IEEE International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability & Security

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The IEEE Reliability Society and the IEEE IoT Initiative
With Multi-Society Sponsorship and held as part of


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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 | Prague, Czech Republic

Agenda | Invited Speakers and Short Biographies


  1. Introductions and opening remarks
  1. Overview of IoT
        Adam Drobot, OpenTechWorks, Inc
        Latif Ladid
    Coffee Break        
  1. Applications of IoT with Critical Functions
        Marek Ujejski
    Ernoe Kovacs                     

    Lunch Break  

  1. Technologies for IoT                   
        Anika Shumann
    Michael Wahler                       
    Coffee Break                                                                                                                    
  1. Special Topics for IoT 
        Miroslav Bures
  1. Roundtable Panel Discussion and Wrap-up
  1. Reception and Mixer                  





Invited Speakers and Short Biographies

miroslav buresMiroslav Bures, Software Testing Intelligence Lab, Department of Computer Science, Czech Technical University, Prague

Dr. Miroslav Bures is a senior member of research group STILL (Software Testing Intelligent Lab) located in Dept. of Computer Science, Czech Technical University in Prague. In his research, he focuses on more efficient software testing and quality assurance methods, in particular, test automation architectures and model-based testing. His research interests also include quality assurance methods for the Internet of Things solutions. He has published more than 20 papers on software testing research and currently has a new Czech book on "Efficient Software Testing." He participates in the ISTQB Academia work group. As part of his industry track record, in the past, he managed testing teams on several large transformation and integration projects, he has managed the testing department of Cap Gemini CZ and SK and reviewed and consulted on testing processes for a number of large Czech companies.


adam drobotAdam Drobot, Chairman OpenTechWorks, Inc. and Chair IEEE IoT Activities Board

Dr. Adam T. Drobot is a technologist with management expertise and over forty years of experience with business, government, and academia. Today his activities include strategic consulting, start-ups, and participation in industry associations and government advisory bodies. He is the Chairman of the Board of OpenTechWorks, Inc. a company specializing in open source software. Previously he was the Managing Director and CTO of 2M Companies in Dallas, TX, from 2010-2012, and President of the Applied Research and Government Business Units at Telcordia Technologies and the company’s CTO from 2002 to 2010. Prior to that, Adam managed the Advanced Technology Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He also served as Senior Vice President for Science and Technology as part of his 27 years of service at SAIC from 1975 to 2002.
Adam has been the principal or key participant in the development of several large, scientific code systems and software for managing the design and production of complex platforms. He has published more than 100 journal articles, and is a frequent contributor to industry literature. He currently holds 26 patents. Adam is the 2007 recipient of IEEE’s Managerial Excellence Award. He is currently a member of Several Corporate Boards, the FCC Technology Advisory Council, and he also Chairs the Awards Recognition Council for the IEEE and the IEEE IoT Activities Board. Adam is on the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Association and Chairs the TIA Technology Committee. He holds a BS in Engineering Physics from Cornell University and a PhD. in Plasma Physics from the University of Texas.


latif ladidLatif Ladid, University of Luxembourg and Chair IPV6 Forum

Latif is President of the IPv6 Forum, is a professor at the University of Luxembourg. He is a Senior Researcher in S&T. He works on multiple European Commission Next Generation Technologies IST Projects: 6INIT, – First Pioneer IPv6 Research Project; 6WINIT, Euro6IX,; Eurov6,; NGNi,; Project initiator of SEINIT, and SecurIST,

Latif initiated the new EU project u-2010 to research Emergency & Disaster and Crisis Management,, re-launched the Public Safety Communication Forum,, supported the new IPv6++ EU Research Project called EFIPSANS, and the new safety & Security Project using IPv6 called Secricom, and co-initiated the new EU Coordination of the European Future Internet Forum for Member States called ceFIMS:
He holds the following positions: President, IPv6 FORUM, Chair, European IPv6 Task Force, Emeritus Trustee, Internet Society , Board Member IPv6 Ready & Enabled Logos Program and Board Member World Summit Award .
Latif is also a Member of 3GPP PCG (, 3GPP2 PCG (, Vice Chair, IEEE ComSoc EntNET ( ), Member of UN Strategy Council, member of IEC Executive Committee, Board member of AW2I, Board Member of Nii Quaynor Institute for Research in Africa, and member of the Future Internet Forum EU Member States, representing Luxembourg.


anika schumannAnika Schumann, IBM Research, Zurich, Switzerland

Anika manages IBM Research's world-wide Cognitive Internet of Things strategy that focuses on five areas:  Cognitive for IoT Solutions, Privacy & Security, Blockchain, Edge Computing, and Platform.  Her research work aims at exploiting and advancing Artificial Intelligence methods for fault identification, reduced energy use, and increased occupant comfort in buildings, and at utilizing semantic technologies for various IoT application.

Prior to moving to Zurich she worked as a Research Strategist at IBM’s TJ Watson Research Center, New York, USA where she evaluated, recommended, and shaped topics and recommendations that define IBM’s strategic directions.  Initially she joined IBM as a Researcher in Dublin, Ireland where she led the Cognitive Buildings research work.

Before joining IBM she was a researcher at the Cork Constraint Computation Centre where she was working on an intelligent decision support system that assists facility managers in operating buildings efficiently.
She received her PhD from the Australian National University where she worked on the automated fault diagnosis of large-scale discrete-event systems like telecommunication or power supply networks.


marek ujejskiMarek Ujejski, WASKO Capital Group, Poland

Marek Ujejski currently works for the WASKO Capital Group as a Board Advisor for Information Technology Security. He was formerly the Deputy Director of the IT Department at the National Health Fund (NFZ) in Poland where he was responsible for planning IT investments, project management and IT infrastructure. He was a one of the main authors of the document:  "Strategy for NFZ information resources in 2007-2010." He is the also behind the idea for developing a medical services register and the co-author of "Medical Service Register II (Rejestr Usług Medycznych RUM II)." Marek served as the Polish representative in the EU working structures (CWA) drafting the project standard for the electronic European Health Insurance Card (eEHIC) and a member of eIDAS Expert Group established by the European Commission.  He was also involved in the preparations of the project for national medical insurance using a crypto processor card for authentication of patients and authorization of medical transactions. His specialty is privacy sensitive medical Data Bases using various cryptography solutions. He is a frequent speaker at conferences in this domain.
Throughout his career he has gained vast of experience having worked as an IT Manager for 12 years in the banking sector, within which he worked on the largest IT project in Poland. He also led the implementation of the first VISA Electronic card in Poland and "II\IG BSK", the unique project of IT system outsourcing in the Card and Cheque Centre in PeKaO S.A. He has been a member of supervisory boards of two companies in the banking sector.

He has taught "Assessment methods for IT investment profitability" at the Warsaw University of Technology, at the postgraduate level. He is currently working as a security IT expert and auditor. Marek is the deputy chairman in The Polish IT Association. He has earned a Masters Degree from the Silesian University of Technology in Automation and Digital Technology, and a degree from the Silesia University in Theoretical Physics. He has also completed banking automation training at Northwestern University (USA) and has been recognized as a CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) in 2004 by the ISACA Certification Board


michael wahlerMichael Wahler, ABB Corporate Research Center, Switzerland

Michael Wahler is an experienced team leader and researcher specializing in Software Technologies, IoT Architectures, and Reliable Control Systems. He is located at the ABB Corporate Central Research Center in Switzerland. During his professional career he has managed global R&D projects and has led an international
team of computer scientists working basic and applied research. He is a software and digitization enthusiast. His technical skills range from real-time embedded systems to distributed systems, from model-driven development to C++ programming, and from research and development to project management and line management. He has co-authored more than 30 scientific publications and has more than a dozen patent applications. He obtained his PhD degree from ETH Zurich and an MSc degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich.

ernoe kovacsErnoe Kovacs, EC Europe Limited, London

Dr. Ernö Kovacs worked from 1986-90 at IBM's European Networking Centre (ENC) on topics like multimedia e-mail, multimedia documents and distributed hypermedia systems. From 1991 to 1996 he was at the Institute of Parallel and Distributed High-Performance Systems (IPVR) of the University of Stuttgart, working on middleware for distributed systems, tele-cooperation and workflow systems.

In 1997 he joined Sony’s R&D lab in Stuttgart and was responsible for research projects in mobile multimedia, multi-access service portals (integrating mobile and broadband access), context-aware services, adaptation technologies, Bluetooth PAN standardization, and middleware for UWB-based ad-hoc networks.

In 2005 he joined NEC’s “Networking Laboratories” as Senior Manager for “Cloud Services and Smart Things”. His group works on Cloud Computing, M2M, IoT analytics, self-organization and context-aware services. He is currently contributing to the FIWARE, FIESTA and AUTOPILOT projects. He was an advisor to the Singapore Smart Nation program in the Functional Specification round table and was leading NECs engagement in the Safe City Singapore test bed on crowd detection/steering technologies for public safety. He is currently leading the FIWARE Foundation Smart Industry Domain Committee.

Dr. Kovacs has publications in various journals (including “IEEE Communication Magazine” and “IEEE Personal Communications”), conferences (incl. “IEEE Big Data Congress”) and books. He is TPC member of several conferences and works as reviewer for IEEE. He holds 27 granted patents. In the past, he served several times as opponent for PhD defences.