[FOM] TAP 2013: 1st Call for Papers

Achim D. Brucker brucker at spamfence.net
Tue Oct 30 02:56:32 EDT 2012

(Apologies if you receive this announcement multiple times.
We also apologize for resending the first call for papers,
the original announcement contained an incorrect URL to easychair.)

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***  TAP 2013                                    ***
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***  Abstract submission: January 25, 2013       ***
***  Paper submission:    February 1, 2013       ***
***  TAP 2013 solicits both full papers and      ***
***  (industrial) experience/tool papers         ***
***  in combining proofs and (security) testing  ***



Budapest, Hungary, June 17-21, 2013

The TAP conference is devoted to the synergy of proofs and tests, to the
application of techniques from both sides and their combination for the                 
advancement of software quality.
Testing and proving seem to be contradictory techniques: once you have
proved your program to be correct then additional testing seems
pointless; on the other hand, when such a proof in not feasible, then
testing the program seems to be the only option. This view has dominated      
the research community since the dawn of computer science, and has
resulted in distinct communities pursuing the seemingly orthogonal
research areas.

However, the development of both approaches has lead to the discovery of
common issues and to the realization of potential synergy. Perhaps, use      
of model checking in testing was one of the first signs that a         
counterexample to a proof may be interpreted as a test case. Recent
breakthroughs in deductive techniques such as satisfiability modulo
theories, abstract interpretation, and interactive theorem proving, have
paved the way for new and practically effective methods of powering                    
testing techniques. Moreover, since formal, proof-based verification is
costly, testing invariants and background theories can be helpful to
detect errors early and to improve cost effectiveness. Summing up, in
the past few years an increasing number of research efforts have
encountered the need for combining proofs and tests, dropping earlier
dogmatic views of incompatibility and taking instead the best of what
each of these software engineering domains has to offer.

The TAP conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners
working in the converging fields of testing and proving, and will offer
a generous allocation of papers, panels and informal discussions.

Topics of interest cover theory definitions, tool constructions and
experimentations, and include (other topics related to TAP are welcome):
- Bridging the gap between concrete and symbolic techniques, e.g. using
  proof search in satisfiability modulo theories solvers to enhance
  various testing techniques
- Transfer of concepts from testing to proving (e.g., coverage criteria)
  and from proving to testing
- Program proving with the aid of testing techniques
- New problematics in automated reasoning emerging from specificities of
  test generation
- Verification and testing techniques combining proofs and tests
- Generation of test data, oracles, or preambles by deductive techniques
  such as: theorem proving, model checking, symbolic execution,
  constraint logic programming
- Model-based testing and verification
- Generation of specifications by deduction
- Automatic bug finding
- Debugging of programs combining static and dynamic analysis
- Formal frameworks
- Tool descriptions and experience reports
- Case studies combining tests and proofs
- Domain specific applications of testing and proving to new application
  domains such as validating security protocols, vulnerability detection
  of programs, security

Important Dates:
Abstract submission:   January 25, 2013
Paper submission:      February 1, 2013
Notification:          March 3, 2013
Camera ready version:  April 5, 2013
TAP conference:        June 17-21, 2013

Program Chairs:
Margus Veanes (Microsoft Research, USA)
Luca Vigano` (University of Verona, Italy)

Program Committee:

Please submit your papers via easychair
(submission page to be opened in due time)

TAP 2013 will
accept two types of papers:

- Research papers: full papers with at most 16 pages in LNCS format
  (pdf), which have to be original, unpublished and not submitted

- Short contributions: work in progress, (industrial) experience
  reports or tool demonstrations, position statements; an extended
  abstract with at most 6 pages in LNCS format (pdf) is expected.

Subject to final approval by Springer, accepted papers will be published
in the Springer LNCS series and will be available at the conference.

The contents of previous TAP proceedings is available at:

                  Dr. Achim D. Brucker, SAP AG, SAP Research
 Vincenz-Priessnitz-Str. 1, D-76131 Karlsruhe, Phone: +49 6227 7-52595

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