[ecoop-info] CfPart: AST 2010 - May 3-4, Cape Town, South Africa

Budnik, Christof (SCR US) christof.budnik at siemens.com
Tue Feb 23 04:40:03 CET 2010

                     AST 2010 

Fifth International Workshop on Automation of Software Test

       Cape Town, South Africa, 3-4 May 2010

part of ACM/IEEE ICSE 2010 (http://www.sbs.co.za/ICSE2010)

Special Theme Charette Discussion: Integration Testing
Special Session: Business and Industrial Case Studies 

Early registration:           Until 28 February 2010
Late and Onsite Registration: After 28 February 2010
Workshop dates:               3-4 May 2010

In software development practice, testing often accounts for as much as
50% of the total development effort. It is therefore imperative to
reduce the cost and improve the effectiveness of software testing by
automating the testing process. In the past decades, a substantial
amount of research effort has been invested into the development and
study of automatic test case generation, automatic test oracles, and
other (semi-)automated testing techniques. As the theory and practice of
software testing becomes more mature, a deeper and more meaningful
automation of the testing process is possible. Therefore, the automation
of various testing activities is now becoming an integral part of
industrial practice. In response to and in support of these exciting
developments, the 5th Workshop on the Automation of Software Test
provides a publication forum that bridges the gap between the theory and
practice of automated testing. 

The workshop is the successor of the first four AST workshops held at
the International Conference on Software Engineering from 2006 to 2009.
It provides researchers and practitioners a forum for exchanging ideas
and experiences, developing an understanding of the fundamental
challenges, articulating a vision for the future, and finding promising
solutions to pressing problems. It aims at bridging the gap between
theory and practice in order to improve the current state of practice
and to foster innovative research in the area The workshop also provided
a platform for researchers and developers of testing tools to work
together in an attempt to identify the problems in the theory and
practice of software test automation and to lay the foundation for
future development. The workshop accepted contributions of four
different types: research papers, case study papers, case study
presentations, and posters. Research papers will report on original
research and practical experience. Selected papers will cover the
following area of software test automation:
   - Model-based testing
   - Coverage-based testing
   - Performing testing
   - Test oracles
   - Test case generation
   - Test plan generation
   - Debugging
The case study session will report on the practical application of
software test automation. Selected case study contributions will provide
practical and generalizable insights into how to apply and extend
existing approaches to automated software testing. Accepted posters will
describe late breaking results or works in progress. The final program
will be available at the workshop website

The AST 2010 workshop will run a multi-day charette that considered the
most immediate challenges in the field of integration testing. The
charette session has two purposes: stimulating near-term research and
fostering group discussion and cooperation among participants. The
charette shall identify the key aspects of automated integration testing
that are worth research efforts in the near future. The conference
organizers will ask participants to envision approaches that address
these aspects and formed potential collaborations in order to solve the
identified problems more effectively. 

The keynote speakers of this year are Willem Visser and Steve Quam.

Willem Visser is currently a Full Professor of Computer Science and Head
of the Computer Science Division at Stellenbosch University in South
Africa. Willem has held positions at the Research Institute for Advanced
Computer Science (RIACS) where he conducted collaborative work with the
Robust Software Engineering group at the NASA Ames Research Center.

Steve Quam is the Vice President of Engineering for Imaging Systems and
Recording Systems in the Angiography Division of Siemens Medical
Solutions. He has over 20 years experience leading various technical
disciplines in the Defense and Medical industries. Steve has experience
in Process Improvement, Software Off-shoring, and Project Management. He
helped lead the first Siemens Medical to group to achieve CMM level 4,
and has also helped lead another organization to CMMi level 3.

The early conference registration is already open and provides
substantial savings in comparison to registrations on the day. There are
also tailored participant packages as much as possible to suit your
varying needs and project purses. To register online please visit the
registration page on the conference website
http://www.sbs.co.za/ICSE2010/registration/register.html. The website
also contains a page listing the registration fees, where you can review
prices and rates. 

Workshop Organization
Prof. Wing Kwong Chan
City University of Hong Kong
Tat Chee Avenue, Hong Kong

Dr. Christof J. Budnik
Siemens Corporation
Corporate Research
755 College Road East
Princeton, NJ, USA

Prof. Gregory M. Kapfhammer
Department of Computer Science
Allegheny College
Meadville, PA, USA

Steering Committee
Prof. Hong Zhu
Oxford Brookes University, UK

Prof. Shing-chi Cheung
The Hong Kong University of
Science and Technology,
Hong Kong

Dr. Jenny Li
Avaya Research, USA

Prof. Fevzi Belli
Paderborn University, Germany

Prof. Eric Wong
University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Dr. Steve Masticola
Siemens Corporation,
Corporate Research, USA

Please see workshop website for more details and the workshop
(http://www.cs.allegheny.edu/ast2010) Program Committee.

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