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On May 1st the club celebrates the 30th anniversary of its formation in 1991.
After formation, the SCSC held its first meeting in July 1991 and published its first newsletter in September of that year. For many years it was led by Tom Anderson, with the invaluable assistance of Joan Atkinson and Felix Redmill. In 2016 the club moved to the University of York with Tim Kelly in charge, assisted by business manager Alex King and Mike Parsons coordinating the events programme. In 2019 Tim Kelly left the University at which point Mike Parsons took over the role of SCSC Leader.
It has come a long way in 30 years, and continues to strive to make systems safer. Our annual symposium has had insightful and entertaining presentations over the years and our one day events continue to be popular. Our Newsletter is now full of relevant news and articles in a professional format and we are launching a new eJournal this year. The Club is involved in new areas with Working Groups including: autonomous systems, multicore processing, data safety, ontologies, security-informed-safety and services. Our web site has evolved to accommodate new ways of working and supports all the club's activities. An exciting new area this year is the Safety Futures Initiative, focussing on development of early career members.
Upcoming Events - SCSC - Events diary
“Software Maintenance: Legacy and Archaeology” Online Seminar. Thursday 6 May, 2021 - Zoom
This online seminar, held from 14:00-16:35 UK time (BST). Will consider the issue of software maintenance in a safety context: the process, the code and documentation changes, and the verification.
Much legacy software is not properly documented and historically poorly maintained, even though it may be performing a safety-related function. What are the best strategies to use? How much "software archaeology" must be undertaken to understand what is there and what it does? How much of the current usage must be understood for a safe change to be made? How should we test if we are not sure of all the functionality?
The speakers at this event will consider these questions and others in an attempt to devise sound methods for tackling change to legacy code.
- Rod Chapman, Protean Code Ltd - Modern verification meets old code...
- Chris Hobbs, Blackberry QNX - But I only changed 5 lines of code!
- Peter Niemann, CGI - Still improving after 20 years of maintenance
- Simon Scutt, Thales - It was never designed to do that!
This event is free to SCSC members. See https://scsc.uk/membership.
The SCSC is creating a new publication, "The Safety Critical Systems eJournal" for high-quality technical articles on any area of systems safety. This will be published twice a year via the SCSC website, with a compilation hardcopy available on Amazon annually.
The focus of the journal will be on safety practice, industrial applications and standards/guidance. The editor is John Spriggs (email@example.com), a long-time supporter of the club and respected author and presenter.
Please consider submitting an article on your work. Submission details to be announced soon. There will also be length guidelines and style guides issued shortly. https://scsc.uk/ejournal
SSS’22 - Safety-Critical Systems Symposium,
8th - 10th February 2022, Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
It is our 30th Symposium and as such will feature special talks and a 30 year retrospective. There will also be a book issued free to delegates containing 30 specially selected articles from the SCSC Newsletter.
The call for abstracts for SSS’22 is available here: https://scsc.uk/sss
For a list of the upcoming Working Group meetings please see the Events Diary (https://scsc.uk/events?tab=working)
If you would like to participate in one or more of these groups please contact the relevant group leader.
The October 2020 and February 2021 editions of the SCSC newsletter are available at: https://scsc.uk/newsletter
In early December 2021 the SCSC will be holding an event looking at how to respond to rare but severe incidents, i.e. ‘black swan’ events. This will be looking at aspects such as rapid decision making, urgent risk assessment, limiting damage and information flow upwards to management. If you would like to help shape this event or contribute a talk, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Full SCSC Membership
Why not become a full member of the SCSC? This gives you discounts on events and access to all website content, and gives you a say in the running of the club. Full membership details are here: https://scsc.uk/membership
Alex and Mike
Club Director and Events Organiser