July 24 - July 25, 2014, York, UK
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 orthogonal techniques: once a program has been proven to be correct then additional testing seems pointless; however, when such a proof in not feasible, then testing the program seems to be the only option. This view has dominated the research community for a long time, and has resulted in distinct communities pursuing the different research areas.
The development of both approaches has lead to the discovery of common issues and to the realization of potential synergy. Perhaps, the 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 by offering a generous forum for the presentation of ongoing research, for tutorials on established technologies and for informal discussions.
Topics of interest cover theory definitions, tool constructions and experimentations, and include (other topics related to TAP are welcome):
TAP 2014 solicits regular research papers, short papers as well as tutorials. Please follow the submission instructions.