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   The 11th IEEE/ACM International Workshop on  

Automation of Software Test (AST 2016)

(Special Theme: Scalability of Test Automation)  

Workshop dates: 14-15 May 2016, 

In Conjunction with the 

38th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE’16

Austin, TX, USA. May 14 - 22, 2016

(Click here for a printable copy of the Call-For-Papers)

In software development practice, testing accounts for as much as 50% of the total development effort. It is therefore imperative to reduce the cost and improve the effectiveness of software testing by automating the testing process. In the past decades, a great amount of research effort has been spent on automatic test case generation, automatic test oracles, etc. Test automation is also becoming an important part of software testing practice.

The workshop is the 11th edition of the successful AST workshops held at ICSE 2006-2015. It will provide researchers and practitioners with a forum for exchanging ideas, experiences, understanding of the problems, visions for the future, and promising solutions to the problems. The workshop will also provide a platform for researchers and developers of testing tools to work together to identify the problems in the theory and practice of software test automation and to set an agenda and lay the foundation for future development.

Past Editions of AST Workshops:

AST 2016 marks the 11th consecutive year of the AST workshops at ICSE. With as many as 65 delegates in attendance during past years, the workshop stands out as valuable forum for the presentation of research and practice in the field of automated software testing. Previous AST workshops are listed  below.


6th Oct. 2015: 

  • The team of PC Co-Chairs is formed
  • This website begins its construction. 

10th Oct. 2015:

  • Workshop proposal submitted to ICSE 2016

20th Nov. 2015:

  • Workshop is formally approved by ICSE 2016 organizers. 

4th Dec. 2015:

  • Workshop dates is decided. It will be on 14th and 15th May 2016

22nd Dec. 2015:

  • Programme Committee is formed. See the Organisers Section for details.

15th Jan. 2016:

  • Submission deadline is extended to 29th Jan. 2016

4th March, 2016:

  • Provisional Program is now available; Please see the "Program" section.

5th April, 2016:

  • Information about the Keynote Speakers is now available; please see the section on Keynote for details. 

6th May, 2016:

  • John Penix will give a keynote at AST 2016 on The Design and Evolution of Google’s Test Automation Project. Please see the Keynote section for the abstract. 

12th May, 2016

  • Kim Herzig will give a keynote at AST 2016 on "Let's assume we had to pay for testing". Please see the Keynote section for the abstract. 
  • Workshop Program is updated with information about session chairs. 


This site was last updated 05/12/16