4th international workshop on agile development of safety-critical software (ASCS 2018)

Time Session/Activity Presenter
1400 – 1415 Welcome – program and motivation Geir K. Hanssen, SINTEF (NO)
1415 – 1445 Keynote: Agility meets Regulatory – Boon and Bane?! Philipp Diebold, Franhofer (DE)
1445 – 1500 Break and discussions
1500 – 1520 Compliance of Agilized (Software) Development Processes with Safety
Standards: a Vision
Faiz Ul Muram, Mälardalen University (SE)
1520 – 1540 Hazard stories, HazId and Safety stories in SafeScrum Tor Stålhane, NTNU (NO)
1540 – 1600 Break and discussions
1600 – 1620 Speed up BDD for Safety Verification in Agile Development: A Partially
Replicated Controlled Experiment
Yang Wang, University of Stuttgart (DE)
1620 – 1640 Introducing agile practices into development processes of safety
critical software
Katarzyna Łukasiewicz, Gdańsk University of Technology (PL)
1640 – 1720 Workshop discussions: plenum or openspace
1720 – 1730 Concluding remarks and a few words about a possible 2019 workshop Geir K. Hanssen, SINTEF (NO)


The fourth international workshop on Agile Development of Safety-Critical Software (ASCS) will be organized in conjunction with the XP 2018 conference, on May 21 in Porto.

Safety-critical systems are expanding in scope and complexity and software becomes an important and enabling technology for functional safety. This creates new opportunities and new challenges, where agile methods, practices, tools and techniques may offer opportunities to build and certify safety-critical software with lower costs in shorter time. ASCS is a meeting place to share achievements and ideas and to build your network.

The workshop will be based on a mix of presentations by an invited keynote speaker (to be announced later on www.agilealliance.org/xp2018/) and by authors of accepted papers (approximately 20 minutes). 40-50% of the time will be reserved for discussions.

The workshop aims to cover a variety of topics, included in but not limited to the following list:

  • Empirical studies, including industry experience reports
  • Tools to support and automate development and certification
  • Integrating safety/security into agile methods
  • Agile methods introduction in safety-systems organizations
  • Adapting existing agile methods for the safety critical domain
  • Addressing safety standards with agile methods
  • Maintaining traceability in agile methods
  • Agile documentation methods including automation of documentation
  • Agile analysis practices for safety-critical systems
  • Change impact analysis
  • Configuration management
  • Compliance with safety standards
  • Agility in safety assessment including assessor collaboration
  • Agile Safety Cases
  • DevOps and safety-critical systems
  • Assurance case experience reports


The workshop organizers call for original papers (either short papers, 5 pages, or full papers, 8-12 pages), which will undergo peer-review. Workshop papers will be considered for publication in the workshop proceedings and must adhere to the format (to be confirmed) We encourage work presenting industrial experience as well as papers providing new insights, ideas and analysis of practice.

Proposals must be submitted through the Easychair conference submission site: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ascs2018. At least one author of accepted papers must register for the workshop and present.

Important dates:  

  • Submission deadline: March 3, 2018 >> March 13, 2018
  • Review notification: April 6, 2018
  • ASCS workshop:  May 21, 2018

The ASCS 2018 organizing committee:

  • Geir K. Hanssen (C) SINTEF ghanssen@sintef.no +47 92492454
  • Thor Myklebust SINTEF Thor.Myklebust@sintef.no +47 95779869
  • Janusz Górski Univ. of Gdansk jango@pg.edu.pl +58 3471909

The ASCS 2018 program committee:  

  • Tim Kelly, University of York
  • Stig Ole Johnsen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Katarzyna Lukasiewicz, University of Gdansk
  • Efi Papatheocharous, RICE ICT
  • Uwe Becker, Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA
  • Barbara Gallina, Mälardalen University

Any questions may be directed to the workshop chair; Geir K. Hanssen, ghanssen@sintef.no, +47 92492454.