Speakers’ Spotlight: Liran Barokas
Meet Liran, coming from Applitools, working as Software Engineer in Customer Success. Highlighted as a Q4Q 2018 speaker, Liran will present his topic about what kind of help current AI techniques can bring to automated testing.
Who is Liran Barokas?
I have master’s degree in industrial engineering, with a major in statistics, from the University of Ben Gurion in Israel. For the past 2 years, I have been working as a Sr. Software Engineer in Customer Success at Applitools, the world’s leading AI-powered visual testing and monitoring solutions. In the little spare time that I have (startup life…), I enjoy playing hand-ball (which I played competitively for 4 years while in university), and I love catching a movie or a play with my girlfriend. I live in Tel-Aviv, and I enjoy travelling abroad; over the past few years I have visited England, Netherlands, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Greece, Poland, United States, India, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Chile – just to name a few.
2. What is your personal definition of QA and testing in the light of today’s?
For me, QA/ tester’s responsibility is more than finding bugs. It’s a mission to deliver quality and ensure quality – by taking ownership on quality-related processes within the organisation. It is a central role that can bring immense value especially when it’s allowed to take its place as an integral part of the dev-release pipeline, with oversight on tools and procedures that are put in place to ensure flawless end-user experience across all engagement points with the company’s customers.
3. Where do you see yourself in the coming years? What are your career aspirations?
Without giving too much away, I can say that I am planning on becoming increasingly involved in contributing to testing conferences around the world, by being a guest speaker as well as by leading workshops that aim to improve the skills and practical knowledge of young and upcoming test engineers.
4. What will you be talking about at Quest for Quality?
Autonomous cars were a Scifi dream not 10 years ago. A computer driving a car? No way. But it did happen, and is happening. And if scientists do it for a complicated task such as driving, can they do it for automated regression testing? In this talk we explore what is being done in the field today, but also speculate about the future: we introduce the 6 levels of autonomous testing (that correspond to the 5 levels of autonomous driving), and try and figure out what kind of help current AI techniques can bring to automated testing.
5. What inspired you to attend?
Ireland is a hub of European technology, all the biggest companies in the world have set up shop in Ireland. This conference is a wonderful opportunity to meet and engage with fellow test engineers and software developers from across Europe that works for cutting-edge global tech companies.
6. How can people find out more about what you are working on?
You can learn about Applitools and automated visual testing on our website, Applitools.com, and applitools.com/blog
7. Anything else you would like to add?
I look forward to meeting and speaking with test engineers and quality experts. My
team and I will be on-site for the entire conference in our dedicated booth (Applitools). Please come by to say hi, and grab some “visually perfect” swag.