Engineering Safety-Critical Complex Systems

Rob Alexander, Tim Kelly, Ruth Alexander-Bown

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Some of the complex systems with which the CoSMoS project
is concerned are safety-critical, and if such systems are ever to be built
and operated then they will need to be certied safe to operate. By
looking at how conventional safety-critical systems are developed, we
can nd basic principles for safety-critical complex systems { this may
be harder or easier than non-safety-specialists expect. In this paper, we
outline current safety engineering methods and illustrate them using an
articial platelet case study. We also summarise our previous work on us-
ing simulation in safety engineering, and make some observations about
applying simulation to very small systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoSMoS 2008
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2008 Workshop on Complex Systems Modelling and Simulation
PublisherLuniver Press
ISBN (Print)1-905986-17-3, 978-1-905986-17-0
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2008

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