2013 STAMP Workshop

Second STAMP Workshop


March 26-28, 2013

Traditional system safety approaches are being challenged by the introduction of new technology and the increasing complexity of the systems we are attempting to build. STAMP is a new systems thinking approach to engineering safer systems described in Nancy Leveson’s new book “Engineering a Safer World” (MIT Press, January 2012). While relatively new, it is already being used in space, aviation, medical, defense, nuclear, automotive, food, and other applications.

After the success of the first workshop in 2012, we have decided to hold a second one. The format for the second workshop will expand on the first and have advanced tutorials, birds of a feather sharing among those in the same industry, presentations of experiences/lessons learned/challenges in using STPA/CAST, research papers, and perhaps some panels and small working groups. The workshop will bring together those interested in improving their approaches to system safety and those who are already trying this new approach in order to share their experiences. Opportunities for informal group discussion will be included in the program.

Workshop Agenda

Please follow this link to the workshop agenda.

Workshop Agenda

Workshop Registration

Please follow the link below to register for the workshop.  In addition to the workshop, we will be having a one hour Introduction to STAMP prior to the start of the first day.  On the first morning we will hold concurrent half-day STPA and CAST tutorials and advanced STPA and CAST meetings.  We are also holding an evening social event with a poster session.  Please indicate your interest in these sessions on the registration form.

Workshop Registration

What is STAMP?

STAMP is a new accident causality model based on systems theory and systems thinking described in Nancy Leveson’s new book “Engineering a Safer World.” STAMP accounts for the new causal factors associated with software, human-decision making, new technology, social and organizational design, and increasing complexity. STPA is a powerful new hazard analysis technique based on STAMP while CAST is the equivalent for accident/incident analysis. For more information, see here and here.

Accommodations near MIT for STAMP workshop

We have booked room blocks at the following hotels in the area. Please book ASAP to ensure the group rate:

Marriott Cambridge. The group rate is $199.00/night for Monday 3/25/13 – Wednesday 3/27/13. Please use this link to book the reservation at the group rate.

Best Western Plus Hotel Tria. The group rate is $159.00/night for Monday 3/25/13 – Thursday 3/28/13 check out. This hotel is 5 subway stops (starting at Alewife) from MIT (Kendall Square) and two stops from Harvard Square. The hotel has a free shuttle service that will take you to the Alewife subway station or to Harvard Square. Please call the hotel at 866-333-8742 to book at the rate, referencing the group name “2013 STAMP/SPTA Workshop at MIT” to get the discount. If you have trouble, please email Katie Ansted at katie@hoteltria.com

Book your reservations ASAP as there are only 75 rooms at the Marriott and 50 at the Best Western at the group rate.

If you book early, you may be able to get good rates at other Boston/Cambridge hotels, but try to get near a subway stop for convenient transportation to MIT.

Best Western University Hotel:

The group rate is $139.00/night for Monday 3/25/13 – Thursday.

Please call 800-242-8377 to book at the rate, referencing the group name “2013 STAMP/SPTA Workshop” to get the discount. Or, please email Susanna Starrett at bwbostonsales1@aol.com



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