Monday, July 07, 2008

13th Australian Conference onSafety Related Programmable Systems

The 13th Australian Conference on Safety Related Programmable Systems is in Canberra, 21-22 August 2008.

13th Australian Conference on
Safety Related Programmable Systems

University House

Australian National University

CANBERRA, 21-22 August 2008

Regulating for Safety – is it enough?

The Australian Safety Critical Systems Association (aSCSa) announces its 13th National Conference on Safety Related Systems. The 2008 conference will be held in Canberra, ACT at University House, (Map), The Australian National University and its theme will be the role of regulation in the development and deployment of safety-related software intensive systems. Apart from specific hazardous industries where some level of regulation exists, the only direct governance for the development and deployment of safety-related software intensive systems is occupational health and safety legislation which is often applied after the fact. Tort (Common) Law could also be considered as an after-the-fact control.

Continuing the very successful format of recent annual conferences, international and local keynote speakers will address this topical issue. The keynote speakers include:

John McDermid Professor of Software Engineering Science at the University of York, UK

Frank McCormick President (Certification Services, Inc., USA) and FAA Consultant DER

Paul Cheeseman Deputy Technical Director, Asset Management, Lloyd’s Register Rail, UK

A “Call for Papers” has been issued. A programme for the conference is expected to be available July 2008 following the notification of acceptances. The two-day conference will commence at 9.00am Thursday 21 August 2008.

To complement the conference a course and a tutorial are offered. Prof John McDermid will present a short course on evidenced-based approaches for safety, commencing 2.00pm Wednesday, 20 August 2008. To register, please complete the registration form: [Editable Form] [Paper-based]

Want more information about the conference?

For questions about the Conference Program, please contact:

Dr Tony Cant (Program Chair)

Trusted Computer Systems Group

Information Network Division

Defence Science and Technology Organisation

PO Box 1500 Edinburgh SA 5111 Australia

Email: tony.cant(a)


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