STA 2013: The 5th IEEE International Workshop on Software Test Automation

Held in conjunction with COMPSAC, the IEEE Signature Conference on Computers, Software & Applications - July 22-26, 2013 - Kyoto, Japan


Goal of the Workshop

Test automation aims to reduce the cost and improve the effectiveness of software testing by using various techniques and methods. Other benefits are consistency and accuracy, reduction of overall test cycle time, risk mitigation of manual testing, and increase in overall product quality. Recording test activities as test scripts and playing the test scripts or record and playback are the common methods. More advanced methodologies include data-driven, keyword-driven and hybrid methods as well as framework-based methods. Among tool development, interoperability remains a major challenge.

Theme and Scope of the Workshop

This year's theme of COMPSAC is "The Expanding Sphere of Software and Data" Creating the digital society calls for all aspects of computing, software development, software systems engineering, and applications. To sustain it, however, trust in systems is of paramount importance, thus the need for trustworthy software systems. Foundations, methodologies, architectures, and mechanisms that support modeling, design, implementation, and evaluation of trustworthy software systems and applications are of great concern. Accordingly, submissions including applications and case studies in these areas will highly be appreciated.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Model Based Testing
• Test automation in the context of different software development lifecycle methodologies
• Support for testing methods
• Application in different domains
• Operation, maintenance and evolution of test tools and environments
• Experiments, empirical studies, experience reports, and case studies
• Quantitative studies including cost vs. benefit studies


Papers must be submitted electronically via the STA 2013 Submission Page.

Follow the IEEE Computer Society Press Proceedings Author Guidelines to prepare your papers:

All papers will be carefully reviewed by at least three reviewers. Papers can be submitted as regular papers (six pages), and the acceptance will depend on reviewer feedback. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings of the IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC 2013) by the IEEE CS Press. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper must register as a full participant of the workshop to have the paper published in the proceedings. Each accepted paper must be presented in person by an author.

General Inquiries

For updated information, please contact the workshop organizers.

STA Organizers

Rajesh Subramanyan, Siemens USA
E-mail: rajesh.subramanyan (at)

Fevzi Belli, University of Paderborn
E-mail: belli (at)

Program Committee

Arun Bahulkar, Tata Research (TRRDC), India
Xiaoying Bai, Tsinghua University, China
Christof Budnik, Siemens, USA
Feza Buzluca, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Arilo Claudio, Federal University of Amazonas, Brazil
Atilla Elci, Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus
Jerry Gao, San Jose State University, USA
Ron Kenett, KPA Ltd, Israel
Juncao Li, Microsoft, USA
Ina Schieferdecker, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany
Marek Stochel, Motorola Solutions, Poland
Guilherme Travassos, Federal University of Rio de Janerio (UFRJ), Brazil
Dragos Truscan, Ãbo Akademi University, Finland
Tugkan Tuglular, Izmir University, Turkey
Andreas Ulrich, Siemens Corporate Technology, Germany
Xiangyu Zhang, Purdue University, USA

Workshops Program Deadlines

• Extended: April 8, 2013 : Workshop papers due
• April 26, 2013: Workshop paper notifications
• May 5, 2013: Camera-ready copy and registration due