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The Ninth International Conference on Advances in
System Testing and Validation Lifecycle

VALID 2017
October 8 - 12, 2017 - Athens, Greece


Call for Papers

Complex distributed systems with heterogeneous interconnections operating at different speeds and based on various nano- and micro-technologies raise serious problems of testing, diagnosing, and debugging.  Despite current solutions, virtualization and abstraction for large scale systems provide less visibility for vulnerability discovery and resolution, and make testing tedious, sometimes unsuccessful, if not properly thought from the design phase.

The conference on advances in system testing and validation considers the concepts, methodologies, and solutions dealing with designing robust and available systems. Its target covers aspects related to debugging and defects, vulnerability discovery, diagnosis, and testing.

The conference VALID 2017 continues a series of events focusing on designing robust components and systems with testability for varia features of behavior and interconnection. The conference will provide a forum where researchers shall be able to present recent research results and new research problems and directions related to them. The conference seeks contributions presenting novel result and future research in all aspects of robust design methodologies, vulnerability discovery and resolution, diagnosis, debugging, and testing.

We solicit both academic, research, and industrial contributions. We welcome technical papers presenting research and practical results, position papers addressing the pros and cons of specific proposals, such as those being discussed in the standard fora or in industry consortia, survey papers addressing the key problems and solutions on any of the above topics short papers on work in progress, and panel proposals.

Industrial presentations are not subject to the format and content constraints of regular submissions. We expect short and long presentations that express industrial position and status.

Tutorials on specific related topics and panels on challenging areas are encouraged.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.

All topics and submission formats are open to both research and industry contributions.

Robust design methodologies
Designing methodologies for robust systems
Secure software techniques
Industrial real-time software
Defect avoidance
Cost models for robust systems
Design for testability
Design for reliability and variability
Design for adaptation and resilience
Design for fault-tolerance and fast recovery
Design for manufacturability, yield and reliability
Design for testability in the context of model-driven engineering

Vulnerability discovery and resolution
Vulnerability assessment
On-line error detection
Vulnerabilities in hardware security
Self-calibration
Alternative inspections
Non-intrusive vulnerability discovery methods
Embedded malware detection

Defects and Debugging
Debugging techniques
Component debug
System debug
Software debug
Hardware debug
System debug
Power-ground defects
Full-open defects in interconnecting lines
Physical defects in memories and microprocessors
Zero-defect principles

Diagnosis
Diagnosis techniques
Advances in silicon debug and diagnosis
Error diagnosis
History-based diagnosis
Multiple-defect diagnosis
Optical diagnostics
Testability and diagnosability
Diagnosis and testing in mo bile environments

System and feature testing
Test strategy for systems-in-package
Testing embedded systems
Testing high-speed systems
Testing delay and performance
Testing communication traffic and QoS/SLA metrics
Testing robustness
Software testing
Hardware testing
Supply-chain testing
Memory testing
Microprocessor testing
Mixed-signal production test
Testing multi-voltage domains
Interconnection and compatibility testing
SAT procedures for application to testing and formal verification

Testing techniques and mechanisms
Fundamentals for digital and analog testing
Emerging testing methodologies
Engineering test coverage
Designing testing suites
Statistical testing
Functional testing
Parametric testing
Defect- and data-driven testing
Automated testing
Embedded testing
Autonomous self-testing
Low cost testing
Optimized testing
Testing systems and devices
Test standards

Testing of wireless communications systems
Testing of mobile wireless communication systems
Testing of wireless sensor networks
Testing of radio-frequency identification systems
Testing of ad-hoc networks
Testing methods for emerging standards
Hardware-based prototyping of wireless communication systems
Physical layer performance verification
On-chip testing of wireless communication systems
Modeling and simulation of wireless channels
Noise characterization and validation
Case studies and industrial applications of test instruments

Software verification and validation
High-speed interface verification and fault-analysis
Software testing theory and practice
Model-based testing
Verification metrics
Service/application specific testing
Model checking
OO software testing
Testing embedded software
Quality assurance
Empirical studies for verification and validation
Software inspection techniques
Software testing tools
New approaches for software reliability verification and validation

Quality-assessment of software architectures and legacy systems
Quality-Assessment of Software Architectures and Legacy systems
Quality-assessment of software architectures
Validation and verification of software architecture
Automatic analysis of legacy code
Strategies for isolating legacy code and improving the design quality
Metrics for evaluating architectural quality characteristics
Tools for quality assessments of software architectures
Techniques and tools for testing legacy systems

Testing and validation of run-time evolving systems
Automated testing for run-time evolving systems
Testing and validation of evolving systems
Testing and validation of self-controlled systems
Testing compile-time versus run-time dependency for evolving systems
On-line validation and testing of evolving at run-time systems
Modeling for testability of evolving at run-time systems
Near real-time and real-time monitoring of run-time evolving systems
Verification and validation of reflective models for testing
Verification and validation of fault tolerance in run-time evolving systems

Feature-oriented testing
Testing user interfaces and user-driven features
Privacy testing
Ontology accuracy testing
Testing semantic matching
Testing certification processes
Testing authentication mechanisms
Testing biometrics methodologies and mechanisms
Testing cross-nation systems
Testing system interoperability
Testing system safety
Testing system robustness
Testing temporal constraints
Testing transaction-based properties
Directed energy test capabilities /microwave, laser, etc./
Testing delay and latency metrics;

Domain-oriented testing
Testing autonomic and autonomous systems
Testing intrusion prevention systems
Firewall testing
Information assurance testing
Testing social network systems
Testing recommender systems
Testing biometric systems
Testing diagnostic systems
Testing on-line systems
Testing financial systems
Testing life threatening systems
Testing emergency systems
Testing sensor-based systems
Testing testing systems

 

INSTRUCTION FOR THE AUTHORS

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to one of the IARIA Journals.

Publisher: XPS (Xpert Publishing Services)
Archived: ThinkMindTM Digital Library (free access)
Prints available at Curran Associates, Inc.
Articles will be submitted to appropriate indexes.

Important deadlines:

Submission (full paper)

May 20, 2017

Notification

July 20, 2017

Registration

August 5, 2017

Camera ready

August 24, 2017

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received submissions will be acknowledged via an automated system.

Contribution types

  • regular papers [in the proceedings, digital library]
  • short papers (work in progress) [in the proceedings, digital library]
  • ideas: two pages [in the proceedings, digital library]
  • extended abstracts: two pages [in the proceedings, digital library]
  • posters: two pages [in the proceedings, digital library]
  • posters: slide only [slide-deck posted on www.iaria.org]
  • presentations: slide only [slide-deck posted on www.iaria.org]
  • demos: two pages [posted on www.iaria.org]
  • doctoral forum submissions: [in the proceedings, digital library]

Proposals for:

FORMATS

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received submissions will be acknowledged via an automated system.

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11", not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page. Helpful information for paper formatting can be found on the here. Latex templates are also available.

Slides-based contributions can use the corporate/university format and style.

Your paper should also comply with the additional editorial rules.

Once you receive the notification of contribution acceptance, you will be provided by the publisher an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.

We would recommend that you should not use too many extra pages, even if you can afford the extra fees. No more than 2 contributions per event are recommended, as each contribution must be separately registered and paid for. At least one author of each accepted paper must register to ensure that the paper will be included in the conference proceedings and in the digital library, or posted on the www.iaria.org (for slide-based contributions).

CONTRIBUTION TYPE

Regular Papers (up to 6-10 page article -6 pages covered the by regular registration; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost- ) (oral presentation)
These contributions could be academic or industrial research, survey, white, implementation-oriented, architecture-oriented, white papers, etc. They will be included in the proceedings, posted in the free-access ThinkMind digital library and sent for indexing. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the appropriate contribution type. 12-14 presentation slides are suggested.

Short papers (work in progress) (up to 4 pages long) (oral presentation)
Work-in-progress contributions are welcome. These contributions represent partial achievements of longer-term projects. They could be academic or industrial research, survey, white, implementation-oriented, architecture-oriented, white papers, etc. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as work in progress. Contributors must follow the conference deadlines, describing early research and novel skeleton ideas in the areas of the conference topics. The work will be published in the conference proceedings, posted in the free-access ThinkMind digital library and sent for indexing. For more details, see the Work in Progress explanation page. 12-14 presentation slides are suggested.

Ideas contributions (2 pages long) (oral presentation)
This category is dedicated to new ideas in their very early stage. Idea contributions are expression of yet to be developed approaches, with pros/cons, not yet consolidated. Ideas contributions are intended for a debate and audience feedback. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as Idea. Contributors must follow the conference deadlines, describing early research and novel skeleton ideas in the areas of the conference topics. The work will be published in the conference proceedings, posted in the free-access ThinkMind digital library and sent for indexing. For more details, see the Ideas explanation page. 12-14 presentation slides are suggested.

Extended abstracts (2 pages long) (oral presentation)
Extended abstracts summarize a long potential publication with noticeable results. It is intended for sharing yet to be written, or further on intended for a journal publication. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as Extended abstract. Contributors must follow the conference deadlines, describing early research and novel skeleton ideas in the areas of the conference topics. The work will be published in the conference proceedings, posted in the free-access ThinkMind digital library and sent for indexing. 12-14 presentation slides are suggested.

Posters (paper-based, two pages long) (oral presentation)
Posters are intended for ongoing research projects, concrete realizations, or industrial applications/projects presentations. The poster may be presented during sessions reserved for posters, or mixed with presentation of articles of similar topic. A two-page paper summarizes a presentation intended to be a POSTER. This allows an author to summarize a series of results and expose them via a big number of figures, graphics and tables. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as Poster Two Pages. Contributors must follow the conference deadlines, describing early research and novel skeleton ideas in the areas of the conference topics. The work will be published in the conference proceedings, posted in the free-access ThinkMind digital library and sent for indexing. 8-10 presentation slides are suggested. Also a big Poster is suitable, used for live discussions with the attendees, in addition to the oral presentation.

Posters (slide-based, only) (oral presentation)
Posters are intended for ongoing research projects, concrete realizations, or industrial applications/projects presentations. The poster may be presented during sessions reserved for posters, or mixed with presentation of articles of similar topic. The slides must have comprehensive comments. This type of contribution only requires a 8-10 slide-deck. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as Poster (slide-only). The slide-deck will be posted, post-event, on www.iaria.org.
8-10 presentation slides are suggested. Also a big Poster is suitable, used for live discussions with the attendees, additionally to the oral presentation.

Presentations (slide-based, only) (oral presentation)
These contributions represent technical marketing/industrial/business/positioning presentations. This type of contribution only requires a 12-14 slide-deck. Please submit the contributions following the submission instructions by using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as Presentation (slide-only). The slide-deck will be posted, post-event, on www.iaria.org.
12-14 presentation slides are suggested.

Demos (two pages) [posted on www.iaria.org]
Demos represent special contributions where a tool, an implementation of an application, or a freshly implemented system is presented in its alfa/beta version. It might also be intended for thsoe new application to gather the attendee opinion. A two-page summary for a demo is intended to be. It would be scheduled in special time spots, to ensure a maximum attendance from the participants. Please submit the contributions following the submission instructions by using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as Demos. The Demos paper will be posted, post-event, on www.iaria.org.

Doctoral forum submissions: (up to 6-10 page article -6 pages covered the by regular registration; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost- ) (oral presentation)
There contributions refer to PhD dissertations, new PhD approaches, and PhD out-of-the-book thinking, etc. They will be included in the proceedings, posted in the free-access ThinkMind digital library and sent for indexing. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the appropriate contribution type Doctoral forum. 12-14 presentation slides are suggested.

Tutorial proposals
Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals should be for 2-3 hour long. Proposals must contain the title, the summary of the content, and the biography of the presenter(s). The tutorials' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA site.
Please send your proposals to tutorial proposal

Panel proposals
The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to identify their guests and manage that their appropriate talk supports timely reach our deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal, indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the topic of the panel, as well as short biographies. The panel's slide deck will be posted on the IARIA site.
Please send your proposals to panel proposal

Workshop proposals
See http://www.iaria.org/workshop.html

Mini Symposium proposal
See http://www.iaria.org/symposium.html

 
 

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