Software testing is the perfect candidate among software engineering activities for the union of academic and industrial minds. The workshop Testing: Academia-Industry Collaboration, Practice and Research Techniques (TAIC PART) is a unique event that provides a stimulating platform to facilitate collaboration between industry and academia on challenging and exciting problems of real-world software testing. The workshop brings together practitioners and academic researchers in a friendly environment with the goal to transfer knowledge, exchange experiences, and enrich the understanding of the opportunities and challenges in the collaboration between the two sides.

TAIC PART 2018 is the thirteenth edition in a series of highly successful events. Take a look at previous events and discover what happened at TAIC PART in the past years by following the links below. This year, TAIC PART will be co-located with the IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST 2018) in Västerås, Sweden. Please consider submitting a paper and/or registering to attend TAIC PART so that you can be part of a premier software testing conference.

TAIC PART 2018 is kindly supported by

Software Competence Center Hagenberg

Important Dates

Workshop date & location:
April, 2018, Västerås, Sweden (at Aros Congress Center)
co-located with ICST 2018 (April 9 - 13, 2018)

Call for Papers

Download the Call for Papers as PDF / PDF (Swedish) / Text

Theme and Goals

TAIC PART is a workshop that aims to forge collaboration between industry and academia on the challenging and exciting problem of real-world software testing. It is promoted by representatives of both industry and academia, bringing together industrial software engineers and testers with researchers working on theory and practice of software testing. TAIC PART expects submissions relevant to practice and research like evaluation of testing approaches by means of industrial surveys, case studies or experiments, experience reports on the application of scientific approaches in industry, or ideas on how to facilitate the knowledge transfer between industry and academia.

The goals of TAIC PART range from the articulation of research questions in the field of software testing and analysis to practical challenges faced in industry. The common theme is the discussion and advancement of approaches and methods for sustainable collaboration between academia and industry in software testing.

Topics of Interest

TAIC PART 2018 invites papers on software testing, verification and validation of the following types:

  • Industry experience reports - practical and generalizable insights into how to apply and extend existing approaches to software testing and analysis
  • Research methods for collaborative research - ways that industry and academia can collaborate to further knowledge on testing, verification and validation
  • Industrial challenges with real-world testing - describe a real-world software testing problem for which industry seeks help from academia or vice versa
  • Knowledge exchange between industry and academia - how can new results and knowledge be exchanged between the two partners.

Submission and Proceedings

We invite submissions of the following types:

  • Regular Papers (6 pages): Experience reports, research methods, longer challenge papers (optional up to 10 pages on request)
  • Fast Abstracts (up to 2 pages): Challenges in practice and research, work in progress, positions statements

Regular papers will be evaluated with respect to the real-world significance of the described testing experience as well as their ability to forge partnerships and ultimately yield successful solutions. Fast Abstract papers are short papers that describe late breaking results, works in progress or real-world challenges and will be evaluated according to their ability to generate discussion and suggest interesting areas for future research.

Authors should submit a PDF version of their paper through the TAIC PART 2018 paper submission site: TBD . Papers must be written in English and conform to the two-column IEEE template for conference proceedings. All papers will undergo a rigorous review by at least three members of the program committee. All accepted papers will be part of the ICST joint workshop proceedings published in the IEEE Digital Library.

Support for Industrial practitioners

Writing an academic research paper can be a daunting task, especially if one has never written a paper before. Therefore we have created a document to guide practitioners that want to contribute to the workshop. The document can be accessed on the below URL:

Guidelines for practitioners

The document presents a set of headings that can be used to structure the paper as well as guidelines what to write in each heading and how to achieve the required IEEE layout of the paper.


Date and Time: April, 2018

Location: Aros Congress Center, Västerås, Sweden, co-located with ICST 2018

09:00 - 17:00 TBD  


General Chair

Emil Alegroth

Emil Al├ęgroth

Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Sweden

Program Co-Chair

Takashi Kitamura

Takashi Kitamura

Nat. Inst. of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan

Program Co-Chair

Takashi Kitamura

Guowei Yang

Texas State University, USA

Program Committee (preliminary)

  • Pekka Aho, VTT, Finland
  • Cyrille Artho, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Emelie Engström, Lund University, Sweden
  • Vladimir Entin, OMICRON electronics, Austria
  • Michael Felderer, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Elizabeta Fourneret, Smartesting, France
  • Vahid Garousi, Hacettepe University, Turkey
  • Maurizio Leotta, University of Genova, Italy
  • Zheng Li, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China
  • Mika Mäntylä, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Bogdan Marculescu, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Darko Marinov, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Stefan Mohacsi, Atos, Austria
  • Shin Nakajima, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
  • Manuel Oriol, ABB Corporate Research, Switzerland
  • Reinhold Plösch, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • Rakesh Rana, Lero - The Irish Software Research Centre, Ireland
  • Filippo Ricca, University of Genova, Italy
  • Ina Schieferdecker, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Hasan Sözer, Özyegin University, Turkey
  • Haruto Tanno, NTT, Japan
  • Guilherme Horta Travassos, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Tatsuhiro Tsuchiya, Osaka University, Japan
  • Michael Unterkalmsteiner, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Matthias Woehrle, Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany
  • Peter Zimmerer, Siemens Corporate Technology, Germany

Steering Committee

  • Michael Felderer, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Mark Harman, University College London, United Kingdom
  • Ina Schieferdecker, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Emelie Engström, Lund University, Sweden

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