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Gregory Pope to Keynote ISA Safety and Security Symposium

March 12, 2012 - The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced that Software Quality Engineer, Gregory Pope, of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will deliver a keynote address during the ISA Safety and Security Division Symposium, which runs 25-27 April 2012 in Anaheim, California, USA.

Pope will address ISA Safety and Security Division Symposium attendees on the topic of “Is it a Bug or a Feature?” His presentation will cover who should do software testing, when it should be done, some of the more useful test types and what makes a test “good.” He will also explore the value of pretest activities, such as requirement analysis; inspections and static analysis; the role of dynamic code analysis and test automation, including where to find requirements for testing, effective test design techniques and metrics for measuring the quality of tests.

Pope’s abstract states the following about his topic: "Computer-controlled systems are becoming larger and more complex and increasingly being used in automation of security and safety related applications. The effort required for testing this software and its interaction with other components in these systems is often underappreciated. Software can seldom be fully tested and proved to be without defect; however, techniques exist to substantially lower the risks of using software.”

Jim Gilsinn, ISA Security Track Program Chair, says, “Greg Pope has a zest for safety and Software Quality Assurance (SQA). He is a leader in the field, as proven by his track record;  SQA group leader for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, project leader for advanced simulation, founder of a software testing company, patent holder and chairman of various societies to list a few. Greg is a sought- after speaker in the SQA community. The timing could not be better for him to present the keynote at this year's ISA Safety and Security Division Symposium. Industrial control system designers can take advantage of open and IT-based technology, although there is a great need within the safety and control communities to address SQA. Ensuring that systems are robust and secure enough for today's software-dependent and complex systems is incredibly important for both the vendors that produce products and the end users that install those products in their applications.”

Pope has more than 40 years of experience developing software in the commercial and government sectors. His other experience includes:

  • mission critical testing of military systems and development of software codes for electronic countermeasures
  • telemetry and data acquisition systems for flight and experimental testing of aircraft and jet engines
  • and more

The ISA Safety and Security Division Symposium offers current safety and security technologies and procedures associated with identifying and mitigating safety hazards in industrial environments. Two tracks, one focused on safety topics, and one centered on security, will be offered focused on these technical areas:

  • Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS)
  • Cybersecurity
  • Challenges in designing and implementing industrial automation solutions
  • Protecting your automation systems and chemical processes

About ISA
Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of the Automation Federation.

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