What is STAMP?
STAMP is a new accident causality model based on systems theory and systems thinking that addresses critical challenges in system engineering, safety, and cybersecurity such as complex software, human-decision making and human factors, new technology, social and organizational design, and safety culture. STPA is a powerful new hazard/cybersecurity analysis technique based on STAMP while CAST is the equivalent for accident/incident analysis. These tools are now used globally in almost every industry.
What is the MIT STAMP Workshop?
Each year we host an industry workshop at MIT to allow practitioners to share latest uses of STAMP-based techniques like STPA and CAST, to meet with other practitioners using these methods, and to hear about applications, evaluations, and developments in these powerful new approaches to system safety and cyber security. The first day typically provides short tutorials to introduce STAMP, STPA, CAST, and related techniques. The workshop and tutorials are not an MIT course and are not training classes. The following days involve presentations, panels, and poster sessions from organizations around the world who want to share their experiences with these techniques.
The entire workshop is free and open to the public–you just have to register in advance.
Who comes to the STAMP Workshops?
Presenters come from industry, government, and academia. Many industries are represented including automotive, aviation, air traffic control, medical devices, healthcare, oil and gas, rail, chemicals, space, human factors, robots, security, defense, workplace safety, and others.
In 2020, the workshop was held virtually and the number of participants exceeded 2,000.
See the list of industries and organizations that have participated in this workshop.
Topics for Presentations
- Experiences using STPA, STPA-Sec, and CAST
- Introducing STAMP, STPA, and CAST into large organizations
- Safety-guided and Security-guided design using STPA
- Using STPA to make decisions
- Accident/loss analyses
- Certification and regulatory applications
- Evaluations and comparisons with traditional techniques
- Risk management and identifying leading indicators
- Applications to security and other areas such as workplace safety
- Safety Management System development and evaluation
- Tools to support STPA and CAST
- Management and adoption experiences or challenges
- Applications to other emergent properties (beyond safety and security)
- Other STAMP-related topics
- The 2024 MIT STAMP Workshop will be held in June 2024.
Previous MIT STAMP workshops
- The presentations for previous MIT STAMP Workshops are available
Other STAMP workshops
- STAMP workshops around the world