The panel of judges for this competition comprises an international group of embedded systems experts, each with decades of experience in the software industry.
Dr. Patrick Rogers has been a computing professional since 1975, primarily working on microprocessor-based real-time applications. He began working with Ada in 1980 and was director of the Ada9X Laboratory for the U.S. Air Force’s Joint Advanced Strike Technology Program, was Principle Investigator in distributed systems and fault tolerance research projects using Ada for the U.S. Air Force and Army, and Associate Director for Research at the NASA Software Engineering Research Center. He is currently Convenor of SC 22/WG 9, the ISO working group responsible for the Ada language standard. As a member of the Senior Technical Staff at AdaCore he is a developer of bare-board products and teaches courses on Ada, real-time systems, and SPARK.
Jack Ganssle has written over 1000 articles and six books about embedded systems, as well as one about his sailing fiascos. He started developing embedded systems in the early 70s using the 8008. He’s started and sold three electronics companies, including one of the bigger embedded tool businesses. Jack now gives seminars to companies world-wide about better ways to develop embedded systems.
After receiving a MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Jonas started working as a software developer within the automotive industry, mainly focusing on the control of electric and hybrid powertrains. Since 2017, he has been designing software for radar systems at Saab. His main interests include software for control and signal processing applications.
Richard Nass’ key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities, including the IoT Design web site. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Nass helped OSM launch its highly acclaimed live events, including Industrial IoT University and MEDSec. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
After graduating from the Institut Supérieur d'Electronique de Paris (ISEP) in 1990, Stéphane joined Chorus Systèmes to work on real-time embedded systems. Since 2011, he has worked on the architecture and development on Bouygues Telecom gateways. Since 2000, Stéphane has also remained active in the Open Source community where he participated to the gcc, gdb and binutils development on the 68HC11 toolchain. Since 2009, he has created several Ada Open Source projects showcasing his Java J2EE expertise in the Ada community. His interests include systems architecture, software design, performance and... coding.