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NeTWork 2021: Safety in a digital age: old and new problems

FonCSI supports the international scientific network on risks, NeTWork, and participates in the organization of its annual seminar. This year’s seminar, which ran from 16 to 18 September, was focused on safety in the digital age and brought together ten international experts.

FonCSI has been supporting NeTWork (New and emerging Technologies and Work) for over ten years. NeTWork consists of the world’s leading specialists in high-hazard organizations. The Foundation contributes both funding and helps to organize the annual seminar; it also coordinates its work and publishes the results in its Springer collection.

2021, a seminar on safety and digital technology

While the 2020 event was postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis, this year the annual NeTWork seminar ran from 16 to 18 September, on the theme of ‘Safety in a digital age: old and new problems. Algorithms, Machine Learning, Big Data & Artificial Intelligence’. The seminar was chaired by Jean-Christophe Le Coze from Ineris and Stian Antonsen from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

A key aim was to ensure that a multidisciplinary approach was taken, and that the questions that were addressed were broad enough to cover the most important aspects of safety in the digital age: cybersecurity, risk analysis and assessment, work, the organization, regulation, etc.

International experts on safety and digital technology

Ten international experts were invited, half were present on-site (at Royaumont abbey, Ile-de-France, Paris) and half attended remotely:

  • Sarah Backman, Stockholm University (Sweden)
  • David Demortain, INRAE (France)
  • Yann Ferguson, Icam (France)
  • Olivier Guillaume, UVSQ, EDF R&D (France)
  • David Kaber, University of Florida (USA)
  • Tor-Olav Nævestad, Institute of Transport Economics (Norway)
  • Emery & Scott Roe, University of California (USA)
  • Min Kyung Lee, University of Texas (USA)
  • Mark Sujan, University of Warwick (UK)
  • Nicola Paltrinieri, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)

Each guest submitted a position paper on his or her topic in advance, and these papers were presented and discussed during the three-day program.

The Springer open access collection

The discussions and suggestions that emerged from the seminar will enable participants to enrich their articles, which will be published in the SpringerBriefs in Safety Management open access collection, edited by FonCSI. This book will be available to download for free from the Springer website.