External Advisory Board (EAB)

External Advisory Board

The External Advisory Board (EAB) consists of relevant and influential persons from the aerospace/avionics, railway, and automotive domains, including also persons from regulatory authorities in these domains. Its members are international experts from regulatory companies, standardization committees, and open source initiatives. They have agreed to give OPENCOSS meaningful help on a regular basis in many different areas, including safety critical certification regulations, technological development, European policies, and outreach. EAB advises the OPENCOSS technical coordinator in its strategic technical decision-making process and the standardization & community building activities. It promotes the framework towards certification authorities and other important players in the certification domain.

The Advisory Board Coordinator (ABC) coordinating the EAB activities is Laurent de la Beaujardière, having taken over from Fabien Belmonte.

The EAB members are:

List of EAB Members


Contact Person(s)


EADS/Eurocopter, France

Ronald Blanrue & Louis Fabre

Helicopter Manufacturer

ERA, Europe

Christopher Carr

Railway Regulatory Agency

Eclipse, Europe

Ralph Muller

Open Source Ecosystem

EADS/IW, UK & Germany

Andreas Keis

Aerospace Manufacturer

Flanders Drive, Belgium

Bert Dexter

Consulting on Automotive Dom.

SafeTrans, Germany

Jurgen Niehaus

Cluster on Safety Critical S. Transport

CAF, Spain

Eluska Sukia, Head of signaling

Railway manufacturer


Michael Holloway


Verocel, USA

George Romanski

Aerospace consulting

AIST, Japan

Kenji Taguchi


BAE Systems, UK

Jane Fenn

Avionics manufacturer

Airbus, France

Herve Delseny

Aviation Manuf.

Thalès Railway, Austria

Christoph Scherrer

Railway manufacturer

TÜV Rheinland, Germany

Jens Wolff

Assessment & Certification (Railway)

Deutsche Bahn (DB-Netz), Germany

Klaus-Rüdiger Hase

Railway Operator & Infrastructure Manager

RFI - Italian Railway Network, Italy

Attilio Ciancabilla

Railway Infrastructure Manager

Ricardo, UK

Antonio Priore

Multi-industry consultancy for engineering, technology, project innovation and strategy

Volvo, Sweden

Cecilia Ekelin

Car manufacturer

Renault, France

Javier Ibanez-Guzman

Car manufacturer


The EAB tasks

The main task of the EAB members is to provide strategic guidance and support to the OPENCOSS consortium to ensure that the results meet the project’s objectives. The responsibilities and duties of the EAB members shall be the following:

  • Reviewing the project outcomes and identification of its strong/weak points with respect to the objectives of the project and the application of its results.
  • Commenting on the consortium’ skills and the relevance of their proposals and actions.
  • Linking the consortium to other international research efforts.
  • Promoting the exposure of OPENCOSS activities to industry.

To achieve the above tasks, the EAB undertakes the following activities:

  • Attending the EAB meetings, planned once a year, to give feedback on the results achieved in the previous year, to establish plans for the coming 12-months and other issues where feedback is needed;
  • Providing feedback about and linking OPENCOSS to international research, reports, conferences, etc. on the initiative of the EAB-member;
  • Providing ad-hoc feedback when requested by the project leader (Huascar Espinoza, TECNALIA), by the workpackage leader (Daniela Cancila, Atego) and the technical coordinator (Tim Kelly, University of York) on various issues.


EAB Workshops

Meetings dedicated to the EAB communication are held in order to present to the EAB members the progress of work of the OPENCOSS project.

Thus far, there have been two:

  • September 2013
  • September 2014: Intermediate Module Prootypes

One more is planned:

  • April 2015: Validation and Benchmarking

EAB Meeting at SafeComp 2014

The latestSeptember 2014 EAB Meeting was held at Safecomp 2014, which was jointly organized by two OPENCOSS partners.

EAB Meeting at SafeComp 2013

The previous EAB Workshop was on 23rd – 24th September 2013, one day before the SafeComp 2013 conference, in Toulouse.

Here, the project received important input from the EAB. Topics on the agenda were:

  • Expectations from Industry (Automotive, Avionics, Railway)
  • Community building
  • Level and nature of safety certification reuse (cross domain, cross country, artifact classification)
  • Need for tool support

Here you can find the program of this meeting.