ATTAIN*SG: Achieving Public Trust In AI In Autonomous Vehicles In Singapore

Project Description

Although Singapore has achieved a high ranking in the Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index 2020, the nation has yet to benefit extensively from a nationwide use of artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous vehicles (AVs). This project investigates the role that public trust in the governance of AI plays in motivating and hindering the acceptance of AI-enabled AVs. The factors that contribute to the public trust will also be examined. The multidisciplinary team will investigate the role that public trust plays from the communication, social science, legal, and engineering perspectives. This project also takes a multi-pronged and multi-stakeholder approach to gather the opinions of experts and the public.

Research Technical Area

Public perceptions of artificial intelligence systems in autonomous vehicles

Benefits to the society

The relevant authorities can gain awareness of the status of public trust in the governance of AI-enabled AVs and implement suitable policy changes to achieve higher acceptance based on stronger public trust.

Project’s Publications


Team’s Principal Investigator

Professor Shirley S. HO

Nanyang Technological University

Prof. Shirley Ho is President’s Chair Professor in Communication Studies in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, NTU. She is concurrently Associate Vice President for Humanities, Social Science & Research Communication at the President’s Office in NTU. Dr. Ho conducts research on cross-cultural public opinion dynamics related to science and technology. She is the PI of several large-scale interdisciplinary projects that are funded by the National Research Foundation, the Ministry of Education, and many others. She is an elected fellow of the International Communication Association, conferred in recognition of her distinguished scholarly contributions to the field of communication.

Recent Notable Awards:

  • 2022: 2021 Best Published Article of the Year Award (First Place), Communicating Science, Health, Environment, & Risks Division, Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication annual conference, 2022
  • 2021: Top Faculty Paper Award (First Place), Information Systems Division, International Communication Annual Conference
  • 2019: ASCoR (Amsterdam School of Communication Research) McQuail Award, a  prestigious  award  given  annually  to  the  best  article  advancing communication theory published in an international journal in the previous 2 years
  • 2018: Recipient of AEJMC’s Hillier Krieghbaum Under-40 Award

The Team

Co Principal Investigators

Dr. Lyu CHEN, Nanyang Technological University
Research Focus: Automated driving, Human-machine systems, AI, Robotics, Intelligent Electric Vehicles, Cyber-physical systems

Mr. Niels De BOER, Nanyang Technological University
Research Focus: Autonomous systems with a focus on autonomous vehicles, automotive electric drivetrains, high power converters and hardware-in-the-loop systems.

Dr. Hannah Yee-Fen LIM, Nanyang Technological University
Research Focus: Interdisciplinary research at the intersection of cutting-edge technology and law, AI regulation and the law, AI ethics and the law, Data protection law, Blockchain and the law, Fintech regulation, Internet Law, E-commerce law, Cybercrime and cybersecurity law, Medical ethics, Privacy law, Cloud computing and the law, Copyright law, Trademark law, Patent law, Ethics

Dr. Hallam STEVENS, Nanyang Technological University
Research Focus: History of technology (history of information technology; history of biology), Science and technology studies / science, technology & society, Impact of technology on society / science and technology for humanity, Social, political, and economic impacts of big data and artificial intelligence