19th International Conference on Reliable Software Technologies

Ada-Europe 2014

23-27 June 2014, Paris, France

Keynote Speakers

On the three central days of the conference week, a keynote will be delivered as the opening event to address hot topics of relevance in the conference scope.

Robert Lainé

Lessons Learned and Often Forgotten

Tuesday morning, 09:30

Abstract: Dr. Robert Lainé has had the privilege of leading a number of important and challenging spacecraft development projects in his long professional career. He will report on 41 years of observations of the key issues related to successful leadership of large aerospace projects at the European Space Agency and EADS Astrium.

This talk is more like a retrospective reflection on a vast personal experience than a scientific essay on the art of project and team management. In the hope that this contribution can benefit others, these personal reflections are offered first to the community that keeps this conference series alive and kicking, and then to those who consult the conference proceedings.

Short bio: Robert Lainé graduated at ENSEA as engineer in electronic and electro machinery in 1968. Since 1970, he has been working in space engineering. He developed tape recorders for spacecraft at IER (Paris - France), X-ray optics for Exosat satellite at ESTEC and became system engineer for the GIOTTO mission to Halley's comet. He then managed the Telecom-2 payload (launched in 1992) for Alcatel-Espace in Toulouse before being called back to ESTEC to again develop X-ray optics and manage XMM, a large X-ray space telescope launched in 1999.

He lead the development of ATV (ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicle) which is a 21 tons spaceship which re-supply the International Space Station since 2007, and then the Ariane launcher department of the European Space Agency in Paris. Finally, he was Chief Technical Officer of EADS Astrium before retiring in 2011. He then created SPACINOV to provide consulting services in innovation based on the knowledge he acquired from space projects.

Alun Foster

From ARTEMIS to ECSEL: Growing a Large Eco-System for High-Dependability Systems

Wednesday morning, 09:30

Abstract: This keynote presents the results achieved in ARTEMIS and the objectives of the new ECSEL program, which will be integrated in the Horizon 2020 framework program for research and development in Europe. It demonstrates the power of larger-scale collaborative research, and the importance of the Public-Private Partnership model for maximising the impact of R&D investments.

Short bio: Alun Foster (BSc. (Hons Lond) A.R.C.S.) obtained an honours degree in Physics from the University of London (Imperial College), and entered professional activity at Plessey Telecommunications, researching advanced data modems using DSP techniques. He then worked as marketing engineer for MOSTEK and Alcatel Microelectronics, on various products such as microprocessors, ASICs and DSL products.

Since 2008, he worked as an independent consultant for the ARTEMIS Industry Association. He served the ARTEMIS initiative since its inception in 2004 as Senior Manager, External Technology Coordination for STMicroelectronics, at their site in Zaventem, Belgium.

He joined the ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking in September 2009 as Programme Manager and, since 1st August 2013, took on the additional role of Acting Executive Director.

Mohamed Shawky

Future Challenges in Design Tools and Frameworks for Embedded Systems; Application to Intelligent Transportation Systems

Thursday morning, 09:30

Abstract: Environment perception technologies and sophisticated signal processing algorithms yield today mature understanding of dynamics of transportation vectors. Uncertainty management became inherent to decision making following such environment understanding processes.

However, designers of critical embedded systems remain skeptical about considering uncertainty, probably as design tools and frameworks have not yet integrated advances in state-of-the-art of confidence management approaches.

Furthermore, hesitant multicore programming tools do not provide yet enough native redundancy for applications offered by such technologies, which would have been a precious contribution to increase their reliability.

In this keynote, we present a synopsis of these new challenges that will face in the near future designers and tool developers for Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Short bio: Mohamed Shawky is currently full professor with Heudiasyc laboratory (Heuristics and diagnosis for complex systems), at the Department of Computer Science, Université de Technologie Compiègne, France.

M. Shawky received his MSc and PhD respectively in 1989 and 1992 on embedded distributed computing (UTC). His research interests include real-time embedded computing, distributed architecture design, algorithm-architecture fitting. He is also interested in highly mobile networks of embedded systems (ad hoc networks), specifically adaptation to dynamic constraints. In 2000, M. Shawky had a visiting period with the Department of Systems Engineering, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

He is author or co-author of more than 120 international research publications. He is responsible of several European, industrial, national and regional research projects. He is co-coordinating the Work Group “Robust Electronic Design” for the European Institute EICOSE, (interface between Artemis, Artemisia, Safetrans, and French clusters Aerospace Valley et Systematic). He is also on the list of evaluators for European Research Program INCO.