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We would like to invite you to the 7th Scandinavian Conference on System and Software Safety. The conference will take place in Stockholm, October 22-23, and is arranged in collaboration between Addalot, KTH,and ICES.

We would like to invite you to the 7th Scandinavian Conference on System and Software Safety.

The conference as usual is organized by Addalot, KTH and ICES and has become the central meeting place for Scandinavian safety experts from different industries. It is an opportunity to share experiences and make new contacts. There will be an overview day followed by a day of parallel sessions with in-depth presentations and discussions about different challenges, techniques, standards and methods. We aim for a good mix of participants and presentations from different industries and researchers.

The conference program is now ready and registration is available.

This year we are proud to announce two keynotes:

System safety principles from 1999; Challenges for 2019?

Dr. David Pumfrey, York University 

Exactly 20 years ago, Dr Pumfrey published his thesis – “The Principled Design of Computer System Safety Analyses”. In the thesis, he proposed a set of principles for safety analysis methods. In this talk, Dr Pumfrey will reconsider his thesis. He will look at whether research and developments in the industry have validated these ideas, reflect on how progress has been and conclude the talk by reformulating some of the principles he proposed 20 years ago as more general statements of challenges that he believe the safety critical systems and software industries must still address over the coming decade.

System Lifecycle Operational Governance

Dr Nick McDonald, Trinity College Dublin

The current technology revolution is quite unlike the last. However, experience is often of opacity of real system functioning, new, often hidden, interdependencies, unfamiliar roles and pressures, and/or an overwhelming torrent of information. Challenges can occur at different levels e.g.: unanticipated consequences of a technical fix; lack of transparency of operational risk; chronic increasing demand, safety and environmental impact to meet stringent new targets. While regulation and governance of risk and safety increasingly aspire to be systemic, proactive, performance and change oriented, it is difficult to get beyond a predominantly compliance framework. Furthermore, system design lacks the capacity to fully project a system-of-systems from a valid operational point of view. Is this an insoluble ‘wicked problem’ due to the intractability of operational complexity, and inherent inability to manage apparently spontaneous processes of social adaptation? On the other hand, maybe these new technologies can themselves create the opportunities to change the ‘rules of the game’ of operational risk governance and ‘system design for operations’ potentially transforming how we manage the system lifecycle.

Even-André Karlsson
Even-André Karlsson