AIST event: 1st International Workshop on Validating Software Tests

Call for Papers

VST 2016

1st International Workshop on Validating Software Tests

Osaka, March 15, 2016
(satellite workshop of SANER 2016)

*** IEEE proceedings together with SANER 2016 conference ***

Aims and Scope:

Large software projects tend to accumulate many test cases, which can become difficult to maintain. Both automatically-generated and human-written test cases often come without documentation, so it is difficult to determine how a test should be adapted to a new system.

Should a passing test perhaps fail? Should a failing test be made to pass? Are there tools and techniques that can help us find an answer to these questions?

Unlike full program understanding and visualization, understanding a test case typically involves a single program trace, and is therefore a more target and tractable problem. Much work has been done on individual aspects of this problem, and we hope this workshop gives a platform for discussions and possible synergistic approaches.

Specific topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Test minimization and simplification
  • Fault localization
  • Test visualization
  • Change analysis for software tests
  • Test validation
  • Documentation analysis
  • Bug report analysis
  • Test evolution
  • Test case generation, including random testing, symbolic execution, etc.
  • Model-based testing
  • Combinations of the topics above

The workshop will provide a platform for discussions and the exchange of innovative ideas, so submissions on work in progress are strongly encouraged.


Papers are to be submitted in IEEE format, using the same template as the main conference (SANER). Papers can be up to four pages long (this limit is strict).

All submissions must be original, unpublished, and not submitted concurrently for publication elsewhere. Paper submission is done via EasyChair at final version of the paper must be prepared in LaTeX, adhering to the IEEE format available at


All accepted papers will appear in the proceedings of SANER 2016. Note that IEEE requires at least one (co-)author to register for the conference and present the paper for it to be included in the proceedings.

Important dates:

  • Abstract deadline: December 10, 2015, 23:59 UTC (final!)
  • Submission deadline: December 14, 2015, 23:59 UTC (final!)
  • Notification of acceptance: January 10, 2016
  • Camera-ready version due: January 22, 2016
  • Workshop: March 15, 2016


Osaka, Japan (hosted by Osaka University)

Program chairs:

Cyrille Artho AIST, Japan
Eun-Hye Choi AIST, Japan
Takashi Kitamura AIST, Japan

Program committee:

Wing-Kwong Chan City University of Hong Kong, China
Birgit Hofer Graz University of Technology, Austria
Falk Howar TU Clausthal, Germany
Eunkyoung Jee KAIST, South Korea
Huai Liu RMIT, Australia
Teng Long University of Maryland, USA
Lei Ma Chiba University, Japan
Andrea Mocci University of Lugano, Switzerland
Rudolf Ramler Software Competence Center Hagenberg, Austria
Shin Nakajima National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Martina Seidl Johannes Kepler University, Austria
Haruto Tanno Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), Japan
Tatsuhiro Tsuchiya Osaka University, Japan
Tomoyuki Yokogawa Okayama Prefectural University, Japan


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