International Workshop on Next Generation of System Assurance Approaches for Safety-Critical Systems (SASSUR)

September 9th 2014, Firenze, Italy

Co-hosted by the FP7 projects OPENCOSS and SafeAdapt

The Workshop will be held at “Palazzo Coppini – Komech room”, Via del Giglio, 10 – Florence

The registration will take place at Auditorium al Duomo Florence – Via de Cerretani 54/r, Firenze
Update: The workshop program is now available here. A pdf version of the program is also available for download.

Safety assurance and certification are amongst the most expensive and time-consuming tasks in the development of safety-critical systems. The increasing complexity and size of these systems combined with their growing market demand requires the industry to implement a coherent reuse strategy. A key difficulty appears when trying to reuse products from one application domain in another, because different domains are subject to different safety regulations. Subsequently, for a reused product, the full safety assurance and certification processes have to be applied, just as for a new product. This reduces the return on investment of such reuse. Further, market trends strongly suggest that many future safety-critical systems will be comprised of heterogeneous, dynamic coalitions of systems of systems. For this type of systems, it is crucial to develop sound strategies that would allow safety assurance and certification to be done compositionally.

The SASSUR workshop is intended to explore new ideas on compositional and evolutionary safety assurance and certification. In particular, SASSUR will provide a platform for thematic presentations and in-depth discussions about reuse and composition of safety arguments, safety evidence and contextual information about system components, in a way that makes assurance and certification more cost-effective, precise, and scalable. SASSUR aims at bringing together experts, researchers, and practitioners from diverse communities, such as safety and security engineering, certification processes, model-based technologies, software and hardware design, safety-critical systems and application communities (railway, aerospace, automotive, health, industrial manufacturing, etc.).

Contributions are sought in (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Industrial challenges for cost-effective safety assurance and certification
  • Cross-domain product certification
  • Integration of process-centric and product-centric assurance
  • Compliance management of standards and regulations
  • Evidence traceability
  • Transparency of the safety assurance and certification processes: metrics and business cases
  • Evolutionary approaches for safety and security assurance and certification
  • Case-based assurance approaches
  • Tools for supporting safety assurance
  • Seamless development tool chain for safety critical
  • Evolution of standards and trends on transport regulation
  • The next challenges of safety critical development in industry
  • Human factors in safety assurance and certification
  • COTS or external sourcing management of evidence in safety critical system
  • Mixed criticality

Attendees are invited to submit short position papers (max. 5 pages) or full technical contributions (max. 12 pages) written in English in PDF format using Easychair system:

Submissions must conform to the Springer LNCS formatting guidelines. Papers will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the steering and programme committees. If accepted for presentation, they will also be published as workshop proceedings articles (printed by the organizers and available electronically as well).

The authors will be notified about acceptance before the SAFECOMP 2014 early registration deadline.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: May 20th, 2014 May 31th, 2014, 24:00 CEST
Notification acceptance: June 20th, 2014
Final version paper: July 1st, 2014
SASSUR’14 Workshop: September 9th, 2014

Workshop Committees


Alejandra Ruiz TECNALIA, Spain
Tim Kelly University of York, UK
Jose Luis de la Vara Simula Research Laboratory, Norway

Steering Committee

John Favaro Intecs, Italy
Huascar Espinoza TECNALIA, Spain
Fabien Belmonte Alstom, France

Programme Committee

Marc Born ikv++, Germany
Kenji Taguchi, AIST, Japan
Martin Wassmuth EADS, Germany
Paolo Panaroni Intecs, Italy
Daniela Cancila CEA, France
Ronald Blanrue EADS/Eurocopter, France
Sunil Nair Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
Mehrdad Sabetzadeh University of Luxemburg, Luxemburg
Ibrahim Habli University of York, UK
Tudor Ionescu TTTech, Austria
Ansgar Radermacher CEA, France
Gereon Weiß Fraunhofer, Germany
Michael Armbruster Siemens, Germany
Ji Wu Beihang University, China
Markus Borg Lund University, Sweden
Laurent Rioux Thales Research and Technology, France

Alejandra Ruiz

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