Topic network Safety and Security
When we talk about a system’s safety and security, we mean that the system does not cause any harm itself and cannot be harmed by external factors. Depending on our perspective on the system, this either raises the question of how to describe and quantify safety and security (as a property) or poses the challenge of finding the right means and methods to prevent damage from occurring.
The first of these tasks is primarily descriptive in nature and is the subject of research in a range of disciplines including economics, psychology, sociology, medicine, the humanities and mathematics. It also involves the analytical aspect of investigating and describing the causes of damage.
The second task, which is constitutive in nature, focuses on the methodological development, design and shaping of the means, methods and instruments to prevent damage. The human factors involve the fields of education and some aspects of economics, whereas the nature and technology factors involve fields such as biology, chemistry, geology and especially engineering, including IT.
The implications for the scientific study of this multifaceted subject are as follows:
- Safety and security is an interdisciplinary field.
- Safety and security is something that should be designed.
Safety and security is the product of emergent interactions between technology, people and organisations, i.e. complex socio-technical systems. In a broad sense, it is safety and security combined with trustworthiness and reliability that makes these systems dependable, ensuring the stability of our modern society.
acatech’s Safety and Security topic network brings together experts from a wide range of disciplines. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the following aspects of dependability which, because of their nature as cross-cutting themes, are discussed both individually and in relation to complex socio-technical systems:
Terminology and communication
- The use of standard terminology and language across different disciplines
- Communication about safety and security
Risk measurement and modelling
- Measurement and analysis of safety and security
- Systems theory of safety and security
Dependability of complex socio-technical systems
- Methods for establishing safety and security
- Safety and security of the energy supply
- Safety and security in urban areas
- Prof. Dr. Michael Backes
Universität des Saarlandes
- Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Bertsche
- Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jürgen Beyerer
Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik Fraunhofer IOSB
- Prof. Dr. Werner Damm
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
- Prof. Dr. habil. Claudia Eckert
Fraunhofer AISEC Institut für Angewandte und integrierte Sicherheit
- Prof. Dr. Carl Friedrich Gethmann
Universität Siegen Forschungskolleg 'Zukunft menschlich gestalten'
- Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Hillemeier
Ingenieure für das Bauwesen Prof. Hillemeier & Kapp GmbH
- Prof. Dr. sc. nat. Dr. rer. nat. Christoph Meinel
Hasso-Plattner-Institut für Digital Engineering gGmbH
- Prof. Dr. techn. Günther Meschke
- Prof. Dr. Jörn Müller-Quade
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Institut für Theoretische Informatik
- Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eckehard Schnieder
Technische Universität Braunschweig
- Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Wilhelm Schäfer
- Prof. Dr. Indra Spiecker gen. Döhmann
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
- Prof. Dr. jur. Klaus Vieweg
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät
- Prof. Dr. Gert G. Wagner
Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung
- Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Wiegand
Technische Universität Berlin
- Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Petra Winzer
Bergische Universität Wuppertal Fakultät für Maschinenbau und Sicherheitstechnik