Chief Innovation Architect, Underwriters Laboratories
Anura Fernando is UL’s Chief Innovation Architect for Medical Systems Interoperability & Security. His multidisciplinary academic background includes degrees in electrical engineering, software engineering, biology, and chemistry, as well as practical experience in clinical medicine. His 20+ year career at UL has taken him from testing for product safety to research and predictive modeling of the safety of products that use software, lasers, nanotechnology, traditional and alternative energy sources, energy-storage technologies, and alternative fuels.
More recently, he has been involved in translating his many years of experience in root-cause analysis of software-based system failures into UL’s Cybersecurity Assurance Program (CAP), based on the UL 2900 family of standards, with applications in data analytics, cloud computing, edge computing (IoT), machine learning, and artificial intelligence. He has global responsibility for all UL medical-device software-related certification programs and is a member of numerous domestic and international standardization committees and government advisory committees, such as MDICC, FDASIA, HHS HCIC Task Force, and NIH QMDI.