Tanja Vos

professor software engineering

We all need to become critical testers

Software doesn’t always work well, which is often due to insufficient testing. Studies by Tanja Vos showed that we are teaching the testing using a paradigm based on rationalism. The problem with rationalism in testing is that information we get about the expected workings of a system are often wrong. Tanja pleads that we SHIFT towards a paradigm based on empiricism when testing. And, as the systems we use today, which are increasingly being used to make judgements about humans, are based on AI we need critical human testers to critically assess the behaviours of these systems.

Tanja Vos is professor Software Engineering at Open Universiteit in The Netherlands and an associate professor at Universitat Politècnica de València in Spain. She has dedicated her career to advancing the field of software testing through her extensive research and more than 25 years of teaching experience.