The SASSUR 2018 workshop has been successfully held!

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SASSUR 2018, the 7th International Workshop on Next Generation of System Assurance Approaches for Safety-Critical Systems, was held on September 18, 2018, in Västerås, Sweden, as a SAFECOMP 2018 workshop. SASSUR is one of the key events for scientific dissemination in AMASS, and the project supported the organisation of the workshop.

Over 30 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 Martin Skoglund (SPS) presented a paper.

The keynote speaker was Thor Myklebust, Researcher and Certification Manager at SINTEF, Norway. With the title “Evolutionary development and frequent releases of safety systems”, Thor presented their recent work on the application of agile methods for the development and assurance of software-intensive critical systems. This work includes SafeScrum and the so called agile safety case.

SASSUR papers were divided into three sessions for paper presentation. As a novelty for this edition, each paper had an assigned discussant (another paper’s presenter) and the time for questions & answers and discussion was extended. The main topics of the accepted papers are the comparison of safety analysis techniques, the comparison of safety analysis techniques and security analysis ones, risk estimation for automated vehicles, analysis of generic-component integration in automated driving vehicles, synergies between safety assurance practices and cybersecurity assurance ones, and challenges for assuring complex and large safety-critical systems.

A panel on trends and needs for future assurance of safety-critical systems was also organised. Laurent Fabre, Thor Myklebust, and Timo Varkoi were the panellists. They discussed with the audience recent worrying issues, the main aspects to consider for future assurance, the extent to which existing system analysis techniques (for safety, security, etc.) will be valid for the next generation of systems, whether regulations are ready for future assurance, the necessary means for future assurance of safety-critical systems, and how future assurance can take advantage of advanced technologies such as e.g.  artificial intelligence and blockchain.

It is expected that a new edition of SASSUR will be held next year at SAFECOMP 2019 in Turku, Finland.