DESIGN FOR SAFETY - DfS'01


              August 26-31, 2001, Saint-Lary, Pyrénées, France

                              Organized by
                The European Institute of Cognitive Sciences
                         and Engineering (EURISCO)

             In cooperation with the ACM SIGCHI (Association for
               Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on
                         Computer Human Interaction)

The purpose of the Design-for-Safety-2001 (DfS'01) summer school is to
enable the participants to define and evaluate the safety requirements for
a specific application. These requirements deal with technology,
organizations and people. This will be achieved by teaching the basic
concepts and methods of design for safety through a five-day international
summer school using a mixture of tutorials, lectures, group exercises and

The theme for this international summer school is Design for Safety. It
reflects the growing and universal influence of information technology on
the development of systems in industry and the use of these systems in
various organizations that produce safety-critical systems. Among relevant
industrial sectors are aerospace, medicine, nuclear energy, transport,
chemical and food industries.

The summer school will develop a system level view of design for safety.
Safety is often related to human error and reliability. Human reliability
is always, and can only be, constructed in organizational context. That is,
human reliability is not simply a property of an individual operator, but a
relation between an operator and task demands set by organizational
context. Furthermore, the organizational context is dynamic since
operators' competence evolves and new practices develop. The design of
increasingly information-intensive systems requires knowledge about the
decision-making process in safety critical environments. Experience
feedback permits organizations to learn from operational incidents. Key
issue here include how to understand experience in terms that can be used
to change practices, and how to design channels for the communication of
representations of operational experience. Taking safety seriously requires
designing whole systems rather than individual devices or interfaces. The
design of safe systems thus requires the involvement of and knowledge
sharing among people with different sorts of expertise. Appropriate work
analysis can reveal unexpected interactions that may have safety
implications. For example, operator strategies for coping with cognitive
overflow syndrome may encourage the emergence (or expression) of latent
errors. An approach that can see cognitive processes distributed across
multiple actors and between actors and technology is helpful in
understanding the systemic nature of safety. Finally, the learning process
in an organization that makes safety-critical decisions can be improved by
the careful implementation of decision traceability mechanisms. The legal
and regulatory side of safety issues will also be discussed.

The DfS'01 summer school will explore the current solutions and on-going
work on the way design teams take and should take into account
organizational issues of workplace automation, human operator and
organizational models, and the effects of incrementally-intrusive virtual
environments on work practices. The industrial summer school will leave
plenty of time for participants to explore their own work practice using
information technology and designing automation. Lecturers will provide
state-of-the-art knowledge and know-how on the evolution of technology and
the emergence of work practices.

 The DfS'01 summer school is aimed at people from industry and academia who
in their line of work are involved with or responsible for designing and
implementing safety-critical systems. This includes system designers,
system analysts, technical managers, design team leaders, etc. The
participants should have some experience with common or specific safety
issues, human-centered design, automation and human-machine systems.

The DfS'01 summer school will be taught by the following international team
of lecturers:

René Amalberti, PhD, Head of the Department of Cognitive Sciences at the
French Airforce Medical Research Laboratory (IMASSA).

Guy Boy, PhD, Director of the European Institute of Cognitive Sciences and
Engineering (EURISCO).

Edwin Hutchins, PhD, Director of the Department of Cognitive Science at the
University of California, San Diego.

Saadi Lahlou, PhD, Head of Laboratory Design for Cognition, Electricité de
France R & D.

Vimla L. Patel, PhD, Director of the Centre for Medical Education at McGill

Kim J. Vicente, PhD, Director of the Cognitive Engineering Laboratory at
the University of Toronto.

The summer school will last for five days, and include the following topics:
Human reliability in organizational context, R. Amalberti
Ecological issues of human-centered design for safety, K. Vicente
From little incidents to the big one, R. Amalberti
Operator competence, evolution of work contexts, emergence of new
practices, E. Hutchins
Decision making in safety-critical environments, G. Boy
The cognitive overflow syndrome, S. Lahlou
External memory and experience feedback in the medical domain, V. Patel
Work analysis, K. Vicente
Computer-mediated collaborative design for safety, V. Patel
Distributed cognition issues in designing for safety, E. Hutchins
Traceability of design decisions, implications on designing for safety, G. Boy

For each topic the course will present the main concepts and methods,
illustrated by a set of examples. The course will cover recent developments
in the design of safety-critical systems human factors, and emphasize
practical solutions to designing-for-safety problems.

The DfS'01 international summer school will take place at the Hotel
Mercure, Saint Lary, France, located at 150 km from Toulouse in the heart
of the Pyrénées. Saint-Lary offers a breath-taking setting for all kinds of
open-air activities, a thermal spa and the charm of local markets and

The fee for HfS'01 is 2200 Euros. This includes five days of lectures,
course material, coffee breaks, full room and board in single accommodation
at the Hotel Mercure, Saint-Lary.

Payment may be made by Bank Transfer (Swift), mentioning DfS'01 and your
name. Please inform your bank that transfer fees are to be paid by the
issuer. Eurisco will not accept any bank charges linked to payment.

Due to the nature of this summer school, the number of participants will be
limited to 50. Participants will be accepted on a first come, first served

Application for registration must be received before June 1st, 2001. Full
course fees must be paid to the HfS'01 Office by June 30th, 2001.

A limited number of accompanying persons can be housed at the course site.
There is no charge for accompanying persons, but additional expenses
(accommodation and food) must be paid directly to the hotel. Further
details can be obtained from the summer school office; early notification
is required.

For further information check the DfS'01 web site at or contact Helen Wilson at
the summer school office:
European Institute of Cognitive
Sciences and Engineering (EURISCO)
4 Avenue Edouard Belin
31400 Toulouse, France
Tel: +33 (0) 5 62 17 38 38
Fax: +33 (0) 5 62 17 38 39
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European Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Engineering
4 Avenue Edouard Belin, 314000 Toulouse, France
Tel: +33 (0)5 62 17 38 38 / Fax: +33 (0)5 62 17 38 39
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