Functional Safety and the IEEE P2851 Standard on Dependability for Autonomous Machines

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When: Dec 8, 2022 06:00 -7.00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

The IEEE P2851 standardization initiative was started to define a dependability lifecycle as well as methods and formats for exchange/interoperability of data across all steps of the lifecycle in a consistent way. Additionally, the work products of this standardization initiative will help enable interoperability between tools. The goal of this work is to provide structures and directions to allow a seamless exchange of information and interoperability between activities at the same or different level of abstraction, as well as activities across lifecycles related to different dependability attributes across application domains such as automotive, industrial, medical and avionics safety critical systems.

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Jyotika Athavale is the 2023 President-Elect of the IEEE Computer Society. She is an experienced leader and influencer in emerging technologies and international standardization initiatives. She was awarded the IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Award in 2022. Jyotika chairs the IEEE P2851 Standard on Functional Safety interoperability.

With over 25 years of industry experience, Jyotika is currently a senior technical leader in automotive functional safety at NVIDIA, and is driving capability development, safety architectures and methodologies, system safety engineering activities and pathfinding for safety critical markets such as autonomous driving and avionics. Prior to NVIDIA, she was Principal Engineer (Director) at Intel Corporation where she led functional safety platform architectures for Automotive and Avionics use cases and drove methodologies for radiation effects modeling and product qualification activities.

Jyotika is an active member of the IEEE Computer Society Functional Safety Standards Committee, Design Automation Standards Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In addition, she represents the Computer Society at the IEEE USA AI Policy Committee, IEEE SA Industry Connection Group on Mobility as a Service (MaaS) related standardization activities, the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Committee and the IEEE Systems Council. Last year she also served on the IEEE Computer Society Industry Engagement Committee and Audit Committee.

Outside of IEEE, Jyotika is actively influencing several international standardization initiatives on functional safety with ISO, SAE and UL. She also serves on various technical conference committees, has authored patents and many technical publications in IEEE conferences and journals. She received her MS degree in Electrical Engineering in 1996 from Iowa State University.