23 November 2021 08:30-16:30
Lindholmen Science Park Gothenburg

Welcome to join the upcoming Scandinavian Conference on Safety Critical Systems and Software in Gothenburg Nov 23-24!

System and software safety in electronic systems is becoming increasingly important in many industries and in critical societal infrastructure. The systems become ever more complex, connected and autonomous and the software continues to grow. This poses many challenges even for mature organizations, requiring approaches that go beyond established best practices. Many organizations face the same kind of challenges and thus sharing of experiences becomes essential.

The Scandinavian conference on safety critical systems and software (SCSSS2021) has become a central meeting place for Scandinavian safety experts from industry, public and academic organizations. The conference is an opportunity to share experiences and make new contacts. The conference features a first day with distinguished keynotes, industrial and research presentations, followed by a second day with two parallel tracks of workshops about different challenges, techniques, standards and methods. In the evening of the first day there is a conference dinner to meet old friends and establish new contacts. This year SAFER is co-hosting this conference and we are looking forward to meet our SAFER-partners there to together learn the latest about functional safety and how this area can contribute in our research and be applied in a road safety context.


November 23

08:30-09:00 Registration and coffee
09:00-09:15 Welcome and introduction, Nicolas Martin Vivaldi/Fredrik Asplund
09:15-10:15 Keynote: BOEING 737 MAX, Sven E Hammarberg, BVR
10:15-10:35 Break
10:35-11:05 AMLAS: Assurance of Machine Learning in Autonomous Systems, Dr Richard Hawkins, Assuring Autonomy International Programme
11:05-11:35 Agile and Functional Safety, Johan Bergström, Sofie Weidenlöv, Agreat AB
11:35-12:05 Scaled Agile for Safety Critical Systems, Jan-Philipp Steghöfer, Chalmers
12:05-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:00 Keynote: Safety, complexity, AI and automated driving holistic perspectives on safety assurance, Simon Burton, Fraunhofer
14:00-14:30 Safety Process for Different Legislation, Per Johannessen,Volvo Group
14:30-15:00 Break
15:00-15:30 Bridging the gap between functional safety and software development for safety critical systems, Mattias Lindgren, Combitech AB
15:30-16:00 Safety Argumentation of Autonomous Drive Function, Ali Nouri, Volvo Cars
16:00-16:30 BOAUT Project, Marine Assurance, Johan Holmqvist, Carmenta

18:00 Conference dinner at Lindholmen's Resto

November 24


08:30-09:30: Keynote: The Automotive Safety Confusion What’s the fuzz with Functional Safety, SOTIF and Positive Risk Balance? Fredrik Törner, Volvo Cars


Workshops - parallel sessions:



1. Automated driving level 3 and 4 - How to argue safety and what counts as evidence?
Fredrik Sandblom, Volvo Group and SAFER Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre
Automation affects everyone and the potential social benefits with self driving vehicles are huge, partly through increased traffic safety. What happens when you implement a new technology where all the possible problems that can occur during usage are not yet known? How do you set up your research and development then, and what can you learn from other areas? In this workshop we will address the new issues and malfunctions that can occur in AD level 3 and 4, and provide some of the reasons that AD safety is very different to showing that automated driving level 1 and 2 is safe.


2. MBRASA Safety Analysis
Heike Schneider, Syntell
Current functional safety standards (e.g., ISO26262), focus on single vehicles, machines etc. The new challenge is to conduct risk assessments to encompass multiple vehicles or machines where parts of the end to end function reside in the edge and where communication is done wirelessly. The MBRASA project will provide a workshop on safety analyses for systems of systems in relation to industrial best practice.



1. Safety for Testing Autonomous Vehicles at Existing Proving Grounds
Erik Frick AstaZero, Johan Degerman SafeRadar, Marvin Damschen, Jesper Blidkvist, Anders Thorsén RISE, Arvid Pearson, Volvo Cars
Proving ground facilities around the world face a new challenge: how to include testing of autonomous driving (AD) vehicles into their normal testing practices. Today, the core component that keeps testing safe is a skilled, trained and experienced human test driver. However, many future self driving vehicles will literally not have room to fit a human test driver. This workshop will focus on the monitoring of proving grounds to enable safe testing of manually and autonomously driven vehicles. We will present results from the ongoing Vinnova project ETAVEP gathered on the AstaZero and Hällered proving grounds. The workshop will be divided in sub topics: Vehicle Test, Requirements, Safety Zone, Global and Local Monitoring.
Workshop participants can try out the Safety Zone concept in hands on exercises and look at the ETAVEP vehicle prototype.


2. Safety Cultures in Automotive

Daniel Skarin , Per Johannessen, Volvo Group
Safety Cultures are important to ensure safety at the same time as it is less tangible. This workshop will dive into how safety cultures for different roles affect operational safety. Roles includes product developers, line managers, project managers, drivers,
operators and other users such as traffic participants. We will primarily cover road vehicles, both off and on road, at the same time as we invite other domains to contribute. The specific purpose to address after understanding different safety cultures is to see how safety cultures can be improved for the different roles.




Malin Levin
malin.levin [at] chalmers.se