[Haskell-cafe] Second CfP: International Conference on Test and Proofs (TAP 2012), Next Deadline: 2011-12-14

Achim D. Brucker brucker at spamfence.net
Wed Nov 16 03:32:24 CET 2011

(Apologies for duplicates) 

         ****  Less than one month until the deadline  ***
         ****   for submitting abstract to TAP 2012    *** 

Full and short Research Paper, Industrial Expierence Papers, Tool Papers 
    Abstract submission: Dec 14, 2011, Paper submission Dec 21, 2012 

	      May 31 - June 1, 2012, Prague, Czech Republic

	   Part of the TOOLS Federated Conferences 2012

The TAP conference is devoted to the convergence of proofs and tests,
to the application of techniques from both sides and their combination
for the advancement of software quality. Test and Proof seem to be
contradictory techniques: if you have proved your program to be
correct, it is 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

However, the development of both approaches lead 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. Further evidence give test
data generation techniques from models or programs which boil down to
constraint resolution techniques for relatively large formula; the
advent of powerful SMT solvers have therefore powered new testing
techniques.  Finally, since formal, proof-based verification is
costly, testing invariants and background theories can be helpful to
detect errors early and to improve cost effectivity.  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, and will offer
a generous allocation of papers, panels and informal discussions.

Topics of interest cover theory definitions, tool constructions and 
experimentations and include (other topics related to TAP are welcome):
- Transfer of concepts from testing to proving (e.g., coverage criteria)
  and from proving to testing
- Program proving with the aid of testing techniques
- New problematics in automated reasoning emerging from specificities
  of test generation
- Verification and testing techniques combining proofs and tests
- Generation of test data, oracles, or preambles by deductive
  techniques such as: theorem proving, model checking, symbolic
  execution, constraint logic programming
- Model-based testing and verification
- Generation of specifications by deduction
- Automatic bug finding
- Debugging of programs combining static and dynamic analysis
- Formal frameworks
- Tool descriptions and experience reports
- Case studies combining tests and proofs
- Applying combination of test and proof techniques to new application 
  domains such as validating security procotols or vulnerability
  detection of programs 

Important Dates:
Abstract submission:    December 14, 2011 
Paper submission:       December 21, 2011
Notification:           March 2, 2012
Camera ready version:   March 19, 2012
TAP conference:         May 31 - June 1, 2012 (to be confirmed)

TOOLS conferences (TOOLS, ICMT, SC, TAP): May 29 - June 01, 2012
Conference Chairs: Bertrand Meyer
Program Chairs:    Achim D. Brucker and Jacques Julliand

Program Committee (to be extended): 
Nazareno Aguirre, Bernhard K. Aichernig, Paul Ammann, Dirk Beyer,
Nikolaj Bjorner, Robert Clarisó, Marco Comini, Catherine Dubois,
Gordon Fraser, Angelo Gargantini, Alain Giorgetti, Patrice Godefroid, 
Martin Gogolla, Arnaud Gotlieb, Reiner Hähnle, Bart Jacobs, Thierry Jéron, 
Gregory Kapfhammer, Nikolai Kosmatov, Victor Kuliamin, Karl Meinke, Jeff 
Offutt, Holger Schlingloff, T.H. Tse, Margus Veanes, Luca Viganò, Burkhart 
Wolff, Fatiha Zaidi

Please submit your papers via http://lifc.univ-fcomte.fr/tap2012/. 
TAP 2012 will accept two types of papers: 
- Research papers: full papers with at most 16 pages in LNCS format
  (pdf), which have to be original, unpublished and not submitted
- Short contributions: work in progress, (industrial) experience
  reports or tool demonstrations, position statements; an extended
  abstract with at most 6 pages in LNCS format (pdf) is expected.

Accepted papers will be published in the Springer LNCS series and will 
be available at the conference.  

The contents of previous TAP proceedings is available at:

Dr. Achim D. Brucker, SAP Research, Vincenz-Priessnitz-Str. 1, D-76131 Karlsruhe
   Phone: +49 6227 7-52595, Fax: +49-6227 78-50502, http://www.brucker.ch

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