NASA Office of Logic Design

NASA Office of Logic Design

A scientific study of the problems of digital engineering for space flight systems,
with a view to their practical solution.

2006 MAPLD International Conference

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
with a session at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Washington, D.C.

September 26-28, 2006

Seminar: Systems Safety and Embedded Computing Systems

The 2006 MAPLD International Conference seminars will be held on Monday, September 25, 2006 in Hemisphere B.

Seminar Leaders:


Software allows unprecedented levels of complexity and new failure modes that are starting to overwhelm the standard approaches to ensuring system safety. The causes of accidents are even changing. This tutorial will cover fundamental concepts and techniques in building and ensuring safety in software-intensive systems, with particular emphasis on those aspects of complex systems not handled well by traditional system safety approaches, such as software requirements errors and accidents caused by dysfunctional interactions among components rather than component failure. While traditional system safety as applied to software and software-intensive systems will be covered, innovative, new approaches to hazard analysis, root-cause analysis, and risk management will be included.

Emphasis will be on procedures and techniques that are practical enough to be applied to projects today. Real project experiences with these techniques in different application areas will be described and recent software-related accidents will be reviewed and analyzed. You need not be a software engineer or programmer to understand the tutorial content.

This class is an abbreviated version of a week-long class that has been taught by Dr. Leveson for the past 15 years to over a thousand hardware and software engineers from 150 companies and government agencies.

Detailed Outline:

Presentation: safety_seminar_mapld06.ppt (posted by permission of the author)



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