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Workshop on Safety-Critical Systems Design and Evaluation: 
Transferability of Methods between Aviation and Healthcare
August 25 2008
Vancouver, Canada

This Workshop is held in conjunction with 26th International System 
Safety Conference

Aviation and healthcare are two prominent safety-critical domains, 
sharing many similarities yet differing on several dimensions. Previous 
work has demonstrated the likeness between airplane cockpit and 
operating rooms, but also the differing communication styles in the two 
environments. System design and evaluation methods proven effective in 
reducing errors and accidents in aviation may be applicable to 
healthcare, or vice-versa. Consequently, reusability of knowledge and 
skills between the domains can facilitate system safety. Given these 
benefits, the transferability of design and evaluation methods across 
these two domains is important to explore and exploit.

The goal of the workshop is to explore transferability of methods, as 
related to safety requirements and error factors, through a systematic 
review of similarities and differences of existing design and evaluation 
methods in both domains. Contributions from practitioners and 
researchers working in one or both fields are invited. Participants will 
engage in dialogues to reflect on strengths and weaknesses of a 
repertoire of methods, and how gaps between requirements and methods can 
be bridged with knowledge borrowed from the related domains. Follow-up 
activities will be organized to extend participants’ efforts and 
interests to pursue long-term goals (e.g. developing a generic 
framework, joint journal paper, special interest group).

A major goal of the workshop is to explore the similarities and 
differences in both high-risk domains. Case studies of system designs 
and evaluations in both domains are of interest, especially approaches 
that address the following issues:
* task analysis methods that consider human error and safety issues
* human factors, in particular human error
* communication and workflow analysis
* system safety design
* breakdowns of communication, coordination, or technical breakdowns
* communication standards/protocol design
* verification and validation of safety-critical systems
* situation awareness
* interruptions
* system factors
* theoretical frameworks such as activity theory, situated activity, 
distributed cognition, organizational and social theory

* Case studies of designs/evaluations that applied a domain-specific 
method to a safety-critical system
* Case studies of applying customized/in-house generic method to the 
design of a system in order to address safety requirements
* Case studies of designs/evaluations that transferred an aviation 
method to the healthcare domain, or vice versa
* Applied conceptual frameworks enabling the understanding of the 
transferability of methods across the two domains

Workshop Scope: Methods for design, analysis and evaluation of systems 
that address issues related to the safety-critical aspects of the 
applicable domain (i.e. human error, communication, coordination, 
situation awareness, workflow, physical environment design, etc.) The 
workshop will NOT consider methods related to management and efficiency 
of airports and hospitals, or passenger and patient throughput.

Deadline: June 27th 2008
Please send your submissions to [log in to unmask]
Submissions will be 4-6 pages in the ISSC2008 format (see the link 
"paper formatting instructions" on

All submissions will be peer reviewed by the Program Committee (PC) 
members on the relevance to the workshop theme.

Publication: Accepted papers will be published in the workshop 
proceedings. Following the workshop, authors will have the opportunity 
to extend their contributions to a full paper for inclusion in a special 
issue of an international journal. The extended papers will undergo a 
new round of peer reviews.

Important dates
Submission Deadline: June 27th, 2008
Notification date: July 15th, 2008
Camera-ready versions: July 22nd, 2008
Workshop: August 25th, 2008

Program Committee
Richard Cook, University of Chicago, USA
Guy Boy, EURISCO International, France
Robert L. Helmreich, University of Texas, USA
Chris Johnson, University of Glasgow, UK
Yan Xiao, University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA
Philipp Quaet-Faslem, Siemens Corporate Technology, Germany
Mark Anderson, Boeing, USA
Gudela Grote, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Fabio Paterno, ISTI-CNR, Italy
Philippe Palanque, Université Paul Sabatier, France
Ginette Taylor, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Canada
William Wong, Middlesex University, UK
Avi Parush, Carleton University, Canada
Svetlena Taneva, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Effie Law, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Workshop organizers
Svetlena Taneva, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), 
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Effie Law, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), [log in to unmask]
Avi Parush, Carleton University, Canada, [log in to unmask]

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