7th Scandinavian Conference on
SYSTEM & SOFTWARE SAFETY Stockholm, October 22-23, 2019

System and software safety in electronic systems is becoming increasingly central in many industries. Industries are heading towards more and more connected and advanced software-intensive systems. Many organization face the same kind of challenges thus sharing experience is essential.

The conference is organized by Addalot and ICES (KTH) 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, this year with four keynote speeches. The second day includes parallel sessions with in-depth workshops and tutorials about different challenges, techniques, standards and methods. As for the previous years, we anticipate a healthy mixture of participants and presentations from different industries and academia


Do you want to meet up with the safety experts of Scandinavia?
You are invited to register. Early bird has been extended to September 15, 2019


Please check past conferences for previous conference details


System safety principles from 1999; Challenges for 2019?

By 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.


Dr David Pumfrey is a Lecturer in Safety Critical Systems Engineering in the Department of Computer Science at the University of York, UK. He began his career in the automotive industry, developing and assessing safety-critical software for in-vehicle and manufacturing control applications. David has more than 20 years’ experience in combined research and teaching in a very industry-focused lectureship, spending much of his time on-site with companies working in safety-critical sectors including railways, aviation, healthcare and the automotive industry. He has also been independent quality auditor and examiner for System Safety courses provided to the UK Ministry of Defence.  


System Lifecycle Operational Governance

By 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.


Nick McDonald is Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Psychology in Trinity College Dublin and, until recently, Director of the Centre for Innovative Human Systems and course director for an on-line Master’s program in Managing Risk and System Change. He has many years of research on safety in aviation, road transport, emergency services, manufacturing, construction and health care. Through a series of European collaborative RTD projects, he has pioneered a distinctive systemic approach to design, governance and change in operational systems; he is currently transforming this research into practical and innovative tools and methods for industry and services.

Program Committee

Martin Törngren Professor Mekatronik KTH/ICES
Hans Hansson Professor Realtidssystem Mälardalens Högskola & SICS
Miroslaw Staron Associate Professor University of Gothenburg
Tor Stålhane Professor Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Fredrik Asplund Doctor Mekatronik KTH
Kristina Forsberg Technical Specialist SAAB
Anna Beckman Technical Manager Scania
Olof Bridal Senior Specialist Volvo Group Trucks Technology
Peter Sandberg Chief Architect Bombardier Transportation
Annika Thilderqvist Safety Expert ABB Automation
Pontus Ryd Senior Partner Solvina
Jan Jacobson Head of Section SP
Even-André Karlsson SW Management Consultant Addalot
Per Johannessen System developer Combitech

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