Testing Intelligent Machines

Smart software. It’s everywhere. In Artificial Intelligence. In Robotics. It’s changing the way we work, manufacture, communicate, entertain ourselves, manage our health, money, fitness, and more. Smart software is embedded in so much of what we do and use in today’s digital world. But I believe that this presents us with a real problem in terms of quality. Why? Because the actions and responses of intelligent machines will differ over time and thus are less predictable than traditional IT-systems. And also, because the manually intensive way we’ve developed, tested and delivered software up until now, is no longer enough to meet the escalating demand for new and innovative applications, in every walk of life.

Have you ever tested an intelligent machine before? In this workshop you will experience through discussion, quizzes and hands-on testing what is new about testing artificial intelligence and robotics. You will experience what is different when you test a physical robot. And you’ll also test an intelligent agent.
In todays digital age exploration is more important than ever. But it has to have a structured foundation. Therefore we’ll use paired, timeboxed, session-based exploratory testing with charters, logs and debriefing.

In this tutorial we’ll use approaches, techniques and building blocks as described in our new book “Testing in the digital age; AI makes the difference”.

  • Speaker


    Rik Marselis - Management Consultant, Sogeti, Netherlands

    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 a fellow of Sogeti’s R&D network SogetiLabs. Since 2016 his focus is on Testing OF AI&Robotics and Testing WITH AI&Robotics.

    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.