[ecoop-info] CFP TAP 2018

Burkhart Wolff Burkhart.Wolff at lri.fr
Thu Nov 30 17:35:57 CET 2017

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First Call for Papers

12th International Conference on Tests And Proofs
TAP 2018 Toulouse (France), 27-29 June 2018

Part of STAF 2018 held in Toulouse


Important Dates

Abstract:                         23 February 2018
Paper:                              2 March 2018
Notification:                    9 April 2018
Camera-Ready Version:   23 April 2018
Conference:                     27-29 June 2018

Aim and Scope

The TAP conference promotes research in verification and formal
methods that targets the interplay of proofs and testing: the
advancement of techniques of each kind and their combination, with the
ultimate goal of improving software and system dependability.

Research in verification has recently seen a steady convergence of
heterogeneous techniques and a synergy between the traditionally
distinct areas of testing (and dynamic analysis) and of proving (and
static analysis). Formal techniques for counter-example generation
based on, for example, symbolic execution, SAT/SMT-solving or
model checking, furnish evidence for the potential of a combination of
test and proof. The combination of predicate abstraction with testing-like
techniques based on exhaustive enumeration opens the perspective
for novel techniques of proving correctness. On the practical side,
testing offers cost-effective debugging techniques of specifications
or crucial parts of program proofs (such as invariants).  Last but not
least, testing is indispensable when it comes to the validation of the
underlying assumptions of complex system models involving
hardware and/or system environments. Over the years, there is
growing acceptance in research communities that testing and proving
are complementary rather than mutually exclusive techniques.

The TAP conference aims to promote research in the intersection of
testing and proving by bringing together researchers and practitioners
from both areas of verification.

Topics of Interest

TAP's scope encompasses many aspects of verification technology,
including foundational work, tool development, and empirical
research. Its topics of interest center around the connection between
proofs (and other static techniques) and testing (and other dynamic
techniques). Papers are solicited on, but not limited to, the
following topics:

- Verification and analysis techniques combining proofs and tests
- Program proving with the aid of testing techniques
- Deductive techniques supporting the automated generation of test vectors and  oracles 
   (theorem proving, model checking, symbolic execution, SAT/SMT solving, constraint logic programming, etc.)
- Deductive techniques supporting novel definitions of coverage criteria,
- Program analysis techniques combining static and dynamic analysis
- Specification inference by deductive and dynamic methods
- Testing and runtime analysis of formal specifications
- Search-based technics for proving and testing
- Verification of verification tools and environments
- Applications of test and proof techniques in new domains,
  such as security, configuration management, learning
- Combined approaches of test and proof in the context of formal
  certifications (Common Criteria, CENELEC, …)
- Case studies, tool and framework descriptions, and experience
  reports about combining tests and proofs

Submission Instructions

TAP 2018 accepts papers of three kinds:

- Regular research papers: full submissions describing original
research, of up to 16 pages (excluding references).

- Tool demonstration papers: submissions describing the design and
implementation of an analysis/verification tool or framework, of up
to 8 pages (excluding references). The tool/framework described in
a tool demonstration paper should be available for public use.

- Short papers: submissions describing preliminary findings, proofs
of concepts, and exploratory studies, of up to 6 pages (excluding

We are planning to publish the proceedings in the Formal Methods subline
of Springer's LNCS series. Papers must be submitted in PDF format at the
EasyChair submission site:



Information about all committees can be found at https://tap18.lri.fr

Program Chairs :

- Catherine Dubois, ENSIIE, Evry, France
- Burkhart Wolff, University Paris-Sud, Orsay, France


mailto:tap2018 at easychair.org

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