International Workshop on Software Test Automation, Practice, and Standardization

viernes, 19 de febrero de 2010

International Workshop on Software Test Automation, Practice, and Standardization

in Conjunction with

The Twenty-Second International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (SEKE 2010)Hotel Sofitel. San Francisco Bay, USA , July 1– July 3, 2010

Organized by Knowledge Systems Institute, U.S.A.


For decades software systems suffer from poor reliability. Billions of dollars and even lives are lost annually due to software errors. According to the report by NIST in 2002, poor software quality costs 60 billion dollars yearly to US economy, and 22 billion dollars can be regained by improving infrastructure for detecting errors using testing closer to the development phase. With the quick increase of software complexity and scale, test automation is becoming an emerging and effective solution in software quality assurance to meet tight project schedules with quality.

Today, there are many published research papers addressing software test automation issues and solutions, numerous test automation tools are available for quality assurance engineer. However, there are many open issues, obstacles, and challenges in software test automation, practice, and standardization. Moreover, there is an emerging need in software test automation standardization to reduce test automation efforts by increasing standardization of test process, test design, and test tools. This workshop is set up to meet these emerging needs.


This international workshop on software test automation, practice, and automation brings together software test automation researchers and industry practitioners to exchange innovative ideas, practical solutions, and test automation tools to cope with practical issues and challenges in the real world. Moreover, this workshop is set-up to provide an effective forum for researchers and industry practitioners to discuss the diversity of test automation standards in software projects, test automation standardization needs, challenges, and importance. Furthermore, this workshop provides a great platform for engineers and researchers to report innovative software test automation solutions, and tools, and share practical project experience and lessons, as well as, exchange well-defined test automation standards.


This international workshop seeks original papers, which propose new test automation ideas, solutions and tools, report practical experience in test automation projects, discuss new test automation processes, standards, models, and test criteria. The typical scope includes different perspectives in test automation, including auto-test infrastructure, standards, models, test generation, test execution, test management, and test coverage analysis and measurement. In addition, it also seeks practice reports that present the current issues, challenges, experience and lessons on software test automation projects.

The topics for submissions include but are not limited to the followings:

1. Auto-test solutions and tools:
* Software test automation tools and solutions for unit testing (black-box/white-box)
* Automatic techniques and tools for testing software production lines, such as installation testing, and configuration testing
* Automatic software regression test techniques and tools
* System load testing tools and performance evaluation tools for non-functional requirements and features
* Software simulation and tools for software auto-testing
* Software security testing techniques and tools
* User-oriented and requirements-based test automation approaches and tools
* Program-based software test automation methods, tools, and experience
* Language-based software test automation techniques and tools
* Software test automation cost analysis and complex evaluation tools
* Innovative software test languages, scripting techniques, and tools
* Automatic software test coverage analysis and monitoring tools

2. Test automation standardization:
* Test automation standardization issues, challenges, motivations, and needs
* Test automation standards in test processes, test models, test languages, coverage criteria, and documentation
* Test automation standards for test planning, design & analysis, test generation and scripting, test complexity and cost evaluation, and tools
* Test automation techniques, experience, lessons and case studies
* General and domain-specific standardization for test automation and tools

3. Emerging test automation methods and tools:
* Automatic validation techniques and technology for emerging software technologies
* SOA-based software test automation methods, techniques, and tools
* Model-based software test automation methods, techniques, and tools
* Component-based software test automation methods and tools
* Web-based and agent-based software test automation methods and tools
* Wireless-based software test automation approaches and tools

4. Test automation management and practice:
* Issues, challenges, and needs in software test automation and practice
* Test-driven-development techniques and project experience
* Software test automation case studies and empirical studies
* Software test automation project issues, experience and lessons learned

* Paper submission due: March 2, 2010
* Notification of acceptance: April, 15, 2010
* Camera-ready copy: May 10, 2010
* Workshop and conference date: July 1-3, 2010


Papers must be written in English. An electronic version (Postscript, PDF, or MS Word format) of the full paper should be submitted using the following URL: Please use Internet Explorer as the browser, and select the paper type "Workshop: Software Test Automation, Practice, and Standardization - Gao, Muccini and Bai". Manuscript must include a 200-word abstract and no more than 6 pages of IEEE double column text (include figures and references). In the final version, you have option to buy extra pages (up to 2 pages).


All submitted papers will be reviewed by the workshop PC committee and SEKE2010 program committee. The accepted papers will be published in the SEKE2010 conference proceedings. The workshop program will be set up as a part of SEKE 2010 Conference Program.

The best papers and their extended versions will be recommended for the publication on a special issue on Software Test Automation, Practice, and Standardization in International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering in 2010.

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