The Symposium on Engineering Test Harness
in honor of the retirement of T.H. Tse

co-located with QSIC 2013
29-30 July 2013. Nanjing, China.


Program testing could not be conducted without tangible testing artifacts, and these artifacts should be usable by programmers so that program testing could be meaningfully conducted. At the heart of this dependency chain is the test harness. Test harness is a collection of tightly coupled artifacts, including concrete test data composition, realization of test execution strategies, test result verification, framework extension, and test visualization and management. Engineering effective test harness should address the challenges in handling multiple types of artifacts and their interaction. 

The best papers presented in the Symposium will be invited for extension at a special issue published by Journal of Systems and Software.

The program of the symposium can be found here.

The Symposium on Engineering Test Harness (TSE-TH 2013) aims to bring researchers, practitioners, and research students together to present results and exchange ideas about the integration of theory and practice as well as the integration of formal and informal methods toward engineering effective test harness.  

A special theme of the symposium is to celebrate the retirement of Prof T.H. Tse. This symposium also solicits research results and experience reports that make tributes to the academic contribution of Prof T.H. Tse in the area of software testing.

Each submission may contain up to 7 pages for a regular contribution, 4 pages for a concise contribution, or 2 pages for a position statement. Each submission should be formatted according to the IEEE CS proceedings format (US letter size). Templates can be downloaded from the IEEE Computer Society Press (  Papers not following the submission guidelines may be desk rejected without review.

Authors can use either the double-blind review or the traditional single-blind review.  If the authors choose their submissions to follow the double-blind review protocol, before the submission deadline, the authors MUST also send a single-blind version to the managing program co-chair (W.K. Chan) at .

Each submission will be reviewed based on the relevance to the scope of the workshop (which is not necessarily related to the special theme of the workshop), correctness, originality, novelty, evaluation, related work, and presentation. All submissions will be subject to a process of rigorous peer review. The acceptance decision will be made by the program committee as a whole. Accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings of QSIC 2013 or Proceedings of QSIC Workshops 2013 by the IEEE Computer Society. Each accepted paper must be presented by one of its co-authors.  

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Formulation of test adequacy in test harness
  • Formulation of test data generation, selection, and prioritization in test harness
  • Formulation of test oracles in test harness
  • Generation of test harness
  • Dynamic execution mechanisms for test harness
  • Extensible and scalable infrastructure for test harness
  • Integration and interactions of components in test harness
  • Interactions between test harness and programs under test
  • Test harness in integrated development environment
  • Management and process of test harness
  • Reporting of test harness progress and results
  • Visualization of testing activities conducted by test harness
  • Specification and design of artifacts in test harness
  • Usability of test harness
  • Automation of test harness
  • Test harness driven debugging
  • Test harness driven maintenance
  • Human and social aspects of test harness
  • Interoperability and standardization of test harness
  • Empirical study on the above topics
  • Literature survey on the above topics

Important Dates

Submission Due:    17 March 2013   5 April 2013 (everywhere on earth)
Paper Notification: 17 May 2013
Symposium Date:   29-30 July 2013




Symposium Program Chairs
W.K. ChanCity University of Hong Kong
S.C. Cheung, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Program Committee Members

Rui Abreu, University of Porto, Portugal

Christof Budnik, Siemens Research, USA

William Chu, TungHai University, Taiwan

Bo Jiang, Beiheng University, China

Gordon Fraser, University of Sheffield, UK

Gregory M. Kapfhammer, Allegheny College, USA

Yu Lei, University of Texas at Arlington, USA

Karl P.H. Leung, VTC, Hong Kong

Fei-Ching Kuo, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Dianxiang Xu, Dakota State University, USA

Chunyang Ye, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Yuen Tak Yu, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Zheng Zheng, Beiheng University, China

Zhiquan Zhou, University of Wollongong, Australia

Hong Zhu, Oxford Brookes University, UK


All enquiries should be directed to wkchan [at] .