Safety Systems Engineering

Speaker: Paul Pop
Venue: Local Speaker in Copenhagen

When a system might harm humans or the environment, decision-makers require pre-release safety assurance evidence that it manages risk acceptably. The conceptual basis for certification is that the pre-release (design-time) evidence anticipates the possible circumstances that can arise from the interaction between the system and the environment, to show that these interactions do not pose an unacceptable risk. Certification is very expensive, and can add a very large development cost overhead. An increasing number of cyber-physical systems are autonomous, cooperative, created by multiple stakeholders, have dynamic system definitions and operate in unpredictable environments. The safety assurance for such systems poses challenges that are not adequately addressed by existing practices. This talk will present the current state-of-the-art in the area of safety assurance for such cyber-physical systems.