2nd Workshop on
Validation, Analysis and Evolution of Software Tests

March 20, 2018 | co-located with SANER 2018, Campobasso, Italy

Call for Papers

Aims, scope and topics of interest.

Software projects accumulate large sets of test cases, encoding valuable expert knowledge about the software under test to the extent of many person years. Over time the reliability of the tests decreases, and they become difficult to understand and maintain. Extra effort is required for repairing broken tests and for adapting test suites and models to evolving software systems.

The International Workshop on Validation, Analysis and Evolution of Software Tests (VST) is an unique event bringing together academics, industrial researchers, and practitioners for exchanging experiences, solutions and new ideas in applying methods, techniques and tools from software analysis, evolution and reengineering to advance the state of the art in test development and maintenance.

The workshop invites high quality submissions related, but are not limited, to:

 ●  Test minimization and simplification

 ●  Fault localization and automated repair

 ●  Change analysis for software tests

 ●  Test visualization and validation

 ●  Documentation analysis

 ●  Bug report analysis

 ●  Test evolution

 ●  Test case generation

 ●  Model-based testing

 ●  Combinations of the topics above

  Download Call for Papers (txt) | Flyer (pdf) | Poster (pdf)


Important Dates

Anywhere on earth.

Abstract submission deadline (extended) January 15, 2018 AoE

Paper submission deadline (extended) January 19, 2018 AoE

Notifications February 9, 2018

Camera Ready February 22, 2018


Instructions and submission site.

We encourage submissions on the topics mentioned above with a page limit of five pages, IEEE format. Papers will be by reviewed by at least three program committee members following a full double-blind review process. Paper selection is based on scientific originality, novelty, and the potential to generate interesting discussions.

We will also allow fast abstracts and tool demo papers of one or two pages for presentation at the workshop, but not to be published in written form.

Submission Instructions

  • Papers must not exceed the page limit of five pages (including all text, references, appendices, and figures)

  • Papers must conform to the IEEE formatting guidelines for conference proceedings

  • Papers must be prepared for a full double-blind review process (author names and affiliations must be omitted, references to the authors' own work must be in the third person, and any naming or referencing that would give away the authors' identity has to be avoided)

  • Papers must be original work that has neither appeared elsewhere for publication nor which is under review for another publication

  • Papers must be submitted in PDF format via EasyChair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=vst2018

  Submit your paper at: VST 2018 EasyChair submission site


Location and schedule.

Summarization Techniques for Code, Change, Testing and User Feedback
Dr. Sebastiano Panichella, University of Zurich, Switzerland

  Accepted papers

Evaluating the Efficiency of Continuous Testing during Test-Driven Development
Serge Demeyer, Benoît Verhaeghe, Anne Etien, Nicola Anquetil and Stéphane Ducasse

Generation of Requirements-based Test Cases for an Adaptive Cruise Control System
Peer Denecke, Adina Aniculaesei, Andreas Rausch and Falk Howar

A Retrospective of Production and Test Code Co-Evolution in an Industrial Project
Claus Klammer, Georg Buchgeher and Albin Kern

Detecting Duplicate Examples in Behaviour Driven Development Specifications
Leonard Peter Binamungu, Suzanne M. Embury and Nikolaos Konstantinou


Charis and program committee.

Program Committee

Cyrille Artho, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (co-chair)

Árpád Beszédes, University of Szeged, Hungary

Vahid Garousi, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Mohammad Ghafari, University of Bern, Switzerland

Milos Gligoric, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Michaela Greiler, Microsoft, USA

Falk Howar, Technical University Clausthal, Germany

Takashi Kitamura, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan

Teng Long, University of Maryland, USA

Lei Ma, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Leonardo Mariani, University of Milan Bicocca, Italy

Rudolf Ramler, Software Competence Center Hagenberg, Austria (co-chair)

Martina Seidl, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria


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