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City: Minneapolis
Country: United States
Period: July 15-20, 2012



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ISSTA'12 Workshops: Call For Papers

Joint Call for Papers of three ISSTA'12 Workshops

ISSTA is the leading research symposium in software testing and
analysis, bringing together academics, industrial researchers, and
practitioners to exchange new ideas, problems, and experience on how to
analyze and test software systems. ISSTA 2012 will be held July 15-20 in
Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the McNamara Alumni Center on the University
of Minnesota campus. Please consider submitting your work to the
following ISSTA'12 workshops (more detailed information of each workshop
can be found below):

July 15, 2012

July 16, 2012

WODA 2012 : 10th International Workshop on Dynamic Analysis

Organizers: Eric Bodden (TU Darmstadt) and Madanlal Musuvathi (Microsoft

Dynamic-analysis techniques are increasingly used to complement more
traditional static analysis. Approaches based on static analysis operate
on a static representation of the program, consider all possible (and
some infeasible) behaviors, and are thus complete, but often imprecise.
Dynamic-analysis techniques, conversely, reason over a set of program
executions and analyze only observed behaviors. Dynamic analysis
includes both offline techniques, which operate on some captured
representation of the system's behavior (e.g., a trace), and run-time
techniques, which analyze the system's behavior on the fly, while the
system is executing. Although inherently incomplete, dynamic analyses
can be more precise than their static counterparts and show promise in
aiding the understanding, development, and maintenance of robust and
reliable large-scale systems. Moreover, the data they provide enable
statistical inferences to be made about program behavior. In recent
years, both practitioners and researchers are realizing that the
limitations of static analysis can be overcome by integrating static and
dynamic analysis, and that the performance of dynamic analyses can in
turn be improved by leveraging static analysis.
The overall goal of WODA 2012 is to bring together researchers and
practitioners working in all areas of dynamic analysis to discuss new
issues, share results and ongoing work, and foster collaborations.

Important Dates:
Submission deadline: April 27th, 2012 (23:59 American Samoa Time)
Author Notification: May 25th, 2012
Submission of camera ready papers: June 1st, 2012

PADTAD 2012: The 10th Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Systems:
Testing, Analysis and Debugging

Organizers: Jeremy S. Bradbury (General Chair, University of Ontario
Institute of Technology) and
Simone Souza (Program Chair, University of Sao Paulo)

The workshop focuses on techniques and systems that aid in the testing,
analysis, and debugging of multi-threaded, parallel and distributed
applications and systems.
Although debuggers and profilers are the traditional examples of testing
and debugging tools on sequential machines, there are issues unique to
concurrent systems that are not commonly addressed. Examples of such
significant challenges include deadlock, load imbalance, data sharing
patterns, race conditions, and contention. Established testing
techniques and tools are insufficient for non-sequential programs
because they largely ignore timing and scheduling, which are inherent in
concurrent systems.
Beyond the shortcomings of current tools and technologies, the rising
generation of programmers and developers need to be more versed in
concurrent systems design and programming. Education and curriculum are
critical to realizing the full potential of multi-core technology and we
need to begin training the students who will make multi-core happen on a
large scale. As such, we strongly encourage abstracts and regular papers
devoted to education and curriculum at all levels, including pedagogy,
exercises, projects, experience reports, etc.
PADTAD also has an industrial track and welcomes papers and experience
reports from software development and testing practitioners. We are
looking for papers that succinctly address practical software testing
and quality improvement, presenting empirical results or reporting on
open problems.

Important Dates:
Paper Submission: Friday, April 27, 2012
Author Notification: Friday, May 11, 2012
Camera-Ready Due: Friday, May 18, 2012

2012 International Workshop on End-to-End Test Script Engineering

Official Webpage:

Organizers: Satish Chandra (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center), Mark
Grechanik (Accenture Technology Labs), and Saurabh Sinha (IBM Research -

In recent years, we have witnessed the growing importance of software
test automation. In particular, the creation of automated test scripts
has seen an increasing emphasis and interest in industry. Automated test
scripts provide many benefits, such as repeatable, predictable, and
efficient test executions. However, creating scripts from manual test
cases can be tedious and can require significant up-front investment.
Moreover, after the initial development, like any software system, the
test scripts require maintenance. Thus, test scripts have a
lifecycle—involving different development, maintenance, and validation
activities—and must co-evolve with the application. To perform such
activities efficiently (especially when the test suite of an application
grows over time to consist of tens of thousands of scripts), the
development of appropriate tools, techniques, and methods that encompass
the entire test-script lifecycle is essential.
More generally, aspects of software engineering that are pertinent for
general applications can be significant for test scripts too. For
example, modularity and reuse, which are important tenets in software
engineering, are equally relevant in test-script development. Similarly,
like a general application, a complex test script may require adequate
validation to ensure that it performs the intended actions.
The second ETSE Workshop follows on the successful first edition of the
workshop, which was held with ISSTA 2011. Like the first workshop, the
goal of this workshop is to emphasize the end-to-end aspect of
test-script engineering, and provide a forum for academics and
practitioners to discuss the challenges, accomplishments, opportunities,
and promising research directions related to the development and
maintenance of automated test scripts.

Important Dates:
Submission of papers: Friday, May 11, 2012 (23:59 Apia time)
Author notification: Friday, June 1, 2012
Submission of camera-ready papers: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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