System Safety and Certification


System Safety & Certification

This three day seminar in System Safety and Certification, taught by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and industry subject matter expert, provides participants with understanding of safety concepts and issues when specifying, designing, testing, and maintaining a software product as a component of a safety critical system in regulated industries. The participants are exposed to the basic concepts of system and software safety, including hazard analysis, levels of integrity, failure modes and effect analysis, nature of faults and fault-tolerant techniques. Rudimentary concepts of reliability engineering are introduced to show the relation between safety and reliability. Issues of testing, verification, validation, and certification including applicable industry standards are discussed. Special attention is paid to the RTCA DO-178C and a related guidance.

Course Objectives

  •   Describe the essential terms and concepts of system safety, reliability, and fail-safe operations
  •   Demonstrate and apply basic techniques of hazard and risk analysis
  •   Describe role of safety analyses as a part of high integrity software/system lifecycle
  •   Recognize selected tools supporting safety analysis study
  •   Describe concept of fault tolerance
  •   Describe and classify safety standards and guidelines issued by regulatory and advisory groups
  •   Identify certification process, activities, and artifacts in the development lifecycle

Course Audience

Engineers and managers engaged in development of systems for aviation or for other regulated industries (medical, transportation, utilities, etc.), systems that may require formal certification should plan to attend. This course is tailored toward any individual actively involved in their organization's development of software-intensive systems.

Course Instructor

Dr. Andrew J. Kornecki, ERAU Professor Emeritus, in his over 40 years career, in addition to teaching and research in academia, served as a visiting researcher with the Operations Research Service of the Federal Aviation Administration, was a member of the RTCA SC190, SC205, and SC216 committees dedicated to aviation software safety and security certification, and of the IFAC Technical Committee on Air Traffic Control Automation. He also served on the Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems of National Academy of Sciences Committee on Aging Avionics in Military Aircraft. He collaborated with IMTAS and HUMTECH in Washington D.C. conducting real-time safety critical software training for the FAA Certification Services. With a support from the FAA he led research contracts on Assessment of Development Tools for Safety Critical Real-time Systems and on Tool Evaluation for Complex Electronic Hardware.

Course Information

  • Date: May 16-18, 2017
  • Cost: Standard Fee: $1,500
  • Early Bird (Prior to 02/15/16): $1,400
  • Location: Daytona Beach Campus, FL

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