Patrick Farail, engineer graduated from Toulouse university in 1984, is Airbus Methods Development Engineer for Airborne Computer Software since 1989. He is EADS expert on Software development for Avionics and simulation products activities and head of Methods Support groups including Specification, Design, Coding and Requirements Engineering activities.
He was involved earlier in Ada development (since 1983) and then was a member of the team who defined HOOD method in 1987. Since these first experiences he investigates, improves and promotes the use of software engineering methods in Airbus airborne computer software taking into account the DO178B recommendations.
During 90s, he represented Airbus company in ExTRA and ARTWEG standardisation groups to standardize Ada real time extensions; he was co-author of the ISO /CEI TR 11735 ExTRA norm.
From 2005 to 2010, he was member then vice-president of the french ANR (Agence National de la recherche) projects call evaluation team for Embedded system domain.
In term of software engineering tools, he defined the requirement traceability tool named REQTIFY which is now worldly distributed by Dassault Systemes editor.
He establishes strong relationship with academics actors. In particular through research projects around GALS (Globally Asynchronous, Locally synchronous) Architecture. In 2004, he launched the idea of an open source engineering toolset for critical embedded systems. This project named TOPCASED is one of major projects of the Aerospace Valley French competitiveness cluster.