Laura M. Castro

Associate professor and lead researcher spreading BEAM love from a little corner in Spain (University of A Coruña)

Laura became fascinated with Erlang when she learned the language as part of a functional programming course she took during the forth year of her studies in Software Engineering. She was determined to make use of this language as part of her master thesis, so she joined the LFCIA Lab (today MADS Group) at the University of A Coruña (Spain), and participated in the development of an enterprise risk management system whose core was Erlang/OTP. Years later, she presented her PhD in Computer Science: a functional software development methodology which takes advantage of using functional technology to introduce quality assurance techniques and improve both the development process and the software result.

Since then, she has specialised in software testing but remained closely attached to the Erlang community, collaborating with researchers and former colleagues now working in universities and companies around the world. She has been involved in several European research projects such as ProTest and PROWESS.

She has also become an associate professor at the University of A Coruña, where she teaches software architecture and software testing to undergraduate students and supervises several PhD students.