9th Scandinavian Conference on
SYSTEM & SOFTWARE SAFETYGöteborg, November 23-24, 2021

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 and sharing experience is essential.

The conference is organized by Addalot, ICES (KTH) and SAFER 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 a plenary overview part split on two days, and a second part with parallel sessions. The parallel sessions will be in depth workshops and tutorials about different challenges, techniques, standards and methods.

The second part 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 share with the safety experts of Scandinavia?Do you want to "connect" with the safety experts of Scandinavia?
You are invited to register. Registration will close November 15, 2021


Please check past conferences for previous conference details



by Sven E Hammarberg (MSc, MBA)


When the second brand new Boeing 737 MAX went down just months after the first one, the aviation world held its breath. What could be the cause of the two fatal accidents? As so many times before, the reasons turned out to be many, including people, technology, organization and information. In this summary we look into the 737 MAX background and the causes of the accidents. We will see how impaired supervision, overlooked safety assessments and a few lines of code resulted in disaster.


Sven E Hammarberg (MSc, MBA) is a former fighter pilot with extensive experience in aviation safety and accident investigations. Together with other investigators, Sven has founded the company BVR Academy & Investigations which provides knowledge, training and support in a wide range of safety and security. Sven is still working with advanced military systems, but his goal is also to transfer the effectiveness and safety thinking from the aviation world into the civil society and to help save lives through good investigations



Safety, complexity, AI and automated driving - holistic perspectives on safety assurance

By Prof. Dr. Simon Burton, Fraunhofer-Institut für Kognitive Systeme IKS


Assuring the safety of autonomous driving is a complex endeavour. It is not only a technical difficult and resource intensive task but autonomous vehicles and their wider sociotechnical context demonstrate characteristics of complex systems in the stricter sense of the term. That is, they exhibit emergent behaviour, coupled feedback, non-linearity and semi-permeable system boundaries. These drivers of complexity are further exacerbated by the introduction of AI and machine learning techniques. All these factors severely limit our ability to apply traditional safety measures both at design and operation-time.

In this presentation, I present how considering AI-based autonomous vehicles as a complex system could lead us towards better arguments for their overall safety. In doing so, I address the issue from two different perspectives. Firstly by considering the topic of safety within the wider system context including technical, management, and regulatory considerations. I then discuss how these viewpoints lead to specific requirements on AI components within the system. Residual inadequacies of machine learning techniques are an inevitable side effect of the technology. I explain how an understanding of root causes of such insufficiencies as well as the effectiveness of measures during design and operation is key to the construction of a convincing safety assurance argument of the system. I will finish the talk with a summary of our current research in this area as well as some directions for future work.”


Prof. Dr. Simon Burton graduated in computer science at the University of York, where he also achieved his Phd on the topic of the verification of safety-critical software in 2001. Simon has a background in a number of industries but has spent the last two decades mainly focusing on the automotive sector, working in research and development projects as well as leading consulting, engineering service and product organisations. Most recently, he held the role of Director of Vehicle Systems Safety at Robert Bosch GmbH where, amongst other things, his efforts were focused on developing strategies for ensuring the safety of automated driving systems.


In September 2020, he joined the leadership of Fraunhofer IKS in the role of research division director where he steers research strategy into “safe intelligence”. His own personal research interests include the safety assurance of complex, autonomous systems, and the safety of machine learning. In addition to his role within Fraunhofer IKS, he has the role of honorary visiting professor at the University of York where he supports a number of research activities and interdisciplinary collaborations.




Program Committee

Fredrik Asplund Doctor Mechatronics - Conference Chair KTH
Olof Bridal Senior Specialist Volvo Group Trucks Technology
Martin Törngren Professor Mechatronics KTH/ICES
Peter Sandberg Chief Architect Bombardier Transportation
Even-André Karlsson SW Management Consultant Addalot Consulting
Angela Wallenberg High Integrity Software Expert Saab
Miroslaw Staron Associate Professor University of Gothenburg
Per Johannessen Pilot Safety Manager Volvo Autonomous Solutions
Thor Myklebust Senior researcher safety & security SINTEF
Malin Levin Deputy Director SAFER Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre
Staffan Skogby Senior System Architect Alten
Jesper Lindell Technology Manager – Critical Systems Combitech
Barbara Gallina Associate Professor of Dependable Software Engineering Mälardalen University
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