Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Centre of Applied Research Technology

3rd European STAMP workshop in Amsterdam

19 Oct 2015 11:43 | Centre for Applied Research Technology

From 4th to 6th of October 2015 the 3rd European STAMP Tutorials & Workshop were presented by the Aviation Academy, with focus on the research and experience about the new safety approach based on the STAMP model and related techniques. The workshop was held at CASA 400 Hotel in Amsterdam, and the program included two keynote speeches by renowned safety professionals and thinkers: Prof. Dr. Nancy Leveson (MIT, Boston) and Prof. Dr. Sidney Dekker (Griffith University, Australia). Due to circumstances, Prof. Leveson could not attend and she was represented by Dr. John Thomas. The three tutorials in the 4th of October introduced the STAMP model, the STPA technique and a supportive software tool named XSTAMPP.


Based on the feedback obtained during and after the event, the attendants deemed that the Aviation Academy increased the level of the event by providing well-located venues for the main event and the networking dinner, a well-organised program, and the opportunity to publish the full papers as proceedings through a reliable publisher.

The workshop was attended by about 90 professionals, academics and students including representatives from aviation authorities. The quality of topics and presentations was very good; some researchers suggested new ideas that support the evolution of STAMP and many speakers shared their experience about the application of STAMP / STPA on their domains. Indicative case studies of interest were the analysis of the Überlingen Accident by introducing the degradation of situational awareness capability over time, analysis of Netherland train accidents with CAST, development of nuclear software based on STPA, evaluation of military aviation training through STPA, safety agents in aircraft ground handling services, the challenges of drone operations, the on-going development of an SMS Performance Assessment Framework.

In addition to the presentations, two plenary discussions addressed and raised some interesting points for the future of STAMP’s research and application:

1- Completeness, consistency and correctness of STAMP results; when I can stop my analysis and how I can ensure the correctness of my control structures.
2- The possibility for different STAMP / STPA researchers to cooperate  through funding opportunities (e.g., HORIZON 2020).
3- Research on Cyber-security based on STPA.
4- More consideration and research on human factors when using STAMP.
5- Multi-controllers problems in the control structure diagrams of STAMP.

Overall, the event run perfectly due to the efforts of the organizing and program committees, chaired respectively by Prof. Dr. Robert J. de Boer & Dr. Nektarios Karanikas, the contribution of speakers and the cooperation of all attendants.

At the end of workshop, the program committee announced that the STAMP EU  2016 will be held at the School of Engineering in Zurich, Switzerland.