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ITEQS 2018 : 2nd International Workshop on Testing Extra-Functional Properties and Quality Characteristics of Software Systems


When Apr 9, 2018 - Apr 9, 2018
Where Västerås, Sweden
Submission Deadline Jan 12, 2018
Notification Due Feb 21, 2018
Final Version Due Feb 28, 2018
Categories    software testing   verification and validation   extra-functional properties   software quality

Call For Papers

ITEQS 2018

2nd International Workshop on Testing Extra-Functional Properties and Quality Characteristics of Software Systems (ITEQS)
Co-located with the 11th IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST 2018), Västerås - Sweden


The rapid development towards increased integration of software with the social and physical world that we see today means that quality aspects such as performance, safety, security, and robustness become more important in an increasing number of the systems and devices, which we use and depend on. In this context, the success of a software product may not only depend on the logical correctness of its functions, but also on the system quality characteristics. Such system characteristics, which are referred to and captured as Extra-Functional Properties (EFPs) or Non-Functional Properties, are particularly important in resource constrained systems such as in the domains of real-time embedded and cyber-physical systems. Therefore, such systems need to be tested with a special attention to the EFPs. Testing EFPs is challenging and often requires different approaches compared to testing normal functionality. ITEQS provides a focused forum with the goal of bringing together researchers and practitioners to share ideas, identify challenges, propose solutions and techniques, and in general expand the state of the art in testing EFPs and quality characteristics of software systems and services. The workshop endorses contributions in a wide range of topics related to testing of EFPs in the form of full papers and short yet solid work-in-progress/position papers.

Note: The workshop does not accept papers that focus purely on functional testing!

- Model-based testing of EFPs; e.g., choice of modeling languages to capture EFPs and their role on testability, model-based test case generation, etc.
- Mutation-based testing for EFPs; e.g., application of mutation techniques for testing of EFPs particularly introduction of EFP-specific mutation operators
- Search-based testing techniques for EFPs
- Testability, observability, controllability and the role of the platform; e.g., how the choice of operating system can impact testability of EFPs, for instance, a real-time operating system, introducing testability mechanisms into a platform, designing - middlewares for testing of EFPs
- Empirical studies and experience reports; e.g., on the importance of testing EFPs, evaluation of testing methods, case-study and reports on project failures due to EFPs, comparison of methods and techniques
- Quality assurance, standards, and their impact on testing EFPs
- Requirements and testing EFPs; e.g., identification and generation of test oracles for EFPs from requirements, requirements for testability, traceability
- Coverage criteria in testing EFPs
- Processes and their role in testing EFPs; e.g., agile and TDD
- Fault localization for EFPs and debugging
- Formal methods, model-checking, and reasoning about EFPs
- Parallelism, Concurrency, and Testing of multicore applications
- Performance, Robustness, and Security Testing
- Testing real-time, embedded, and cyber-physical systems, and their challenges
- Testing quality characteristics of distributed, mobile, and cloud applications

Paper format: 1) full papers 6-10 pages, 2) solid work-in-progress and position papers 4 pages; in IEEE double column format.
Submission site:
Accepted papers will be published in IEEE Digital Library.

SPECIAL ISSUE on "Testing Extra-Functional Properties"
Selected best papers from the workshop will be invited to submit an extended version of their work to the Special Issue on "Testing Extra-Functional Properties" in the Software Testing, Verification and Reliability (STVR) Journal. The extended papers will undergo a new peer-reviewing process.

Submission deadline: January 12, 2018
Notifications: February 21, 2018
Workshop date: April 9, 2018

Mehrdad Saadatmand, RISE SICS Västerås, Sweden (mehrdad.saadatmand[at]
Birgitta Lindström, University of Skövde, Sweden (birgitta.lindstrom[at]
Bernhard K. Aichernig, Graz University of Technology, Austria (aichernig[at]

Contact: iteqs2018[at]

Antonia Bertolino, CNR (National Research Council), Italy
Brian Nielsen, Aalborg University, Denmark
Lionel Briand, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Mohammad Mousavi, University of Leicester, UK
Vahid Garousi, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Jeff Offutt, George Mason University, USA
Yvan Labiche, Carleton University, Canada
Vittorio Cortellessa, University of L'Aquila, Italy
Björn Lisper, Mälardalen University, Sweden
Markus Bohlin, RISE SICS Västerås, Sweden
Mika Mäntylä, University of Oulu, Finland
Hadi Hemmati, University of Calgary, Canada
Bestoun S. Ahmed, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
James H. Hill, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
Wasif Afzal, Mälardalen University, Sweden
Heinz Schmidt, RMIT University, Australia
Pasqualina Potena, RISE SICS Västerås, Sweden

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