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27 August 2009

Really Extreme Programming: Contingency Planning in Computing Science

Location: Meeting Room 1, Ground Floor, JLB
Time: 12:30pm - 13:45pm
Speaker(s): 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. BIO: 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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Contact: mailto:r.power@open.ac.uk