2007 conference for the association of software testing (CAST2007)

Conference for the Association of Software Testing
July 9 - 11, 2007
Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA

CAST 2007 is now accepting papers that offer insight and understandingabout software testing. The topics of the papers should be relevant tothe conference theme: Testing Techniques: Innovations andApplications. (Special consideration will be given if your paper orexperience report includes lessons learned from an important failure.)

Both academic research papers and industry experience reports arewelcome. Whether you are experimenting with testing theory or engaging in a testing practice, the focus of CAST is to provide an exchange ofideas between industry and academia.

CAST 2007 has been designed as forum to stimulate discussions leadingto innovation in the software testing community. As such, papers andexperience reports accepted by the Program Committee may bechallenged, debated, and discussed. One distinguishing feature of thisconference is that significant interaction among presenters andattendees is encouraged and facilitated by building flexibility intothe schedule so that topics generating high energy can be exploredmore deeply without adversely disrupting the course of conference events.

Another distinguishing feature of CAST 2007 is that paper andpresentation acceptance will not be biased toward individuals who havea history of professional speaking. It is the program committee's intention to provide an opportunity for practitioners and scholars whomay have limited speaking experience but whose ideas are unique,fresh, and timely in the field of software testing.

The conference is for those who want to discuss and debate testingtopics. Trained facilitators will ensure that discussion sessions areappropriately structured and productive. Discussion sessions will havea recorder, and transcripts or summaries of the discussions will bemade available to participants after the conference.

This list is not inclusive; rather, it is an abbreviated list of 'hottopics' currently facing the testing community that may be useful to you in generating ideas for a paper or experience report.
Exploratory testing
Scripted testing
Model-based and specification-based testing
Component-based and software architecture-based testing
Agile methodology

Scenario testing
Performance testing
Session-based testing
Test automation and tools

New testing techniques applied to established technologies (Embedded Systems, Mainframe environments, Client Server Technologies, Stand Alone Applications, etc.)
Existing testing techniques applied to emerging technologies (Web services testing, Web 2.0, Drupal, PHP, etc.)

Process and Management
Test measurement and metrics
Test-driven development
Test planning
Test team management
Outsourced testing
Acceptance testing

Submission Guidelines
CAST 2007 encourages submitters to follow the ACM SIG Proceedingsstyle, freely available at www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html.
* We expect a typical submission to be between four and six pages long, although we will review papers up to fifteen pages. All papers should be submittedelectronically in PDF format via email to:
*CAST 2007 is not associated with the ACM.

Authors of select papers may be invited to submit their completedpaper to the Journal of the Association for Software Testing.

CAST 2007 Important Dates
January 15, 2007: Abstract deadline
February 19, 2007: Notification of selection
April 10, 2007: Draft papers due
April - May, 2007: Refine and polish the paper / Prepare presentationmaterials
May 14, 2007: Camera-ready materials due
July 9 - 11, 2007: Conference presentation
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