Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is a group of experts in the field and issues addressed by the RISCOSS project. They are also potential users of the RISCOSS platform. Experts come from a variety of backgrounds: academia, industry, public administration, open source community. We are pleased to have such a diversity of profiles, their collective feedback and guidance will help steer RISCOSS in the right direction. 

Board Composition

IndustryAlessandra BagnatoSofteamFrance
Public sectorRainer Litz ULA Competence CenterFinland
IndustryWolfgang Mauerer SiemensGermany
AcademyWalt ScacchiUniversity of CaliforniaUSA
AcademyIoannis StamelosUniversity of ThessalonikiGreece
CommunitySander van der WaalOpen Knowledge FoundationUK
AcademyTony Wasserman Carnegie Mellon UniversityUSA

Alessandra Bagnato

Research Scientist and Project Manager at SOFTEAM R&D Department. Actively involved in fostering R&D in Europe and in the Open Source promotion and adoption by the industry. Currently she is involved in the FP7 project OSSMETER (Automated Measurement and Analysis of Open Source Software) funded by European Commission for the improvement of the state-of-the-art in the field of automated analysis and measurement of open-source software.


Rainer Litz

Rainer was a Project Manager at Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, R&D Department for many year. His main interest was in commercializing Open Source Software in Scandinavian IT companies - Now he's working on different kind of projects,  still actively developing Open Source tools.


Wolfgang Mauerer

Wolfgang Mauerer is a senior key expert at Siemens Corporate Research, where he deals with establishing Open Source Software in innovative and demanding areas, among them large scale industrial automation, healthcare, and building automation. Additionally, he's responsible for Software Intelligence research, where he tries to understand various technical and social aspects of software development using quantitative statistical methods. He has published numerous widely translated books and articles, holds a  PhD in theoretical physics from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, and is a professor of theoretical computer science at the technical university of applied science Regensburg.


Walt Scacchi

Walt Scacchi is senior research scientist and research faculty member in the Institute for Software Research, and also Director of Research at the Center for Computer Games and Virtual Worlds, both at University of California, Irvine. He received a Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science at UC Irvine in 1981. From 1981-1998, he was a professor at the University of Southern California. Dr. Scacchi returned to UC Irvine in 1999. His research interests include open source software development, computer game culture and technology, virtual worlds for modeling and simulating complex engineering and business processes, and software acquisition. Dr. Scacchi is an active researcher with more than 150 research publications, and has directed more than 60 externally funded research projects. He also has had numerous consulting and visiting scientist positions with more than 25 firms or institutes, including five start-up ventures. He served as Co-Chair for Software Engineering in Practice at the 2011 International Conference on Software Engineering, General Co-Chair for the 8th. Intern. Conference on Open Source Systems in 2012, Co-Chair of the 3rd. Games and Software Engineering Workshop at the 2013 Intern. Conf. On Software Engineering, and ICS Distinguished Alumnus of 2012. His recent activities and research publications can be found at:


Ioannis Stamelos

Dr. Ioannis Stamelos is an Associate Professor at the Department of Informatics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he carries out research and teaching in the area of software engineering and information systems. He holds a diploma of Electrical Engineering (1983) and a PhD in Computer Science by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1988). His current research interests focus on open source software engineering, information systems engineering, software project management and software education. He has published approx. 150 articles in international journals and conferences. He is/was the scientific coordinator or principal investigator for his University in over 20 research and development projects in Information & Communication Technologies with funding from national and international organizations. Refer to for his publication record.


Sander van der Waal

Projects Director at Open Knowledge Foundation, Sander studied in Amsterdam where he obtained an MSc in Computer Science and a BA in Philosophy. He combines this academic background with substantial experience as a Java Software Engineer working at private software companies in the Netherlands.


Tony Wasserman

Anthony I. (Tony) Wasserman is a Professor of Software Management Practice and the Executive Director of the Center for Open Source Investigation at CMU-SV. He also serves as a Director of the Open Source Initiative.
Previously, Tony was Vice President of Bluestone Software (subsequently Director of Mobile Middleware Labs for Hewlett-Packard’s Middleware Division), where he led the creation of the award-winning Total-e-Mobile toolkit and managed a development team working on software infrastructure for mobile web services. Before and after these positions, he held executive positions for various startup companies, and he has continued to advise startups. More information: