UCAAT 2023 will be hosted by Nokia in the Polytechnic Timisoara University, Romania, on 14-16 November.


The annual ETSI User Conference on Advanced Automated Testing (UCAAT) is the most important date in the calendar of ETSI’s Technical Committee Methods for Testing and Specification (TC MTS).

Rapid technical advances in application areas such as information and communication technology, industrial automation, transportation (automotive, avionics, rail), enterprise information technology, healthcare, cybersecurity, and biotechnology, as well as shifting operational landscapes such as DevOps practices and machine learning techniques applied to software development are ever increasing the demands on testing.

UCAAT 2023: Optimizing the Value of Automated Testing

The UCAAT 2023 theme is focused on maximizing the benefits and outcomes of automated testing. The complexity of modern software and telecommunication systems is constantly increasing. The intersection with AI and machine learning technologies is delivering to users unprecedented experiences in all areas (business, entertainment, etc.)

Users' expectations on the quality of software, products and services is increasing as well, making effective and efficient testing more and more important overall, but at the same time also more challenging to perform and manage.

Identifying the best techniques, processes and practices to improve and optimize how systems are tested can give a competitive advantage and can even make the difference between the success and failure of a product or service.

Emphasizing the role of collaboration between development and testing teams in maximizing the benefits of automated testing can lead to better results and effective communication with a shared understanding of testing goals and processes.

That is why UCAAT 2023 aims at discussing all aspects of optimizing the value of automated testing of software enabled systems.

Target audience

The event is of particular interest for:

  • Test engineers, designers or test automation experts
  • Engineers working in test specification, automation, DevOps and RPA
  • Software developers or architects
  • Project leaders or managers in digital transformation
  • Test tool or service providers
  • Test and quality assurance analysts
  • Academics and researchers in testing

Important dates

  • Call for Presentation Deadline: 8 May 2023
  • Notification of Acceptation: 29 May 2023
  • Programme online: 15 June 2023
  • Presentation submission: 15 October 2023


Preliminary Agenda

  • 14 November: Pre-Conference Tutorials and Conference Day 1

    9.00-11.00: Welcome Coffee


    11.00 - 12.30: TUTORIAL 1 - Principles of Model-Based Testing
    Jan Tretmans, TNO

    Model-based testing (MBT) is a promising technology that enables the next step in test automation, by combining automatic test generation and test result analysis with test execution, and providing more, longer, and more diversified test cases with less effort.

    In this tutorial, we discuss principles of MBT, and we apply these to state-based testing and property-based testing. The aim of the tutorial is to trigger thinking about MBT, to better understand its basics, so that decisions about using MBT and selection of an MBT method and tool become easier.

    The tutorial will start with a discussion about testing, the sorts of testing, the role of testing, and what types of tests are suitable for MBT. Then, we discuss various kinds of models, and the different objectives of using models. The next step is to combine testing and models into model-based testing, that is, how can models be used for obtaining test cases, how can we assign verdicts, and how can we reason about the validity (soundness and exhaustiveness) and coverage of the derived test cases. Benefits, pitfalls, and challenges of MBT will be discussed, and, finally, a comparison is made with other forms of using models in testing.

    11.00 - 12.30: TUTORIAL 2 - API Automation using Karate
    Saurav Sharma, Trivago

    Historically, more focus has always been on UI based automation with multiple tools and frameworks available to cater to different needs.
    However, API testing is becoming more and more popular and is very much an industry standard now with primary focus on test automation.
    APIs are the brain of any commercial/enterprise software, and a good test automation suite guarantees that issues (both functional and otherwise) can be found early and quickly.
    Karate (https://github.com/karatelabs/karate) is an open-source solution for API test-automation - which takes a simple, quick to adapt, and readable approach to test automation and is quickly becoming a preferred tool for many QA engineers. Other important features of the karate framework include mocks, performance testing and even UI automation.

    Key Learning points:

    • API testing and its importance.
    • API automation benefits.
    • Introduction to Karate framework.
    • Comparison with some existing solutions.
    • Running your first API test using karate.
    • Understanding karate reporting and logging.
    • Running tests in parallel for reduced test execution time.
    • Using mocks for Test Driven Development.
    • Running a performance test using Karate. 

    12.30 - 14.00: Networking Lunch



    14.00 - 14.30: Conference Opening
    Philip Makedonski, ETSI TC MTS Chair
    Sergio Borghese, UCAAT 2023 Conference Chair
    Florin Drăgan, Rector Politehnica University Timisoara
    Sabin Totorean, Country Manager, Nokia Romania


    • 14.30 - 14.50: Digital Twins for Test Automation of IoT-based Healthcare Applications at Scale
      Hassan Sartaj (co-authors: Shaukat Ali, Tao Yue), Simula Research Laboratory
    • 14.50 - 15.10: Testing of IoT Systems Exemplified by a Fire Protection System
      Bisser Peytchev (co-authors: Andreas Ulrich, Jorge Zingg), Siemens
    • 15.10 - 15.30: Mutation Testing in Additive Manufacturing
      Johannes Erbel, University of Goettingen

    15.30 - 16.00: Networking Coffee Break

    16.00 - 17.00: SESSION 2: TEST LANGUAGES

    • 16.00 - 16.20: TDL: The Force Awakens
      Martti Käärik (co-authors: Philip Makedonski, Finn Kristoffersen), Elvior
    • 16.20 - 16.40: Prototyping Web-based Editors for the ETSI Test Description Language
      Felix Alleweldt, Philip Makedonski, University of Goettingen
    • 16.40 - 17.00: Tests Automated Generator Based On Specifications
      Cosmin Vilceanu and Tudor Tomuta, Nokia
  • 15 November: Conference Day 2


    09.00 - 10.00: KEYNOTE SPEECH - Automatic Test Case Generation from Software Specifications
    Thomas Arts, Quviq

    Automatic testing is a must for complex systems, but running the same tests over and over again only detects a fraction of all bugs.
    New tests need to be created for each new feature added to a product.

    One of the challenges in software testing is that the number of tests grow at least quadratic with the number of software features, since one would like to test at least all pairs of features.
    This means that the amount of test cases needed when a feature is added increases over the lifetime of a software product. In the beginning of the product, it probably is enough with adding 3 tests for a new feature, whereas two years later a similar feature would require 40 tests.
    Automatic test case generation from specifications addresses this challenge. The specification grows linearly with the product and from that an exponential amount of tests can automatically be generated.
    In this talk we share some success stories of property-based testing: generating tests from properties. Quviq have used this techinqiue for Volvo in the automotive space and for Ericsson in several telecom productrs, among others.
    We demonstrated that the generated tests are also able to detect more defects than manually written tests. Not just more, also better.
    With new techniques there are also new challenges, which lead to intersting research questions and new innovations. We address a few of these challenges in the talk.

    10.00 - 11.30: SESSION 3: TESTING WITH AI & ML

    • 10.00 - 10.20: Continuous Auditing Based Conformity Assessment
      Dorian Knoblauch (co author: Jürgen Großmann), Fraunhofer Fokus
    • 10.20 - 10.40: Pipeline Probe: A Tool for Automated Quality Assessment in MLOps
      Abhishek Shrestha (co author: Dorian Knoblauch), Fraunhofer Fokus

    10.40 - 11:10: Networking Coffee Break

    • 11.10 - 11.30: Applying AI in Unit Testing to Optimize Set of Test Cases
      Jonatan Domínguez Martinez (co author: Luis Redondo López), MTP


    • 11.30 - 11.50: Improving Feedback Loop for Automated Testing
      Piotr Czermak (co authors: Bartosz Hajduk, Mariusz Lont, Tomasz Kowalczyk), Nokia
    • 11.50 - 12.10: Overcoming the Testing Challenges in Large Projects
      Chhavi Raj Dosaj, BNP Paribas Australia
    • 12.10 - 12.30: Testability Tarpits: the Impact of Code Patterns on the Security Testing of Software Application
      Luca Compagna, SAP Security Research (co-authors: Feras Al-Kassar, Giulia Clerici, Fabian Yamaguchi, Davide Balzarotti), SAP Security Research

    12.30 - 12.40: POSTERS INTRODUCTION

    • Hyperparameter Importance & Interpretability
      Emmanuel Charleson Dapaah & Jens Grabowski, University of Göttingen
    • A Shift Towards a More Inclusive Mobility: the SINFONICA Project
      Annarosa Vico & Giulia Renzi, ICOOR
    • Applying TDL-TO in Automated Static and Dynamic Application Security Testing
      Sascha Hackel, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Marija Jankovic & Dionysios Kehagias Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH), Sofia Tsekeridou &  Angela-Maria Despotopoulou, Netcompany - Intrasoft SA
    • Active Middleware – the Solution for Embedded Testing
      Michael Frommberger & Sebastian Dengler, iSyst GmbH

    12.40 - 14:00: Lunch

    14.00 - 15.00: SESSION 5: TELCO & VoIP TESTING

    • 14.00 - 14.20: Implementing Sustainability Through Network Automation and AI
      Poonam Parihar, Bandalorg
    • 14.20 - 14.40: Troubleshooting of Telecommunication Networks with Event-Based Monitoring
      Zoltán Elzer, Ericsson
    • 14.40 - 15.00: End to End Testing of Mobile Voice and Data Services in RAN Telecom Network
      Alexandru Stamp (co-author: Gabriel Stanculescu), Nokia

    15.00 - 15:30: Networking Coffee Break

    15.30 - 16.50: SESSION 6: TESTING & DevOps

    • 15.30 - 15.50: How to Tackle Automation Brakes through BDD, Shared Knowledge and Teamwork!
      Julien Binard, Pôle-Emploi
    • 15.50 - 16.10: Shifting Left: Integrating Automated Security Testing into Development Operations of a Research Project
      Angela-Maria Despotopoulou (co-authors: Nikos Kefalakis, Dimitris Bougioukos, Sofia Tsekeridou), Netcompany-Intrasoft
    • 16.10 - 16.30: INSIGHT: Implementing New SDLC, Integrating GitOps and GitFlow Techniques on CNCF Native Applications
      Marius Chisa, Ionel Petrut, Lasting Software
    • 16.30 - 16.50: Seeing Beyond the Tools: Unleashing the Power of Observability at Trivago
      Anastasiia Kutafina, Trivago

    17.30 - 19.30: Visit of Nokia Labs

    19:30 - 22.30: Social Event

  • 16 November: Conference Day 3



    09.00 - 10.00: KEYNOTE SPEECH - Metaheuristic Algorithms and their Applications to Fuzzy Control, Fuzzy Modeling and Mobile Robot Navigation
    Prof. Radu-Emil Precup, Politehnica University of Timisoara

    An optimization problem is the problem of finding the best solution (i.e., the optimal solution) from all feasible solutions. There are two key components in an optimization problem: the objective function and the constraints, which are optional. The objective function assesses and compares the solutions in the context of all feasible solutions by computing the desired quantity to be minimized or maximized. The constraints can be added to limit the possible values for the variables of the objective function.
    The optimization algorithms find the optimal solutions by trying variations on the initial solution using the information gained to improve the solution; this can be also considered as learning, which is a popular topic nowadays. The complexity of the classical algorithms is very high which requires enormous amount of computational work. Therefore, alternative algorithms with lower complexity are appreciated. The metaheuristic algorithms to find optimal solutions became very popular as they are much better in terms of efficiency and complexity than classical algorithms.
    This speech highlights a part of the results obtained by the Process Control group of the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania. The presentation is focused on representative applications, implemented in our labs, with real-time validation in terms of experimental results. The results pointed out here include different lab equipment as pendulum-crane systems, multi-tank systems, servo systems, twin rotor aerodynamic systems, magnetic levitation systems, anti-lock braking systems, mobile robots, magnetic levitation systems, active mass damper systems, and shape memory alloy systems.
    The scope of the development of these metaheuristic algorithms is the solving of optimization problems that involve tuning of low-cost fuzzy controllers, tuning of fuzzy models, and solving optimization problems specific to mobile robot navigation.

    10.00 - 11.30: SESSION 7: INDUSTRIAL TESTING

    • 10.00 - 10.20: How to Test Digital Twins
      Maroš Kutschy, Ness
    • 10.20 - 10.40: Test Oracle Generation for Audio Cues in Additive Manufacturing
      Johannes Erbel (co-authors: Kolja Thormann, Alexander Trautsch), University of Goettingen

    10.40 - 11:10: Networking Coffee Break

    • 11.10 - 11.30: Parallel Boundary Scan & Programming Testing Solution
      An Application for PCB Structural Integrity Evaluation

      Raul Ionel  (co-authors: Anca-Ioana Dărăbuț, Cătălin Căleanu), Politehnica University Timișoara

    11.30 - 12.30: SESSION 8: TEST OPTIMIZATION

    • 11.30 - 11.50: Growing Your Automation Coverage as a Happy Healthy Tree
      Martijn Goossens, Xebia
    • 11.50 - 12.10: Test Automation as a Service
      Mesut Durukal, Indeed
    • 12.10 - 12.30: Detecting Equivalent Mutants Through Fuzzing
      Zaheed Ahmed (co-author: Jens Grabowski), University of Goettingen


    12.45 - 14:00: Lunch


The independent Programme Committee includes representatives from the testing industry, users, academia, and standardization bodies across different domains and different regions nominated by the appointed Programme Committee Chair.
The Programme Committee determines the call for presentations and evaluates the received presentation, poster, and tutorial proposals to select the best ones for the conference programme.

Programme Committee Chair:

  • Sergio Borghese, NetResults Srl

Programme Committee Members: 

  • Daniel Ardelean, Nokia
  • Jorge Asensio, ARHS Developments
  • Michele Carignani, Autostrade per l’Italia
  • Rémi Caudwell, Sogeti
  • Tibor Csöndes, Ericsson Hungary
  • Alexis Despeyroux, Testing Solutions and Services
  • Martin Gijsen, Sogeti
  • Fabrizio Granelli, University of Trento
  • Baris Güldali, S&N Invent
  • Raquel Jimenez, MTP
  • Martti Käärik Elvior, LLC
  • Philip Makedonski, University of Göttingen
  • Ultan Mulligan, ETSI
  • Jorge Pascal, Audi
  • Anna Lina Ruschelli, Scuola S. Anna Pisa
  • Stephan Schulz, Giesecke + Devrient
  • Fabio Severino, Geckosoft
  • Matthias Simon, Nokia
  • Szilard Szell, Eficode Oy
  • Dirk Tepelmann, Spirent
  • Jan Tretmans, TNO
  • Andreas Ulrich, Siemens
  • Marco Varlese, Suse
  • Brad Vrabete, Intel Corporation

Zaheed AhmedZaheed Ahmed, University of Goettingen
Zaheed Ahmed is a Ph.D. student at the University of Goettingen, Germany. His research interests are software testing, mutation testing, fuzzing and genetic algorithms.


AlleweldtFelix Alleweldt, University of Göttingen
Felix Alleweldt has recently finished his bachelor’s studies at the University of Göttingen and is continuing with his studies towards a Master of Education in Physics and Computer Science degree. His final thesis project is the basis for this presentation. During his studies, he has also been working part-time as a test developer using Selenium and Jasmine at a local company.


ArtsThomas Arts, Quviq
Thomas Arts is a former professor from Chalmers University in Gothenburg and now co-founder and CTO of Quviq. After his PhD in the 90ies, Thomas was one of the members of Ericsson's computer science lab in Stockholm, where he worked on program verification and the development of the Erlang programming language. He has also worked in the broad spectrum theoretical computer science, formal methods and industrial case-study research. In 2002 he joined Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. In 2006 he started Quviq with collegues from Chalmers based upon a new testing technique, described in award winning paper at ICFP. Nowadays, this new testing method (property-based testing) has found its way in practically every programming language and has been used on large scale projects in industry.

Binard JulienJulien Binard, Pôle-Emploi
Julien has been working at Pôle-Emploi for the last 6 years with his 14 years of experience in QA/Automation.
Enjoys using his skills to find solutions and thrives by helping teams adopt test automation.
He’s currently accompanying three SAFE trains transform its practices around testing and automation.

Borghese sergioSergio Borghese, NetResults SrL
UCAAT 2023 Conference Chair

Sergio Borghese graduated in Electronic Engineering at University of Pisa (Italy). He worked as a software developer in several companies ranging from user applications to device drivers. He joined NetResults S.r.l. in 2011 as the product manager and technical leader of NetResults’ testing platform.

BuchanAlex Buchan, SafeShark
Alex Buchan is Strategic Technologist for Spectrum and Security at DTG, the industry collaboration centre for broadcast and digital media. He is the project lead and co-founder of the 5G VISTA project, a consortium led by DTG which is part of the UK 5G Trials and Test Beds program and who are developing 5G broadcast solutions for live sporting events. He coordinates and manages activities for several DTG working groups and provides technical direction and strategy for the business with regards to future delivery of TV services. He is also a Director at SafeShark, a DTG Testing joint venture developing a consumer IoT cyber security assurance scheme.

Marius Chisa, Lasting Software
Marius is a Experienced Information Technology Architect with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Strong information technology professional skilled in Cloud Technologies, K8s and CI/CD workflow with GitOps adoption, Software tech-stack, IT Architecture, High Availability, Cloud/On Premises Infrastructure Specialist, Oracle Databases, UNIX, Virtualization and more.

Compagna LucaLuca Compagna, SAP Security Research
Dr. Luca Compagna is part of the Security Research team at SAP where is contributing to the research strategy and to the software security analysis area in particular. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science jointly from the U. of Genova and U. of Edinburgh, working on security protocols analysis.
His area of interests include security testing, security engineering, automated reasoning, and their application to the modeling and analysis of industrial relevant scenarios. After some work on DAST techniques for cross domain web-based scenarios and CSRF experiments, he recently focused his attention to SAST tools to measure them and improve their detection rate.

Piotr Czermak, Nokia (PL)
Piotr Czermak has gained experience in test automation area over 7 years in Nokia. He has worked as a Technical Leader in software integration testing area and works as a Test Architect in MN RAN BOAM Productization Tribe, where he leads the testability analysis for new features.

Dapaah Emmanuel CharlesonEmmanuel Charleson Dapaah, University of Göttingen
Emmanuel Charleson Dapaah comes from Ghana and is a PhD student at the University of Göttingen.He has a passion for research and his research interest is in the area of software testing & debugging, machine learning, IOT and vehicular networking.


DespotopoulouAngela-Maria Despotopoulou, Netcompany Intrasoft
Angela-Maria Despotopoulou is a software engineer, whose area of expertise is Enterprise Back-End Applications. She possesses strong background in Development, Microservices and Testing. She is employed by Netcompany-Intrasoft, being a member of its Research and Innovation Development Department.

Jonatan Domínguez Martínez, MTP
Jonatan is Software Engineer at MTP, Computer Science Degree, with more than 8 years in ICT experience. Currently, Senior SW Engineer in R&D projects (ENTA, Solsticia and SecBluRed).

DraganFlorin Drăgan, Rector Politehnica University Timisoara
Florin Drăgan is the rector of Politehnica University Timișoara. With a PhD in Automatics, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Automatics and Computers, he is also a successful entrepreneur, a manager with a strong vision of authenticity in leadership and the mentor of many generations of students and young people. As an art lover and supporter of culture, Florin Drăgan has opened the university's spaces to the integrated concept of art and technology. Thus, he came up with ideas that were a first for Romania, positioning the university as a landmark in mediating the culture and science. He significantly contributed to the development and promotion of the university, at the national and international level, through partnerships and collaborations with prestigious institutions and renowned companies.

DurukalMesut Durukal, Indeed
Mesut has 13+ years of experience in Industrial Automation, IoT platforms, SaaS/PaaS and Cloud Services, the Defense Industry, Autonomous Mobile Robots, and Embedded and Software applications. Along with having proficiency in CMMI and Scrum & PMP experiences under his belt, he has taken various roles as (Quality Owner, Hiring Manager, and Chapter Lead) in multinational projects. He has expertise in test automation and integration to CI/CD platforms supporting continuous testing. Besides, he has been facilitating test processes and building the test strategy and lifecycle of the projects. He is a frequent international speaker, the best presentation award winner, and a various program committees member.

elzerZoltan Elzer, Ericsson
Zoltan studied at Budapest University of Technology and Economics as Engineer in 2007. He joined Ericsson in 2007 as a System Test Engineer, working with IP Multimedia Subsystem and Voice over LTE/NR. Now as system manager he focuses on networks performance, characteristics and testing.

 Erbel JohannesJohannes Erbel, University of Goettingen, Institute of Computer Science
Johannes Erbel is a post doctoral researcher at the University of Goettingen and received his doctorate in 2022 from the University of Goettingen by investigating a scientific workflow runtime model. His research focuses on applying software engineering concepts to the additive manufacturing domain.

FrommbergerMichael Frommberger, iSyst GmbH
Michael joined iSyst GmbH in 2021 as head of research and development. He is responsible for HW- and SW development of components for HiL-test systems as well as their production. Before, Michael was with the automotive harness supplier LEONI for 15 years. Michael holds a PHD in physics from the university of Cologne.

 GoossensMartijn Goossens, Xebia
Martijn is celebrating 17 years in the QA field. He started as an Agile QA automation engineer, and has fulfilled various QA leadership roles for the past 6 years. In recent years Martijn found the international conference stages where he is keen to share his experiences in the trenches.


Sascha Hackel, Fraunhofer FOKUS
Sascha Hackel is a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems in Berlin. He is involved and responsible for validation and test projects on next generation networks and software technologies in several industry and research projects. He is Chair of the ETSI MTS working group TST.

Ionel RaulRaul Ionel, Politehnica University Timișoara
Raul Ionel is Associate Professor @Politehnica University Timișoara. Research activities are focused on developing software-hardware systems for data acquisition, measurements, and analysis. His experience is strongly based on the domain of Virtual Instrumentation, Measurements and Signal Processing. Currently, he is working with several technologies that are used in the development of measurement and test applications (target applications include Functional Testing, Boundary Scan Testing, LabVIEW/TestStand based measurement applications, Machine Learning capabilities integrations). Customized applications can integrate sensing capabilities, data analysis and parsing into state-of-the-art R&D or Production oriented solutions. His educational activities include teaching several disciplines related to measurements, signal processing and electronic circuits. Over the past years he has been involved in different scientific projects, developing measurement applications in domains like pollution detection, water quality testing, agricultural machinery prototyping and development, functional test tools development or structural vibrations monitoring. Fields of interest: Virtual Instrumentation, LabVIEW, MATLAB, Data Acquisition, Remote Measurements, Boundary Scan and Functional Testing.

KaarikMartti Käärik, Elvior
Martti Käärik is quality assurance project manager and test tool developer at Elvior. He has been involved in the development and standardisation of TDL at ETSI within various task forces and in the development and maintenance of the TDL Open Source project.


knoblauch dorianDorian Knoblauch, Fraunhofer
Dorian Knoblauch has been a researcher at Fraunhofer Fokus since 2016, where he specializes in automated testing, security testing, conformance, and certification. With a keen interest in machine learning, he also focuses on ML quality to ensure the reliability and effectiveness of ML-based systems.

Kutafina AnastasiaAnastasia Kutafina, Trivago
After her nine years in the "dat's a bug, not a feature" Anastasia got her hands dirty on frontend all the way to backend testing and became a solid producer of QA memes as well as an interview ninja. With university background in the field of Computer Engineering she preaches the life-long learning. Therefore she loves being a teacher in German IT school and a Mentor of her incredible talents withing the company. Anastasia is ISQB-TM and ISTQB-TA certified quality assurance engineer, jam-packed with credentials and proof of her skills. This Murphy's law believer, pair programming adept and if-ithurts-do-more-often fan helped 5 teams to achieve “bug-free” releases through transforming the culture and that chemistry in the teams. If this list provided you with some inspiration, feel free to shoot her a message on forinfo@posteo.eu or linkedin!

Kutschy MarosMaroš Kutschy, Ness
Maroš Kutschy is Technical Lead - QA at Ness, Košice, Slovakia. His hobby is automation testing, he is specialized in Java Selenium Cucumber framework. He is the creator of Jasecu Automation Framework: https://github.com/maroskutschy/Jasecu . He likes coaching and helping people to enter the world of testing, in 2022 he was speaking at 'Testing United' in Prague, 'Nordic Testing Days' in Tallinn, 'Tacon' in Leipzig, 'HUSTEF' in Budapest and 'Test Dive' in Cracow. He likes self-improvement books and exercising in the gym.

MakedonskiPhilip Makedonski, University of Göttingen
Philip Makedonski is a postdoc researcher in the fields of software engineering and quality assurance, as well as software and language evolution at the University of Göttingen and contributing to TDL at ETSI, currently also serving as the ETSI TC MTS Chair.


PeytchevBisser Peytchev, Siemens AG
Bisser Peytchev is graduated from Technical University Sofia, Bulgaria, MSc in Semiconductor Technology. He has 28 years experience developing design for testability concepts and tests for semiconductor System-On-Chip solutions and embedded SW for fire IoT systems at Siemens Building Products in Zug, Switzerland. Siemens Test Architect, NET MCTS.

PrecupRadu-Emil Precup, Politehnica University of Timisoara
Radu-Emil Precup is currently with the Politehnica University of Timisoara (UPT), Romania, where he became a Professor in the Department of Automation and Applied Informatics, in 2000, and he is currently a Doctoral Supervisor of automation and systems engineering. From 2022, he is also a senior researcher (CS I) and the head of the Data Science and Engineering Laboratory of the Center for Fundamental and Advanced Technical Research, Romanian Academy – Timisoara Branch, Romania. From 2016 to 2022, he was an Adjunct Professor within the School of Engineering, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA, Australia. He is currently the Director of the Automatic Systems Engineering Research Centre with the UPT. From 1999 to 2009, he held research and teaching positions with the Université de Savoie, Chambéry and Annecy, France, Budapest Tech Polytechnical Institution, Budapest, Hungary, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, and Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary. He has been an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems (2018-2022), and is an editorial board member of several prestigious journals including IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, Information Sciences (Elsevier), Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence (Elsevier), Applied Soft Computing (Elsevier), Expert Systems with Applications (Elsevier), Evolving Systems (Springer), Applied Artificial Intelligence (Taylor & Francis), Healthcare Analytics (Elsevier), and Communications in Transportation Research (Elsevier). Prof. Precup is a corresponding member of The Romanian Academy, a Doctor Honoris Causa of the Óbuda University, Budapest, Hungary, a Doctor Honoris Causa of the Széchenyi István University, Győr, Hungary. He was the recipient of the Elsevier Scopus Award for Excellence in Global Contribution (2017), was named a 2022 academic data leader by Chief Data Officer (CDO) Magazine, and was listed as one of the top 10 researchers in Artificial Intelligence and Automation (according to IIoT World as of July 2017).

Raj Dosaj ChhaviChhavi Raj Dosaj, BNP Paribas Australia
Chhavi Raj Dosaj has more than 20+ years of experience in functional Testing and analysis of Banking, Investment banking, and credit systems for large financial services companies in diverse geographies like; Australia, India, Hong Kong, Europe and the US. He has worked on various technical consulting projects for a wide range of global clients like American Express, Lehman Brothers, Macquarie Securities, Daiwa Securities, Deutsche Bank, London Clearing House, Westpac, Commonwealth Bank, AMP, BNP Paribas and Reserve Bank of Australia. He is an ISTQB certified trainer for ISTQB Foundation Level (CTFL), ISTQB Foundation Level- Agile Tester Extension (CTFLAT) and ISTQB Advanced Test Manager (CTFL-ATM) certifications. As an experienced corporate trainer, he has trained professionals for Cubic Transportation System Sydney, Credit Union Australia, Department of Immigration Australia and many more. He is the author of many software testing books, few of popular ones are “A self-study guide for ISTQB foundation exam”, “The selftaught software Tester & “Agile Testing ISTQB Agile Tester Extension Certificate”, “Interview questions for Senior Test Analyst and Test Lead" etc.

RenziGiulia Renzi, ICOOR
ICOOR is an inter-university consortium for optimisation and operational research active in the domains of transport innovation, ICT, energy solutions and manufacturing. ICOOR is based in Emilia Romagna, Italy, within the Tecnopolo of Reggio Emilia and is part of a larger network of European and International partners. ICOOR is currently active within several European projects among which SINFONICA of which it is the coordinator. Giulia Renzi has been a project manager in the ICOOR team for the last five years, focusing on the evaluation activities of several European Projects (such as AEOLIX, ELVITEN, and FENIX). In November 2021, Giulia Renzi started a PhD journey at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, from September 2022, she is also the technical coordinator of SINFONICA.

Sartaj HassanHassan Sartaj, Simula Research Laboratory
Hassan Sartaj is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Engineering Complex Software Systems, Simula Research Laboratory, Oslo, Norway.
He works on creating software test automation solutions for industrial applications.


Sharma SauravSaurav Sharma, Trivago
I have over 12 years of experience across Web, Mobile and API testing using both exploratory and automated means. Currently working with trivago in their headquarters at Düsseldorf as a QA lead for backend applications and recently was a technical reviewer on a book written about karate framework.


ShresthaAbhishek Shrestha, Fraunhofer Fokus
Abhishek Shrestha works as a researcher at Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin, Germany. His research is centered around cybersecurity, particularly the security testing of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems.


StampAlexandru-Razvan Stamp, Nokia (RO)
My name is Alexandru-Razvan Stamp. I graduated from the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Faculty of Automation and Computing in 2021. I started working in Nokia in 2019 in the position of Test Automation Engineer.


Stanculescu GabrielGabriel Stanculescu, Nokia (RO)
Gabriel Stanculescu has studied at Politehnica University Timisoara and is graduated in Electronics and Telecommunications. He started working as LTE System Test Engineer for Alcatel-Lucent in 2010 and from 2011 until now he's been working as Automation Test Engineer for Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia.

TomutaTudor Tomuta, Nokia Networks SRL
Tudor Tomuta is a Technical Leader with 5-year experience in the testing level. During this period, he was very proactive with numerous improvement actions proposal. During his current role he is leading the test design and implementation of his team.


TotoreanSabin Totorean, Nokia Networks SRL
Senior Business Executive with 25+ years of professional experience, developing and executing successful market strategy, achieving business development goals (100+M€) and building long lasting customer and partner relationships in the Romanian market. Solid experience of managing large teams (2100 + people Nokia Romania today) as well as managing sales team: defining targets, supporting key account managers, and providing guidance to deliver growth and maximize sales both into the service provider and enterprise segments. Country Manager of Nokia Romania since September 2017. Administrator of Nokia Networks SRL.

TretmansJan Tretmans, TNO
Jan Tretmans is assoc. professor in the Software Science group, Radboud University, Nijmegen, and Senior Research Fellow at ESI, part of the Dutch Research Organization TNO, in Eindhoven. Jan Tretmans is working in the areas of software testing, and the use of formal methods and models in software engineering. In particular, he likes to combine these two topics: testing using formal methods, also known as model-based testing (MBT). In these fields he has several publications, and he has given numerous presentations at scientific conferences as well as for industrial audiences. Jan has developed the so-called 'ioco'-theory for model-based testing of non-deterministic state-based systems, which serves as the underlying theory for a couple of MBT tools, among others, 'TorXakis', initiated by Jan himself, and the 'Axini Modelling Platform' of the university spin-off Axini. Currently, Jan Tretmans is involved in a couple of joint ESI-industrial research projects, where he is consulting on improving the testing process of high-tech cyber-physical systems using model-based approaches. In addition, he is project leader of the NWO (Dutch Research Organization) applied research project TiCToC: "Testing in Times of Continuous Change", about model-based testing of evolving systems with high variability. http://www.cs.ru.nl/personal/tretmans

VilceanuCosmin Vilceanu, Nokia Networks SRL
Cosmin Vilceanu is a Technical Leader with more than 7-year experience on Automated Testing Development. He leads his team on Software Integration Testing and is part of the Global Core Testing Team. 

The following companies will exhibit at UCAAT 2023:

Alfa test logoAlfa Test is a Romanian company, headquartered in Timisoara/ Romania and with office in Nis/Serbia for Balkan countries, being the only company in the region able to offer complete solutions for inspection & test stages: AOI, X-Ray, Flying Probe, In-Circuit Test, Boundary Scan, Functional Test and Flash Programming. We provide turnkey solutions for MiR & AutoGuide autonomous mobile robots. We supply and support Universal Robots and deliver trainings in the only UR Certified Training Center in the region.
As MIR excellent partner and Universal Robot main distributor in the area we sold more than 500 AMR and cobots. We have the biggest installed MIR fleet at a single customer site in Europe.
More than 400 test&inspection capital equipment are covered by the ALFA TEST support team.


Bandalorg logo

bandarlog.dev is UK based early-stage startup developing very unique network automation PaaS solution by integrating AI in to the core of the network. Automation is critical to digital transformation, yet orchestrating automated workflows, provisioning, management, testing, maintenance, and operation of the network, its devices, and services can be a daunting process specially for complex network domains. with the integration of AI and closed loop automation, not only we can reduce human intervention and make network more efficient, but also achieve greater flexibility and scalability while simplifying services and operations and bring the cost significantly down. bandarlog.dev will be presenting smart infrastructure & construction industry network use cases and how AI will be helping in deployment and managing modern networks.


ICOOR logoICOOR – Interuniversity Consortium for Optimization and Operation Research – it is an entity bringing together several Italian universities active in operational research on various topics, including, for example, environmental sustainability and innovative mobility.
Among the research projects coordinated by ICOOR is SINFONICA: an EU-funded project investigating social issues related to Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM).
SINFONICA aims to integrate technical research on new technologies related to transport and mobility with Social Science and Humanities (SSH), to optimize the impacts and benefits that these new products and services will offer to civil society. To do this, SINFONICA will focus on users and stakeholders, with a special focus on vulnerable users, to gather their expectations and concerns and foster an inclusive development of CCAM, where no one is left behind.


MCL Consult Telecom Black scaledMCL CONSULT TELECOM SRL is authorised importer in Romania of the ANRITSU RF Test and Measurement instruments. ANRITSU is a Japanese company with more than a 100 years experience in the test and measurement equipment.
We will showcase test and measurement solutions for telecommunication, automotive and aerospace industries.
Among the solution presented will be:
- Anritsu MT8000A Radio Communication Test Station
- Anritsu MT8870A Universal Wireless Test Set
- Anritsu MT8862A Wireless Connectivity Test Set
- Anritsu MT8852B Bluetooth Test Set
- Anritsu ShockLine VNAs for distributed measurements 


MTP positivo 1MTP is a leader in business assurance and digital quality services with over 25 years of experience. We offer a wide range of services, including software quality assurance (QA), user experience (UX), cybersecurity, DevOps, and training. We have a committed team of over 1,000 professionals and value people, promoting a positive work environment. Our values include responsibility, commitment, innovation, and sustainability, along with a strong environmental awareness. MTP is present in various locations and promote global collaboration. MTP is Digital Business Assurance.


Nokia Romania Garage logoInaugurated in Nokia Campus Timisoara in 2018 and bringing together in a space of almost 300 square meters a laboratory, a conference room and a creative area, Nokia Romania Garage hosts Nokia experts, scientists, pupils, students and teachers, partners in the field of research and innovation, in order to co -creating and developing valuable initiatives.
Nokia Romania Garage positions itself as a partner of the local business environment. Several projects are currently underway in partnership with local companies related to Industry 4.0 use cases like Satellite backhauling, Smart Manufacturing, Smart Agriculture.
The most recent and complex project developed in Nokia Romania Garage is a 5G Ultra Compact Private Network with Nokia Digital Automation Cloud Core and 2 uses cases on top:
• remote-controlled robotic arm with video surveillance over 5G
• remote monitor and control of conveyor belt over 5G.



Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) is the representative ICT Standardization organization in Rep. of Korea and has been doing the standardization activities in all ICT fields, including 5G/6G, V2X communications, etc. TTA enhances the market competitiveness of excellent products through the world’s best ICT testing & certification services and R&D. TTA contributes to intensifying the industrial competitiveness of SMEs by providing technical advices and supporting their entry into domestic and foreign markets.

TTA is also developing test system and certification program to support the development of 5G NR V2X devices.
https://tta.or.kr/eng/index.do - v2x@tta.or.kr

This work was supported by Institute of Information & communications Technology Planning & Evaluation (IITP) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (No.2022-0-00199)


All presentations made at UCAAT 2023 are now available here.

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