AST 2007


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Second International Workshop


Automation of Software Test (AST’07)


29th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE’07)

Minneapolis, USA, 20 - 26 May 2007

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Provisional Programme

Student Support Grant

There are some Student Support Grant available for full-time PhD students to apply. The amount of support will be determined soon. They are only applicable for students who register to the workshop. The grants will be selected from the applications at random at the workshop. The application form must be submitted to Dr. Amit Paradkar before the start of the workshop by either hand-in in person or email the application form by email to

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Software testing is indispensable for all software development. As all mature engineering disciplines need to have systematic testing methodologies, software testing is a very important subject of software engineering. In software development practice, testing accounts for as much as 50% of total development efforts. It is imperative to reduce the cost and improve the effectiveness of software testing by automating the testing process, which contains many testing related activities using various techniques and methods.

Automation is the future trend of software testing in order to reduce its cost. In the past decades, a great amount of research effort has been spent on automatic test case generation, automatic test oracles, etc. However, the current practice of software test automation is mostly based on recording manual testing activities and replaying recorded test scripts for regression testing. Bridging the gap between theory and practice will not only significantly improve the current-state of software production, but also foster innovative research in the area. As the theories of software testing become more mature, a deeper automation of the testing process becomes feasible. Indeed, a large number of software test tools have been developed in the past a few years and become available on the market. However, few of them have taken inter-operability into serious consideration. Software systems have become more and more complicated with components developed by different vendors and using different techniques in different programming languages and even run on different platforms. Few software testing tools can support all testing tasks within one tool. Therefore, it is timely and important for the development of software testing methodologies and scientific discipline as a part of software engineering. The workshop will provide researchers and practitioners a forum for exchanging ideas, experiences, understanding of the problems, visions for the future, and promising solutions to the problems. The workshop will also provide a platform for researchers and developers of testing tools to work together to identify the problems in the theory and practice of software test automation and to set an agenda and lay the foundation for future development.

The workshop is the successor of the first AST workshop held at ICSE 2006, which was run very successful. Eighteen high quality research papers were presented at the workshop and published in the workshop proceedings by ACM Press. Sixty five registered delegates participated in the workshop with live discussions throughout the event. A journal special issue for the publication of best papers in their extended and revised version is now in the process of editing and will be published in the Computer Journal early next year.


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