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11th International Conference on Tests & Proofs

19-20 July 2017, Marburg, Germany


Scope

The TAP conference promotes research in verification and formal methods that targets the interplay of proofs and testing: the advancement of techniques of each kind and their combination, with the ultimate goal of improving software and system dependability.

Research in verification has recently seen a steady convergence of heterogeneous techniques and a synergy between the traditionally distinct areas of testing (and dynamic analysis) and of proving (and static analysis). Formal techniques, such as model checking, that produce counterexamples when verification fails are a clear example of the duality of testing and proving. The combination of static techniques such as satisfiability modulo theory and predicate abstraction has provided means of proving correctness by complementing exhaustive enumeration testing-like techniques. More practically, testing supports the cost-effective debugging of complex models and formal specifications, and is applicable in conditions that are beyond the reach of formal techniques -- for example, components whose source code is not accessible. Testing and proving are increasingly seen as complementary rather than mutually exclusive techniques.

The TAP conference aims to promote research in the intersection of testing and proving by bringing together researchers and practitioners from both areas of verification.

Topics of Interest

TAP's scope encompasses many aspects of verification technology, including foundational work, tool development, and empirical research. Its topics of interest center around the connection between proofs (and other static techniques) and testing (and other dynamic techniques). Papers are solicited on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Verification and analysis techniques combining proofs and tests
  • Program proving with the aid of testing techniques
  • Deductive techniques (theorem proving, model checking, symbolic execution, SMT solving, constraint logic programming, etc.) to support testing: generating testing inputs and oracles, supporting coverage criteria, and so on.
  • Program analysis techniques combining static and dynamic analysis
  • Specification inference by deductive and dynamic methods
  • Testing and runtime analysis of formal specifications
  • Model-based testing and verification
  • Using model checking to generate test cases
  • Testing of verification tools and environments
  • Applications of testing and proving to new domains, such as security, configuration management, and language-based techniques
  • Bridging the gap between concrete and symbolic reasoning techniques
  • Innovative approaches to verification such as crowdsourcing and serious games
  • Case studies, tool and framework descriptions, and experience reports about combining tests and proofs

Highlight Topics

In addition to TAP’s general topics of interests, the 11th edition of TAP will feature two highlight topics on techniques, tools, and experience reports on

  1. Testing and proving the correctness of security properties and implementations of cryptographic functions and protocols with a focus on the successful interplay of tests and proofs, and
  2. Asserting the correct functioning and testing of verification tools, especially on theorem provers, that form the basis of many verification results for tools and applications our society increasingly depends on.

TAP 2017 accepts regular-length research papers, short papers, and tool demonstration papers. See the submission instructions for details. Accepted papers will appear in Lecture Notes of Computer Science published by Springer.

Special Issue

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their TAP 2017 papers for a special issue of the Springer journal Formal Aspects of Computing.