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The ORCA Hub: Explainable Offshore Robotics through Intelligent Interfaces, H. Hastie, K. Lohan, M. Chantler, D. Robb, S. Ramamoorthy, R. Petrick, S. Vijayakumar, and D. Lane, HRI 2018 Workshop on Explainable Robotic Systems, arXiv:1803.02100, 2018.

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We present the UK Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Hub for Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets (ORCA Hub), a 3.5 year EPSRC funded, multi-site project with a vision to use teams of robots and autonomous intelligent systems (AIS) on remote energy platforms to enable cheaper, safer and more efficient working practices. The ORCA Hub will research, integrate, validate and deploy remote AIS solutions that can operate with existing and future offshore energy assets and sensors, interacting safely in autonomous or semi-autonomous modes in complex and cluttered environments, co-operating with remote operators. The goal is that through the use of such robotic systems offshore, the need for personnel will decrease. To enable this to happen, the remote operator will need a high level of situation awareness and key to this is the transparency of what the autonomous systems are doing and why. This increased transparency will facilitate a trusting relationship and increase adoption.