27 August 2009
Really Extreme Programming: Contingency Planning in Computing Science
Meeting Room 1, Ground Floor, JLB
12:30pm - 13:45pm
Chris Johnson - Department of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow
Over the last 5 years, I have been involved in a series of European initiatives to increase the resilience of critical infrastructures. These have included a project to provide protection against future large-scale blackouts, such as those that brought down computer systems across Italy and North America in 2003.
I have also helped member states prepare for contingencies in Air Traffic Management - for instance, in developing guidelines to increase resilience against the loss of computational infrastructures during major pandemics. Most recently, I have been involved in a project to prepare for a range of scenarios that might undermine mobile and fixed telecommunications as well as the Internet.
This talk will provide a brief overview of work in this area - I will also demonstrate a number of simulation tools that have been developed to identify interconnections between national and international critical infrastructures. I will argue that contingency planning arguably presents the most extreme challenges in the field of requirements engineering as we prepare for uncertain scenarios that we hope will never occur.
Chris Johnson heads a small research team working in accident and incident analysis within the Department of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow. He holds a personal chair and has held fellowships from NASA and the US Air Force.
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