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Testing Tools Track

The ICST Tools Track seeks to bridge the gap between software testing, verification, and validation practitioners and researchers with a goal of improving both the state-of-the-art and the state-of-the-practice. In their submissions, software tool developers should explain how they deal with the complexity and challenges of transferring research ideas into practice. At the same time, researchers are welcome to submit papers in which they describe how academic research helps tool developers apply new approaches to solving complex industry problems. Participants of the Tools Track will be exposed to different techniques, and they will be connected with potential collaborators. We actively seek quality non-academic submissions, so that this track enables leading researchers and practitioners discuss and solve important problems.

We invite submission that include but not limited to the following areas:

  • Transfer of academic approaches into open source or commercial tools and sharing lessons learned from this transfer;
  • Creation of an innovative tool;
  • Description of a significant adoption effort of a verification approach with detailed descriptions of the strategies and challenges of this adoption effort;
  • Description of a working prototype of your research technique and feedback from practitioners.

Submissions will be evaluated based on:

  • The importance of the addressed problem;
  • The relevance and significance of any lessons learned during implementation or deployment;
  • The innovation element of the approach;
  • The maturity, availability, and adoption-level of the tool;
  • The quality of the presentation.


Authors must submit an article that focuses on the technical or social aspects of tool development, deployment, and adoption that is no more than 8 pages. Accepted authors will be allotted a 25 minute presentation at the conference are expected to include at least 10 minutes of a live tool demonstration. As such, submissions are encouraged to include a one-page Appendix that describes the plan for the live demonstration. Descriptions of novel algorithmic advances or empirical evaluations are not in scope. Claims about the effectiveness of tools should be supported by citations to peer-reviewed publications.  Please note that the Testing Tools track will accept tools at several stages of maturity: promising research prototypes, widely used research tools, commercial tools issued by research.

Program Committee

Program Committee Chairs

Program Committee

  • James Clause, University of Delaware, USA
  • Christoph Csallner, University of Texas at Arlington, USA
  • Vahid Garousi, University of Calgary, Canada – Atilim University, Ankara, Turkey
  • Manuel Oriol, ABB Corporate Research, Switzerland
  • Xiao Qu, ABB Corporate Research, USA
  • Saurabh Sinha, IBM Research, India
  • Nikolai Tillmann, Microsoft Research, USA
  • Carl Worms, Credit Suisse IT, Switzerland

How to Submit

Submissions will be handled by easy chair: ICST 2014 Testing Tools Track

Important Dates

January 10th, 2014
Notification of acceptance
February 10th, 2014
Conference date March 31st - April 4th, 2014