Photo: Geir Hageskal

Proceedings available now

The Proceedings of the first International Workshop on Autonomous System Safety can now be downloaded here.

We want to thank all the participants and contributors for the time and effort they have spent on the workshop and the production of the proceedings.

Conclusion of the first International Workshop on Autonomous System Safety

Thanks to all the participants for their active contributions and discussions. The presentations and their abstract can be found here. Work on the workshop proceedings is progressing and they will be available soon. 

Photo: B. Rokseth


The First International Workshop on Autonomous Systems Safety (IWASS) gathers key experts in autonomous systems safety from academia and industry. IWASS aims to identify common challenges related to safety, reliability, and security (SRS) of autonomous systems, covering autonomous maritime, marine, land vehicles, and aerospace systems, and to discuss and propose possible solutions for the identified challenges.

List of Key Topics

  • Making the case for autonomous system SRS
  • Modeling and analysis methods for assessing autonomous systems SRS
  • Human in the loop, risks and benefits
  • Dealing with complexity of integrated systems of Software – Hardware – Human
  • Safety standards, oversight, regulations, ethics and liability


Monday, March 11th, Room: Øya/Sverresborg

The first day features seven presentations offering perspective on issues raised in the white Paper, and suggesting additional ones. The day concludes with participants selecting three to four topics for in-depth discussion by smaller breakout groups.

8.30 – 9.00

Registration and coffee (In front of the room Øya/Sverresborg)

9.00 – 9.30



Welcome and introduction
Ingrid Bouwer Utne, Dept. of Marine Technology, NTNU, Norway

Arrangements and whitepaper
Marilia Ramos and Christoph Thieme, Dept. of Marine Technology, NTNU, Norway

9.30 – 10.00


Modeling and assessing risks of autonomous systems: Challenges and perspective on solutions 
Ali Mosleh, B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences, University of California Los Angeles, USA

10.00 – 10.30

The Norwegian maritime authority´s approval process of autonomous ships - Our challenges and guideline
Nils Haktor Bua, Norwegian Maritime Directorate, Norway

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break (in front of Øya/Sverresborg)

11.00 – 11.30

Qualification of autonomy for risk and regulation - A behavioral approach
Tristan Perez, Boeing Research and Technology, Australia

11.30 – 12.00

Industry perspective on the development of autonomous busses - Robustness development
Matthew Minxiang Hu, Haylion Technology, China

12.00 – 12.30

Unmanned aerial systems and risk
Adrian Arjornilla, UAS consulting, USA

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.15 Cybersecurity for autonomous systems – Vulnerabilities and threats
Kenneth Titlestad, Sopra Steria, Norway
14.15 –14.45 Intelligent machinery systems for autonomous ships
Sverre Torben, Rolls Royce Marine, Norway
14.45 – 15.15 Trust in autonomy: Cyber-human learning loops
Asun Lera St. Clair, DNV GL, Norway
15.15 – 15.45 Coffee break (in front of Øya/Sverresborg)
15.45 – 18.00 Assembly of discussion groups
Plenum discussion


Tuesday, March 12th

Day 2 will allow the breakout groups to focus on their assigned topics and prepare for reporting their conclusions to the entire workshop on Day 3.

8.30 – 9.00

Meetup and organization of breakout sessions
Room: Øya/Sverresborg

9.00 – 18.00

Breakout discussion sessions
Rooms: Øya/Sverresborg, Tyholt, Lian, Festningen

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break (in front of breakout rooms)

12.30 – 13.30

Lunch (Scandic Nidelven Restaurant)

13:30 – 14:00 Room:  Øya/Sverresborg

Some recent advances in human-automation interaction design methods and future research directions for safety
David Kaber, North Carolina University, USA

14:00 – 14:30

Game theoretic simulation for verification and validation of autonomous vehicles
Anouck Girard, University of Michigan, USA

16.00 – 16.30

Coffee break (in front of breakout rooms)

20.00 – 22.00

Workshop dinner in Troll Restaurant (Only registered participants)
Address: Fosenkaia 4A, Trondheim


Wednesday, March 13th, Room:  Øya/Sverresborg

The workshop will conclude on Day 3 with reports from the breakout sessions, their discussion, and articulated key results of the workshop.

8.30 – 12.00

Presentation and discussion of results from the breakout sessions

10.00 – 10.30

Coffee break (in front of Øya/Sverresborg)

12.00 – 12.30

Conclusion and closing of the workshop

12.30 – 13.30

Lunch (Scandic Nidelven Restaurant)