Key Notes

EuroSPI² 2019 Key Notes


Prof. Hermann Maurer
Graz University of Technology & European Academia Europaea, Austria
We need lots of imagination to solve some of the big problems facing mankind


Abstract: In this key note Prof. Maurer is going to talk about the main topics presented in his most recent book.  He will outline future scenarios in different fields, such as the CO²-question, mobility, alternatives to conventional mobility, the flying car, and think the hitherto unthinkable, which at the present point often seems to be closer to science fiction than to reality. He will explain the possibilities in which directions and how society and Computer Science will develop in future and which impact this will have on society and on our daily life.

Curriculum vitae: Prof. Maurer is a distinctive Austrian computer scientist. For decades he worked as a professor of Computer Science for Graz University of Technology. His curriculum vitae is published in a wikipedia article in English...  and there is an even more exhaustive article about him in a German wikipedia article... . As he himself stated once, the development of wikipedia is one of his heartfelt tasks. Its urther development should consider more quality control, the insertion of full books, interactivity and the availability of additional search functionalites. He held talks on computer-aided teaching, cryptography, data structures, formal languages, knowledge management, multimedia, just to mention some of his popular talks. He is als an author of science fiction literature, because he believes fantasy to be an important driver of innovations. For details reguarding his  commitment at university  see here...,, for his international talks and supervision of many academic works see here..., reguarding his international honours and rewards see here...



Petr Dolejsi
ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association
Updates about DRIVES - The Strategic EU Blueprint Project for Automotive



Abstract: DRIVES analysed in 2018/2019 key drivers of change and came up with a first proposed list of key skills needed for Automotive 2030 agenda. The presentation will highlight the current status of analysis and what has been/will be recommended to the manufacturers. It will also give an outlook to the future activities.

Curriculum vitae: Petr Dolejsi was born in 1977 in Prague. He has graduated PhD. in Economics and Social policy at the University of Economics in Prague, following the Masters´ degree in Economics and Reginal policy. He also passed several courses and stages, including scholarhip at the Universite Cathollique du Louvain in Belgium.
He has started his career within the public services on different, leaving the Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic at the Head of Unit post to Permanent representation in Brussels in 2004. He became member of the Presidency team in 2009 chairing the Competitiveness and Growth working party of the Council. In 2010 he joined ACEA and became a Director for Mobility and Sustainable transport, with a specific focus on CO2 policy, industrial policy and alternative powertrains.


Mat-Blazy Winning
Functional Safety Director, Austin, TX, USA
NXP Semiconductors
Functional Safety in Highly Autonomous Vehicles - Microcontroller Perspectives



Abstract: Functional Safety in Highly Autonomous Vehicles - Microcontroller Perspectives

Curriculum vitae: Leading the implementation of the ISO 26262 standard for Automotive MCU developments, including product ISO 26262 compliance. Responsible for specific rules and processes for functional safety, including project-independent tailoring of the safety lifecycle and corresponding Safety Plan. Working multi-site between France, Germany, US, UK, India, Brazil and China with a cross-functional team of experts. Working with Sales, Marketing and Field Application teams to support customers world wide with functional safety design-win and design-in activities (primarily focused around Development Interface Agreement (DIA), Safety Manual, Failure Modes Effects & Diagnostic Analysis (FMEDA) and change management safety impact analysis). All products developed for functional safety at NXP are part of the SafeAssure program. Overall Functional Safety Manager for BL MCU in the Automotive business unit at NXP, working with project Safety Managers, System Safety Architects and project independent Assessors to ensure ISO 26262 compliance. MCU developed as Safety Element out of Context (SEooC). Safety processes and activities integrated into Quality Management System (QMS). Safety Culture, Safety Training, Safety Plan, Safety Case, Verification Reviews, Confirmation Reviews, Audit & Assessment. Safety Requirements definition (MCU Safety Context, MCU Safety Concept, HW Safety Requirements), management and traceability through to implementation and testing. FMEDA and Dependent Failure Analysis (DFA). Production change management and field monitoring safety impact analysis. Since 2018 Functional Safety Director, Austin, TX, USA.



Taz Daughtrey
Central Virginia Community College, USA

Touring Tomorrowland


Abstract: Based on an ongoing "Observatory" function tracking technical and professional trends specific new concepts influencing tomorrow: (1) Shorter-term challenges and opportunities: IoT, machine learning, autonomous systems, and (2) Longer-term possibilities in cryptography, quantum computing, other disruptive technical and professional changes.

Curriculum vitae: The CV is best described by a recent press release in the USA.

Press Release  5/18/18

LYNCHBURG, VA – Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) has announced its Lead Cybersecurity Instructor, Mr. Hugh “Taz” Daughtrey, has been elected by a worldwide personnel certification body to represent the organization in the development of updated international standards for software testing.

The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB)1, has chosen Mr. Daughtrey
to participate on a working group jointly sponsored by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)2 and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)3.

“I expect a lot of effort will be needed as there are about 20 active contributors in this group managing a rather large, evolving, and sometimes contentious body of work,” stated Daughtrey.  “But I enjoy reading speculative fiction and, in my small way, helping to shape the future. That interest has motivated my being in the classroom, as well as my involvement in the larger
technical community.”

The ISO/IEC working group is responsible for the series of standards [designated ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119] that define an internationally agreed basis for addressing concepts, processes, documentation, and design techniques for software testing.

The working group, composed of an international team of experts, has both in-person and online meetings and coordinates with various other efforts such as standardization of automotive digital systems and health infomatics.

CVCC Associate V.P. of Workforce, Business and Allied Health, Dr. James Lemons said, “We’re honored that one of our instructors has been selected for this highly technical and internationally recognized work group.  Cybersecurity is one of our newer programs and we’re so glad to have such a highly respected and capable instructor as Taz.”

Mr. Daughtrey is a longtime director of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB)4, the U.S. member of the ISTQB, and currently serves as its treasurer.  He has contributed to various software quality and reliability standards for the IEEE Computer Society for over 35 years.