ProMAC 2014

Keynote Speakers - Dr. Paul D. Nielsen

Accelerating Autonomous Functionality: Trends, Challenges, Strategies

Dr. Paul D. Nielsen
Dr. Paul D. Nielsen

Director and CEO of Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute



  Autonomous functionality is increasing in systems and products. From drones to self-driving cars, from voice controlled devices to Watson, autonomy is increasing. The effective transition of increased autonomy depends upon trust—trust that these systems will be safe, trust that they will have appropriate cybersecurity, trust that they will perform within ethical boundaries. Establishing trust for complex systems is hard. Establishing trust for non-deterministic systems and for system that continuously learn is even more challenging. Managers, chief engineers, and boards need to be aware of these challenges and strategies to overcome them.



  Dr. Paul D. Nielsen is the Director and CEO of Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute. The SEI is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the US Department of Defense. The SEI concentrates on software engineering and cybersecurity methods that enhance mission assurance for complex systems. Earlier Nielsen served in the US Air Force and retired as a major general. Nielsen is a member of the U. S. National Academy of Engineering.