System Safety and Software Safety Research

The goal of the MIT Safety Project is to develop a theoretical foundation for safety and a methodology for building safety-critical systems built upon that foundation. The methology includes special management structures and procedures, system hazard analysis, software hazard analysis, requirements modeling and analysis for completeness and safety, design for safety, design of human-machine interaction, verification (both testing and code analysis), operational feedback, and change analysis. In Safeware: System Safety and Computers, Nancy Leveson summarizes the issues involved and lays the foundation for building safer software-intensive systems. A second book is in preparation that will introduce a new approach to system safety.

A company, Safeware Engineering Corporation has been established to transfer the research ideas to industrial practice and commercial tools.

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