Internship | Sanitization procedure for making safety case information public



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

In the automotive industry, the information regarding the safety of systems is gathered in a safety case. The information in a safety case is often regarded as company IP and therefore is usually guarded closely. However, with the advent of automated driving, the need to share safety information is pressing. Similar to avionics, where industry openly shares safety-related issues, we need to work on methods to encourage companies to share safety-related information.

This information may be shared on multiple levels - first, information that is shared with the road authority as proof of safe operation of the systems; Second, information that is shared with partners, and finally the information that is shared publicly.  

In this project, we aim to study the content of safety case and create a sanitation procedure that preserves the company sensitive information, while shares the safety-related information in a meaningful way.

The objectives of this assignment are:
  • Enabling an effective distribution of safety-critical information by providing a sanitization procedure for safety cases.
  • Creating an overview of available information on safety case elements (arguments, evidence, safety analysis) and their connections.
In this project, you will research the literature for the available methods and tools for safety case management. You will survey the information that is stored in safety cases by comparing the examples from TNO and already publicly available safety cases. You make a comparison between the solutions used different industries such as health care, avionics, and railways. Moreover, you will design and conduct a survey study to understand the various viewpoint on requirements for sanitization process from different companies perspective. By gathering fundamental knowledge about functional safety assurance, you will define a sanitization procedure and demonstrate the validity of the procedure by applying the method to running projects at IVS.

In this project, you will collaborate with the University of Toronto as well as the Eindhoven University of Technology to find a solution for theseto this problem. This project has the potential of growing into a PhD level research, depending on the findings and quality of results.

What do we require of you?

  • Self-motivated and proactive student, MSc level in the field of automotive engineering 
  • Ability to think in conceptual level and experience for connecting concepts to engineering artifacts 
  • Eager to work in a dynamic research environment 
  • Background in software and safety is preferred 
  • Knowledge regarding functional safety and ISO 26262

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society

The Integrated Vehicle Safety (IVS) department of TNO is actively pursuing innovative technologies, methodologies, and tools that contribute to cooperative and automated driving. This department has been leading the automated driving program of TNO. At IVS we research the latest methods regarding functional safety and apply them to smart mobility and automated driving. We work on both European and customer projects on various safety-critical applications such as platooning, valet parking, autopilot. We have a wide range of expertise regarding automotive ranging from control, software, human factors, assessment, and safety.

What can TNO offer you?

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It is not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That is why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. We will provide an engaging and dynamic environment that challenges you for achieving high-quality results. You will get the opportunity to experience various disciplines of research and see various stages of development of an AD application. And of course, we provide mentorship and guide you through your MSc graduation.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Contact: Jorrit Goos
Phone number: +31 (0)6-11068251

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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