Linux Kernel Software Engineer
Alessandro is a software developer with a decade-long career.
Starting as a Network Engineer, he delivered network services to major Italian telcos. Later, he transitioned to VoIP, firmware engineering, and Linux Kernel roles, with a focus on security and automotive applications. His expertise spans C programming, Linux Kernel internals, and low-level machine language, contributing to the Linux Kernel and various upstream projects. His interest in safety matured after joining the Red Hat Automotive group, where he continues to work in safety related tech roles
Lead Safety & Reliability Architect, Arm
Christopher Temple is Lead Safety & Reliability Architect at Arm, where he develops the safety and reliability technology roadmap, and drives thought leadership in next generation cost effective safety systems. He holds a diploma in electrical engineering and control theory, and a PhD in computer science.
Prior to joining Arm he worked in strategy & innovation management roles at Freescale Semiconductor, Infineon Technologies and Intel in the field of advanced automotive technology with a focus on distributed ultra-dependable systems. He has more than 50 publications and conference contributions, and has been the main innovator on more than a dozen patents. He has been an active member in the German subcommittee of the ISO 26262 functional safety standard since 2011.
Linux Features for Safety-Critical Systems WG Chair
System Safety Architect, Mobileye
Elana Copperman, PhD is a System Safety Architect at Mobileye (part of Intel).
She provides support for designing safety features in Mobileye products, including system boot; drivers; and Linux infrastructure. Before working at Mobileye, she worked as a Security Architect for Cisco-Il (formerly NDS) and more recently as a security consultant for major European automotive concerns on behalf of various Israeli startups. Her research interests focus on software engineering methodologies and security engineering.
Safety Architecture WG Chair
Sr PE | Open Source Community Technical Leader, Red Hat
Gabriele Paoloni is an Open Source Community Technical Leader at Red Hat where he defines best methodologies and requirements to qualify Linux for functional safety usage.
He is a passionate technologist and has strong experience in both functional safety and Linux Kernel development, including previous roles leading FuSa software architecture for Intel platforms, CCIX vice chairman of the TDL working group and HiSilicon PCIe Linux maintainer.
Gabriele received a master’s degree with honors in electronic engineering from the University of Rome.
Principal Engineer for Robotics and Control Systems Consumer Technology, UL LLC
Jason Smith is currently the Principal Engineer for Robots and Control Systems in Consumer Technology at UL LLC, based in Northbrook, IL, and has been at UL for 16 years, at which time Jason also served as UL’s Principal Engineer for Functional Safety. Jason has extensive working knowledge and experience in US, Canadian, and International Functional Safety standards such as UL 991, UL 1998, IEC/UL 60730-1, IEC 61508, ISO 13849, as well as standards for safety analyses, hazard analysis, and risk assessment in ISO 12100, IEC 60812, and Systems Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA). In addition, Jason has worked with robotic safety standards such as UL 1740, UL 3100, UL 3300, ISO 10218, ISO 13482, and autonomous systems standard UL 4600. He is presently a member of IEC Technical Committees TC44, TC65, and TC116 Functional Safety ad hoc group, ISO/TC 299, IECEE CMC WG32, CSA C22.2 No. 340 for Battery Management Systems, and Enabling Linux in Safety Applications (ELISA).
Jason holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northern Illinois University, and has over 20 years of experience working with software, embedded control systems, and Functional Safety. When Jason isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, traveling, playing bass guitar in a rock & roll band, and golfing.
Medical Devices WG Chair
VP, Dependable Embedded Systems,The Linux Foundation
Kate Stewart is the VP, Dependable Embedded Systems at The Linux Foundation.
She is responsible for the Open Source Compliance and Safety Certification related programs. She is acting representative from the medical devices working group to the TSC. Since joining The Linux Foundation, she has launched Real-Time Linux, Zephyr Project, CHAOSS, ELISA and ACT programs.
With almost 30 years of experience in the software industry, she has held a variety of roles and worked as a developer in Canada, Australia, and the US and for the last 20 years has managed software development teams in the US, Canada, UK, India, and China. She received her Master’s in computer science from University of Waterloo and Bachelor’s of computer science (co-op program) from the University of Manitoba.
Lukas Bulwahn received a diploma in computer science and a PhD in formal methods from Technische Universität München. From 2012 to 2021, he worked at BMW on research and development of an open-source software platform for autonomous driving systems.
One part of this research has been the development of Adaptive AUTOSAR, a standard to develop future software in C++ on top of POSIX operating systems. As another part of this research, he considers if Linux is sufficient for use as operating system for autonomous driving, which ultimately led to his participation in the OSADL SIL2LinuxMP project and Linux Foundation ELISA project, where this question is answered in an industrial collaboration.
He has presented his work at various industrial and open-source conferences, including FOSDEM, ELCE ‘17 & ‘18, Open-Source Summit Japan 2017, safe.tech 2018, Verification Futures 2018, Functional Safety 2019 and many more. He is active in collaboration with academia, in the program committee of Formal Verification of Autonomous Vehicles Workshop, Empirical Formal Methods Workshop and Industry Program Committee International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering 2019, and on the scientific board of Operational Safe Systems 2019.
Open-Source Engineering Process WG Chair
Paul Albertella is a consultant at Codethink.
With more than 30 years development experience in the automotive, mobile device and financial sectors, Paul is passionate about software engineering processes and the role that open source software and open communities are playing in their evolution.
He is a certified functional safety practitioner and has been involved in ELISA since the start of the project.
TSC Chair and Systems and Automotive WG Chair
Technical Business Development Manager, Robert Bosch GmbH
Philipp Ahmann is a technical business development manager at Robert Bosch GmbH with focus on Open Source activities. He represents the ELISA project of the Linux Foundation as an ambassador and TSC member.
He has more than 10 years of experience in the field of Linux automotive SW base platforms working as engineer, team leader for all test activities and as project manager. All of these projects utilized complex multi-core chipsets.
In his current position he contributes to a project focusing on embedded Linux in industrial applications and wider IoT scope beyond pure Automotive use cases.
Linux Kernel Fellow, The Linux Foundation
Shuah Khan is a Linux Kernel Fellow at The Linux Foundation.
She is an experienced Linux Kernel developer, maintainer, and contributor. She maintains Kernel Selftest framework, USB over IP driver, and cpupower. She is an active contributor to the Linux media subsystem. She has contributed to IOMMU, and DMA areas.
Shuah is passionate about mentoring and helping new developers. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise in her blogs, talks, and articles. She leads the Linux Mentorship programs at the Linux Foundation to help add new and diverse talent into the Linux kernel and other open source communities to benefit the Linux and open source ecosystem. She serves on the Linux kernel Code of Conduct committee. In addition, she serves as the ELISA TSC Chair focusing on connecting ELISA Safety community with the Linux kernel community and overseeing ELISA technical direction.
She authored A Beginner’s Guide to Linux Kernel Development (LFD103) <https://training.linuxfoundation.org/training/a-beginners-guide-to-linux-kernel-development-lfd103/> a free training from the Linux Foundation.
In addition, she is helping with stable release kernel testing. She publishes blogs on Linux Kernel topics on her blog site at http://www.gonehiking.org/ShuahLinuxBlogs/. She has presented at several Linux conferences and Linux Kernel Developer Keynote Panels. She served on the Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board. She authored Linux Kernel Testing and Debugging paper published on the Linux Journal and wrote several Linux Journal kernel news articles.
Steven H. VanderLeest
Aerospace WG Chair
Software Technical Lead, The Boeing Company
Steven H. VanderLeest (PhD in computer engineering, University of Illinois) is a Software Technical Lead at The Boeing Company and an app developer at squishLogic LLC (a company he founded). Previously, he was Principal Engineer for Multicore Solutions at Rapita Systems, the Chief Operating Officer at a small engineering services company, and a professor of engineering at Calvin University. He was also the first president of the Christian Engineering Society.
A senior member of the IEEE, he has published on avionics safety and security in the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, the IEEE/AIAA Digital Avionics Systems Conference, and SAE Aerotech. He has served as principal investigator for Small Business Innovation Research contracts with the US Navy, Army, and DARPA. He co-authored a paper for the 2021 Digital Avionics Systems Conference that won the Best of Conference award. Dr. VanderLeest currently chairs the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Enterprise Architecture Airworthiness subcommittee.
Kernel Engineer, Codethink
Sudip is a Kernel Engineer at Codethink.
Sudip has a B.Sc degree and also hold a Diploma in Electronics Engineering. He has been a mainline kernel contributor since 2014. Sudip is also a Debian Developer and has worked in multiple automotive projects for Codethink’s clients.