Engineering Design Informed by Exposure

Title: Engineering Design Informed by Exposure: With applications to Connected Personal Devices

Presenter: Lindsay J. Robertson

Abstract: Engineering Design Informed by Exposure.  Research in progress considers the application of an "exposure metric" to technological systems.  The specific weaknesses and scope limitations of risk analysis are examined, and the advantages of the "exposure" metric explained. The proposed metric is defined and its derivation from the configuration of the target system is both explained and defended. Exposure is justified as a valid and useful measure of the vulnerability contributed to the individual who actually needs the outputs of the technological system. Conclusions from the preliminary application of this measure to examples, including implanted medical devices, are presented.  The applicability to a wider range of cases, and the development of general principles for reduction of exposure are also noted. Among the general conclusions, the significance of contributory (connected) systems to high levels of exposure are noted, and the consequent large contribution to the final user vulnerability is noted.

Biography:  Lindsay J. Robertson is a PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong with a particular interest in the vulnerabilites incurred by complex technological systems. Professionally, Lindsay is an engineer (mechanical) with significant involvement in large energy and power generation systems, and with the identification and evaluation of
emerging technologies.

Affiliation: School of Computing and Information Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong, Australia