Michael Barr, Internationally Recognized Embedded Systems Expert, to Keynote EE Live! 2014 on Embedded Software Safety

michael-barrWe are pleased to announce that Michael Barr, CTO and co-founder of The Barr Group will present the keynote address at EE Live!  “KILLER APPS: Embedded Software’s Greatest Hit Jobs” on Tuesday April 1, 2014 at 9:30 am.  Barr is a renowned authority in software development and security of automotive electronics. This keynote will feature an engaging discussion of the past, present, and future of embedded software safety.

Barr was an expert witness in the Toyota sudden unintended acceleration cases, see complete coverage on EE Times. In October 2013, he testified in a jury trial in Oklahoma that led to the first “guilty by software defects” finding against Toyota.  Between 1985 and 1987, in at least six distinct accidents, the Therac-25 radiation therapy machine delivered up to 100 times the prescribed radiation dose, resulting in injury and death.  These high-profile accidents demonstrated that embedded software can be dangerous, even lethal.  In the decades since, 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.  Nowhere is this more evident than in the automotive industry, where self-driving vehicles are a much-hyped and potentially invaluable part of our future.    Learn how safety critical design must drive the future of automotive electronics

This keynote is open to all attendees and is included with your EE Live! free expo pass.

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