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TAP 2010
4th International Conference on Tests and Proofs

July 1-2, 2010, Malaga, Spain

http://www.st.cs.uni-saarland.de/tap2010

Part of TOOLS Federated Conferences 2010:
TOOLS Europe 2010, SC 2010, ICSMP 2010, TAP 2010

*CALL FOR PAPERS*

The TAP conference is devoted to the convergence of proofs and tests.
It combines ideas from both sides for the advancement of software
quality.

Purpose and Scope:
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To prove the correctness of a program is to demonstrate, through
impeccable mathematical techniques, that it has no bugs; to test a
program is to run it with the expectation of discovering bugs. The two
techniques seem contradictory: if you have proved your program, it's
fruitless to comb it for bugs; and if you are testing it, that is
surely a sign that you have given up on any hope to prove its
correctness.

Accordingly, proofs and tests have, since the onset of software
engineering research, been pursued by distinct communities using
rather different techniques and tools.

And yet the development of both approaches leads to the discovery of
common issues and to the realization that each may need the other. The
emergence of model checking has been one of the first signs that
contradiction may yield to complementarity, but 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 panels and informal
discussions.

Keynote Speakers:
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Michael Ernst, University of Washington, USA
Nachi Nagappan, Microsoft Research, USA

Topics:
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Possible topics include (as an indicative rather than exhaustive list):

- Generation of test data, oracles, or preambles by deductive
techniques such as:
    o theorem proving,
    o model checking,
    o symbolic execution,
    o constraint logic programming, etc.
- Generation of specifications by deduction
- Verification techniques combining proofs and tests
- Program proving with the aid of testing techniques
- Transfer of concepts from testing to proving (e.g., coverage criteria)
- Automatic bug finding
- Formal frameworks
- Tool descriptions and experience reports
- Case studies

Submissions:
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We invite two types of contributions:

- Research papers: full papers of not more than 16 pages in LNCS
format, which have to be original, unpublished and not submitted
elsewhere.

- Short presentations of work in progress, industrial experience
reports and tool demonstrations. An extended abstract of not more than
6 pages is expected and will be reviewed.

All papers will be published in Springer's LNCS series.

SQJ Special section:
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Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions
of their papers to a special section of the Software Quality Journal
(SQJ).


Important dates:
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* Abstract submission: January 29, 2010
* Paper submission: February 5,  2010
* Notification of acceptance: March 22, 2010
* Camera-ready version due: April 5, 2010
* Conference dates: July 1-2, 2010

Conference Chairs:
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Yuri Gurevich, Microsoft Research, USA
Bertrand Meyer, ETH Zuerich, Switzerland

Program Chairs:
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Gordon Fraser, Saarland University, Germany
Angelo Gargantini, University of Bergamo, Italy

Program Committee:
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Bernhard K. Aichernig, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Paul Ammann, George Mason University, USA
Bernhard Beckert, University of Koblenz, Germany
Dirk Beyer, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Koen Claessen, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
John Clark, University of York, UK
Catherine Dubois, ENSIIE, Evry, France
Carlo Furia, ETH Zuerich, Switzerland
Patrice Godefroid, Microsoft Research, USA
Martin Gogolla, University of Bremen, Germany
Arnaud Gotlieb, IRISA, France
Reiner Haehnle, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Bart Jacobs, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Victor Kuliamin, Russain Academy of Sciences, Russia
Karl Meinke, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Manuel Nunez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Sam Owre, SRI International, USA
Doron Peled, Bar Ilan University, Israel
Wolfram Schulte, Microsoft Research, USA
Yannis Smaragdakis, University of Massachusetts, USA
Assia Touil, Supelec, France
T.H. Tse, University of Hong Kong, China


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