November 19-21, 2012

Aalborg, Denmark

Call for Papers (.txt, .pdf flyer)

Scope and Objective

Testing is one of the most important quality assurance techniques for the (partial) verification of communication and software systems as well as for the validation of their models. Yet, testing remains very challenging in the underlying theory, methods and tools, in industrial use, and in its systematic combined application with other verification techniques.


ICTSS is a series of international conferences addressing the conceptual, theoretic, and practical problems of testing software systems, including communication protocols, services, distributed platforms, middleware, embedded- and cyber-physical-systems, and security infrastructures.

The ICTSS is the successor of previous (joint) conferences TESTCOM and FATES and aims at being a forum for researchers, developers, testers, and users to review, discuss, and learn about new approaches, concepts, theories, methodologies, tools, and experiences in the field of testing of communicating systems and software.

Topics of interest

  • Aspects of testing: test derivation, test selection, test coverage, test implementation and execution, test result analysis, test oracles, test management, monitoring and runtime verification, test frameworks
  • Model-based testing: Formal models and modeling languages such as automata, state machines, process algebra, logics, UML, HOL, Markov-chains, test generation from models, model coverage
  • Combination of techniques: Techniques that demonstrate how to cleverly and systematically combine testing and formal (model-based) verification and analysis to improve quality and reduce effort
  • Quality aspects: Functional, interoperability, performance, conformance, security, reliability, robustness, etc.
  • Application areas: Communicating systems such as protocols, middleware, networks, web services, wireless applications, control systems, business information systems, embedded and real-time software, etc.
  • Combinations of different testing techniques:, In particular combination of techniques for the automated generation of test data
  • Tools and methods: Automated support of any of the testing activities, rigid testing processes, testing driven development, sound metrics and measuremenst
  • Case studies: Case studies and industrial applications involving qualified empirical evaluations

Types of contributions

  • Research papers (max. 16 pages) describing results of theoretical or experimental research, which must be original, significant, and sound
  • Industrial papers (max. 16 pages) describing approaches and means to introduce new testing methodologies in industrial contexts or reporting on industrial best practices

Submissions and publication

All contributions to ICTSS'12 have to be submitted electronically in PDF format via easy chair. All submissions have to follow the Springer LNCS paper format.

The submission type according to the categories mentioned under Types of Contributions must be stated explicitly by the author(s) upon submission via the conference website. The submission type influences the review criteria.

Accepted contributions must be presented at the conference. Accepted full papers are published by Springer in the LNCS series. Authors need to sign a copyright transfer form to transfer usage rights on their papers to Springer.

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Important dates

June 11, 2012 Deadline for submission of abstracts
June 18, 2012 Deadline for submission of full papers
August 8, 2012 Author Notification
September 3, 2012 Deadline for Camera ready copy
October 12, 2012 Deadline for submission to PhD Workshop
November 1, 2012 Deadline for Early Registration
Nov 19 - 21, 2012 Conference

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