Call for Papers 2019
Subject: Expanding Horizons
Strategies, techniques, tools and best practices for efficient testing of software and systems in the field of digitalization, IoT and AI
The Software-QS-Tag is the largest and leading conference in Germany for software quality and testing. Two keynotes, about 60 contributions (lectures, tutorials, workshops and research papers) in five parallel tracks, as well as an accompanying exhibition present strategies, techniques, tools and best practices for the efficient testing of software and systems in projects of different sizes and industries.
The main theme for 2019 is "Expanding Horizons":
The advancing digitalization with rapidly developing technologies such as Cloud-Computing, Internet of Things (IoT) or Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI, ML) require improvement or new test approaches. The knowledge of the underlying new technologies and application domains is just as important as networking and agile cooperation between all those who are involved in the development process.
The conference papers discuss the challenges posed by current and new technologies or fields of application, and how participants can solve these challenges or prepare for them.
Invitation to submit conference papers, tutorials and workshops
We are looking forward to field reports, tutorials, workshops and practical, new research results from software QA and testing in fields of application such as:
companyIT, E-Commerce, Web-Services, Mobile Services and Applications, Digital Media, Cloud-Computing, InternetofThings, Embedded Systems, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Robotics/Autonomous Systems, Safety Critical Systems (Medical Devices/Healthcare, Automotive, Rail, Aerospace ).
The contributions will be presented on two conference days in five parallel tracks. Your article must be related to one of the following track topics, for example by dealing with one or more of the following questions:
- Management & (agile) Scaling
Explain how development and test processes are designed (agile, hybrid, V-model etc.), organized and controlled. Is the organization agile and how important are "DevOps"? Do frameworks like SAFe or Nexus™ help with agile scaling? How is the cooperation of all participants in the development process structured? Which (new) requirements or tasks arise for the people who are involved? What is the test management procedure (test effort, prioritization of tests, management of test data, test environments and infrastructure)? How do you evaluate the quality of the software result (especially cloud, IoT, AI/ML and other innovative components)? Which standards and compliance regulations apply or had to be fulfilled? What experiences have been made for future projects?
- Requirements & Early Testing
Explain how development and test processes are designed (agile, hybrid, V-model etc.), organized and controlled. Is the organization agile and how important are "DevOps"? Do frameworks like SAFe or Nexus™ help with agile scaling? How is the cooperation of all participants in the development process structured? Which (new) requirements or tasks arise for the people who are involved? What is the test management procedure (test effort, prioritization of tests, management of test data, test environments and infrastructure)? How do you evaluate the quality of the software result (especially cloud, IoT, AI/ML and other innovative components)?How are requirements identified, formulated and documented? How are these discussed and agreed with the customer and in the team? Which methods, notations (Epics, User Stories etc.) and tools are used? How are the testability and traceability of the requirements ensured? Which measures for "early testing" ("shift-left") are used (e.g. review, inspection, code analysis) and with what success? How are non-functional requirements (modularity, reusability, analyzability, test interfaces, etc.) handled? How is the coordination and synchronization of requirements between different affected teams, departments, company units carried out?
- Test Methods & Test Data
Which methods, techniques and tools are used to design and/or generate tests and test data (e.g. Combinatorial Testing, Model-Based Testing (MBT), Fuzzing and Search-Based Testing, Test Data Generation/Selection/Prioritization/- GDPR-compliant anonymization)? How do the respective methods work and what experiences have been made? What new insights are there with Test Driven Development (TDD, BDD, ATDD etc.)? Which methods are chosen for QA and testing of new technologies (e.g. Cloud, IoT, AI/ML blockchains)? Can AI be used to select and/or create test cases? Can AI be used to automatically generate test cases from a (formal) specification? What approaches/experiences/research are available?
- Test automation & DevOp
Which techniques and tools are used for test automation? How and under what conditions can the step towards "Continuous Deployment" or "Continuous Delivery" be successful? Which tool chains are used? What role does "testing in production" play and how can risks be avoided? Is there monitoring of the systems in operation ("Quality in Use")?
- Special Topics: Domain-, technology-& Social-Skills
What kind of expertise does the tester or the testing team member need to find "the right" defects? How well does cross-functional cooperation work in current projects (also with regard to the appreciation of the different tasks of tester and developer)? Are DevOps already reality and are companies and their teams prepared? How can you establish basic knowledge quickly and efficiently for the professional testing of new technologies (especially Cloud, Blockchain, IoT, AI/ML technology)? ? What are the framework conditions and programmes for training and further education of the teams? Which technical contents and social skills are needed and conveyed?
Contributions can be submitted in the following formats:
- Keynote (60 min): The keynote at the opening of the conference presents aspects, theses and range of the main topic "Expanding Horizons" and thus sets the motivating prelude and framework for the following conference presentations.
- Field report (45 min): Your field report shows which changes (evolutionary or disruptive) have to be mastered in your company or project in order to be successful in development, test or IT operations. It describes where and how QA and testing are affected and explain which new or changed procedures, methods, techniques and tools have been used. It discusses which results were/are achieved and how, from today's perspective, the benefits achieved in comparison to the previous situation are assessed (e.g. risk reduction, quality gain, time gain, cost savings, error avoidance, standardization of procedures, etc.).
- Tutorial (90 min): Your tutorial introduces a certain method (e.g. Test-Driven-Development) in detail or deepens a special aspect of the conference topic (e.g. test cloud-based applications, test of AI/ML algorithms). The participant learns the method from the theoretical basics to the application of the technology in practice.
- Workshop (80 min): Your workshop deepens a special topic. In addition to the tutorial, the workshop format offers participants the opportunity to do their own practical exercises under your guidance.
- Solution workshop (45 min): You want to present your tools, products or services in the field of software quality and software testing? As an exhibitor, you have the opportunity to present your solution to a qualified target group in a meaningful way within the framework of a solution workshop you have designed.
- SW/HW development managers, IT managers and team leaders benefit from a wide range of examples of how procedures and processes can be further improved.
- Test managers, test leaders, project managers, product owners and Scrum Masters learn how to design and implement current projects more efficiently.
- Test designers, test automators, testers and developers get to know techniques and tools that help in daily practice.
Timetable and schedule
Please submit your contribution with your contact details by 30. April 2019 at the latest via web form on the conference website: www.qs-tag.de/en/call-for-papers-form. The respective guidelines are to be found on our conference website www.qs-tag.de/en/. The respective Speaker Conditions and Speaker Guidelines are to be found here.
The selection of the contributions will be done by an independent program committee. Notification of acceptance of your contribution will be sent (according to current planning) by 30.06.2019.
Best Paper Award
The best contribution will receive the "Best Paper Award" at the Software-QS-Tag. The evaluation criteria are: quality of content, news and depth of the full paper submitted (in addition to the abstract) as well as feedback from the participants on the quality of the lecture and presentation. The submitted full paper must have at least 5 A4 pages. Submissions of a smaller size are permitted, but will not be considered for the Best Paper Award.
The award-winning Best Papers of recent years can be found as examples here: www.qs-tag.de/en/event-information/best-paper-award/
The exhibition area is limited! Secure your preferred place with an early registration. Please contact us per email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conference will take place from 24-25. October 2019 at the Steigenberger Airport Hotel, Frankfurt/Main.