Symposium: Safety-critical Systems Symposium 2016 (SSS'16)


Safety-critical Systems Symposium 2016 (SSS'16)

Tuesday 2 - Thursday 4 February, 2016 - Brighton, UK

Safety-critical Systems Symposium 2016 (SSS'16) 

The Safety-critical Systems Symposium 2016 (SSS'16) was held at the Grand hotel Brighton from the 2nd to the 4th February 2016, featuring keynote talks from Martyn Thomas, Chris Johnson, Graham Braithwaite and Harold Thimbleby, invited talks from Rod Chapman, Peter Ladkin and many others, and a selection of submitted papers. 

The after-dinner speaker was Mr. Ken Smart, CBE. Ken served as the UK's Chief Inspector of Air Accidents and Head of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch from September 1990 to April 2005. He serves as Chairman of the UK Aviation and Maritime Industries Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP). He has been Non-Executive Director of British Airways Plc. since July 2005. He served as Non-executive Director of International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A. since July 2005. He is a Member of the Flight Safety Foundation Board of Governors and a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University

The papers from the proceedings book are available for download on the publications page.

The hardcopy version of the proceedings book is available from Amazon.

Selected presentation slides are available:

01 - Martyn Thomas - Cybersecurity in the Safety Lifecycle

04 - Paul Hampton and Mike Parsons - Accidents and Incidents- Viewing the World Through Data Eyes

06 - Stephen Bull - Improving European Aviation Safety Approvals

07 - Roderick Chapman and Neil White - Industrial experience with Agile in high-integrity software development

11 - Carl Sandom - Competence Considerations for Systems Safety

14 - John Birch et al - Development of an Adaptive Safety Monitoring Function

15 - Masao Ito - Managing the concept phase in the functional safety standard for automobiles

17 - Ireri Ibarra - Next generation of driver assist systems

18 - Mike Spencer and Nick Durston - The challenges facing an autonomous car’s risk assessment

20 - John Spriggs - Assurance by Proxy

21 - Simon Whiteley - Using STAMP to Enrich Bow-tie Safety Assessments in Air Traffic Control

22 - Daniel Kästner and Christian Ferdinand - Proving the Absence of Software-Induced Memory Corruption

The final programme is available.

For more details please contact: 

Joan Atkinson, Centre for Software Reliability, Claremont Tower, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU.  

Phone: 0191 221 22220191 221 2222       Fax: 0191 208 7995       Email:

If you would like to contribute to SSS'17 please contact:

Mike Parsons ( 

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