Thales-Bristol Partnership in Hybrid Autonomous Systems Engineering (TBPHASE)

Autonomous machines generally work well in isolation. However, interactions with challenging environments, with other autonomous systems, and with people as part of hybrid human-machine teams creates uncertainty and some surprising behaviours.

The T-B PHASE collaboration between Thales and the University of Bristol has sought to understand the real-world behaviour of hybrid autonomous systems and create more robust and reliable approaches to their development and operation.

About the T-B PHASE partnershipProject outputs

Case studies

From legacy to autonomous rail

Introducing autonomous systems to a network of human-operated systems creates complex and difficult-to-predict behaviours.

Rescue helicopter flying ove rmountain

UAV search and rescue

Clear decisions during SAR operations require good communication between the human crew and the UAV, and between the pilot and payload operator.

Aerial view of busy motorway network

Uncrewed air traffic

From infrastructure inspection to search-and-rescue operations, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have started to serve as multi-purpose tools and platforms.