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Analysis design and validation of interactive safety-critical and error-tolerant systems

Objective

'Human-error' is often cited as a contributory factor in the failure of many safety-critical systems. There are, however, relatively few techniques that analyze the impact of 'usability' on overall system safety (Woods et al 1994). A critical barrier to such techniques is the need to integrate systems engineering, human factors, management studies and user interface design. This is a significant obstacle because there has been a mutual ignorance about complementary disciplines, a lack of methods in certain areas and a failure to integrate existing techniques (Leveson, 1997).
Our research will, therefore, focus on the following objectives:
1. Interdisciplinary training of young researchers including exposure to industrial strength problems. The proposers have found great difficulty in finding engineers with the diverse skills necessary to support the development of safety-critical, interactive systems. The exchange of pre and post-doctoral researchers will train a new generation of multi-skilled individuals and will also encourage technology transfer between the participants in this project.
2. Integration of existing systems engineering, management studies, human factors and HCI design techniques. This proposal will drive the integration of existing techniques. For instance, Prof. Hales work on Safety management Systems and Prof. Johnson's accident analysis techniques might guide Prof. De Keyser's human error modeling. Conversely, Prof. De Keyser's techniques can be used to extend systems-oriented approaches of Dr Palanque and Baside. All stages of this integration will be validated by case study work and by our commercial and regulatory colleagues.
3. Development of new techniques for the development of interactive, safety- critical systems. We will develop new techniques. The young researchers who are funded by this proposal will drive this integration activity. The mobility supported by the network will provide them with a tray

Funding Scheme

NET - Research network contracts

Coordinator

University of Glasgow
Address
17,8-17 Lilybank Gardens
G12 8RZ Glasgow
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Netherlands
Address
Jaffalaan 5
2600 GA Delft
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY
Italy
Address
Via Moruzzi, 1
56127 Pisa
RISOE NATIONAL LABORATORY
Denmark
Address
Frederiksborgvej 399
4000 Roskilde
UNIVERSITAET - GESAMTHOCHSCHULE PADERBORN
Germany
Address
Warburger Strasse 100
33098 Paderborn
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
Address
Boulevard Du Rectorat 5, Bètiment B 32
4000 Liege
UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER DE TOULOUSE III
France
Address
Route De Narbonne 118
31062 Toulouse
UNIVERSITY OF YORK
United Kingdom
Address
Heslington
York