Dr. Xabier Larrucea holds a Ph.D, PMP, Executive MBA, and a computer engineering degree. He is a senior project leader and research scientist at Tecnalia and a part‐time lecturer at the University of the Basque Country. His research focuses on areas such as safety‐critical software systems, software quality assurance, software process improvement, empirical software engineering, metamodeling and technology strategy. Over the last decade, he has managed several European research projects related to information and communications technology. In fact he was European project manager of the Opencoss project related to safety critical software. He is now committer of the Opencert project which is an Eclipse Polarsys project (https://www.polarsys.org/proposals/opencert ). He has published several papers on these topics. He has also provided consultancy activities related to software engineering. He contributed to the Scientific & Technological Strategic Plans in Colombia in 2013 and to several Object Management Group standardizatio initiatives, such as SPEM 2.0 and UPMS. Currently he is part of the IEEE Software Board member as constituency ambassador for Spain and Latín America.