Panel Discussion: State of AI as it relates to software testing and quality assurance

Panel Moderator

Ram Shanmugam

Co-founder and CEO, AutonomIQ-now acquired by Sauce Labs

Ram Shanmugam currently leads the AI-driven test automation products at Sauce Labs, Previously he was the founder and CEO of AutonomIQ, which was acquired by Sauce Labs. He has over two decades of product and engineering experience at several large technology leaders as well as technology startups.


Viepul Kocher

President of Indian Testing Board (ISTQB), Soul of (tAI) & CEO, Verity Software

An Ex-Adobe engineer and IIT alumnus with a 25-year experience in Software Development and Testing industry. Mentor, entrepreneur (Founder of Verity Software and SALT) and leader (President of the Indian Testing – ISTQB Board), Convenor of STeP-IN forum, National Convenor of Indica Academy. Amongst the first testers of India, starting testing career in 1995.


Inventor of Q-Patterns and the Linguistic Analysis technique for test design and reuse.


A thought leader – Best paper award winner at various conferences and invited keynote speaker world over, Author and creator of Mobile Applications Certification (CMAP), Chair of Mobile Application Tester certification from ISTQB, creator of AiU – world first AI testing certification, DoU – DevOps united, world’s first DevOps and testing certification and many others.


He loves to engage himself in a variety of fields ranging from Archaeology and culture, education to technology.

Manish Potdar

Head of Quality & Resilience Engineering, L&T Infotech

Manish is a multi-faceted Leader in Quality Engineering domain with 20+ years of enriching industry experience across leading multi-nationals. Currently he is leading Quality & Resilience Engineering CoE at LTI and is instrumental in various strategic initiatives such as Service Transformation, Platform Innovation, Partner Development and Analyst collaboration. Earlier, Manish has led a commercial function in UK & Ireland with a revenue crossing ~$125 mn, demonstrated >100% revenue growth, >90% opportunity win-ratio, >90% attainment of margin targets, >13 new client engagements acquired over 5 years. He is proficient in business strategy, capability incubation, leading large scale transition and CxO advisory. Manish is an avid learner and certifications to his credit includes Design Thinking, Site Reliability Engineer (SRE), GCP fundamentals, SAFE Agilist, PRINCE-2 & CSTE. Manish is a Management post-graduate and currently pursuing Doctoral studies in AI & Intellectual property through India’s leading university.

Satishkumar Mallela

Regional Director, APAC, Applitools

Satish is an automation architect with over 14 years of experience in building test automation. Satish has been working with some of @Applitools largest customers in Australia and New Zealand to deliver software leveraging @Applitools world-leading AI technologies.

Harleen Bedi

Senior Industry Principal, Infosys

Harleen Bedi, is a STEM mentor and an innovation leader. She currently plays the role of Innovation Head, Quality Engineering at Infosys. She focuses on incubating new ideas, offerings and solutions and influence new business through these innovative solutions. She plays a dominant role in many research engineering interactions with clients and industry analysts on Digital, Customer Experience and Artificial Intelligence . She has authored multiple papers on trending topics, developed new innovative solutions and have has a patent for autonomous testing. As a mentor in Infosys flagship program of global internship, in association with University of California, she led incubation of multiple AI related innovations. She also contributes to larger community by being an active mentor in global STEM programs.

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