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Seminar - Making the autonomous dream work

The seminar will be given by Dr. Riccardo Mariani, Fellow, Intel Corporation, as part of the course "Trends in Electronics M."

May 18, 2018 from 10:00 AM

Where Room 5.6, School of Engineering and Architecture, viale Risorgimento 2, Bologna

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Contact Phone + 39 051 209 3013

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About the speaker

Riccardo Mariani, Intel Fellow, is widely recognized as an expert in functional safety and integrated circuit reliability. In his current role as chief functional safety technolgist at Intel Corporation, he oversees strategies and technologies for IoT applications that require functional safety, high reliability and performance, such as autonomous driving, transportation and industrial systems.

Mariani spent the bulk of his career as CTO of Yogitech, an industry leader in functional safety technologies. A prolific author and respected inventor in the functional safety field, Mariani has contributed to multiple industry standards efforts throughout his career, including leading the ISO 26262-11 part specific to semiconductors. He has also won the SGS-Thomson Award and the Enrico Denoth Award for his engineering achievements. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and a Ph.D. in microelectronics from the University of Pisa in Italy.


The new world of autonomous vehicles (AV) is posing many challenges to automotive safety. The talk will first address the status of the ISO 26262 functional safety standard, with specific focus on its application to semiconductors. It will be also proposed a way to analyze the reliability of a functional safety component, taking into account its safety goal. After that, the talk will address why functional safety and reliability are necessary but not sufficient for AVs: they need to be combined with security, with safety of intended functionality and ultimately with a “responsibility sensitive safety”, in order to provide the overall level of trust that the community is expecting from autonomous vehicles.