Rik Marselis

SOGETI (Netherlands)
TRACK 8: Advanced Testing Techniques 19 de Octubre – 12:00-12:45


Testing intelligent machines: approaches & techniques

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics enter our lives at an incredible pace. The IT profession, and testing in particular, will have to adapt very rapidly to testing these intelligent machines.
Think of chatbots and personal assistants like Siri and Alexa, but also of physical machines such as exoskeletons and autonomous cars.
Testers used to predict expected outputs. But with intelligent machines the correct output of today may be different from the correct output of tomorrow, because the machine learns from previous experiences.
This calls for new approaches & techniques.
In this presentation I will share the results from our latest research and development, of new approaches and techniques (some of which are so new they even haven’t been proven in real projects but do exist in the conceptual stage) to test intelligent machines.
The basis for this presentation are our “six angles to quality for intelligent machines” where not only the intelligence but also the business impact and impact on society are tested.
Examples of the techniques that I’ll present are well-known techniques like A/B-testing and Syntactic testing but also new approaches such as applying tolerances and controlling the inputs of the intelligent machine.

Rik is a testing expert from the Netherlands. His career started in 1980 when he learned that a Cobol program isn’t finished until there’s a testset with it. Today Rik is a well-appreciated presenter, trainer, author, consultant and coach in the world of testing. Rik’s presentations are always appreciated for their liveliness, his ability to keep the talks serious but light, and his use of practical examples with humorous comparisons.
Rik is an accredited trainer for ISTQB, TMap- and TPI- certification training courses, but also he has created and delivered many bespoke workshops and training courses. For example on Agile and DevOps testing.
Rik is a fellow of Sogeti’s R&D network SogetiLabs. The R&D activities result in white-papers, articles and blogs about IT in general and testing in particular. Also, his publications are often presented through the Capgemini ExpertConnect channel.
Apart from his work as a management consultant at technology leader Sogeti, he volunteers as the chairman of TestNet (with 1900 members, this is probably the largest independent non-profit association of testers in the world) and as a workgroup-member (and former board-member) of ISTQB.
Rik has published many articles, blogs and papers on testing. He contributed as an author or projectleader to the following books: TestGrip (2007), TMap NEXT BDTM (2008), TPI NEXT (2009), PointZERO (2012), Quality Supervision (2012), Neil’s Quest for Quality (2014). On top of this he made smaller contributions to 12 other books.
In 2018 the new book “Testing in the digital age; AI makes the difference”, of which Rik is one of the three authors was published.