Monday, May 26, 2014

[DMANET] 2nd CFP - IEEE Systems Journal Special Issue on System Safety and Safety Critical Systems

IEEE Systems Journal Special Issue on "System Safety and Safety-Critical


Shrisha Rao, IIIT-BANGALORE, India, Paul C. Hershey,
RAYTHEON, USA, Michael J. Hirsch, ISEA TEK, USA,

Safety, "The condition of being safe; freedom from danger, risk or injury,"
is a concern for life in general, and an important issue in the design of
complex systems in particular.  While the precise nature of safety in
relation to security is a matter of some debate, it may be said that safety
is the property of a system not to misbehave (in some defined way) on its
own, whilst security is its resistance to malicious actions. It is also
accepted that safety is an emergent system property that must be "baked into
the cake" in the design and construction of complex systems, and that it
cannot be bolted on to an unsafe system later.  Likewise, standards and
practices for system operation that are framed for other objectives such as
profitability or operational readiness do not necessarily ensure system
safety, and safety may be in conflict with such other objectives, requiring
a compromise approach.  In particular, "safety-critical" systems are those
where safety is considered as  the paramount concern, where every design or
operational conflict between safety and another objective such as
availability, must be decided in favor of safety. The range of systems where
safety is a concern is vast, and includes such diverse domains as aviation,
oil and gas installations, power systems, medical devices and services,
maritime, and military, along with many others.  While every such domain has
certain important features that call for a unique approach, it is quite
fruitful to look for common threads in reasoning about safety in complex
systems, and gain insights that are useful in a range of systems.
The IEEE Systems Journal will publish a special issue dedicated to system
safety and safety-critical systems. The aim of this special issue is to
present a collection of high-quality archival research papers that address
theoretical and practical perspectives of the entire system life cycle, to
help create safer systems.  Papers that integrate multiple perspectives to
take a larger system-level view, and papers that offer insights valid across
different domains, will be preferred over papers that deal with specific
technologies, theoretical concepts, and local perspectives.  The topics of
interest include, but are not restricted to:
• Functional safety
• Formal methods for safety in complex systems • Hazard identification and
assessment • Software safety • Human factors • Man-machine interfaces and
ergonomics • Safety and systems engineering • Safety standards and their
evolution • Safety audits and certification for critical systems • Design
innovations for safety • Mitigation of natural and man-made disasters •
Safety cultures, policies, and practices • Corporate governance for safety •
Safety in complex systems with legacy technologies
Authors are invited to submit original research contributions by following
the detailed instructions given in the "Information for Authors" at  In the cover letter, authors should
explicitly state that the paper is submitted to the "Special Issue on System
Safety and Safety-Critical Systems."  Questions about the special issue may
be directed to the Guest Editors. 

Paper submission deadline: June 30, 2014 Notification of first decisions:
October 15, 2014 Revised paper submission: December 1, 2014 Notification of
second reviews: February 1, 2015 Minor revision deadline: March 1, 2015
Final notification: April 1, 2015 Final manuscript: May 1, 2015 Expected
publication: 2015/2016

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