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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ina Schieferdecker
Ina Schieferdecker
Short CV

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ina Schieferdecker is Director of Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin and is also professor for Quality Engineering of Open Distributed Systems at Technische Universität Berlin. Her research interests include ICT for smart cities, open data, critical infrastructures, networking, conformance, interoperability, security and certification as well as software engineering and testing.

Schieferdecker received a PhD in electrical engineering from Technical University Berlin and a Diploma in Mathematical Computer Science from Humboldt-University Berlin. She is beside others president of the Association for Software Quality and Eductioan (ASQF), member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), and of the German Testing Board (GTB). 

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These are my major steps in applied research.
My recent endeavour is how networking technologies contribute to the digital transformation in society, industry and living. We are about to launch a Fraunhofer Leistungszentrum "Digitale Vernetzung" in Berlin, for which I ask you to await first publications. Some presentations were given already, though. 
I cannot resist doing research on testing and started to look into security testing. Not only the use of model-based testing methods for security testing is challenging, but also how to elaborate the unknowns about potential vulnerabilities by randomized tests such as fuzz tests. Both need to be guided by a security-oriented risk analysis. 
A central element to any smart city or smart region is the efficient, secure and trustworthy provisioning and analysis of urban data as well as the use of implied information for the improvement of urban environments or of the processes used to monitor, control and steer them. A particularily important approach is that of open (urban) data
While testing is my passion, there are also other new and interesting fields in ICT research. In particular when we started to think about how ICT can improve the public space, soon the research area on ICT for smart cities developed. 
I was fortunate being awarded by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung and used the support and pace to extend my research on testing into automated test designs and model-based testing. I initiated the UML Testing Profile and developed with others its first version and tool support for it. 
Addressing the increasing demands for powerful test execution automation, the development of the new Testing and Test Control Notation TTCN-3 was launched at ETSI. For that, I spent quite some time in converting our testing experiences into concepts for TTCN-3 and in discussions with my colleagues in Sophia-Antipolis, France; Budapest, Hungary; Göttingen, Germany; and all over.
Returning to FOKUS, I continued to improve the service quality of communication protocols and networks. This time however by automated testing. We created a team that developed test suites, testing tools and a test lab for broadband communication and Internet technologies. We started extending TTCN by adding e.g. performance testing concepts.
At a 3-months-research stay at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California I touched upon voice communication and IT security and collected first experiences in industrial R&D projects. I did not publish results, which was certainly a mistake. 
In my PhD, I worked on performance-oriented specification of communication protocols and the verification of deterministic bounds of their Quality-of-Service characteristics by use of process algebraic specifications and developed the LotoTis approach for timed temporal ordering specifications
After my Diploma thesis in 1990 under the supervision of Prof. Joachim Fischer on a simulation data base for the analysis of communication protocols specified in SDL, I became a PhD student by joining the post-graduate course on open communication systems at TU Berlin under the supervision of Prof. Radu Popescu-Zeleting and Prof. Adam Wolisz. 
Here, I spent currently my  working days. 
Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems
Professor on Quality Engineering of Open Distributed Systems
President of the ASQF Executive Board
Member of acatech ICT Steering Committee
Member of the University WG, Test Automation WG, Model-Based Testing WG
Member of the Münchner Kreis Research Committee
Editor of the Annual Online Issue Testing
Member of the STTT Editorial Board
In the following standardization efforts, I am or was involved in.
Since May 2015, we seek to develop interoperable, standardized open urban platforms so that cities can freely mix products from different suppliers. A central concern are city data and their real-time provisioning and analysis.  
Recently, we joined the IIC to contribute our ongoing developments of Internet of Things solutions and of their quality assurance. 
Together with Vattenfall, we initiated this industrial forum for the development of interoperable virtual power plant solutions. The forum has over 40 members that develop together the protocol specifications VHPready 4.x and their tests and certification.
At ETSI, we substantially contributed to the development of the TTCN-3 technology, its execution interfaces TRI and TCI, its language mappings from IDL, XSD and ASN.1, and exensions such as for real-time or performance testing.
We initiated the development of the UML Testing Profile, which addresses the specific requirements of model-based testing with the Unified Modeling Language. Currently, the development of UTP 2.x is ongoing. 
At ITU, we extended Message Sequence Charts to support real-time constraints and measurements, to enable flexible data type systems usage, and provided structuring concepts like high-level MSC.
Those are larger ongoing  researcher and practitioner conferences that I helped to organize at some year. 
The International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym, formerly WikiSym) is an annual conference series dedicated to open collaboration research and practice.
The ETSI User Conference on Advanced Automated Systems (UCAAT) offers an opportunity to share experiences as well as learn about the latest advances in test automation techniques, methods and tools.
The International Conference on 
Software Testing, Verification and Validation
(ICST) offers an open forum for software testing, verification and validation research and its transfer to practice.

The SDL Forum is a biennial event where experts, users, toolmakers and even some critics of system design languages. The bieannial System Analysis and Modelling workshop (SAM)  provides a more informal discussion platform.
With partners, we organize quite a number of additional events like the Workshop on System Testing and Validation (STV), the ASQF Quality Day Berlin or the Workshop on Risk Assessment and Risk-driven Testing (RISK)
My research is done mainly in project teams and with PhD, MSc, Diploma, and/or BSc students. As I (co-)supervised or referred abroad over 120 students already, I give the PhD Students only and apologise for the shortcut. 
Now and then, we spin off selected R&D results. I was/am contributing and/or co-founded the following ones. 
Ingrano Solutions is working in the area of tool integration and the optimization of software development and quality assurance processes by orchestrated tool chains and cooperative work support.
Testing Technologies, now a Spirent company, supports test automation projects worldwide - independent of technology, development phase or type of testing.
IKV++, now KPIT medini Technologies AG, offers an integrated tool which implements efficiently core activities of the functional safety analysis and integrates them with the existing processes.
+49 175 260 30 21

+49 30 3463 7241

ina.schieferdecker at fokus.fraunhofer.de

Fraunhofer FOKUS
Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 31
10589 Berlin

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