For the first time ICST will include a Tools Track, which welcomes
articles focused on testing and verification tools. This
track allows researchers and practitioners to present and demonstrate
tools in a special track of ICST and publish a 3-8 page article in
the proceedings of the conference. Tools Track submissions will be
evaluated by a special program committee composed of leading
researchers and practitioners with experience developing and using
The content of the submission is expected to be previously unpublished
and focused on technical and social aspects of tool development,
deployment and adoption. The presentations at the conference are
expected to include at least 10 minutes of a live tool demonstration.
As such, submissions are encouraged to include a one-page Appendix
that describes the plan for the live demonstration. Descriptions of
novel algorithmic advances or empirical evaluations are not in scope.
Claims about the effectiveness of tools should be supported by
citations to peer-reviewed publications.
commercial tools are welcome.
Submissions will be evaluated based on:
Whether the tool solves significant research and engineering challenges.
Innovation (the tool is the result of research or can be compared to
research prototypes in terms of conceptual complexity).
Usability and feasibility (through open source, as trial
versions, or as demos).
Quality of the presentation (summarizing the principles on which the
tool relies and explaining the main challenges in a comprehensive
Presentation of lessons learned targeted at researches and
practitioners looking to develop or adopt similar tools.
The Testing Tools track will accept
tools at several stages of maturity: promising research prototypes, widely
used research tools, commercial tools issued by research.