14th IEEE/ACM International Workshop on Automation of Software Test

I have the pleasure to serve as co-chair for the 14th IEEE/ACM International Workshop on Automation of Software Test (AST 2019). AST will be held in its 14th edition and is held at ICSE conferences since 2006.

This year, my co-chairs and myself want to focus more on industry experiences and challenges. Thus, the main topic of the workshop will be around Testing and Continuous Deployment. AST 2019 will also accept 2-pages talk abstracts as paper submissions to encourage industry practitioners to contribute experiences, insights, and challenges with respect to testing in continuous development environments.

You can find the call for papers (CFP) on the workshop website or using this direct link.

Hope to see you all on May 27, 2019 in Montreal Canada.

More on the workshop

Software testing is an integral and important part of the software engineering (SE) discipline. Notwithstanding tremendous progress in automation of software test (AST) practice, progress in AST research is still required. Software systems have become more and more complicated with components developed by different vendors and using different techniques in different programming languages and even running on different platforms.

AST 2019 is the 14th edition of the successful AST series held at ICSE conferences since 2006. It will provide researchers and practitioners with a forum for exchanging ideas, experiences, understanding of the problems, visions for the future, and promising solutions.

Due to logistic constraints, unfortunately this year’s edition of AST will be only a single day workshop, which will have implication on the program and the number of papers we will be able to accept.

Nevertheless, we are looking forward to welcome our community and to review, accept, and discuss great papers and talks.

As a novelty, this year we have added industrial abstracts as a new kind of submission.

Test practitioners are especially encouraged to contribute their experiences and insights, choosing between the industrial case study paper or the 2-pages abstract talks.

Special Theme

The special theme of AST 2019 will be “Testing and Continuous Deployment”.

Continuous deployment has become a major strategy even for large software projects. As one of the main strategies in modern DevOps environments, continuous deployment aims to increase code velocity—the time between making a code change and shipping the change to customers.

At the same time, DevOps and continuous deployment impose heavy constraints onto testing: 
(a) testing must be completely automated and act as the last safeguard against customer incidents;
(b) testing should be fast without slowing down code velocity; and
(c) testing is happening within the engineering teams (DevOps) rather than dedicated testing teams.

In other words, test automation may have become more wanted than ever before and we seek contributions to highlight solutions, challenges, and problem statements for test automation in a continuous deployment world.