Summary on System & Software Safety conference in Stockholm, May 2018

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The 6th Scandinavian conference on System and Software Safety was held in Stockholm, May 2018. The conference aim to inspire, grow knowledge and increase networking through gathering experts from both industry and university to discuss techniques and methods for developing complex and safety regulated software-based systems.

The 6th conference on System & Software Safety was held on May 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. It was the result from a successful collaboration between Addalot , KTH and ICES that led to a very appreciated conference where experts and participants from Industry and University met in Stockholm to discuss techniques and methods for developing complex and safety regulated software and systems. More than 80 participants from industry, university and consultant organizations participated in this year’s conference. 

A lot of interesting research and development is currently ongoing in this field in order to create methods for process improvements, assessments and standardization of safety critical software and systems. With this conference, Addalot want to gather stakeholders for discussions and to create an inspiring environment for exchanging ideas and knowledge.

“Thedistribution between industry and accademia is well balanced and help to inspire and network, which is the prupose of the conference”  says Nicolás Martín-Vivaldi, CEO at Addalot.

At this year´s conference we were happy to welcome a set of high profile presenters leading to four key note presentations on various exciting topics:

  • Assurance points in software development, Prof. Peter Bernard Ladkin, Bielefelt University
  • Safety of intended functionality, Håkan Sivencrona, Zenuity
  • Safety of autonomy challenges and strategies, Prof. John McDermid, York of University
  • Cyber-risk assessment framework encompassing safety and security, Jonathan Roberts, Rolls-Royce 

In addition to the four Keynotes there were a a set of short presentations from various speakers. Below is a list of the different topics that were covered:

  • Safety standards and safety work
  • Software defenses against hardware failure
  • Safety analysis and verification & validation
  • Machine learning in automotive

Day two consisted of four (4) workshops, and a full day training, which according to the feedback was very well received,where the different areas where discussed in more depth.

  • Frontiers in Safety
  • Security and safety
  • Users, HMI and Safety
  • Safety assurance and managing risk in automated driving
  • System Safety – Full Day training

The complete program with all presentations can be found on our web site. 

Feedback from the participants

The majority of the ones that handed in the conference evaluation were positive or very positive to this year’s conference. This year’s program got an average of 4 of 5 possible in the conference evaluation, which we think is a good evidence on that there is a strong need and wish for this conference to take place. Many also replied back that they would most certainly participate again next year:

The different presentations during day 1 got the following feedback, averaged and sorted after grading. The scale is from 1 to 5 where 1 is poor and 5 is excellent.

This conference is a great opportunity to bring together researchers, industry and consultants from many fields working with safety systems, and we would especially like to thank the Program Committee that is helping out to make this conference a success” concludes Even-André Karlsson, Addalot and Conference Chair

Martin Törngren, professor and co-organizer from KTH, says ”From KTH / ICES we see the conference as a great success. The conference plays an important role as a cross-industry and discipline meeting place, bringing together experts with different perspectives on safety. This was well manifested this year with strong keynotes from power industry, academia and automotive sector – illustrating the importance of learning across domains and areas needing more attention. There is strong motivation to continue this conference series.




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