Symposium: Safety-Critical Systems Symposium 2018 (SSS'18)


Safety-Critical Systems Symposium 2018 (SSS'18)

Tuesday 6 - Thursday 8 February, 2018 - York, UK

The Safety-Critical Systems Symposium 2018 (SSS'18) was held from 6th - 8th February 2018, at the Principal hotel, York,

Principal Hotel, York   Events Centre   Royal-York-Garden-Room1


There were 5 keynote presentations, submitted papers and a poster session.

The keynote speakers were: Dr. Rod Chapman, Prof. John Clark, Prof. Chris Johnson, Prof. John McDermid and Dr. Jonas Nillson.

The after-dinner speech was by Dr. Eluned Lewis, Senior Fellow, Personal Ballistic Protection, Technology Office, Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S).

The final Symposium programme is still available.

The on-line evaluation form is now available.

The proceedings of the symposium are available to download as a full book .  Individual papers are available below1 and a selection of slides2 from the presentations together with videos2 of some presentations will be available soon.

1. Papers are available to download by anyone registered on
2. Slides and Videos are only available to current SCSC members.



Day 1: Tuesday 6th February 2018

Keynote address

Safe Self-driving Cars: Challenges and Some Solutions - Jonas Nilsson


The State of Solutions for Autonomous Systems Safety - Rob Alexander, Rob Ashmore, Andrew Banks
Presentation slides


Ethics and the safety of autonomous systems - Catherine Menon, Rob Alexander
Presentation slides


Lunch and Exhibition

Keynote address

Safety of Artificial Intelligence and its role in Autonomy: A Maritime Perspective - John McDermid, Kevin Daffey


Machine Learning Safety: An Overview - José M. Faria
Presentation slides


Tea and Exhibition

Safety-Critical Software and Safety-Critical Artificial Intelligence: Integrating New Practices and New Safety Concerns for AI systems - Mark Douthwaite and Tim Kelly
Presentation slides


Keynote address

Will we ever learn to love AI? - John Clark (paper unavailable)
Presentation slides


Service-Based Safety Assurance - Craig Harris, Mike Parsons, Alan Simpson




Day 2: Wednesday 7th February 2018

Keynote address

The Fumble Programmer - Roderick Chapman
Presentation slides


The Future MISRA C under the Spotlight - Frank van den Beuken
Presentation slides


Coffee and Exhibition

Regulatory perspective on the review and content of a behaviour-based safety case - Andrew Eaton and Stephen Barker
Presentation slides


Error Management combining people and systems - Rebecca Canham, Michael Wright & Ludmila Musalova
Presentation slides


Lunch and Exhibition

A method for quantitative measurement of safety culture based on ISO 26262
Arash Khabbaz Saberi and Frank Benders, Richard Koch, Johan J. Lukkien and Mark van den Brand

Presentation slides


Poster Session with Tea and Exhibition

Increasing dependability in Cyber-Physical Systems using Reflective Statecharts based Software Components - Miren Illarramendi Rezabal

Complex Adaptive Technologies: Ensuring Safe Behaviours - Alastair Faulkner, Mark Nicholson

Certification Route for Pre-existing Complex Software Elements - Nicholas McGuire, Andreas Platschek

Model-Connected Safety Cases - Athanasios Retouniotis

The Safety Assurance of Intelligent and Self-Adaptive Systems - John Bragg and Ibrahim Habli


SCSC Working Group Reports

Assurance Cases, Security Informed Safety, Data Safety Initiative, Autonomous Systems, Service Assurance



Day 3: Thursday 8th February 2018

Keynote address

The Increasing Risks of Risk Assessment: On the Rise of Artificial Intelligence and Non-Determinism in Safety-Critical Systems
C.W. Johnson


Hazard and Risk Analysis for Health Informatics: Fundamental Challenges and New Directions
Ibrahim Habli and Sean White

Presentation slides



Cyber security enhancements for an ARINC653 safety-critical avionics platform - Arlen Baker and Paul Parkinson
Presentation slides


Securing a wireless command and control system for the UK national rail network - Andrew Hawthorn and Richard Myers
Presentation slides



Data in Police and Criminal Justice Systems: How data errors could lead to harm to innocent citizens
Bill Blackburn, Paul Hampton and Mike Parsons

Presentation slides


A Systems Engineering Approach to Data Risk - Louise Harney



Agile development of safety related industrial automation solutions - Wolfgang Reinelt and Ajay Mishra


The Agile FMEA Approach - Thor Myklebust, Are Hellandsvik, Geir Kjetil Hanssen and Jan-Arne Eriksen


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