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5th International Workshop on Next Generation of System Assurance Approaches for Safety-Critical Systems (SASSUR)

Safety-critical systems engineering requires the execution of laborious and expensive assurance and certification activities so that the systems are allowed to operate. The nature of these systems regularly evolves, which also results in a growth of their complexity and size. Safety-critical systems are currently moving towards e.g. systems of systems and cyberphysical systems, and the use of technologies related to software, networking, standard architectures, and mixed-criticality is increasing. In addition, the regulatory needs are changing, including modifications to the applicable standards. There is a growing interest in the use of goal-based standards and assurance cases for system certification with a safety and security concerns integration. All the above characteristics require that system assurance practices also evolve, take further quality concerns into account (e.g., security and privacy), and analyse the relationships between the concerns. Practitioners need new approaches that allow them to address present and future system assurance needs and contribute to system assurance cost-effectiveness, including compliance assessment, product reuse, incremental and compositional certification, and evidence management.

The SASSUR workshop is intended to explore new ideas to improve system assurance and certification of safety-critical systems. In particular, SASSUR will provide a forum for thematic presentations and in-depth discussions about the alignment of standards and system characteristics, specification of assurance cases, safety evidence management, and reuse of assurance information, in a way that makes assurance and certification more cost-effective, precise, and scalable.

SASSUR aims at bringing together experts, researchers, and practitioners, from diverse communities, such as safety and security engineering, certification processes, model-based technologies, software and hardware design, safety-critical systems engineering, and applications communities (railway, aerospace, automotive, health, industrial manufacturing, etc.).

Topics of the workshop

Contributions are sought in (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Industrial challenges for cost-effective safety assurance and certification
  • Cross-standard and cross-domain product certification
  • Integration of process-centric and product-centric assurance
  • Compliance management
  • Evidence traceability and evolution
  • Transparency of and metrics for the safety assurance and certification processes
  • Safety and security co-assurance and certification
  • Case-based assurance approaches
  • Tools for supporting of safety and security assurance
  • Seamless development tool chain for safety-critical systems
  • Evolution of standards and practices
  • The next challenges in industry for safety-critical systems engineering
  • Human factors in safety and security assurance and certification
  • COTS and management of third-party evidence in safety-critical systems
  • Mixed-criticality system assurance
  • Safety assurance on new types of systems, such adaptive systems and cyber-physical systems
  • Autonomous driving and its implications on safety, security and regulation
  • UAS and regulation
  • Cyber-security threads for safety
  • Open source and free solutions for safety-critical systems

How to submit papers:

Authors are invited to submit position papers (max. 6 pages) or full technical contributions (max. 12 pages) written in English in PDF format using the Easychair System.

EasyChair submission website:

SASSUR 2016 will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the program committee and the organizers for quality and relevance.

Accepted papers will be published in the SAFECOMP 2016 Workshop Proceedings by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) Series. Please keep your paper format according to SPRINGER LNCS style guidelines.


  • Alejandra Ruiz. Tecnalia, Spain
  • Tim Kelly. University of York, UK
  • Jose Luis de la Vara. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Steering Committee

  • John Favaro, Intecs, Italy
  • Huascar Espinoza, TECNALIA, Spain
  • Fabien Belmonte, ALSTOM, France

Programme Committee

To be announced later.

Important Dates

  • Full paper submission: 17 May 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: 07 June 2016
  • Camera-ready submission: 20 June 2016
  • Workshop: 20 September 2016
  • SAFECOMP 2016: 20-23 September 2016

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