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Feb 2020

[SCSC-154] Assuring Safe Autonomy
Proceedings of the Twenty-eighth Safety-Critical Systems Symposium, York, UK.

Feb 2020

[SCSC-157] Safety Systems vol.28-1
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The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 28, Number 1
Edited by Paul Hampton
Publisher: Safety-Critical Systems Club
Available: to subscribing club members

Editorial

As we turn the corner into a new year, and new decade, we are finding ourselves emerging into a dynamic and changing world; a world full of many novel challenges in the field of systems safety, with no clear direction on how these are going to be resolved. There are now many “disruptors” that challenge the traditional methods of safety management: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), autonomous systems, highly data-centric systems (DCS) and remotely piloted commercial drones, to name a few.

The world seems eager to embrace these technologies, and momentum seems to be gathering as the value of these technologies is already being realised. We are already seeing successful application of AI in a wide range of sectors such as agriculture, transport and healthcare. For example, one report suggests AI is now better at predicting some cancers than trained clinicians.

The fundamental question is therefore: how will we assure systems using these disruptive technologies? How do we prove to ourselves that a future full of such systems will be sufficiently safe, especially when it may be difficult to apply traditional methods of safety management?

A number of articles in this edition of the newsletter provide insight into the challenges of assurance in this changing world.

The first article from Shakir Laher and Mark Sujan, discusses the challenges of assuring health IT systems that use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies in delivering patient care, such as the autonomous use of an infusion pump to deliver medication to a patient.

Dr Mike Standish and Dr Mark Hadley then discuss the challenges of developing non process-based assurance arguments using diverse evidence, to accommodate aviation regulatory bodies who are creating new paths to developing software safety assurance cases.

Alastair Faulkner then describes the assurance challenges with highly data-defined and data-driven systems in a world prevalent with ML and autonomy.

Our final article from Dave Banham, provides an introduction to an exciting area of work that is formalising the language we use to talk about risk. This could potentially allow the risks arising from system safety and security concerns to be described unambiguously using a common language, thus harmonising collaboration between the two domains.

In this edition we have SCSC event reports covering the Senior Leadership Forum and two seminars on Data Safety Evolution and Creating and Maintaining an Effective Safety Culture.

I have also introduced a new ’60 second interview’ feature, and Tim Kelly, the previous SCSC Director, has kindly agreed to be my first interviewee.

Paul Hampton SCSC Newsletter Editor
paul.hampton@scsc.uk

Contents


    
Assurance Challenges for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Healthcare
9th Feb 2020
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Shakir Laher and Mark Sujan
    
Adapting to Changes in a Software Safety Assurance Approach
9th Feb 2020
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Dr Mike Standish and Dr Mark Hadley
    
Data, Data Everywhere ...
9th Feb 2020
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Alastair Faulkner
    
Formalising the Language of Risk
9th Feb 2020
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Dave Banham
    
SCSC Senior Leadership Forum: Safety Management Systems
9th Feb 2020
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Report by Paul Hampton
    
SCSC Seminar: Data Safety Evolution
9th Feb 2020
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Report by Paul Hampton
    
SCSC Seminar: Creating and Maintaining Effective Safety Culture
9th Feb 2020
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Report by Rick Vinter
    
SCSC Working Groups
9th Feb 2020
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60 Seconds with…Tim Kelly
9th Feb 2020
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Call for Participation
9th Feb 2020
34KB View article
  

Feb 2020

[SCSC-127E] Data Safety Guidance (Version 3.2)
by the SCSC Data Safety Initiative Working Group [DSIWG]

Feb 2020

[SCSC-156] Service Assurance Guidance

Feb 2020

[SCSC-153A] Safety Assurance Objectives for Autonomous Systems V2

Oct 2019

[SCSC-155] Safety Systems vol.27-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 27, Number 2

Feb 2019

[SCSC-150] Engineering Safe Autonomy
Proceedings of the Twenty-seventh Safety-Critical Systems Symposium, Bristol, UK.

Feb 2019

[SCSC-127D] Data Safety Guidance (Version 3.1)
by the SCSC Data Safety Initiative Working Group [DSIWG]
This resource is superseded by: [SCSC-127E]

Feb 2019

[SCSC-153] Safety Assurance Objectives for Autonomous Systems
This resource is superseded by: [SCSC-153A]

Jan 2019

[SCSC-152] Safety Systems vol.27-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 27, Number 1

Feb 2018

[SCSC-140] Evolution of System Safety
Proceedings of the Twenty-sixth Safety-Critical Systems Symposium, York, UK.

Jan 2018

[SCSC-141B] Goal Structuring Notation Community Standard (Version 2)
Version 2 of the Goal Structuring Notation Standard.

Jan 2018

[SCSC-127C] Data Safety Guidance (Version 3.0)
by the SCSC Data Safety Initiative Working Group [DSIWG]
This resource is superseded by: [SCSC-127E]

Jan 2018

[SCSC-143] Safety-Related Challenges for Autonomous Systems

Apr 2017

[SCSC-137] Agile Methods for Developing Safety-related Software?

Apr 2017

[SCSC-151] Safety Systems vol.26-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 26, Number 1

Feb 2017

[SCSC-136] 25 at 25
A selection of articles from twenty-five years of the SCSC newsletter Safety Systems

Feb 2017

[SCSC-135] Developments in System Safety Engineering
Proceedings of the Twenty-fifth Safety-Critical Systems Symposium, Bristol, UK.

Jan 2017

[SCSC-127B] Data Safety Guidance (Version 2.0)
by the SCSC Data Safety Initiative Working Group [DSIWG]
This resource is superseded by: [SCSC-127E]

May 2016

[SCSC-144] Safety Systems vol.25-3
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 25, Number 3

Feb 2016

[SCSC-131] Developing Safe Systems
Proceedings of the Twenty-fourth Safety-Critical Systems Symposium, Brighton, UK.

Jan 2016

[SCSC-127A] Data Safety Guidance (Version 1.3)
by the SCSC Data Safety Initiative Working Group [DSIWG]
This resource is superseded by: [SCSC-127E]

Jan 2016

[SCSC-148] Safety Systems vol.25-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 25, Number 2

Sep 2015

[SCSC-145] Safety Systems vol.25-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 25, Number 1

May 2015

[SCSC-147] Safety Systems vol.24-3
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 24, Number 3

Feb 2015

[SCSC-129] Engineering Systems for Safety
Proceedings of the Twenty-third Safety-Critical Systems Symposium, Bristol, UK.

Jan 2015

[SCSC-128] Data Safety (Version 1.2)
by the SCSC Data Safety Initiative Working Group [DSIWG]

Jan 2015

[SCSC-146] Safety Systems vol.24-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 24, Number 2

Sep 2014

[SCSC-139] Safety Systems vol.24-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 24, Number 1

May 2014

[SCSC-134] Safety Systems vol.23-3
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 23, Number 2

Feb 2014

[SCSC-127] Data Safety Guidance (Version 1.0)
by the SCSC Data Safety Initiative Working Group [DSIWG]
This resource is superseded by: [SCSC-127E]

Feb 2014

[SCSC-126] Addressing Systems Safety Challenges
Proceedings of the Twenty-second Safety-Critical Systems Symposium, Brighton, UK.

Jan 2014

[SCSC-132] Safety Systems vol.23-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 23, Number 2

Sep 2013

[SCSC-125] Safety Systems vol.23-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 23, Number 1

May 2013

[SCSC-124] Safety Systems vol.22-3
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 22, Number 3

Feb 2013

[SCSC-119] Assuring the Safety of Systems
Proceedings of the Twenty-first Safety-Critical Systems Symposium, Bristol, UK.

Jan 2013

[SCSC-123] Safety Systems vol.22-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 22, Number 2

Sep 2012

[SCSC-122] Safety Systems vol.22-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 22, Number 1

May 2012

[SCSC-121] Safety Systems vol.21-3
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 21, Number 3

Feb 2012

[SCSC-116] Achieving Systems Safety
Proceedings of the Twentieth Safety-critical Systems Symposium, Bristol, UK.

Jan 2012

[SCSC-120] Safety Systems vol.21-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 21, Number 2

Nov 2011

[SCSC-141] GSN Standard (Version 1)
Version 1 of the Goal Structuring Notation Community standard
This resource is superseded by: [SCSC-141B]

Sep 2011

[SCSC-118] Safety Systems vol.21-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 21, Number 1

May 2011

[SCSC-117] Safety Systems vol.20-3
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 20, Number 3

Feb 2011

[SCSC-109] Advances in Systems Safety
Proceedings of the Nineteenth Safety-critical Systems Symposium, Southampton, UK.

Jan 2011

[SCSC-115] Safety Systems vol.20-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 20, Number 2

Sep 2010

[SCSC-114] Safety Systems vol.20-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 20, Number 1

May 2010

[SCSC-112] Safety Systems vol.19-3
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 19, Number 3

Mar 2010

[SCSC-113] Alarp explored

Feb 2010

[SCSC-107] Making Systems Safer
Proceedings of the Eighteenth Safety-critical Systems Symposium, Bristol, UK.

Jan 2010

[SCSC-111] Safety Systems vol.19-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 19, Number 2

Sep 2009

[SCSC-110] Safety Systems vol.19-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 19, Number 1

May 2009

[SCSC-108] Safety Systems vol.18-3
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 18, Number 3

Feb 2009

[SCSC-102] Safety-Critical Systems: Problems, Processes and Practices
Proceedings of the Seventeenth Safety-critical Systems Symposium, Brighton, UK.

Jan 2009

[SCSC-106] Safety Systems vol.18-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 18, Number 2

Sep 2008

[SCSC-105] Safety Systems vol.18-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 18, Number 1

May 2008

[SCSC-104] Safety Systems vol.17-3
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 17, Number 3

Feb 2008

[SCSC-1] Improvements in System Safety
Proceedings of the Sixteenth Safety-critical Systems Symposium, Bristol, UK.

Jan 2008

[SCSC-103] Safety Systems vol.17-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 17, Number 2

Sep 2007

[SCSC-69] Safety Systems vol.17-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 17, Number 1

May 2007

[SCSC-70] Safety Systems vol.16-3
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 16, Number 3

Feb 2007

[SCSC-5] The Safety of Systems
Proceedings of the Fifteenth Safety-critical Systems Symposium, Bristol, UK

Jan 2007

[SCSC-71] Safety Systems vol.16-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 16, Number 2

Sep 2006

[SCSC-72] Safety Systems vol.16-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 16, Number 1

May 2006

[SCSC-73] Safety Systems vol.15-3
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 15, Number 3

Feb 2006

[SCSC-6] Developments in Risk-based Approaches to Safety
Proceedings of the Fourteenth Safety-citical Systems Symposium, Bristol, UK

Jan 2006

[SCSC-74] Safety Systems vol.15-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 15, Number 2

Sep 2005

[SCSC-75] Safety Systems vol.15-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 15, Number 1

May 2005

[SCSC-76] Safety Systems vol.14-3
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 14, Number 3

Feb 2005

[SCSC-7] Constituents of Modern System-safety Thinking
Proceedings of the Thirteenth Safety-critical Systems Symposium, Southampton, UK

Jan 2005

[SCSC-77] Safety Systems vol.14-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 14, Number 2

Sep 2004

[SCSC-78] Safety Systems vol.14-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 14, Number 1

May 2004

[SCSC-79] Safety Systems vol.13-3
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 13, Number 3

Feb 2004

[SCSC-8] Practical Elements of Safety
Proceedings of the Twelfth Safety-critical Systems Symposium, Birmingham, UK

Jan 2004

[SCSC-80] Safety Systems vol.13-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 13, Number 2

Sep 2003

[SCSC-81] Safety Systems vol.13-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 13, Number 1

May 2003

[SCSC-82] Safety Systems vol.12-3
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 12, Number 3

Feb 2003

[SCSC-9] Current Issues in Safety-Critical Systems
Proceedings of the Eleventh Safety-critical Systems Symposium, Bristol, UK

Jan 2003

[SCSC-83] Safety Systems vol.12-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 12, Number 2

Sep 2002

[SCSC-84] Safety Systems vol.12-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 12, Number 1

May 2002

[SCSC-85] Safety Systems vol.11-3
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 11, Number 3

Feb 2002

[SCSC-10] Components of System Safety
Proceedings of the Tenth Safety-critical Systems Symposium, Southampton, UK

Jan 2002

[SCSC-86] Safety Systems vol.11-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 11, Number 2

Sep 2001

[SCSC-87] Safety Systems vol.11-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 11, Number 1

May 2001

[SCSC-88] Safety Systems vol.10-3
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 10, Number 3

Feb 2001

[SCSC-11] Aspects of Safety Management
Proceedings of the Ninth Safety-critical Systems Symposium, Bristol, UK

Jan 2001

[SCSC-89] Safety Systems vol.10-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 10, Number 2

Sep 2000

[SCSC-90] Safety Systems vol.10-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 10, Number 1

May 2000

[SCSC-91] Safety Systems vol.9-3
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 9, Number 3

Feb 2000

[SCSC-12] Lessons in System Safety
Proceedings of the Eighth Safety-critical Systems Symposium, Southampton, UK

Jan 2000

[SCSC-92] Safety Systems vol.9-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 9, Number 2

Dec 1999

[SCSC-101] Software Safety - An Insider's View of the Safety-Critical Systems Club

Sep 1999

[SCSC-93] Safety Systems vol.9-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 9, Number 1

May 1999

[SCSC-94] Safety Systems vol.8-3
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 8, Number 3

Feb 1999

[SCSC-13] Towards System Safety
Proceedings of the Seventh Safety-critical Systems Symposium, Huntingdon, UK

Jan 1999

[SCSC-95] Safety Systems vol.8-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 8, Number 2

Sep 1998

[SCSC-96] Safety Systems vol.8-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 8, Number 1

May 1998

[SCSC-97] Safety Systems vol.7-3
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 7, Number 3

Feb 1998

[SCSC-14] Industrial Perspectives of Safety-Critical Systems
Proceedings of the Sixth Safety-critical Systems Symposium, Birmingham, UK

Jan 1998

[SCSC-98] Safety Systems vol.7-2
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 7, Number 2

Jun 1997

[SCSC-100] Life Cycle Management for Dependability

Feb 1997

[SCSC-15] Safer Systems
Proceedings of the Fifth Safety-critical Systems Symposium, Brighton, UK

Feb 1996

[SCSC-16] Safety-Critical Systems: The Convergence of High Tech and Human Factors
Proceedings of the Fourth Safety-critical Systems Symposium, Leeds, UK

Feb 1995

[SCSC-17] Achievement and Assurance of Safety
Proceedings of the Third Safety-critical Systems Symposium, Brighton, UK

Feb 1994

[SCSC-18] Technology and Assessment of Safety-Critical Systems
Proceedings of the Second Safety-critical Systems Symposium, Birmingham, UK

Feb 1993

[SCSC-19] Directions in Safety-critical Systems
Proceedings of the Safety-critical Systems Symposium, Bristol, UK

Jan 1993

[SCSC-20] Safety-Critical Systems
Current issues, techniques and standards

Sep 1991

[SCSC-99] Safety Systems vol.1-1
The Safety-Critical Systems Club Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 1

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