Prof. John A. McDermid

(University of York, UK)

"Agile Development of Safety-Critical Software: Opportunities and Challenges"

(Vortrag im Rahmen der "Fraunhofer IESE Distinguished Lecture Series" in Kooperation mit dem Fachbereich Informatik)

Admission is free, but please register in advance.

There are many attractions of agile software development, perhaps the primary one being the speed to produce useful software. Agile development has now become accepted as a "mainstream" development approach, and some of the initial limitations, e.g. using agile processes at scale, have now been addressed if not fully solved. There has been some interest in using agile processes on safety-critical software development, but there are apparent difficulties in producing the evidence needed for compliance with applicable safety standards. The seminar will consider opportunities for using agile approaches in safety-critical software development, the challenges of meeting the requirements of relevant safety standards, and possible ways of addressing those challenges.

Bio: John McDermid has been Professor of Software Engineering at the University of York since 1987. He set up the High Integrity Systems Engineering (HISE) research group in the Department of Computer Science and was Head of the Department from 2006 to 2012. HISE studies a broad range of issues in systems, software and safety engineering, and works closely with government and industry, e.g. Airbus, BAE Systems, the Civil Aviation Authority, the MoD, QinetiQ and Rolls-Royce. He is author or editor of six books and has published over 370 papers. He has advised companies and government departments on several continents, e.g. advising the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on software safety. He has set up and run a number of small companies, and became Chairman of Rapita Systems in January 2014. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2002, and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 New Year's Honours list.

Time: Wednesday, 01.10.2014, 05:00 pm
Place: Fraunhofer Center, Auditorium

The talk will be held in English. Admission is free, but please register in advance.
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