High Integrity Software Conference reaches out to budding developers in its fifth year

The High Integrity Software Conference will take place in Bristol on 6th November 2018. Now entering its fifth year, the conference continues to be the premier annual forum for the sharing of challenges, best practice and experience between software engineering practitioners – for software that matters. This mission continues to grow in importance, with 2018 having once again been a year in which software fallibility, cyber security breaches and the loss of public trust in autonomous systems have made headlines.

Those behind HIS 2018 are firm in their belief that industry and academia can address these challenges by taking a mature approach to software’s design and assurance across industrial sectors. Integral to targeting improvements in the software development domain, a new initiative for this year sees the HIS 2018 organisers capitalising on the event’s success by offering subsidised places to future practitioners. Tom Anderson, from CSR Events, commented: “The HIS 2018 team is committed both to sharing best practice among those already working in software-related contexts, and to ensuring that those joining our profession are given the best possible start. I’m delighted that we’re now in a position to subsidise places for early career engineers, and we hope to inspire them to develop software that can be relied on – when it matters!”

The conference continues to benefit from the long-standing support of key industry players AdaCore, Altran and Jaguar Land Rover, whose contribution ensures that the programme captures the most pressing and relevant issues and topics of debate. This year, four themes will frame the conference content: Assured Autonomous Systems, Hardware/Software Architectures, Cyber Security – People & Practice, and Languages & Applications. Two keynote speakers have been confirmed to represent the industrial and academic view: Simon Burton, Chief Expert Safety Reliability and Availability at Bosch, and Andrew Blyth, Head of Information Security Research Group at the University of South Wales.

Jamie Ayre, Commercial Director for AdaCore, observed: “Supporting HIS continues to be very important to us here at AdaCore. It’s one of the few conferences that addresses the needs of engineers looking for solutions to build the most reliable and trustworthy software and a great occasion to meet with like-minded members of the UK community.”

Stuart Matthews, SPARK Product Manager at Altran UK, said: “We’re proud to support a conference that advocates the need for trustworthy software, particularly as we move increasingly into a state of digital dependency across all aspects of our lives. Our experience in developing safety-critical systems for over thirty years has made us keenly aware of the need for mature software development approaches, so we’re delighted to be in a position to lend our support to an event established to amplify that message.”

Those interested in attending the conference can view further details and register via the conference website.

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