1st International Workshop on Integration of Testing Methodologies
October 1 -- 2 ,2004, Toledo, Spain
The growing complexity of present-day systems, as well as the critical application areas in which they are used, has made it more difficult to avoid introducing the possibility of catastrophic failures. Testing, the process of checking that a system possesses a set of desired properties and behaviour has become an integral part of innovation, production and operation of systems in order to reduce the risk of failures and to guarantee the quality and reliability of the software used.
Even though testing activities are considered to be rather important, we have to overcome the problem that different testing communities use different methods. We may roughly identify two testing communities: Testing of software and testing of communicating systems. Until very recently, research had been carried out with almost no interactions between these two communities although they have complementary know-how. Thus, there is an urgent need to find a synthesis between the different techniques developed in isolation by each community.
Further, the existing techniques and tools for testing are not adequately applied or even known in industry. It is necessary to transfer know-how, facilitate introduction, and increase the awareness of the benefits that can be obtained by adopting or improving this type of technology in both large and small companies.
This workshop is celebrated under the auspices of the Marie Curie Research and Training Network TAROT (Training And Research On Testing) and in cooperation with the Spanish MCyT project MASTER (Advanced Methods for Testing and Performance Evaluation). However, the participation is open (and encouraged!) to researchers outside these projects. We welcome submissions on topics regarding interactions between the two communities. Nevertheless, given the fact that this is the first edition of this workshop, the boundaries of the scope of the workshop are not very much fixed. Suggested topics include:
It is planned to publish all the accepted papers in a Lecture Notes in Computer Science volume (Springer) containing the proceedings of the three Forte 2004 co-located workshops.
Papers must be prepared in LNCS format and must not exceed 15 pages, including figures and references. The papers must be electronically submitted via a web system that will be set up when the deadline is approaching.
Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication while being evaluated for this workshop.