ASSC 2018

23-24 May 2018 Melbourne, VIC

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Technical Program

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The Australian System Safety Conference is hosted by the Australian Safety Critical Systems Association (aSCSa) and is a meeting place for scholars, scientists, educators, students, engineers, entrepreneurs, and managers to engage with like minded people. The ASSC Conference Committee encourages you to participate in this unique event and is calling for abstracts from delegates who are interested in presenting.

Delegates have the option of submit two types of papers:

  1. Refereed Papers by the conference program committee
  2. Industry Presentations/Papers (not subject to peer review, and not published in conference proceedings, available by conference CD only)

All accepted abstracts and submitted papers will form part of the Conference Proceedings provided to authors and conference attendees at the end of the conference. ​The presentations can cover a wide range of safety and security related topics and applications, and should be relevant to “Strengthening and Integrating System Safety Engineering for Australia’s future”.

​Topics of Interest

Today there are many applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to all sorts of systems involving human interaction and changing contexts. The general assumption is that including AI and/or ML within various systems will improve interactions/reactions with/of systems. Safety systems may benefit from appropriate application of AI and/or ML. The safety critical areas of interest include:

What research has been done to show the benefits (or dis-benefits) of AI in safety systems? What good/bad experiences have occurred when safety systems rely on AI/ML? How well skilled is industry and responsible agencies to manage the system safety challenges that come with these technology advances? How should we, as professionals, rise to the challenge?



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Conference Venue

This years conference will be held at Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne at 328 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC.


Technical Program


Speaker Title
Paul Caseley (UK MOD Defence Science and Technologies Laboratory)  
Bruce Hunter (CISA/CISM) Understanding Risk in an Entangled World
Len Neist (Chief Engineer for Public Transport Victoria)  
Julian Robins (Northrup-Grumman Australia) From Scepticism to Strength?
Andy Webb (Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator) Rail Systems Safety: The challenges for industry
Dr Luke Wildman (Siemens Mobility) Safety and Security for the Digital Railway

Presentations and Papers

Speaker Title
Best Paper Award
R. Feodoroff
Back to the Future: Pollock versus Toulmin (Presentation & Paper)
D. Grivicic Tensions between Safety Cases and STAMP (Presentation & Paper)
A. Hussey A Lean Approach to CENELEC Compliance (Presentation & Paper)
Best Paper Award
B. Hutchinson,
S. Dekker, & A. Rae
Fantasy Planning: The gap between systems of safety and safety of systems (Presentation & Paper)
V. Madasu & K. Anderson Autonomous Vehicles for Public Transportation in Australia
D. Reinhardt “Strengthening and Integrating System Safety Engineering for Australia’s Future” - OneSky
J.Sciortino & M. Shadbolt Safe Autonomous Systems Require Changes in Business Relationships
P. Telfer System Safety and Defence Aviation Safety Authority Competencies


Speaker Title
Bruce Hunter Applying Cybersecurity to Protect Functional Safety


Department of Defence RGB Assurance Nova Systems

Dedicated Systems ACS