Advisory Board

The mission of the Advisory Board is to reinforce the activities of the project by introducing the perspective of external experts. These experts come from external organizations. The Advisory Board will not require any kind of formal meeting, but its members may be appointed individually or in groups for providing advice and relevant information related to the strategic aspects of the project, for mediating on conflicts, for assessing risks and for analyzing performance. What follows is a list of members of ElasTest’s Advisory Board.

Shing-Chi Cheung

Shing-Chi Cheung is a professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He holds a PhD degree in Computing from the Imperial College London. He founded the CASTLE research group at HKUST and co-founded in 2006 the International Workshop on Automation of Software Testing (AST). He serves on the editorial board of Science of Computer Programming (SCP) and Journal of Computer Science and Technology (JCST). He participates actively in the program and organizing committees of major international software engineering conferences. His research interests lie in the software engineering methodologies that boost developer productivity and code quality using program analysis, testing and debugging, machine learning, crowdsourcing and open source software repository. He is a distinguished scientist of the ACM and a fellow of the British Computer Society.

Stefano Russo

Stefano Russo, PhD, graduated in Electronic Engineering in 1988 at the Federico II University of Naples (UNINA), Italy. He was Software engineer at Alfa Romeo Avio SpA, an aircraft manufacturing company near Naples from 1989 to 1990. He became Ph.D. in 1993, and he is Professor at UNINA since 2002, where he teaches Software Engineering and Distributed Systems. He is currently at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (DIETI), where he leads the DEpendable Systems and Software Engineering Research Team (DESSERT). In 2011 he co-founded the spin off company Critiware s.r.l., and in 2013 he co-founded the Italian Association for Software Engineering (AIIS). Since 2013 he is IEEE Senior Member and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Services Computing. Stefano has (co-)authored more than 160 scientific publications and supervised 14 PhD thesis. His research activities in +20 years cover the following areas of software engineering, software dependability, software testing, software aging, cloud and service computing, middleware services and technologies, service oriented architectures, and distributed and mobile computing.

Jose Lausuch

Jose Lausuch is Senior Software Developer at Suse (Nüremberg, Germany) with experience on Cloud infrastructure and Network Functions Virtualization. He is engaged in OPNFV reference platform and currently leading the Functest project (Functional Testing in OPNFV). His main responsibilities within Suse includes Quality Assurance of the networking and NFV stack and other activities around testing using open source tools and contributing upstream.

Eric Knauss

Eric Knauss is Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers | University of Gothenburg, where he has established Sweden’s largest requirements engineering research group. His research focuses on managing requirements and related knowledge in large- scale, distributed software development, including Requirements Engineering, Software Ecosystems, Global Software Development, and Agile Methods. He has co-authored more than 50 publications in journals and international conferences, has been on organization and program committees of top conferences in the field (incl. ICSE and RE), and is a reviewer for top journals (incl. TSE, IST, JSS, IEEE SW). In national and international research projects, he collaborates with companies such as Bosch, Ericsson, Grundfos, GM, IBM, Siemens, TetraPak, and Volvo.

José Turégano

José Turégano is responsible for Quality in the Center of Excellence in SQA & Testing in Panel Sistemas Informaticos. He has 7 years of experience as head of the area of ​​internal corporate development, creating business concepts such as "ecological manufacturing", and he is responsible for Devops and Agile / Lean activities. He is primarily focused on the development of the Zahori Test Automation Software. Panel Sistemas is a technological company specialized in software development, quality assurance, and value-added IT Outsourcing services. The company was created in 2003 and, since then, it’s growing above the IT services sector average in Spain. In 2016 it invoiced 20 million euro of turnover and today Panel Sistemas includes a team of more than 400 professionals. More than 50 leading companies endorse their work in different activity sectors (Banking, Telco, Industry, Transportation) and more than 1,200 software projects have been developed at the company at national and international level. Panel Sistemas has two Centers of Excellence, specialized in Software Development and Software Quality Assurance (SQA). Both Centers work in an integrated way under a working model, which they call ecoLOGICAL software manufacturing, that uses sustainable and profitable processes, based on people, for the creation of software, systems and services. Their goal is to ensure Quality and deliver satisfactorily the Value that our customers expect.

Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Maaret Pyhäjärvi is a software professional with testing emphasis. She identifies as an empirical technologist, a tester and a programmer, a catalyst for improvement and a speaker. Her day job is working with a software product development team as a hands-on testing specialist. On the side, she teaches exploratory testing and makes a point of adding new, relevant feedback for test-automation heavy projects through skilled exploratory testing. In addition to being a tester and a teacher, she is a serial volunteer for different non-profits driving forward the state of software development. She was recently awarded as Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person 2016. She blogs regularly at and is the author of Mob Programming Guidebook.