7th Workshop on
Validation, Analysis and Evolution of Software Tests

March 12, 2024 | co-located with SANER 2024, Rovaniemi, Finland

Call for Papers

Aims, scope and topics of interest.

Software projects accumulate large sets of test cases, encoding valuable expert knowledge about the system under test to the extent of many person years. Over time, the reliability of the tests decreases, and they become difficult to understand and maintain. Extra effort is required for repairing broken tests and for adapting test suites and models to evolving software systems.

The International Workshop on Validation, Analysis and Evolution of Software Tests (VST) is a unique event bringing together academics, industrial researchers, and practitioners for exchanging experiences, solutions, and new ideas in applying methods, techniques and tools from software analysis, evolution and re-engineering to advance the state of the art in test development and maintenance.

The workshop invites high quality submissions related, but are not limited, to:

 ●  Test code analysis and validation

 ●  Test execution monitoring and visualization

 ●  Test results analysis and bug reporting

 ●  Fault detection and localization

 ●  Change impact analysis for software tests

 ●  Co-evolution of tests and code

 ●  Automated repair for test code

 ●  Clone detection for tests

 ●  Metamorphic relations for testing

 ●  Test generation and amplification

 ●  Regression test selection and prioritization

 ●  Test minimization and simplification

 ●  Model-based testing

 ●  Combinations of the topics above

  Download Call for Papers (txt)

For previous editions of this workshop visit: VST 2023, VST 2022, VST 2021, VST 2020, VST 2018, and VST 2016.

Important Dates

Anywhere on earth.

Abstract submission deadline December 8, 2023 AoE

Paper submission deadline (EXTENDED) December 18, 2023 AoE

Notifications January 8, 2024

Camera Ready (updated) February 19, 2024

Workshop March 12, 2024


Instructions and submission site.

We encourage submissions on the topics mentioned above with a page limit of max 8 pages, IEEE format. In addition, we will also allow position papers and tool demo papers of two to four pages.

Papers will be by reviewed by at least three program committee members following a full double-blind review process. Paper selection is based on scientific originality, novelty, and the potential to generate interesting discussions. Accepted papers will be published in the IEEE Digital Library along with the SANER proceedings.

Submission Instructions

  • Papers must not exceed the page limit of 8 pages (including all text, references, appendices, and figures), position papers and tool demos 2-4 pages

  • Papers must conform to the IEEE formatting guidelines for conference proceedings

  • Submissions should be prepared for a full double-blind review process (author names and affiliations should be omitted and references to own work should be in the third person)

  • Papers must comply with the IEEE policy on authorship. Papers must be original work that has neither appeared elsewhere for publication nor which is under review for another publication

  • Submissions are required in PDF format via EasyChair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=vst2024

  Submit your paper at: VST 2024 EasyChair submission site


Location and schedule.

Rovaniemi, Finland
Timezone: EET (UTC+2)

Venue: Hotel Santa Claus


Software Testing and Software Log Analysis: When Will They Meet?

Abstract - In this talk, we examine the intersection of software testing and software log analysis. Software logs, which can originate from both production and testing environments, provide insights that enhance testing relevance from a production perspective. We argue that software logs can play a crucial role in two fundamental aspects of testing: acting both as software test oracles and as measures of software test coverage. Future research on testing could also delve into logs from software test automation systems and testing of microservice-based systems, which enable the collection of data beyond execution logs such as traces and performance metrics.

10:30-11:00 - Coffee break
12:30-13:30 - Lunch Break
15:30-16:00 - Coffee break


Chairs and program committee.

Program Committee

Emil Alégroth, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

Cyrille Artho, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Wesley K. G. Assunção, North Carolina State University, United States

Peter Backeman, Mälardalen University, Sweden

Peter Bludau, fortiss GmbH, Germany

Carolin Brandt, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Serge Demeyer, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Michael Felderer, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

Stefan Fischer, Software Competence Center Hagenberg, Austria

Gordon Fraser, University of Passau, Germany

Alessio Gambi, IMC University of Applied Science Krems, Austria

Angelo Gargantini, University of Bergamo, Italy

Philipp Haindl, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Austria

Andrea Janes, FHV Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, Austria

Malte Lochau, University of Siegen, Germany

Mirosław Ochodek, Poznan University of Technology, Poland

Dietmar Pfahl, University of Tartu, Estonia

Josef Pichler, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Bruno Rossi, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Dragos Truscan, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Juri Vain, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia


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