We’ll be presenting our paper on ‘Analysing the Safety of Decision-Making in Autonomous Systems’ later this year at Safecomp 2022 in Munich (which we’re absolutely STOKED about by the way!). In the paper (sorry, no peeking until then) we analyse how we can assure the safety of Autonomous System (AS)Read More
One of the significant challenges of assuring the safety of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) concerns the interactions between the RAS and its environment (including variables such as the expected weather conditions, light levels, users, other actors, and the built environment etc.). Each interaction could manifest in a novel/unanticipated situation,Read More
“Many who came before you have tried and failed” said someone famous, somewhere, once. The road towards the retrospective application of safety standards is fraught with danger, and beware the temptresses and sirens lurking within the standards who seek to lure you into the crushing depths of frustration with theRead More
As we continue to research the safety of autonomous systems, we constantly evaluate the efficacy of existing safety engineering techniques. So, what’s wrong with traditional safety engineering techniques such as HAZOP, FHA, FMECA, and even SHARD and STPA? The short answer is probably nothing. There is probably a lot wrongRead More
We’re currently designing and developing a butlerbot for use in one of our brand-new University Buildings. When I say ‘we’, I mean ‘there are some extremely clever people with whom I have the pleasure of working that are designing and building a butlerbot’. I’m playing the role of the annoyingRead More
Failure Mode and Effects Analyses (FMECA) are a form of ‘FMEA Plus’; insofar as they add more detail to a FMEA by considering the failure paths in more granularity, and focus on asserting the criticality of failure. I deliberately avoid the use of terms like ‘determining’, or ‘establishing’ criticality, asRead More
Competence and competencies for safety engineers is, in my experience to date, one of the most under-managed attributes of the profession. The best I can recollect is a bland, and self-complied assessment as to whether a safety engineer considers themselves to be a supervised practitioner, practitioner, or expert at certainRead More
Are you involved in the development of safety-related systems? Are you a software safety engineer, or a software engineer with responsibility for safety?
You are? Fabulous news! Do you have time for a quick chat? You do? Brilliant – please get in touch!
Actually, regardless of whether your status matches any ofRead More
Relax…this isn’t a Safety I, Safety II, Safety III, or even a Safety IV comparison/spat…but the safety engineering profession is on the cusp of a paradigm shift (in fact it’s already begun); owing to the increasing use of autonomous systems in safety-related applications. No longer can one maintain the neck-below-the-sand-levelRead More
It is common to hear from colleagues that they always have a ‘draft paper’ they’re working on. I’m beginning to think they’re understating things…at the last count I had 5! All in splendidly different stages of maturity, and all being written collegiately for differing publications and or conferences.
T’ would saddenRead More