This is the MUSA project crew

Erkuden Rios
TECNALIA / Project coordinator
Erkuden Rios is R&D project manager of Cybersecurity and Safety team within the ICT Division of Tecnalia. She is currently the coordinator of the H2020 MUSA project on multi-cloud security (, and the coordinator of the Data Protection, Security and Privacy (DPSP) in Cloud Cluster of EU-funded research projects, launched by DG-CNECT in April 2015 ( ). She is specialized in trust and security engineering technologies and has worked in a number of large European and Spanish national projects on the subject such as ANIKETOS, SWEPT, TACIT, RISC, CIPHER and SHIELDS. Erkuden collaborates with technology platforms and forums such as ECSO and the Spanish Technology Platform on Trust & Security – eSEC. After obtaining her MSc in Telecommunication Engineering at the University of Basque Country (Spain), she worked for Ericsson Spain for 6 years before joining Tecnalia in 2003.
Eider Iturbe
TECNALIA / Research Engineer
Eider Iturbe is a research engineer of Cybersecurity and Safety team within Tecnalia. She is experienced in trust and security engineering technologies and is currently leading the architecture and integration work package in MUSA project, on multi-cloud secure applications. Eider graduated in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of the Basque Country (Spain) and in the European Master in project management at the same university.
Victor Muntés-Mulero
CA Technologies / VP - Strategic Research
Dr. Victor Muntés-Mulero is VP of Strategic Research. He is responsible for leading research in Europe that has the potential to impact the strategic direction of CA Technologies products and services. He is currently involved in one FP7 project and four H2020 projects. His main expertise is in the area of multiclouds, big data analytics and crowdsourcing.
Smrati Gupta
CA Technologies / Senior Research Engineer
Dr. Smrati Gupta is a Senior Research Engineer at CA Technologies based in Barcelona, Spain. She is involved in multiple European Union research projects in areas of cloud computing, big data analytics and decision making in complex environment. She is also involved in utilizing the research and technological expertise, gained through participation in EU projects, for the enhancement of performance and novelty of CA Products.
Jaume Ferrarons Llagostera
CA Technologies / Associate Research Engineer
Jaume Ferrarons Llagostera is an Associate Research Engineer in CA Technologies, based in Barcelona. His current research focus is on the design of graph analytics-based tools to optimize customer support processes by performing root cause analysis and solution prediction.
Luis Gonzalez
TUT / University Teacher
Luis received the degree of Ingeniero en Mecatronica, with specialization in Control from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudio Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Ciudad de Mexico in 2007. In 2011 he obtained the degree of M.Sc. in Factory Automation from Tampere University of Technology, Tampere Finland. He is currently working as Project researcher in the Factory Automation Systems and Technologies laboratory. His research interests are in the field of industrial informatics and artificial intelligence. He loves tacos and football soccer.
Samuel Olaiya Afolaranmi
TUT / Research Assistant
Samuel is a Research Assistant at the Factory Automation Systems and Technologies Laboratory (FAST-Lab), Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Finland. He is a graduate of Systems Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He has worked in the fields of Telecommunication, Instrumentation and Automation in projects involving several International Oil Companies (IOCs) in Nigeria. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Automation Engineering and his research interest is in cloud computing security.
Arsalan Shah
TUT / Research Assistant
Arsalan works as a Research Assistant at Tampere University of Technology. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering from NUST Pakistan, and is currently studying for his M.Sc. degree in Factory Automation and Industrial Informatics at TUT. His research interests include systems and data analysis.
Abhijit Das
TUT/ Research Assistant
Abhijit graduated summa cum laude from his hometown university, United International University, Bangladesh. Currently, he is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Automation from Tampere University of Technology (TUT) specializing in Factory Automation and Informatics. In the MUSA project, his main role has been to automate the deployment process of the TUT Use Case Application called Tampere Smart Mobility (TSM) and maintain TUT Infrastructures. He has been responsible to maintain several servers in TUT and made sure the multi-cloud application deployment is fully automated and without any hindrance. Occasionally, he also contributed in the front-end of the TSM application. His current expertise includes front-end development, back-end development and Continuous Integration and Delivery. He is also aspiring to be an expert in Cloud Application Security.
Heikki Mäenpää
Heikki was an all-purpose coder at a SaaS startup before joining Tampere University of Technology as a Research Assistant. He received a Master’s degree in Automation Software Engineering in 2017, for a thesis written as part of his contribution to the MUSA project
Massimiliano Rak
Second Univ. of Naples/Assistant Professor
Massimiliano Rak is an assistant professor at Second University of Naples. He got his degree in Computer Science Engineering at the University of Naples Federico II in 1999. In November 2002 he got a PhD in Electronical Engineering at Second University of Naples. His scientific activity is mainly focused on the analysis and design of High Performance System Architectures and on methodologies and techniques for Distributed Software development, Security Evaluation and Enforcement in Distributed Systems, Cloud Computing. He participates to a lot of program and steering committees of international conferences and acted as Chair, Co-Chair and general Chairs in Conferences and Workshops. He acted as responsible for regional and national projects, and acted as Task leader in Fp7 projects. He is Project Coordinator of FP7 SPECS Project (
Valentina Casola
Univ. of Naples Federico II/Associate Professor
Valentina Casola is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the University of Napoli Federico II, Italy. She received the MSc degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II with honors, in 2001. She got a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the Second University of Napoli in 2004. Her research activities include both theoretical and experimental issues, in the areas of security of information systems and policy based approach for security evaluation and management, these activities are documented by many publications, in national and international journals and conference proceedings.
Alessandra De Benedictis
Univ. of Naples Federico II/Post Doc
Alessandra De Benedictis got a Ph.D in Computer and Systems Engineering in April 2013 at the University of Naples Federico II, where she currently works as a post-doctoral fellow. She received a B.S. degree and an M.S. degree in Computer Engineering, both cum laude, from the University of Naples Federico II in 2006 and 2009 respectively. Her research interests include security in ad-hoc and wireless sensor networks, embedded systems, and cloud. She has been working on the design of secure architectures for constrained devices, security evaluation, moving target defense mechanisms and localization of malicious nodes in mobile networks for years, and she is currently working on SLA-based security in cloud environments.
Antony Shimmin
AIMES / Project Engineer
Antony graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2012 with a 1st class honours BSc in Computer Technology from there he joined AIMES as a Systems Administrator. As a Sys Admin he played a role in the day to day operations of the AIMES cloud infrastructure which was based upon Citrix, VM Ware and Windows technologies. Over a 3 year period Antony gained responsibilities in Data Centre Management and is a core member of the Data Centre Operations team. Antony consults with AIMES clients to design, implement and Project Manage their cloud environment implementation from concept to completion. Antony plays an active role in the co-ordination of AIMES R&D Projects which AIMES participate in both in the United Kingdom and within the European Union.
Andrew Attwood
Aimes / Research Technologist
Andrew Attwood is currently a Research Technologist at Aimes Grid Services based in Liverpool. He has a Master’s degree from the University of Manchester and a PhD from Liverpool John Moores University. Previously Andrew taught embedded systems at Liverpool John Moores University and Computer Security at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has a number of publications relating to Cloud and IoT technologies. Current research interests include the application of bio inspired hardware acceleration in cloud environments.
Edgardo Montes de Oca
Montimage / CEO
Edgardo Montes de Oca is the CEO of Montimage. Before starting Montimage in 2004, he has worked as research leader in Euriware, Alcatel and Ericsson for over 14 years. He has large expertise in designing innovative tools to test and monitor applications and telecommunication protocols, and in the development of software solutions with strong performance and security requirements. He also has strong experience in managing companies and associations, and in the participation and management of research projects at French and European level, including H2020, FP7, ITEA, CelticPlus and ANR. He is member of the European Technology Platform NetWorld2020.
Antonio M. Ortiz
Antonio M. Ortiz received his PhD in computer science in 2011 from the UCLM, Spain. His expertise covers diverse technologies regarding networking, IoT, and virtualized environments. He is currently a Project Manager at Montimage. He has been involved in industrial, H2020 and ITEA3 projects related to advanced monitoring and testing solutions applied to diverse aspects of networking communications. He is also the Exploitation Manager of the MUSA project.
Wissam Mallouli
Montimage / Research Engineer
Wissam Mallouli obtained his PhD in computer science from Telecom SudParis, France in 2008, and is currently a research engineer at Montimage. His expertise covers formal testing and monitoring of functional and security behavior of distributed systems and ad-hoc networks, and has participated in several French and European research projects, including H2020, FP7 and ITEA3. He is WP4 leader in the MUSA project. He is general chair of the International Workshop on Security Testing and Monitoring (STAM), co-located in 2016 with the IEEE ICDCS Conference to be held in Nara, Japan.
Stefan Spahr
Stefan works as a senior software architect and as a CTO advisor for Cloud solutions and research projects at Lufthansa Systems GmbH & Co. KG in Berlin, Germany. Before his current job he worked as a software engineer, a development- and implementation-project manager and as a database expert in different departments of the company. He participated in the EU FP7 PaaSage project and besides the MUSA project he is also a team member of the EU H2020 BEACON project. His main professional interests are Cloud computing architectures and related (emerging) technologies, domain driven design and distributed systems. Stefan has been with Lufthansa Systems over 20 years and holds a Graduate Degree in Computer Science (Dipl.-Inform. FH).
Balazs Somoskoi
Balazs works as a Software Architect at Lufthansa Systems. After obtaining his masters in Electrical engineering and applied informatics in year 2000, he worked as a software developer mostly in telecommunication and airline industry area. He later worked as lead developer and software architect. His main focus is on middleware solutions for application integration and software security solutions for standalone and cloud applications within the company. The MUSA participation is his first research and development project, he is responsible to represent the industry perspective through the use cases and incorporate the results from the MUSA framework into the Lufthansa Systems application. He likes musical instruments.