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POSTED ON 19-June-24

The world is becoming more reliant on robots. Many of you will have a robot in your house, helping do the vacuuming. Outside the home, robots are making the cars we drive and helping improve farming processes. As we rely more on robotic technology, how are we keeping ourselves safe and secure?


Canberra SME Bluerydge is at the leading edge of protecting our technological future. At On the Forefront of Innovation with Bluerydge, Adam Haskard, co-founder and Director at Bluerydge and PhD candidate at the University of Canberra, introduced the audience to his research in Secure Robotics.


Secure Robotics is an emerging field of study that addresses the intersection of:

  • robotic safety: robots do not malfunction and cause harm.
  • human-to-robot trust: robots behave predictably and as expected.
  • and cyber security: physical and digital systems of robotic systems are secure.


Secure Robotics employs a multidisciplinary approach, with experts in psychology, arts, engineering and cyber security all needed to understand and help address robotic safety issues. This makes it a fascinating field for those interested in understanding how their skills can impact a future cyber secure world.


Adam has developed a framework for Secure Robots to identify the risk of attack on robotic systems and put in mitigation controls. By focusing on Cyber Security, Trust, Ethical Considerations, Human Factors and Safety, Adam and Bluerydge hope this framework will lead to safer robots for the world of tomorrow.


Bluerydge is conducting this research in conjunction with the Collaborative Robotics Lab at the University of Canberra. Damith Herath is the lead of this Lab, managing research project across a wide range of areas; including education, psychology and art. This research into Secure Robotics showcases the unique opportunities for collaboration between universities and cyber SMEs.


If you’re interested in learning more about Bluerydge or Secure Robotics and how you can be involved please check out:




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