Programmable Electronic System Analysis Technique in Safety Critical Applications

  • M. J. P. van der Meulen
  • T. Stålhane
  • B. Cole
Conference paper


The PESANTE1 project intends to arrive at an integral approach towards PES2 assessment. Elicitation of knowledge on relations between PES characteristic and functioning is the first step. Here categorical analysis plays a major role. The results of this phase will be used to tune a Bayesian inference network. This network is able to assess PESs given an amount of information on the PES characteristics. The techniques chosen are able to cope with heterogeneous and missing data. PESANTE will cover software and hardware aspects, as well as the human factor. Also, it can indicate the value of information to be procured next; this makes sure a balanced assessment is being made.


Human Factor Categorical Analysis Knowledge Elicitation Human Dependability Safety Critical Application 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. P. van der Meulen
    • 1
  • T. Stålhane
    • 2
  • B. Cole
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Industrial Safety Institute for Environmental and Energy ResearchThe Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNOApeldoornThe Netherlands
  2. 2.SINTEF DELABTrondheimNorway
  3. 3.Software Metrics LaboratoryGlasgow Caledonian UniversityGlasgowScotland

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