Because of uncertainties related to Covid 19, COMPSAC 2022, currently planned as an in-person event to be held in Turin, Italy, may be conducted in a hybrid format – with some sessions in-person and some over the Internet. If the conference format is hybrid, authors of accepted papers will be able to decide to present their papers either virtually or in-person in Turin. 

However, if the pandemic worsens, the conference will be completely virtual as it was in 2020 and 2021, and all presentations will be done virtually. We will announce in the submission acceptance letters to authors whether the conference will be hybrid or virtual. Registration fees will be adjusted to reflect the format of the conference.

The 14th IEEE International Workshop on Software Test Automation (STA 2022)

Goal of the workshop:

Test automation aims to reduce the cost and improve the effectiveness of software testing by using various techniques and methods. Other benefits are consistency and accuracy, reduction of overall test cycle time, risk mitigation of manual testing, and increase in overall product quality. Recording test activities as test scripts and playing the test scripts or record and playback are the common methods. More advanced methodologies include data-driven, keyword-driven and hybrid methods as well as framework-based methods. Among tool development, interoperability remains a major challenge.

Workshop theme:

This year’s theme of COMPSAC is “Computers, Software, and Applications in an Uncertain World”. It is clear that we are heading towards an uncertain world catalyzed by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing political disputes. This uncertainty has significant and direct implications for all aspects of the computer industry. To thrive in this increasingly uncertain world, innovations of computer hardware, software, and applications have emerged as a pressing need. The emerging interconnected world demands new developments in sensor-based communication hardware and operating systems. Software engineering continues to prove essential to our daily lives ranging from financial services, health care, remote learning platforms, social networks to the era of connected and autonomous vehicles, and artificial intelligence control. Governing organizations have responded to this trend by defining regulations and standards to address issues such as safety, security, and resiliency of computer hardware and software systems and applications. However, unique challenges originate from mandating these requirements under uncertainty in the absence of sound and complete solutions applicable to these new types of systems and applications. As computer researchers, we see these challenges as opportunities to fill gaps in how all dimensions of computing are developed, utilized, and supported. How to improve the resiliency of these components across a wide range of use domains is a significant challenge we suddenly find ourselves facing. How do we design systems that are able to withstand the stress of global-scale use, and still provide robust and secure services to end-users? For over 45 years, COMPSAC has been an outlet for researchers to share and discuss innovative and novel approaches to problems such as these, and we look forward to hearing your ideas in 2022! Accordingly, submissions including applications and case studies in these areas will highly be appreciated.

Scope of the workshop:

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Test automation for large, complex systems
  • Performance, Regression, Reliability testing, Mean Time between Failures (MTBF)
  • Testing in Continuous Integration / Continuous Development (CI/CD) pipeline and DevOps.
  • Early defect detection, exploratory testing, reducing development timeline
  • Test-driven development and behavior driven testing
  • Open Source
  • Test modeling and test methodologies
  • Model Based Testing, Keyword Based Testing, Combinatorial testing, Test input generation
  • Test-driven development and behavior driven testing
  • Application in different domains – digital world, cloud computing, HPC, healthcare
  • Experiments, empirical studies, experience reports, and case studies.
  • Design of high-quality, reusable tests, test reuse, libraries, Product Line Testing
  • Support for testing methods, test framework, test infrastructure.
  • Management of distributed test assets and test environments
  • Development, operation, integration, and standardization of test tools
  • Test metrics to measure test efficiency and test coverage optimization
  • Test efficiency, Test effectiveness, and Lean testing approaches.
  • Quantitative studies including cost vs. benefit studies.

Likely participants: Software engineers and testing researchers from academia and the industry

Please visit Information for Authors for formatting instructions, page limits, and IEEE paper templates.

Important dates for submission and notification are listed here.

Workshop Organizers

Rajesh Subramanyan, Amazon Web Services (AWS), USA

T.H. Tse, The University of Hong Kong

Fevzi Belli, University of Paderborn

Program Committee

(to be confirmed)

Xiaoying Bai, Tsinghua University, China

Christof Budnik, Siemens, USA

Arilo Claudio, Federal University of Amazonas, Brazil

Atilla Elci, Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus

Jerry Gao, San Jose State University, USA

Ron Kenett, KPA Ltd, Israel

Yvan Labiche, Carleton University, Canada

Juncao Li, Microsoft, USA

Aditya Mathur, Purdue University, USA

Ina Schieferdecker, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany

Marek Stochel, Motorola Solutions, Poland

Guilherme Travassos, Federal University of Rio de Janerio (UFRJ), Brazil

Dragos Truscan, Ãbo Akademi University, Finland

Tugkan Tuglular, Izmir University, Turkey

Mario Winter, Univ. of Applied Science, Cologne, Germany

Dave Towey, The University of Nottingham, China

Fie Xie, Portland State University, USA

Hong Zhu, Oxford Brookes University, UK