IEEE Reliability Society Newsletter Vol. 56, No. 1. February 2010
Table of Content
Distinguished Lecturer Program:
Update by Dr. Eric Wong, UT-Dallas
The Dallas Chapter co-hosted a Student Outreach and Computer Science Colloquium with the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) on January 29, 2010. The event included special invited guests Sam Keene who introduced the audience to the IEEE Reliability Society and Faye Bilger, Dallas Chapter chair. The featured presentation topic was "Safety in Software" by Dr. Michael F. Siok from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. Further description of the presentation and speaker is contained in the meeting announcement on the following pages. A special website at http://paris.utdallas.edu/IEEE-RS-Outreach has also been created for materials such as presentation slides and photos.
The presentation was well attended, both by students and industry. Despite questionable weather, attendees included at least 38 students, 10 from industry and several of the faculty. A special thanks to Dr. Eric Wong, Reliability Society Adcom and UTD professor, who coordinated the event.
Sam Keene presents the Reliability Society
Faye Bilger, Dallas Chapter Chair
Mike Siok, featured presenter
Audience participated in the question and answer period
Original Meeting Announcement:
Computer Science Colloquium
In conjunction with
"Safety in Software"
Dr. Michael F. Siok
In Partnership With
University of Texas at Dallas
The colloquium is open to the general public
Date: Friday, January 29, 2010
Time: 10:30am — 11:30am
Location: UTD - Room: ECSS 2.410
(Refreshments will be served at 10:00am: Networking opportunity for professionals and students)
The University of Texas at Dallas
ENGINEERING/COMPUTER SCIENCE BLDG. EC 31, P.O. BOX 830688, RICHARDSON, TEXAS 75083-0688 (972) 883-2190
Software is ubiquitous in today's society; it is a vital engineered component in everything from anti-lock brakes systems in your car, industrial robots constructing complex parts, to guidance systems used for space launch vehicles. Increasingly, software is controlling and monitoring the operation of many types of complex systems -- systems you and I may even use. We have all heard results of the ever-increasing numbers of "computer glitches" and "software programming errors" in the media over the years. Given this, how can we not ask ourselves, "How safe are these systems that use software; how safe is the software that runs these systems?" This talk illustrates the role of software engineering in assuring development of safe systems with safety-critical software processing.
Michael F. Siok is a
staff Software Systems Engineer with 25 years experience in embedded
avionic computer systems and software development with Lockheed Martin
Aeronautics Company in