Exploiting Safety Constraints in Fuzzy Self-organising Maps for Safety Critical Applications

  • Zeshan Kurd
  • Tim P. Kelly
  • Jim Austin
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3177)


This paper defines a constrained Artificial Neural Network (ANN) that can be employed for highly-dependable roles in safety critical applications. The derived model is based upon the Fuzzy Self-Organising Map (FSOM) and enables behaviour to be described qualitatively and quantitatively. By harnessing these desirable features, behaviour is bounded through incorporation of safety constraints – derived from safety requirements and hazard analysis. The constrained FSOM has been termed a ’Safety Critical Artificial Neural Network’ (SCANN) and preserves valuable performance characteristics for non-linear function approximation problems. The SCANN enables construction of compelling (product-based) safety arguments for mitigation and control of identified failure modes. Illustrations of potential benefits for real-world applications are also presented.


Artificial Neural Network Failure Mode Artificial Neural Network Model Fuzzy Rule Firing Strength 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zeshan Kurd
    • 1
  • Tim P. Kelly
    • 1
  • Jim Austin
    • 2
  1. 1.High Integrity Systems Engineering Group 
  2. 2.Advanced Computer Architectures Group, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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