance power with safety. For this reason WhiteMech intends to realize mechanisms that are white-box, that is, whose behavior is at any moment fully analyzable and comprehensible in human terms, and guarded by human oversight. Remarkable recent discoveries by the applicant in Reasoning about Action and Generalized Planning in Artificial Intelligence, and their connections to Verification and Synthesis in Formal Methods, and Data-Aware Processes in Databases, chart an unanticipated novel path to produce a breakthrough in realizing powerful self-programming mechanisms, while keeping them human- comprehensible and safe by design. WhiteMech will ground its scientific results upon three driving applications: smart manufacturing (Industry 4.0) smart spaces (IoT) and business process management systems (BPM).

Meccanismo di finanziamento

ERC-ADG - Advanced Grant

Istituzione ospitante

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 618 996,10
Indirizzo
WELLINGTON SQUARE UNIVERSITY OFFICES
OX1 2JD Oxford
Regno Unito

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Regione
South East (England) Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Oxfordshire
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Collegamenti
Costo totale
€ 618 996,10

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