Re: [SystemSafety] CFP: SASSUR 2016

From: Sandro Bologna < >
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:54:13 +0200

Dear Peter, Dear All,

SAFECOMP was established in 1979 by the European Workshop on Industrial Computer Systems, Technical Committee 7 on Reliability, Safety and Security (EWICS TC7). I was among the founders, together with Prof. Rudolf Lauber, Wolfgang Ehrenberger, Robert Taylor, and many others, see picture in the attachment to recognize some of the founders . The initial spirit was that of creating an occasion for industry and academia getting together and discuss about real problems. With the passing years academics became predominant in the IPC. I agree with the analysis made by Prof. Ladkin. In particular, the size and the complexity of the problems faced by Industry has been growing much faster than the solutions proposed by the academics. Mostly of the time in the academic world, due to the needs for career, citation index for papers published in academic journal are more important than try to solve problems of real world.

By the way, SASSUR 2016 is only a Workshop organized in conjunction to SAFECOMP 2016.

Sandro Bologna

At 10:24 19/04/2016, Peter Bernard Ladkin wrote:
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>From: Peter Bernard Ladkin <ladkin_at_xxxxxx >To: systemsafety_at_xxxxxx >Message-ID: <5715EB4B.7010502_at_xxxxxx >Subject: Re: [SystemSafety] CFP: SASSUR 2016
>References: <004301d19a03$eb3fa050$c1bee0f0$_at_xxxxxx >In-Reply-To: <004301d19a03$eb3fa050$c1bee0f0$_at_xxxxxx >
>On 2016-04-19 08:22 , Jose Luis de la Vara wrote:
> > 5th International Workshop on Next Generation of System Assurance
> Approaches for Safety-Critical
> > Systems
> >
> > Trondheim, Norway, September 20th, 2016
> >
> > In conjunction with the International Conference on Computer
> Safety, Reliability and Security, SAFECOMP
>While I support people getting together to talk about system
>assurance for safety-critical systems,
>I have reservations about the predominance of academics on the
>programme committee. There's just one
>person from industry!
>Back in 2008, there was a huge discussion within the SAFECOMP
>programme committee about the focus of
>SAFECOMP. There was some discussion as to why industrial
>contributions were sparse. Alberto Pasquini
>from Deep Blue volunteered the reason that SAFECOMP was looked upon
>as an academic conference, and
>people from industry generally didn't think it was relevant to them.
>There was uproar from the
>academics on the PC. Jens Braband agreed with Alberto. As someone
>with his feet firmly planted in
>both academia and industry, Jens is better placed than most to judge
>the matter. I went through a
>lot of SAFECOMP paper lists to show people that indeed the published
>papers came largely from
>academia and academic-type research labs.
>Some people took the view that SAFECOMP had tried to solicit
>industrial contributions, but they
>generally weren't of a "very high" intellectual standard. Many,
>including myself and Jens, argued
>that there are reasons for how industrial papers are written (for
>example, intellectual-property
>worries, and lawyers also have a big say), so they shouldn't
>necessarily be judged using the same
>criteria as for academic papers in which people can write more
>freely. In the subsequent eight
>years, SAFECOMP has adjusted somewhat to the two "cultures" of paper
>writing, but it's still heavily
>With a few notable exceptions, people writing real assurance cases
>for real systems are not
>academics. With a few notable exceptions, academics have little
>experience writing real assurance
>cases for real systems. Safety is generally not an academic subject.
>It is a practical subject, with
>a lot of practitioners. We might do well to keep that more evidently
>in mind when putting together PCs.
>Prof. Peter Bernard Ladkin, Faculty of Technology, University of
>Bielefeld, 33594 Bielefeld, Germany
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