Symposium: Safety-Critical Systems Symposium 2019 (SSS'19)


Safety-Critical Systems Symposium 2019 (SSS'19)

Tuesday 5 - Thursday 7 February, 2019 - Bristol, UK

The 27th Safety-Critical Systems Symposium (SSS'19) will be held in Bristol, UK in February 2019 at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TA

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

A flyer for the symposium is available.

The paper template for authors is here.

The call for poster abstracts has now closed.

The call for presentation abstracts has now closed.

Keynote speakers are:

Professor Maureen Baker, CBE, Chair Professional Record Standards Body, Clinical Director for Patient Safety at the Health and Social Care Information Centre, "Safety in Health IT - 15 years of personal experience"

Professor Graham Braithwaite, Director, Transport Systems and Professor of Safety & Accident Investigation, Cranfield University, "Forensics to Prognostics - From investigating failures to anticipating the vulnerabilities of increasingly complex systems"

Professor Sidney Dekker, Safety Science Innovation Lab, Griffith University, "Automation Surprise in the 21st Century: Culture, Collaborative Cognition, Complexity and Legacy Systems"

Simon Fürst, BMW Group: Autonomous Driving, Driver Assistance, Software-based Features, "Engineering Safe Machine Learning for Automated Driving Systems"

Philip Koopman, Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Co-Founder; Chief Technologist Edge Case Research LLC, "Autonomous Vehicle Safety: Progress & Challenges"

Mario Trapp, Director (act) Fraunhofer ESK & Division Manager Fraunhofer IESE, Division Manager "Embedded Systems", Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE, "Towards Dynamic Safety Management For Autonomous Systems"

The after-dinner speaker at the banquet will be Dame Judith Hackitt, DBE, a British engineer and civil servant. A former Chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive, she is currently Chair of manufacturing trade body EEF. She led The Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.


SSS’19 Safety-Critical Systems Symposium 2019


Day One - Tuesday 5th February 2019


09:00 – 09:45

Speakers’ Breakfast


Session One: Safe Decision Making

Chair: Paul Hampton


10:00 – 10:05

Opening remarks



10:05 – 10:50

Keynote: Sidney Dekker, Griffith University

Automation Surprise in the 21st Century:

Culture, Collaborative Cognition, Complexity and Legacy Systems


10:50 – 11:25

Johannes de Haan, Eurocontrol; Fabio Massacci, Pierantonia Sterlini, University of Trento; Peter Bernard Ladkin, Causalis, Christian Raspotnig AVINOR ANS

The Risk of Relying on a Public Communications Infrastructure


11:25 – 11:50




11:50 – 12:25

Michael Wright, Ludmila Musalova, Rebecca Canham, Greenstreet Berman; Stuart King, Energy Institute

Managing major accident hazard risks (people, plant and environment) during organisational change: A new Energy Institute Guide


12:25 – 13:00

John Spriggs, Consultant

Sufficient Assurance?


13:00 – 13:55




Session Two: Safety Services

Chair: Dave Banham


13:55 – 14:40

Keynote: Maureen Baker, NHS

Safety in NHS IT - A Personal Narrative


14:40 – 15:10

Working Group Report

Service Assurance (SAWG)


15:10 – 15:45

Nick Durston, Durston Consulting, Mike Parsons & Andy Scott, NATS, Alan Simpson, Ebeni

The Principles of Service Assurance


15:45 – 16:10




16:10 – 16:45

Kevin King and Steve Elliott, BAE Systems

Service-based Safety Assurance: A provider approach in a challenging environment


Day One Extras


16:45 – 17:30

Panel: Simon Fürst, Tim Kelly, Philip Koopman, James McCloskey and Mario Trapp, hosted by Mike Parsons

Question Time: Arguing for Autonomy


17:30 – 19:30

Exhibition and Reception






SSS’19 Safety-Critical Systems Symposium 2019


Day Two - Wednesday 6th February 2019


08:00 – 08:45

Speakers’ Breakfast



Session One: Autonomy, AI and Machine Learning (i)

Chair: Dewi Daniels


09:00 – 09:45

Keynote: Jelena Frtunikj, Simon Fürst, BMW Group

Engineering Safe Machine Learning for Automated Driving Systems


09:45 – 10:15

Working Group Report

Safety of Autonomous Systems (SASWG)


10:15 – 10:50

Hamid Asgari, Ben Pritchard, Thales UK; Jason Farrell, University of Bristol

Review of Regulatory Issues of Robotic and Autonomous Systems: Learning for the Civil Nuclear Industry


10:50 – 11:15

Coffee and Exhibition



11:15 – 11:50

Colin O’Halloran, William Simmonds and Nick Tudor, D-RisQ Ltd

Verifying Swarms of
Autonomous Cyber Physical Systems


11:50 – 12:25

Rob Ashmore, Bhopinder Madahar, Dstl

Rethinking Diversity in the Context of Autonomous Systems


12:25 – 13:25

Lunch and Exhibition



13:25 – 14:10

Keynote: Mario Trapp and Gereon Weiss, Fraunhofer ESK

Towards Dynamic Safety Management

for Autonomous Systems


Session Two: Security Informed Safety

Chair: Graham Jolliffe


14:10 – 14:45

Emma A. Taylor and David J. K. Griffin, Rail Safety and Standards Board

Review of the context for a combined security-safety risk management framework for rail


14:45 – 15:20

Brian Stevens, Rob Ashmore, Dstl; Andrea Margheri and Vladimiro Sassone, University of Southampton

Developing Critical Software in the Modern Threat Environment


15:20 – 15:45




15:45 – 16:10

Stephen Bull, Ebeni; David Shipman, Network Rail

Assuring EULYNX: Application of CSM-RA

to Specification Development


16:10 – 18:00

Bristol Activities



Day Two Extras


18:30 – 19:30

Drinks with Poster Session




  1. Developing an Ontology of Risk Terminology for Safety and Security Engineering, Dave Banham
  2. Who does what for Service Assurance? Nick Durston
  3. System Dependability – What does it really mean? Trevor Leckie


  1. Human Adaptability in Engineering System Safety,
    Don MacInnes
  2. Dedicated EMI-Diverse Redundant Systems for Fail-Operational Safety-Critical Systems under Harsh Electromagnetic Disturbances, Davy Pissoort
  3. Abstract Interface Classes to Identify Affecting Factors for Safety of Autonomous Vehicles, Masao Ito
  4. Psychological safety - facilitating self-reporting of error, mistakes and non-compliance: A rapid review for the Energy Institute, Michael Wright and Sam Opiah


19:30 – late

Symposium Banquet with after-dinner speaker, Dame Judith Hackitt




SSS’19 Safety-Critical Systems Symposium 2019


Day Three - Thursday 7th February 2019


08:00 – 08:45

Speakers’ Breakfast


Session One: New Approaches

Chair: Louise Harney


09:00 – 09:45

Keynote: Graham Braithwaite, Cranfield University

Forensics to Prognostics:

From investigating failures to anticipating the vulnerabilities of increasingly complex systems


09:45 – 10:15

Working Group Report

Data Safety Initiative (DSIWG)


10:15 – 10:50

Nick Hales, Retired Senior Engineer for Critical Avionics in the MoD DE&S

Design of an Application to Make Maintenance Processes Safer
(Data Safety Principles as the Foundation)


10:50 – 11:15




11:15 – 11:50

David Radack and Harold G. Tiedeman Jr., Rockwell Collins; Paul Parkinson, Wind River

Civil Certification of Multi-core

Processing Systems in Commercial Avionics


11:50 – 12:25

Martin Krammer, Helmut Martin, Bernhard Winkler, Martin Benedikt, VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research Center

Functional Safety in the Context of Distributed Co-Simulation


12:25 – 13:25




13:25 – 13:30

SCSC Events Update



Session Two: Autonomy, AI and Machine Learning (ii)

Chair: Tim Kelly


13:30 – 14:05

James McCloskey, Chris Allsopp, David H Smith, Sam Jenkins, Lee Ramsay, Frazer-Nash Consultancy; Elizabeth Lennon, Dstl

Towards a Safety Argument for Autonomous Systems that Use Machine Learning


14:05 – 14:35

Working Group Report

Assurance Cases (ACWG)


14:35 – 15:00




15:00 – 15:35

Graham Sutherland, Mott MacDonald Limited; Ali Hessami, Vega Systems Limited

Potential Methods to Enhance Safety within Neural Network Based Systems


15:35 – 16:20

Keynote: Philip Koopman, Aaron Kane, Jen Black, Carnegie Mellon University & Edge Case Research

Credible Autonomy Safety Argumentation


16:20 – 16:25

Closing Remarks




Tea and snacks



Booking your place at SSS'19

Bookings and card payments can be made through our on-line booking form below. 
To register a place and pay via invoice please complete the SSS'19 registration form and return to Alex King, at
Click to download -> SSS'19 Registration Form

- One or two day places are available for the event. 
- There is a reduced rate for students/retired and those under 26, which includes a year's free membership to the Club; limited places are available.

For further details and to discuss your booking requirements please contact Alex King at, 01904 325402. 

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 Item  Price  Total  Notes
Safety Critical Systems Symposium 5-7 Feb 2019   3 day symposium in Bristol UK
Early Bird rate - available until 15 December
Professional rates   For people over 26 or not in full-time education. 
Residential package  £1095.00  £1095.00Symposium and Lunch each day,
Tuesday evening reception dinner bed and breakfast,
Wednesday Conference Banquet bed and breakfast,
plus a copy of the proceedings. 
Non-Residential package  £775.00  Symposium, lunch each day, reception on Tuesday evening, plus a copy of the proceedings. 
SCSC membership 2019  £95.00  £95.00If you are not already a member for this year the membership supplement is payable. (If you think you might be covered by a corporate membership please check before booking) 
Extra night's accomodation (Monday)  £140.00  Additional Monday, dinner, bed and breakfast, for residential delegates.  
Extra night's accomodation (Thursday)  £140.00  Additional Thursday, bed and breakfast, for residential delegates.  
Student Non-Residential day rate   For students under 26 and in full-time education. 
Student Tuesday 5 Feb  £50.00  Symposium Tuesday and lunch. 
Student Wednesday 6 Feb  £50.00  Symposium Wednesday and lunch. 
Student Thursday 7 Feb  £50.00  Symposium Thursday and lunch. 
Educational justification

Vegetarian food required    
Additional Dinner tickets  £55.00  For non-residential delegates or guests. 
Special requirements
Total cost  £1190.00

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