SASSUR 2016 has been successfully held

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SASSUR 2016, the Fifth International Workshop on Next Generation of System Assurance Approaches for Safety-Critical Systems, was held on September 20, 2016, in Trondheim, Norway, as a SAFECOMP 2016 workshop. SASSUR is one of the key events for scientific dissemination in AMASS, and the project supported the organisation of the workshop.

Twenty people attended the workshop, including people from academia and from industry. Among the AMASS partners, Alejandra Ruiz (TEC) and Jose Luis de la Vara (UC3) participated in the workshop as co-organisers, and Fredrik Warg (SP) presented a paper. Barbara Gallina (MDH; AMASS Technical Manager) was one of the most active attendees, getting engaged in many paper discussions.

The keynote speaker was Odd Ivar Haugen, from the DNV GL unit called Marine Cybernetics. DNV GL is a world-leader in provision of classification, technical assurance, software, and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas, automotive, and energy industries. Odd Ivar presented DNV’s vision for system assurance and certification, which includes the use of both prescriptive standards and goal-based ones, and the introduction of digital twins in the maritime domain.

SASSUR papers were divided into two main general areas: assurance approaches and tool support. The main topics of the eight accepted papers (see workshop program and proceedings) are safety concept definition, autonomous function definition, safety requirements, new needs and challenges for assurance and certification of cyber-physical systems, model-based engineering for safety-critical systems, co-engineering of security and safety requirements, change impact analysis, and simulation. The papers presented insights from the current state of the practice.

It is expected that a new edition of SASSUR will be held next year at SAFECOMP 2017, which is organized by the AMASS partners Erwin Schoitsch (AIT) and Stefano Tonetta (FBK).