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Seminar report: Functional safety - emerging, changing and integrating standards and applications


Mikael Åkerholm, Rikard Land, Martin Törngren

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The seminar on Functional Safety, jointly organized by CC Systems, KTH/ICES and MDH/MRTC, was a great success with 39 participants from 14 organizations.The background and motivation for the seminar was the increasing attention placed on functional safety. Machines with embedded electronic systems are performing more and more advanced functions, vehicles are becoming autonomous and robots can work unshielded in the factories. While new functionalities promise enhanced safety and improved performance, they are also associated with new faults, failure modes and risks.Also for this reason, safety engineering has to evolve. This evolution is reflected in changed legislation and new and updated international standards. These updates reflect both an increasing attention from the public, as well as advances in research and industry. The seminar had the purpose to shed light on evolving and emerging laws and safety standards for vehicles and machines including robots.The seminar included presentations on the Machinery directive and its relations to standards, the ISO DIS 26262 Automotive standard, the ISO-15998 (earth moving machinery), the IEC61508 as well as scientific challenges for functional safety. The afternoon concluded with a panel debate: "Are we entering a safety era?".


author = {Mikael {\AA}kerholm and Rikard Land and Martin T{\"o}rngren},
title = {Seminar report: Functional safety - emerging, changing and integrating standards and applications},
month = {February},
year = {2010},
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