EventProf. Frank Coolen
Quantification of System Reliability using the Survival Signature
The survival signature  is a summary of the system structure function which is sufficient for several goals in system reliability quantification. In particular for larger systems which consist of just a few types of components, the survival signature may provide huge efficiency gains for the analysis. We will present an introductory overview of the survival signature. We will address its computation and approximation, its use for efficient simulation, and generalizations for phased-mission systems and for multiple systems (or system functions) sharing components. We will discuss ongoing research and further challenges.
 FPA Coolen, T. Coolen-Maturi (2012). Generalizing the signature to systems with multiple types of components. In: Complex Systems and Dependability, W. Zamojski et al. (eds). Springer, Berlin, pp. 115-130
Frank Coolen is Professor of Statistics at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Durham University, UK. He completed his PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands in 1994, after which he joined Durham University. His main areas of research are Nonparametric Predictive Inference, Imprecise Probability Theory, and System Reliability. He has published about 250 journal and conference papers. He is member of the editorial boards of 9 journals in Statistics and Reliability, and has supervised about 20 PhD students to completion, with about 10 further students working under his supervision at the moment. He regularly serves on Conference Committees and Research Funding Panels.