GTAC 2013: Speaker Profiles

Adam Momtaz

Adam Momtaz is a Software Engineer in Test in Android test engineering at Google. He's currently working on various test automation tools including the Android UiAutomator. Prior to joining Google, Adam worked at Simplify Media where he developed custom tools for automating a complex test matrix made up of various platform types, music players and streaming audio formats. Prior to Simplify Media Adam worked 5 years at Siebel Systems and 9 at Octel/Lucent Technologies where he developed custom test automation tools for business and telephony applications.

Anthony F. Voellm (aka Tony)

Anthony F. Voellm currently manages the Google cloud security, performance and test team. He has a wide range of experience ranging from kernel and Database engines to image processing and graphics. Anthony is an avid inventor who holds seven technology patents. In his current role, he is focused on delivering performance, reliability and security to existing products like Google Compute Engine, Google App Engine, Google Cloud SQL and Google Cloud BigQuery while also innovating new offerings. Prior to joining Google in 2011, Anthony held multiple roles at Microsoft leading the Microsoft Windows reliability, security and privacy test team working on Windows8; Microsoft Hyper-V Performance Team; and SQL Server Performance team. He has also been a developer and tester on the Windows Filesystem, SQL Server Engine and SGI IRIX networking teams. Anthony has taught performance testing to more than 2,000 people worldwide and given dozens of informative talks on software fundamentals and the cloud. He keeps a personal technology blog on software fundamentals at Anthony holds a master of science degree from George Washington University, and bachelor's degrees in physics, computer science and mathematics from the University of Vermont.

Ari Shamash

Based in New York, Ari Shamash is part of the Test Engineering group at Google, focused on building developer productivity and quality automation tools for Ads, where he passionately works on improving product quality through better, faster, more complete, and more automated testing. Prior to joining Google in 2010, Ari spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems, in the Java, Utility Computing / Cloud, and Developer Tools arenas. Prior to Sun, Ari was involved in a couple of startups in the NYC area. Ari was granted an undergraduate and graduate degree in Computer Science from Columbia University, with a focus on User Interface Design for Mobile Computers.

Brendan Dhein

Brendan Dhein is a Software Engineer in Test working on Google Local. He currently works on testing infrastructure and tooling for local data, particularly small and medium business information. Prior to this, Brendan built data testing infrastructure for Google Maps and Google’s geographic data repositories. Prior to Google, Brendan was a Software Engineer at a small computational fluid dynamics firm. Brendan earned a MS in Computer Science from the University of Washington and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida.

Celal Ziftci

Celal Ziftci is a PhD student at the University of California, San Diego. He will join Google after he completes his PhD in Summer 2013. He was an intern at Google during Summer 2012. His talk is based on his intern project, which is now promoted to a production system in Google.

Claudio Criscione

Claudio Criscione is a security test engineer at Google. Before joining the company in 2011, Claudio was a penetration tester for most of his career, assessing the security of large infrastructures as well as holding roles in webapp security and virtualization security. He has authored a number of tools, including attack tools, and prides himself of being vaporware-free whenever possible.

David Burns

David is a Technical Lead with in Mozilla and Co-Editor on the W3C WebDriver Specification. He is a core committer on the Selenium project. He has written 2 books on Selenium.

David Röthlisberger

David Röthlisberger is co-creator of stb-tester, and heads the UI test automation initiative at YouView (a joint venture by the BBC and other major UK broadcasters and ISPs). He likes simple code, plain-text formats, good documentation, and computer-checkable specifications.

Eduardo Bravo

Born and raised in Mexico City, Eduardo moved to the USA right after college and started working at Google as a contractor before becoming a full-timer. He got involved in mobile testing as part of his first job, and he never looked back. He is an avid fan of anything related to mobile and the way it is transforming how we interact with the world. In his off days he enjoys a good beer and watching a good soccer match.

Guang Zhu (朱光)

Guang Zhu is a Software Engineer in Test on Android test engineering at Google. He works on UI Automation and stability/performance testing.

Igor Dorovskikh

Igor is a test automation lead working on Expedia’s Mobile team. He is the key driver behind Expedia’s mobile automation framework and tests built using open source tools. Before Expedia, Igor worked as an automation lead at Barnes and Noble where he built automated solutions for their flagship Nook application and web products. Igor is passionate about test automation, mobile innovations, continuous delivery and loves working in a fast paced Agile environment. Outside of work, Igor is a boxing coach and a travel enthusiast.

James Waldrop

James has been building large scale internet applications for 20 years, although the definition of "large scale" has changed significantly over that period. He wrote and open sourced the Iago load testing library as a result of his experience doing performance engineering at several companies including and Twitter. Most recently he has been suckered into managing several engineering teams at Twitter responsible for developer productivity in the areas of Build, Test Frameworks and Developer Analytics. When not at the office he has two baby daughters that tend to absorb his free time. In the unlikely event that some of that time escapes their notice, he can be usually be found kayaking on or around the San Francisco Bay.

Jonathan Lipps

Jonathan Lipps has been making things out of code as long as he can remember. He currently works as a Senior Software Developer for Sauce Labs, which enables him to write code for various open-source projects, like Appium (for which he's the architect and lead contributor). Jonathan has worked as a programmer in the startup world on and off for over a decade, but is also passionate about academic discussion. Jonathan has master's degrees in philosophy and linguistics, from Stanford and Oxford respectively. Living in San Francisco, he's an avid homebrewer, rock climber, and writer on topics he considers vital, like the relationship of technology to what it means to be human.

Katerina Goseva-Popstojanova

Katerina Goseva-Popstojanova is a Robert C. Byrd Associate Professor in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Her research interests are in assessment and prediction of reliability and performance of software and computer systems, cybersecurity, and information assurance. She received the NSF CAREER Award in 2005. She has served on organizing and program committees of numerous international conferences and workshops.

Kaustubh Gawande

Kaustubh is a Director of QA at Expedia and is responsible for QA efforts of Mobile, Social and Java Platform workstreams. He has been at Expedia for almost 9 years and feels fortunate to be one of the first few test automation hires at Expedia in 2004. Kaustubh is passionate about building highly scalable software systems and using Agile to ship software iteratively in a fast paced ecommerce environment. Outside of work, Kaustubh loves traveling and spending time with family.

Ken Kania

After graduating from Virginia Tech, Ken moved to California and started working as a SET (Software Engineer in Test) at Google. He's spent nearly 4 years working on various projects related to Chrome infrastructure/testing. For the past two years he's led development of WebDriver for Chrome and is excited to enable others to test their code on his favorite browser! He enjoys amateur game development, reading, singing, and any sport that requires physical stamina but little skill.

Kostya Serebryany

Konstantin Serebryany is a Software Engineer at Google. His team develops and deploys dynamic testing tools, such as AddressSanitizer and ThreadSanitizer. Prior to joining Google in 2007, Konstantin spent 4 years at Elbrus/MCST working for Sun compiler lab and then 3 years at Intel Compiler Lab. Konstantin holds a PhD from and a Masters from

Malini Das

Malini is an automation and tools engineer at Mozilla, working out of Toronto, Canada. Since the beginning of the FirefoxOS project, she's been working on developing test frameworks and automation for the emerging mobile OS.

Mark Ethan Trostler

Mark Ethan Trostler has been writing and testing code for more than 20 years at startups (IPivot) and large corporations (Qualcomm, Intel, Redback Networks, Juniper Networks, Yahoo, and currently Google). Previously, as a Senior Principal Front End Engineer on the Yahoo! Mail team, he helped spearhead testing and quality for the latest rewrite of Yahoo! Mail. He's currently employed by Google as a Software Engineer in Test with the Ads team helping to ensure an excellent experience for their customers. He's spoken at several internal and external conferences (Yahoo TechPulse 2010 and 2011, Yahoo's Front End Summit, and at YUIConf 2011) about Testable Javascript and is the author of the Open Source Javascript Unit Test Environment.

Michael Klepikov

Michael Klepikov is a Software Engineer at Google, working on tools for automated web performance and latency testing, such as, as part of Google's Make The Web Faster initiative. Prior to Google, he worked at PTC on large scale enterprise design data management solutions. His MS in CS is from Moscow State University. He enjoys travel, skiing, climbing, and old black and white movies.

Minal Mishra

Minal Mishra is a Test Engineering Manager at Netflix. Currently he leads a team that focuses on the development of test automation for Netflix's client experience on several key platforms including Xbox, Windows 8, and Silverlight and the HTML5 based web players. In the past, he has worked with Xbox Live and Zune teams at Microsoft.

Patrik Höglund

Patrik Höglund has been with Google and the WebRTC project for about 1 1/2 years. Before joining Google he worked in the telecom sector. He has worked at some big software projects at Ericsson and others. He is a guy who cares about code quality and craftmanship which is why he likes his role as SET where he tries to make sure WebRTC is shipped at the highest standard possible.

Simon Stewart

Working as a Software Engineer at Facebook in London, Simon focuses on developer productivity, particularly on mobile. He leads the Selenium project, co-edits the W3C WebDriver spec and created WebDriver. His career includes time spent at ThoughtWorks as an consultant specializing in Agile development (where he first really got into testing), Google (where he lead the Browser Infrastructure team) and being a radio broadcast engineer (a job he was singularly unqualified to do) He still loves to code.

Stefan Ramsauer

Stefan Ramsauer is a Software Engineer in Test at Google in San Francisco. He holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Hagen and in Electrical Engineering from Regensburg University of Applied Sciences. Prior to joining Google, Stefan spent over 10 years working in the automation and embedded systems industries as a Software Engineer.

Tao Xie

Tao Xie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Washington in 2005. His research interests are in software engineering, focusing on software testing, program analysis, and software analytics. He is an ACM Distinguished Speaker and an IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor. He received a 2009 NSF CAREER Award, a 2011 Microsoft Research Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF) Award, 2008-2010 IBM Faculty Awards, and a 2008 IBM Jazz Innovation Award.

Thomas Knych

Thomas Knych is a Staff Software Engineer in Test at Google. He is the tech lead for Android@Google, an ambitious effort to bring state-of-the-art testing at Google scale to all Android Developers. Thomas’s wide variety of interests include Continuous Integration Testing, Hermetic Servers, Virtualization and Emulator Infrastructure. Prior to joining Google, Thomas spent 5 years in New York City working as a Software Architect at Citigroup Global.

Valera Zakharov

Valera is passionate about helping engineers enjoy testing their own code. Having joined Google in 2011, he helped the Google Wallet Android engineering team move from zero automated test coverage to having hundreds of tests verifying every code submission. Today, Valera is working on making state-of-the-art test infrastructure available to all Android application developers at Google and beyond. He is fond of watching UI tests execute in parallel on multiple emulated devices - there's something mesmerizing about the screens being manipulated without human input.

Vivek Ramavajjala

Vivek finished his undergraduate in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi, after which he joined Opera Solutions. At Opera, he worked on big data analytics and recommendation engines for 2 years, and left to pursue his Masters' in Computer Science at UC San Diego. He joined Google after completing his Masters' in 2012.

Vojta Jína

Vojta is a big fan of open source and Test Driven Development. Originally from the Czech Republic, Vojta lives in California and works at Google, Mountain View. His goal is to make the development of web apps and testing more fun. Karma is a result of this effort. When not hacking on Karma, Vojta is a core contributor to the AngularJS project and a trumpet player.

Yvette Nameth

Yvette Nameth is a Test Engineer in the Google Seattle office working on Google Maps. She specifically works on testing the process and quality map tile rendering and styling. Since joining Google in 2007, Yvette has also contributed to AdWords, internal testing tools, and Google for Education. Prior to Google, Yvette was a Software Engineer at Amazon and a Computer Science teacher at an all-girls high school. She’s a graduate of Dartmouth College with a BA in Computer Science.