Our forthcoming live online chat on Friday, March 14, at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT promises to be a rip-roaring, fun-filled, roller-coaster thrill ride of thrust-and-parry ideas. Only thrill seekers need apply.
Your host will be yours truly. Our guest will be Michael Barr, CTO and co-founder of the Barr Group, who will also be a keynote speaker at the EE Live! 2014 Conference and Exhibition.
I first met Barr when we were both speaking at ESC India in 2010. He is an electrical engineer, an experienced embedded software developer, and a former adjunct professor. He is also the author of three books and more than 70 articles. As an engineer and a consultant, he has been involved in the design of products ranging from consumer electronics to safety-critical medical devices. As an expert witness, he has testified in high-profile software and products liability litigation, including various unintended acceleration lawsuits against Toyota.
"Embedded software can be dangerous, even lethal," Barr said in a press release. "In the decades since" such high-profile accidents as the deadly Therac-25 radiation overdoses, "and despite increasing regulation, safety-critical system failures have continued to kill people. Safety standards and guidelines have been ratified and promoted, but are not mandated or followed in all industries. As embedded software's size and complexity continue to increase rapidly, user safety increasingly relies upon safe and reliable firmware implementations."
In this week's live online chat, Barr will be available to answer questions on such topics as Therac-25 (a radiation therapy medical device that massively overdosed six patients from 1985 to 1987), the Patriot missile defense system's deadly failure to intercept a Scud on Feb. 25, 1991, and Toyota's issues with unintended acceleration.
Speaking of which, this chat -- which is similar to using an instant messaging system but actually employs your web browser -- will commence at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. You can work out your local time from these clues, or you can use this handy-dandy time zone converter.
All you have to do is click here at the appropriate time to join the fun and make your opinions known. (If you aren't already a member of the EETimes community, now would be a perfect time to register.)
The whole area of safety-critical design is of great interest to me, so I cannot wait to have Michael on the stand to question him about things that have gone wrong in the past, and to discover how we can create our designs in such a way as to prevent things from going wrong in the future.
— Max Maxfield, Editor of All Things Fun & Interesting Related posts: