Key Notes

EuroSPI² 2018 Key Notes

Petr Dolejsi
ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association
DRIVES - The Strategic EU Blueprint Project for Automotive, ACEA




Curriculum vitae: Petr Dolejsi was born in 1977 in Prague. He has graduated PhD. in Economics and Social policy at the University of Economics in Prague, following the Masters´ degree in Economics and Reginal policy. He also passed several courses and stages, including scholarhip at the Universite Cathollique du Louvain in Belgium.
He has started his career within the public services on different, leaving the Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic at the Head of Unit post to Permanent representation in Brussels in 2004. He became member of the Presidency team in 2009 chairing the Competitiveness and Growth working party of the Council. In 2010 he joined ACEA and became a Director for Mobility and Sustainable transport, with a specific focus on CO2 policy, industrial policy and alternative powertrains.




Xabier Larrucea
Tecnalia, Spain

Cyber risks and GDPR implications in an eHealth domain: a case study


Abstract:  Healthcare systems have been improved in order to provide support to cross border situations where one citizen from one country travels to another country and requires the use of their health records. Several initiatives have been carried out to tackle this problem. This is the case for the OpenNCP which is supported by the European Commission it provides a common infrastructure to connect different national Healthcare systems. This kind of systems requires not only a vulnerability based analysis of this infrastructure, but also an analysis of the recently released General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Curriculum vitae:  Xabier Larrucea (xabier.larrucea[at] is a project leader at Tecnalia with a broad experience developing different kind of projects related to software engineering. In addition, he is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Basque Country. Xabier has participated and leaded several European research projects in a wide range of software engineering topics such as cloud based systems (SOA), embedded systems, software process engineering, model-driven architecture/development/engineering and quality management. Concerning his qualifications, he obtained a computer engineering degree and a PhD in software engineering from the University of the Basque Country. He completed his qualifications with an Executive MBA (Master in Business Administration). He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP- 1269756). He is IEEE senior member, and he is part of the IEEE Software Board. Currently, he is serving as IEEE Software Constituency Ambassador for Spain and Latin America. He is editor of the IET Software Board.



Martin Neumann
Rheinmetall Automotive AG, Germany
Technology Strategy Planning and Innovation Management at Rheinmetall Automotive to Face Future Mobility Challenges

Abstract: In the coming decades, the radical transformation of mobility needs–mainly driven by the world's demographic changes, environmental influences, resource availability and regulation standards–call for fresh  ideas in the mobility sector, leading to modified or completely new vehicle architectures and mobility solutions. In order to be prepared for these changing market conditions, global tier-one suppliers to the automotive industry like Rheinmetall Automotive AG have to operate within a selection of promising and economically interesting technology fields with the target to occupy these areas in a timely manner. This key note presents Rheinmetall Automotive’s overall management approach to defining a technology strategy and to implementing it in the existing organizational environment. Their Technological Direction Development Process (TDDP) is embedded in the entire innovation process of Rheinmetall Automotive and facilitates the modern paradigm of Open Innovation. Examples from the practice will show Rheinmetall Automotive’s activities concerning technology strategy and innovation management to shape the future of mobility.

Curriculum vitae: Martin Neumann is responsible for technology foresight and innovation management within the central research and technology department of Rheinmetall Automotive AG. He has been working for the group and its subsidiaries in the fields of market research, technology strategy and innovation management since 2004. Alongside his professional career, he received his doctorate from Grenoble Alps University with a thesis about the creation of an ideation reference process model for the early phase of innovation. He has professional experience in marketing, consulting and market research, and is an ECQA Certified Innovation Manager.



 Thomas Muer
Sony Interactive Entertainment, USA
VP, Program Management (PMO)
Towards Relentless Global Improvement

Abstract: Towards Relentless Global Improvement. As more and more companies operate on a global basis with numerous distributed teams collaborating across locations, time zones, and
cultures, how can they work to continually improve while meeting the current needs of the business? In this Keynote, Thomas will discuss  SIE's Agile journey and effort to continually improve its overall  process on a global scale.

Curriculum vitae: Thomas is the head of Program Management (PMO) at Sony Interactive Entertainment (PlayStation).  He has a degree in Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has over 20 years of experience in Product Development and Program Management. He has worked primarily in the digital media and entertainment space, and  has managed both small and very large-scale, cross-functional programs with local and distributed teams, using many different frameworks and methodologies from Waterfall to Scrum to SAFe.




Hans Juergen Kugler
Principal and Chief Scientist, Kugler Maag Cie GmbH
1968-2018: 50 Years of Software Crisis. Any End in Sight?

Abstract: Various initiatives that were meant to solve the software crisis are evaluated concerning their impact on getting the crisis under control. Business orientation and partnership in the supply chain establish a base. Team orientation and BizDevOps finally solve the crisis. But are they sufficient to deal with the digital transformation?
Hans-Jürgen Kugler will analyse the problems and present concepts of future learning organisations and machine learning and artificial intelligence, that will widen the scope of human capability to manage the complexity of software engineering.

Curriculum vitae: Hans-Juergen Kugler co-founded Kugler Maag Cie in July 2004 and remains active as Chief Scientist. In 2002 – 2010 he helped setting up Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Center. Hans-Juergen Kugler was Industry Director and later became an Advisor of Lero. He was Adjunct Professor at the University of Limerick 2005-2008. In the last century he was Technical Director of ESI, the European Software Institute (1994 – 1997). Todays ISCN and EuroSPI conference series can trace their origin to support that Hans-Jürgen Kugler gave to Dr Messnarz in 1993 – 1994.