In software development, ensuring robust functionality is a persistent challenge, often worsened by inadequate testing practices. Tanja Vos, a distinguished figure in Software Engineering, has conducted enlightening studies revealing a prevalent reliance on a testing paradigm rooted in rationalism. However, this paradigm’s Achilles’ heel lies in the inherent fallibility of the information acquired about a system’s expected behavior.
Tanja advocates for a paradigm shift towards empiricism in testing methodologies. Embracing empiricism allows for a more grounded and reality-based assessment of system functionalities. This shift is imperative as contemporary systems, which are increasingly pivotal in shaping judgments about human interactions, rely heavily on Artificial Intelligence.
Tanja Vos is a Professor of Software Engineering at Open Universiteit in The Netherlands and an Associate Professor at Universitat Politècnica de València in Spain. She has dedicated over 25 years to advancing software testing and has an illustrious career in extensive research endeavors, positioning her as a trailblazer in the field.
Tanja has successfully led various EU-funded initiatives focused on software testing and has been engaged in numerous research projects within industrial settings. Tanja’s leadership and expertise in this domain are highlighted by her adept coordination skills. She has played a pivotal role in bridging the gap between academia and industry, fostering mutual understanding through her involvement in Erasmus and Leonardo initiatives.
Tanja’s extensive research and industry experience has led her to collaborate with numerous companies on automated testing projects in an industrial environment. Notably, Tanja spearheads TESTAR.org, an open-source project aimed at developing an intelligent tool for automated testing at the Graphical User Interface level.
At a TEDx event, Tanja shared her insights on the critical role of human testers in comprehensively evaluating the behaviors of AI-driven systems. Tanja’s extensive background adds weight to her argument.At a TEDx event, Tanja shared her insights on the critical role of human testers in comprehensively evaluating the behaviors of AI-driven systems. At a TEDx event, Tanja shared her insights on the critical role of human testers in comprehensively evaluating the behaviors of AI-driven systems. This is a pressing need in our technologically advancing world.
Watch the TEDx talk below: