SecuRoPS “User-centred Security Framework for Social Robots in Public Space”, is an IKTPLUSS project led by IFE. In this project we will: i) assure those who interact with social robots that the robot is secure and safe; and ii) ensure security and privacy of the user data collected by the social robot.

Social robots and other AI systems are increasingly becoming present in public spaces. In this SecuRoPS project, we will develop a user-centred security framework and investigate the challenges pertaining to the cybersecurity of autonomous social robots. The framework consists of a well-defined process, threat models, design principles, and guidelines, to manage the safety and security of social robots and AI systems. This will enhance safety, security, and privacy of citizens.

The framework correspondingly offers reusable models or components that can be applied by robot developers, robot owners and other stakeholders to develop secure robots and to monitor and respond to security incidents. SecuRoPS will also addresses the aspects of sustainability by creating sustainable and innovative public spaces. In this connection, the project will deploy autonomous social robot, within real-world environment, to assist citizens/passengers taking the city ferry in Fredrikstad.

SecuRoPS is funded by the Research Council of Norway and has a budget of about 12 MNOK spread over three and half years.

This project is a collaboration between IFE, Østfold University College (HiØ), Fredrikstad Municipality, Snø as, and Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial.