Recent Trends in Safety Technologies
Prof. Dr. Josef Börcsök
University of Kassel, Germany
The complexity of Electrical, Electronic and Programmable Electronic Systems has been increased over time in order to achieve various functionalities from a very compact and miniaturized devices. For example, the first Microprocessors Intel 4004 (1971) had 2,300 Transistors within an area of 12 mm² while the new versions of Intel processors have tens of millions of transistors per mm². As a result, hazard increases due to hardware or systematic failures, which leads to catastrophic incidents. Various international norms and standards have been developed to ensure functional safety in variety of applications such process industry, robotics, automotive, and railway (IEC61508, IEC61511, IEC62061 ISO26262, etc.). Certification according to the international standard is essential to use any device in safety critical systems. Hazards analysis is the key factor for hazard prevention or reduction.
Prof. Josef Börcsök received his degree in engineering from Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in 1986, and a degree in engineering (U) in 1991 at the University of Kassel. In 1995 he received his doctorate at the Technical University Ilmenau. After completing his doctorate, he was responsible for more than 10 years as a research and development leader in leading industry positions (avionics, industrial control and security computing). During this time he gave lectures at various universities and colleges on automation systems, computer architecture, real-time systems, network technology and security-relevant computer technology. Since 2005 he has been professor and head of computer architecture and system programming. The main research interests are in the field of modeling of security-relevant computer technology, secure chip technology and system-on-chip as well as in the field of real-time systems, network technology, sensor technology and distributed sensor systems as well as mathematical models for PFD / PFH and MTTF calculations. He has been working for several years on various national and international standards committees and is a member of DKE committees, IEEE, IET, ISA and BCS. To date, he has published 10 books and more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in international publication media.