Seminar - Evolution of Assurance Case Practice
On April 4th in London the SCSC is holding a 1-day seminar on the future of assurance and safety case practice. This looks at new thinking in the automotive and civil aviation sectors and how developments like SACM and Dialectic arguments will change how we make an argument and what form it will take. It also examines what a safety argument for an autonomous system might look like. This seminar is relevant to anyone justifying a system, whether for safety or other aspects (e.g security).
Safety-Critical Systems Symposium SSS'19
The 27th Safety-Critical Systems Symposium (SSS'19) was held in Bristol, UK at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel from 5th to 7th February 2019. See the event listing in Past Events for slides and papers.
Seminar - COTS, Legacy and Reuse
This seminar was held on 6th December in London and featured seven talks from acknowledged experts in the reuse of existing components, be they COTS, SOUP or other legacy items, when an assurance claim for the overall system or service must be made.
Selected slides from the event are now available.
Tutorial - An Introduction to Human Factors
This tutorial was held in London on 27th September 2018 and provided an overview of the principles, concepts and issues relating to Human Factors in a safety context. It featured three speakers: Jocelyn Clark from NATS, Ben McCaulder from Greenstreet Berman Ltd and Nicole Saunders from Osprey CSL. Rebecca Canham from Greenstreet Berman Ltd was there to support and run the Q&A session. Selected slides are now available.
Seminar - Safety of the Internet of Things (IoT)
This seminar looked at the safety risks of IoT, many related to security concerns. Selected slides are now available on the event page.
Call for Abstracts for SSS'19
The Safety Critical Systems Symposium 2019 call for abstracts has now closed.
Details can be found on the event page.
The symposium will be held in Bristol, UK from 5th to 7th February 2019.
Seminar - Eye of the ISA on highly automated vehicles
The Independent Safety Assessors' (ISA) working group seminar focussed on the challenges associated with highly automated and autonomous transportation. Selected slides are now on the event page.
Seminar - Safety and Security Integration
This one-day event in London featured talks from domain experts on how to integrate these two critical aspects through combined methods and techniques. Slides are on the event page.
Data Safety Guidance
The PDF of the new Data Safety Guidance document (V3.0) is available for free download.
SSS'18 was held in York and was very successful. Various outputs are available. Please see the event page.
Drones and UAS Seminar
Selected slides are now available from the 1-day seminar "Drones and Unmanned Aerial Systems: How Can We Ensure Safe Flight?" looking at the system aspects of ensuring safety in this new and rapidly evolving area held on the 7th December 2017 in central London.
Slides are now available from the 1-day tutorial "An introduction to model-based safety assessment and engineering"
Seminar: Risk, Proportionality and ALARP
Slides are now available from the seminar Risk, Proportionality and ALARP: How do we do enough for safety? held on 15th June 2017 in London.
SCSC Seminar: New Thinking in Human Factors for Safety
Presentation slides from this event which looked at some of emerging topics in HF are now available. Full details on the event page.
The proceedings of the 25th Anniversary SSS are now available on the Publication page. Selected slides are also available on the event page, under Past Events.
New Challenges Seminar
Slides are now available from the event "New Challenges in Systems Safety" held on 6th December 2016 in London. See the event page.
A booking form and updated programme for the 25th Anniversary SSS is now available on the event page.
Online bookings can now be made for upcoming SCSC events. Please see:
A provisional programme for the 25th Anniversary SSS is now available on the event page.
SCSC 25th Anniversary and Forthcoming Changes
May 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the SCSC ... [read more]
25 Years of System Safety the SCSC newsletter ... [read more]
The operation of the SCSC is going to undergo a major change ... [read more]
Impact on data protection ... [read more]
Safety Arguments Seminar
Slides from the seminar "Safety Arguments: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly" are now available. See the event page.
Field Data Seminar
Slides from the seminar "Use of Service History and Field Data in Support of Safety Justifications" are now available. See the event page.
New Members Appointed to Steering Group
New members have been appointed to the SCSC Steering Group. These are:
Tim Kelly is Professor of High Integrity Systems within the Department of Computer Science at the University of York. He is perhaps best known for his work on system and software safety case development, particularly his work on refining and extending the Goal Structuring Notation (GSN). His research interests include safety case management, software safety analysis and justification, software architecture safety, certification of adaptive and learning systems, and the dependability of “Systems of Systems”. He has supervised many research projects in these areas with funding and support from the European Union, Airbus, BAE SYSTEMS, Data Systems and Solutions, DTI, EPSRC, ERA Technology, Ministry of Defence, QinetiQ and Rolls-Royce.
Katrina Attwood (Newsletter Editor)
After a stint as a lecturer in Old Norse, Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Katrina took an MSc in Computer Science at the University of York. She has worked in the High-Integrity Systems Engineering Group at York since 2002, initially as a researcher and more recently as a lecturer in System Safety Engineering. Katrina's primary research interests include requirements engineering processes and techniques for embedded real-time systems, assurance argumentation, and the application of techniques from linguistics (including NLP) to software engineering. She has worked extensively with industry, particularly in the aerospace domain, on the development and application of pragmatic, semi-automated techniques to achieve consistency in the expression of requirements and assurance arguments. In addition to her work on the SCSC Newsletter, Katrina is the editor of the GSN Community Standard.
Roger Rivett is the Functional Safety Technical Specialist at Jaguar Land Rover, responsible for embedding functional safety processes and practices within the company. He has worked in the automotive industry for over 30 years on real-time software for embedded-systems fulfilling a number of different roles from software developer to Software Quality Manager.
He has been an active member of MISRA since its inception and has co-authored a number of its publications. He is currently the chairman of MISRA. He is a member of the ISO working group that has produced the automotive functional safety standard ISO 26262. He is a Charted Engineer and a member of the IET. He has an MSc in Software Engineering from Oxford University and is currently studying for an Engineering Doctorate at York University
Phil Williams is an independent system safety consultant having started his own consultancy in 2013 after 27 years with General Dynamics UK, where he held the role of Chief Safety Authority. He has supported a number of cross-industry system safety initiatives and has represented UK defence industry on the MOD’s Safety Standards Review Committee and been a core member of the Def Stan 00-56 Issue 5/6 and Def Stan 00-55 Issue 3 authoring teams.
He is a Charted Engineer and a Fellow of the IET. He has an MSc in Safety Critical Systems Engineering from University of York.
Phil may be contacted at email@example.com
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