A workshop on Self-driving Cars and Reliability - 2022
22 Feb 2022







March 30-31, 2022

Due to the ongoing COVID situation, this is now a hybrid event running in person but also ONLINE as a webinar
You can participate as an attendee or speaker at the workshop on one or both days...


Register your interest for the workshop; this event is STFC supported and ​there are no registration fees.
For further details contact Paolo Rech or Chris Frost


Driverless-Driver.jpgWith self driving cars imminently about to arrive in the global market questions are arising regarding the reliability of component devices and systems and their ability to deal with the threat posed by the natural background radiation

This short (2-day) workshop aims at putting together experts from academia, automotive sector, and chip designers working from transistor-level to system and application-level reliability

Our goal is to stimulate the discussion and create connections to evaluate this key reliability issue and look towards novel solutions to mitigate faults effects in automotive and other similar critical autonomous applications


​Topics Covered

  • Natural radiation threat

  • Basic Mechanisms

  • Accelerators (GPU, FPGA, Edge AI, ...)

  • Components (power transistors, sensors)

  • Applications (neural networks, image processing, decision making)

  • Hardening Solutions (HW/SW replicas, checkpoint, detection, transistor hardening)

  • Standards and Measurements (ISO, FIT, beam and fault-injection, errors criticality)


Fernando Fernandes dos Santos
French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA)

Peter Harrod

Director of Functional Safety at ARM and
Royal Academy Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London

Saurabh Jha
Research Staff Member, IBM Research

Klaus McDonald-Maier
Professor at the University of Essex and
EPSRC National Centre for Nuclear Robotics

Mihalis Psarakis
Associate Professor, University of Piraeus, Greece

Paolo Rech
Marie Curie Fellow, DAUIN - Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy
Associate Professor, INF - UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Mike Wirthlin
Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Brigham Young University, USA


Christopher Frost & Carlo Cazzaniga
ChipIr and NILE Irradiation Facilities
ISIS Neutron and Muon Source,
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Provisional programme:

Workshop Programme 2022.pdf


Also taking place

Tour of ISIS - ​there will be an opportunity for in-person attendees
to visit the ChipIr and new NILE neutron radiation facilities

Round table - a round table will be organized to discuss possible collaborations and how to advance the knowledge on reliability for self-driving cars

Workshop dinner

If you are coming in person to the meeting...

The accommodation and local area

Out and about - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is only a short travel time from the town of Abingdon and the historic university city of Oxford and within easy reach of some of Britain's major attractions

​Accommodation - we have arranged accommodation on a first
come basis for the workshop at Cosener’s House the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory​’s conference facility next to the Thames in