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Wednesday, July 1 • 3:05pm - 3:55pm
Safety, Security, Quality: Artificial Intelligence versus Common Sense - Wolfgang Mauerer, Technical University of Applied Sciences Regensburg / Siemens AG

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Embedded Linux is a standard core component of systems deployed in challenging and critical scenarios. Machine learning and statistical techniques are increasingly used to ascertain or even predict various quality properties -- the number of open issues to judge reliability, or maximum latencies for real-time systems --, or to improve development and maintenance processes: Techniques to automatically select patches for back-porting or to identify security critical fixes have recently been suggested.

While machine learning undoubtedly has its advantages, it is by no means a panacea for solving all engineering issues that have been around for decades, and issues like lack of explainability or over-confident trust in results often cause unease. But it is also unwise to dismiss them just because they differ from traditional engineering approaches.

In this talk, we survey recent uses of ML techniques in OSS systems development and maintenance, address their benefits and disadvantages, and give recommendations on how especially industrial system integrators and solution providers can enjoy the benefits of new ML-based engineering methods without suffering from new problems.


Wolfgang Mauerer

Professor/Senior Research Scientist, Technical University of Applied Sciences Regensburg / Siemens AG
Wolfgang Mauerer is a professor of theoretical computer science at the Technical University Regensburg, and a senior key expert at Siemens Corporate Research, Competence Centre Embedded Linux. He serves on the technical steering committee of the Linux Foundation's Civil Infrastructure... Read More →

Wednesday July 1, 2020 3:05pm - 3:55pm CDT
ELC Theater A