Safety Issues in Cyber-Physical Systems

Speaker:  Shrisha Rao – Bangalore, India
Topic(s):  Society and the Computing Profession


Computers and software components are now integral to large complex systems in almost all sectors of modern society.  The safety of such systems is therefore dependent upon many components with diverse technologies, and their interactions, all working properly.  However, complex systems are fundamentally difficult to deal with: they often run in degraded mode, with minor component errors being commonplace and routinely accepted; they are also constantly changing, with no complete picture of the system state available at most times. Economic and social pressures, as well as concerns about other system performance aspects such as availability and dependability, etc., tend to influence system design and operation to a large extent.
This talk aims to give a broad introduction to the study and practice of safety in the design and operation of complex cyber-physical systems. The field is too vast to be covered in a single talk, but a representative overview of the many issues concerning safety is given to highlight some of the important aspects that may be considered to be worth further study.  The topic may be of interest to practitioners as well as theoreticians new to safety-critical systems: software developers and architects, system engineers and operators of industrial plants, computer scientists and graduate students who know program analysis and temporal logic but wish to understand how safety concerns play out in practice, etc.

About this Lecture

Number of Slides:  60
Duration:  90 minutes
Languages Available:  English
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