Bristol to host major conference tackling the safety and security of the software that runs our lives

September 23, 2014

More than 100 leading software engineers and academics will gather in Bristol later this month to attend a major conference giving the latest insights into the increasingly vital area of safe and secure software.

With highly-integrated and sophisticated IT and mobile systems impacting evermore on everyday life – from transport and banking to national security – it is vital that the software behind these is as failsafe as possible.

The High Integrity Software 2014 (HIS 2014) conference, staged by innovation and engineering company Altran, will feature keynote speeches from leading international software experts on programming standards, techniques and processes, and include perspectives from across the space, automotive, security, medical and avionics industries.

The event will also further strengthen Bristol’s status as a centre for technological innovation and an emerging city operating in the key areas linked to powerful software-based systems.

Staged at Bristol’s Marriott Royal Hotel on October 23, HIS 2014 will provide a global forum for sharing information about key challenges and recent developments in high integrity software engineering and will explore the profound consequences that the failure of software-based systems can have for both individuals and companies.

The comprehensive conference programme will include talks based around four main themes – languages and technologies, software security, software safety and applications – with attendees selecting the subjects that are most appropriate to their interests.

Among the speakers will be Harold Thimbleby, professor of computer science at Swansea University, and Martyn Thomas, vice-president at the Royal Academy of Engineering. They will give keynote presentations to lead the delegate discussions on the day.

Co-sponsor Altran recently opened a second office in Bristol in recognition of the city’s strength in helping develop sophisticated software-based systems which are shaping the future of sectors such as aerospace, defence, transport and energy.

The new office is helping the firm expand its support to major aerospace and defence companies across the South West and create a centre of excellence for innovation.

The firm, which also has an office in central Bath along with as five other locations across the UK, operates in key areas such as advanced systems, aerostructures, propulsion, aerodynamics, product lifecycle management and manufacturing engineering.

Altran UK head of engineering Neil White said: “In our increasingly connected world, high-integrity systems are permeating every part of our lives.

“Building and assuring the software within these systems demands dedicated tooling and skills. As one of the UK’s leading cities for technological innovation, we are pleased to bring this inaugural event to Bristol in order to provide an excellent opportunity for sharing this knowledge.”

The conference will be accompanied by an exhibition where delegates can meet key product and services businesses involved in a range of high-integrity software domains across the systems development lifecycle.

The event is co-sponsored by AdaCore, the international provider of commercial software for the state-of-the-art programming language Ada.

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The HIS 2014 conference will profile key high-integrity software development toolsets such as SPARK which was used extensively in the development of the CubeSat satellite, pictured

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