Seminar: New Challenges in Systems Safety


New Challenges in Systems Safety

Tuesday 6 December, 2016 - London, UK

A complete programme with speaker information for this event is now available.

Selected slides from the event are now available:

Ken Wallace - Addressing The Emerging Challenges of Software Heavy Systems Through Evidence Based Practice
Ibrahim Habli and Sean White - Mind the Gap - addressing the variability of clinical practice in Health IT Safety Management
Bob Oates - Future Challenges for Data Safety
Nick Hales - Update on Certification of Novel Technologies
Chris Johnson - The Role of Offensive Techniques in the Cyber Defence of UK Critical Infrastructure
Michael Fisher - The Problem with Autonomy
Bernard Twomey - The "cyber enabled ship" - What does it mean for the operators and regulators?
Alex Wilson - E-enabled Aircraft
Paul Hampton - Panel Session

Location: Hilton London Green Park Hotel

This seminar considers some of the new challenges in systems safety including: 

  • Autonomy
  • Cloud and Service Models
  • Big Data, Data Intensive Systems and Data Safety
  • Internet of Things
  • Systems of Systems
  • Emergent Behaviours
  • Security
  • Outsourcing
  • Increasing use of COTS and SOUP

These all present new problems for safety practitioners. Often it is difficult to see how traditional approaches to analysis and management apply, and how they may give meaningful results.

The issues related to these areas will be discussed and some solutions presented.

Speakers include:

Michael Fisher - Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool, and Director of the University's Centre for Autonomous Systems Technology

Ibrahim Habli - University of York High-Integrity Systems Engineering (HISE) research group

Sean White - NHS Digital

Chris Johnson - Professor and Head of Computing Science at Glasgow University

Bob Oates - Subject matter expert for product cyber security within Rolls-Royce's Software Centre of Excellence

Ken Wallace - Head of Software Engineering, BAE Systems, Naval Ship

Bernard Twomey - Global Technology Leader - Electrotechnical Systems, Lloyd's Register

Alex Wilson - Director of Business Development A&D, Wind River

The panel discussion is led by Paul Hampton of CGI.

For technical aspects of this seminar please contact Mike Parsons,

For information please contact:

Alex King, Department of Computer Science, University of York, Deramore Lane, York, YO10 5GH. 
Phone:  01904 325402   Fax: 01904 325599       Email:

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