The SAFECOMP 2018 Panel

The panel discussed challenges and opportunities regarding intra and cross-domain reuse of engineering and certification artifacts.

Panel Speakers

Fredrik Törner, Volvo Cars

Fredrik Törner is currently an appointed technical specialist within system safety at Volvo Cars. His background is within dependable computer systems and holds a master of science from Chalmers University of Technology as well as a PhD in computer engineering on the topic of hazard analysis and safety cases in the automotive domain. Since 2012 he is a member of the ISO standardization group responsible for ISO26262, the functional safety standard for the automotive industry.

Isabelle Conway, ESA

Isabelle is an Engineer in Electronics and Robotics by education (Diplôme d’Ingénieur en MicroElectronique et Automatique - Institut des Sciences de l’Ingénieur de Montpellier ISIM – France) and a software/system engineer by trade. Isabelle has 15 years of experience in the Aeronautical industry and 12 years in the Space industry. Her experience covers systems engineering, SW engineering and vendor development, with special interest in Safety and Security aspects and standardisation. For the last 9 years, Isabelle has been working for the European Space Agency in ESTEC (Netherlands) in the Technical and Quality Department, supporting multiple missions in navigation, telecommunication and earth observation.

Phil Koopman, CMU

Prof. Philip Koopman is a faculty member at the Carnegie Mellon University ECE department, with additional affiliations with the Institute for Software Research and the Robotics Institute. He leads research on safe and secure embedded systems and teaches cost-effective embedded system design techniques.

He has over 20 years of experience with autonomous vehicle safety, dating back to the CMU Navlab team and the Automated Highway Systems (AHS) program. His most recent projects include using stress testing and run time monitoring to ensure safety for a variety of vehicle and robotic applications for the research, industry, and defense sectors. He has additional experience with automotive and industrial functional safety, including testifying as an expert in vehicle safety class action litigation and consulting to NHTSA.

He is co-founder of Edge Case Research, which provides tools and services for autonomous vehicle testing and safety validation. His pre-university career includes experience as a US Navy submarine officer, embedded CPU designer at Harris Semiconductor, and embedded system architect at United Technologies. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, a Senior Member of ACM, and a member of SAE.

Tetsuya Tohdo, Denso Corporation

After having worked in the IT industry, Tetsuya Tohdo joined DENSO CORPORATION and has been working on researches and advanced development of embedded systems. His focus is the methodologies that provide how to design and verify System and Software. He is also interested in applying the benefits of theoretical research results into practical engineering, such as integration of formal methods with simulations and testing. He is contributing to revise the functional safety standard for the automotive industry (ISO26262) as an expert of ISO/TC22/SC32/WG8.

Uma Ferrell, Mitre

Uma Ferrell is excited for the opportunity to share her experiences in engineering systems using cross domain and intra domain knowledge. Her perspectives have benefited from continuous learning through authoring standards, teaching, and researching as well as working with different cultures, and in different domains. Uma is a software and airborne electronic hardware Designated Engineering Representative (DER) for the US Federal Aviation Administration. She is a certification subject matter expert at the MITRE Corporation working on the US Federal Aviation Administration’s certification transformation, and Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation for aviation. In addition, she is working on innovative methods of certification for the artificial intelligence in Urban Air Mobility systems, and codification of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Type Certification. She is also devising a proof-of-concept for an integrated safety and cybersecurity analysis in complex software systems. Uma started her career building mission critical systems for space. After working in technical leadership positions for different companies, Uma co-founded Ferrell and Associates Consulting, Inc. a certification and aviation safety consultancy where she worked as a Chief Executive Officer and a principal for 17 years. Uma holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, a Master’s degree in Solid State Physics, BSc (Hons) in Physics, BSc (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) from Bangalore University. Uma is one of the technical editors for the third edition of the Digital Avionics Handbook, published in 2014 by CRC Press. Uma is also on the editorial board of American Society for Quality (ASQ) Software Quality Professional Journal. She also reviews technical books for ASQ. When she is not preoccupied with thoughts on safety culture, new technology, certification, and standards, Uma loves to play Indian classical music.