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The Autonomous Chapter Event Architecture

Chapter Event Safety & Architecture

By The Autonomous

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Date and time

Thursday, April 2, 2020 · 3:30 - 8am PDT



About this event

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After the main conference in September 2019 (, The Autonomous together with TTTech Auto hosts the first of four Chapter Events to facilitate discussions among experts to work towards a Global Safety Reference for safe autonomous mobility.

Safety & Architecture Chapter Event

The event will profit from the expertise of the speakers: Philip Koopman, Simon Fürst, Riccardo Mariani, Wilfried Steiner, Martin Törngren and Jack Weast. The following topics will be addressed:

1. Conduct a concretization work on safe architectures for automated driving

The main question to be answered is “How can we develop safe architectures for AD?” and as a starting point, we focus on the following topics:

  • Current architectural approaches in ADAS and AD
  • Architecting fail-operational and fail-degraded behavior
  • Decomposition examples of the proposed fail-operational architecture to achieve the necessary ASIL

2. Requirements for safe trajectories

  • Definition of common/standardized interface of a trajectory
  • What are the criteria that a trajectory should meet to ensure that it is safe
  • Review of current approaches for verifying the safety of trajectories (Responsibility-Sensitive Safety, Safety Force Field, and others)

3. Harmonize the conducted work with representatives of most recent standards

This includes SO 26262, ISO/PAS 21448, UL 4600, IEEE P2846, IEEE P2851, ISO 21434, and ISO/WD TR 4804​ (initiated by SaFAD). The emphasis will be on how these standards influence the technical work under item 1. and 2. and vice versa.

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Agenda April 2

12:45pm Opening Channel for Participants’ Tech Check

1:00pm Opening with Ricky Hudi (Chairman of The Autonomous) & Stefan Poledna (CTO of TTTech Auto)

Focus I: Architecting Fail-operational and Fail-degraded AD Systems

1:15pm Presentations

2:00pm Panel Discussion: Architecting Fail-operational and Fail-degraded AD Systems

3:00pm Break

Focus II: Requirements for Safe Trajectories

3:30pm Welcome

3:45pm Presentations

4:30pm Panel Discussion: Requirements for safe trajectories

5:00pm Closing

Please be aware that there will be no pre-event dinner on April 1.


Philip Koopman is an internationally recognized expert on Autonomous Vehicle (AV) safety who has worked in that area for over 20 years. He is also actively involved with AV safety policy, regulation, implementation, and standards. His pioneering research work includes software robustness testing and run time monitoring of autonomous systems to identify how they break and how to fix them. He has extensive experience in software safety and software quality across numerous transportation, industrial, and defense application domains including conventional automotive software and hardware systems. Currently, he is serving as a principal technical contributor to draft UL 4600 standard for autonomous system safety. He is co-founder of Edge Case Research, which provides tools and services for autonomous vehicle testing and safety validation, and a faculty member of Carnegie Mellon University.

Simon Fürst studied Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University of Munich. From 1993 till 2001 he was a research assistant at the department of System Dynamics and Flight Mechanics at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich. His research area was on onboard autonomous, vision-based systems for navigation and landing of airplanes and helicopters as well as for autonomous vehicles. From 2001 till 2002 he worked for IABG in Ottobrunn as a project leader and consultant for the qualification of the high-risk avionics software in the tiger helicopter and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Since 2003 he is with BMW. From 2005 till 2009 he was an expert and project leader in ISO creating the automotive safety standard ISO 26262. From 2006-2017 he was in AUTOSAR in many major roles of this 200+ companies non-commercial industry standardization organization. During that period has was two times spokesperson of AUTOSAR. In parallel he was General Manager at BMW being responsible for the series roll-out of AUTOSAR across all BMW vehicles. Since April 2017 Simon Fürst is General Manager in the division of Autonomous Driving and Driver Assistance. There he was responsible for machine learning, reasoning and knowledge representation and line manager for agile development teams. In October 2019 he was appointed as principle expert for autonomous driving technologies.

Riccardo Mariani is widely recognized as an expert in functional safety and integrated circuit reliability. In his current role as VP of Industry Safety at NVIDIA, he is responsible for driving safety alignment across NVIDIAís automotive and embedded business units. To this end, he is responsible for developing cohesive safety strategies and cross-segment safety processes, architecture, and products that can leveraged across NVIDIAís AI-based hardware and software platforms. Prior to NVIDIA, he was chief functional safety technologist at Intel Corporation, where he oversaw strategies and technologies for IoT applications that require functional safety, high reliability and performance, such as autonomous driving, transportation and industrial systems. Riccardo Mariani is First Vice President for Standards Activities of IEEE Computer Society, chair of IEEE P2851 standard on safety analyses interoperability and also chair of the IEEE initiative on Reliable, Safe, Secure and Time Deterministic Intelligent Systems. Dr. Riccardo Mariani spent the bulk of his career as CTO of Yogitech, an industry leader in functional safety technologies. Before co-founding the Italian company in 2000, he was technical director at Aurelia Microelettronica, where his responsibilities included leading high-reliability topics in projects with CERN in Geneva. A prolific author and respected inventor in the functional safety field, Dr. Riccardo Mariani has contributed to multiple industry standards efforts throughout his career, including leading the ISO 26262-11 part specific to semiconductors. He has also won the SGS-Thomson Award and the Enrico Denoth Award for his engineering achievements. He holds a bachelorís degree in electronic engineering and a Ph.D. in microelectronics from the University of Pisa in Italy.

Wilfried Steiner is a Corporate Scientist at TTTech Computertechnik AG and Leader of the research team TTTech Labs. He holds a degree of Doctor of Technical Sciences from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria. His research is focused on dependable cyber-physical systems and he significantly contributed in the domains of automotive, space, aerospace, as well as new energy and industrial automation. Dr. Wilfried Steiner designs algorithms and protocols with real-time, dependability, and security requirements. In particular, Dr. Wilfried Steiner follows a model-driven design approach in which he applies formal methods, such as model-checking, SMT-solving, and theorem proving to obtain formal correctness proofs of the solutions developed. While the initial targets of Dr. Wilfried Steiner’s research have been rather compact systems, such as automobiles and airplanes, Wilfried Steiner more recently also addresses research problems in the area of Internet of Things (IoT), like the Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0, as well as connected vehicles.

Martin Törngren is a Professor in Embedded Control Systems at the Mechatronics division of the KTH Department of Machine Design since 2002. He has particular interest in Cyber-Physical Systems, architectural design, system safety, model based engineering, and co-design of control applications and embedded systems. He has authored/co-authored more than 150 peer reviewed publications, and also been in charge of developing and leading both graduate and continued education courses, as well as the development of new/renewed master programs. He spent time as a post-doc at the EU-JRC, did a 10 month sabbatical 2011/12 at UC Berkeley, a 2 month sabbatical in the spring 2018 at Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, New Jersey) - followed by a 2 month sabbatical again at UC Berkeley in the fall of 2018. In 1996 he co-founded the company Fengco Real-time Control AB, specializing in advanced tools for developers of embedded control systems and related consultancy. In 1994 he received the SAAB-Scania award for qualified contributions in distributed control systems, and in 2004 the ITEA achievement award 2004 for contributions in the EAST-EEA project. Prof. Martin Törngren served as the technical coordinator of the international iFEST ARTEMIS project with 21 partners (2010-2013). Networking and multidisciplinary research have been characteristic throughout his career. From 1999-2004 he served as the Chairman of the Swedish real-time systems association, and he has represented KTH as a core partner in the EU networks of excellence in Embedded systems design, Artist2 and ArtistDesign, and in the Artemis industrial association. He is moreover the principal initiator and Director of the Innovative Centre for Embedded Systems (, launched in 2008.

Jack Weast is a senior principal engineer at Intel and Vice President for Automated Vehicle Standards at Mobileye. In this role, Jack leads a global team working on AV safety technology and the standards that will be needed to ensure AVs can earn a license to drive. In more than 20 years at Intel, Jack has built a reputation as a change agent in new industries with significant technical contributions to a wide range of industry-first products and standards in industries that are embracing complex, high-performance heterogeneous computing for the first time. With an end-to-end systems perspective, Jack combines a unique blend of embedded product experience with a knack for elegant system and software design that will accelerate the adoption of autonomous driving. Jack is the co-author of “UPnP: Design By Example”, and is the holder of 29 issued patents with dozens pending. Jack is an Adjunct Professor at Portland State University where he was recently inducted into the Portland State Maseeh College Academy of Distinguished Alumni in recognition of Jack’s achievements, leadership and service to society and the engineering and computer science profession. Outside of work he is a classical pianist and never turns down an opportunity to take the karaoke stage.

About the organizer

Organized by
The Autonomous

The Autonomous is a global community shaping the future of safe autonomous mobility. The platform strives to create a safer, more livable and more sustainable future by establishing a Global Safety Reference created by a global community that facilitates the adoption of autonomous mobility on a grand scale. To shape the Global Safety Reference and to bring the community together The Autonomous organizes several chapter events as well as a conference focusing on safety in autonomous mobility.