[Om-announce] TAP22: Tests and Proofs 2022 - Call for Papers

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TAP22: Tests and Proofs 2022
co-located event of STAF 2022
Nantes, France, July 4-8, 2022
Conference website	https://easychair.org/smart-program/TAP22/index.html

Submission link	https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=tap22
Conference program	https://easychair.org/smart-program/TAP22/

Abstract registration deadline	March 18, 2022
Submission deadline	March 23, 2022
Author notification	May 9, 2022

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 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 
for counter-example generation based on, for example, symbolic execution, 
SAT/SMT-solving or model checking, furnish evidence for the potential of a 
combination of tests and proofs. The  combination of predicate abstraction with 
testing-like techniques based on exhaustive enumeration opens the perspective 
for novel techniques of proving correctness. On the practical side, testing 
offers cost-effective debugging techniques of specifications or crucial parts 
of program proofs (such as invariants). Last but not least, testing is 
indispensable when it comes to the validation of the underlying assumptions of 
complex system models involving hardware and/or system environments. Over the 
years, there is growing acceptance in research communities that testing and 
proving are 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 

*** Submission Guidelines

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal 
or conference. The following paper categories are welcome:

** Regular research papers: full submissions describing original research, of 
up to 16 pages (excluding references and appedix). In case regular papers rely 
on experimental data and/or tool support, authors are strongly recommended to 
make the experimental data and/or tool support available for public use.

** Tool demonstration papers: submissions describing the design and 
implementation of an analysis/verification tool or framework, of up to 8 pages 
(excluding references and appendix). The tool/framework described in a tool 
demonstration paper should be available for public use.

** Short papers: submissions describing preliminary findings, proofs of 
concepts, and exploratory studies, of up to 6 pages (excluding references and 

Papers have to adhere to Springer's LNCS format and must be submitted in PDF 
format at the EasyChair submission site:

*** List of Topics

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 supporting the automated generation of test vectors and 
  oracles (theorem proving, model checking, symbolic execution, SAT/SMT 
  solving, constraint logic programming, etc.)
* Deductive techniques supporting novel definitions of coverage criteria
* Program analysis techniques combining static and dynamic analysis
* Specification inference by deductive and dynamic methods
* Testing and runtime analysis of formal specifications
* Search-based technics for proving and testing
* Verification of verification tools and environments
* Applications of test and proof techniques in new domains, such as security, 
  configuration management, learning
* Combined approaches of test and proof in the context of formal certifications 
  (Common Criteria, CENELEC, …)
* Case studies, tool and framework descriptions, and experience reports 
  combining tests and proofs

*** Program Committee

* Wolfgang Ahrendt (Chalmers University of Technology)
* Catherine Dubois (ENSIIE-Samovar)
* Carlo A. Furia (USI - Università della Svizzera Italiana)
* Dilian Gurov (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
* Falk Howar (TU Clausthal / IPSSE)
* Marieke Huisman (University of Twente)
* Reiner Hähnle (TU Darmstadt)
* Einar Broch Johnsen (University of Oslo)
* Konstantin Korovin (The University of Manchester)
* Laura Kovacs (Vienna University of Technology) - chair
* Karl Meinke (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) - chair
* Jakob Nordstrom (University of Copenhagen and Lund University)
* Patrizio Pelliccione (Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI))
* Luigia Petre (Åbo Akademi University)
* Cristina Seceleanu (Mälardalen University)
* Sahar Tahvili (Ericsson)
* Neil Walkinshaw (The University of Sheffield)
* Heike Wehrheim (Paderborn University)

*** Publication

Accepted submissions will be published in Springer's LNCS series. Papers have 
to adhere to Springer's LNCS format and must be submitted in PDF format at the 
EasyChair submission site:

*** Venue

The conference will be held as an affiliated event of STAF 2022, during 
July 4-8, 2022, in Nantes, France.

*** Contact

All questions about submissions should be emailed to laura.kovacs at tuwien.ac.at 
and karlm at kth.se. 

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