Software Reliability and Safety
John D. Musa, Larry Dalton, C. Smidts

A tutorial entitled “An Introduction to Software Reliability and Safety or How to Reduce Software Risks” will be offered on Sunday, September 13th, 1998 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at the Grand Hyatt Hotel New York City right before the PSAM-IV conference. The speakers will present a brief overview of these two fields and their applications to the reduction of risks in software used in systems such as telecommunications networks,  nuclear power plants control systems, etc. The speakers will also study and contrast the nature of existing relationships between software reliability and software safety.  Registration fee is $125 if registered before 09/01/1998 and $150 if after 09/01/1998 . For information and registration*, please contact : 

Tutorial Coordinator: 
Ms. Nihal Kececi 
Reliability Engineering Program 
0303 Marie Mount Hall 
University of Maryland 
College Park, MD 20742-7531 
Phone: (301) 405-5757 
Fax:(301) 314-9601 

About the Speakers:

John D. Musa is an independent senior consultant. He has more than  20 years experience as software practitioner and manager in a wide variety of development projects. He is one of the creators of the field of software reliability engineering. Musa is a Fellow of the IEEE, and an international leader in software engineering listed in Who’s Who in America and  American Men and Women of Science.  He has published some 100 papers and given more than 175 major presentations. 

Larry J. Dalton is manager of Sandia National Laboratories' High Integrity Software Systems Engineering Department and High Integrity Software Research Program.  The Engineering Department develops software-based systems for high consequence applications. The Research Program Larry Dalton manages conducts advanced research in the informal and formal domains of software creation as well as in Systems Immunology methods and techniques for real-time fault detection and management in complex software-based systems. 

Carol Smidts is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, Reliability Engineering Program. She is also the Director of the Software Reliability Engineering Curriculum initiated in 1996 at the University of Maryland under the sponsorship of the National Security Agency. She holds her Ph.D. from the Ecole Polytechnique, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgique, and is the author of more than 50 scientific publications in the fields of  Software Reliability,  Software Testing,  Dynamic Probabilistic Risk Assessment and Risk Assessment. 
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