April 22nd, 2019, Xian, China

InSTA 2019

6th International Workshop on Software Test Architecture

conjunction with ICST 2019

6th International Workshop on Software Test Architecture (InSTA) is the 6th series of international workshop on software test architecture. Software test architecture includes analyses of system under test, approaches to design test cases, and notation of software testing. Designing better software test architectures is important for software testing. The software test architecture is a key to the test strategy. In software testing, there are various keywords for test design concepts. However, there are no widely standardized diagrams or notations to communicate the test design concepts, to increase the productivity and reusability of tests by raising their levels of abstraction, to generally grasp the overall perspective of the software for testing it. By focusing on the higher concepts of test architectures, our discussions can raise the quality of the testing.

Test architectures must be approached indirectly as a part of the test strategies. Some organizations are working to establish new ways to design novel test architectures, but there is no unified understanding of the key concepts of test architectures. In InSTA workshop, researchers and practitioners will discuss the research works, industrial experiences and emerging ideas about software test architectures. The topics are concepts of test architectures like as abstraction of test cases, design of test architecture as application or enhancement of existing notation UML and UTP, test requirement analysis like as patterns for test requirement analysis, application of test architecture as quality evaluation of test architecture and other software testing related topics.

Past events

InSTA 2015
InSTA 2016
InSTA 2017
InSTA 2018


April 22nd, 2019


Note: InSTA2019 has been combined with MUTAION and ITEQS as an ICST workshop.

Time Session Title Authors
9:00 Welcome
9:15 Keynote Please see MUTAION
10:00 Break
10:30 MUTATION Please see MUTAION
12:30 Lunch
13:30 InSTA Opening Opening Yasuharu Nishi, General co-chair of InSTA2019, The University of Electro-Communications
13:35 InSTA Research papers (Sess. Chair: Satoshi Masuda, General co-chair, IBM Research) Practical Combinatorial Testing for XSS Detection using Locally Optimized Attack Models Dimitris E. Simos, Bernhard Garn, Jovan Zivanovic and Manuel Leithner
14:00 Applying Change Impact Analysis Test to Migration Test Case Extraction based on IDAU and Graph Analysis Techniques Tomohiro Takeda, Masakazu Takahashi, Tsuyoshi Yumoto, Satoshi Masuda, Tohru Matsuodani and Kazuhiko Tsuda
14:25 Team Activities Measurement Method for Open Source Software Development Using the Gini Coefficient Ayako Masuda, Tohru Matsuodani and Kazuhiko Tsuda
14:50 InSTA Emerging idea proposals (Sess. Chair: Satoshi Masuda, General co-chair, IBM Research) Suggestion of Testing Method for Industrial Level Cyber-Physical System in Complex Environment Jiseob Kim, Sunil Chon and Jihwan Park
15:05 Designing Fulfilling Test Cases with Test Aspect Model Akiharu Satoh, Shizuka Ban, Yuzuru Harayama and Kunio Yamamoto
15:20 InSTA Lightning talks (Sess. Chair: Satoshi Masuda, General co-chair, IBM Research) Coexistence of test execution efficiency and test case accountability Makoto Nakakuki
15:30 Break
16:00 ITEQS Please see ITEQS
16:40 Closing

Call for papers

Recommended Topics or Themes

Concepts of software test architecture

- Software test architecture for machine learning systems
- Abstraction of test cases (e.g. test levels, test types, abstract equivalent classes, high-level test conditions and high-level test cases)
- Relationships of abstract test cases
- Separation of concerns for test
- Architecture of test suite based on abstract test cases (e.g. design of test levels and test types)
- Types of software test architecture (e.g. architecture of test suite and architecture of test system/environment)
- Similarities, differences and harmonization between test suite architecture and test system architecture
- Similarities and differences among software test architecture, test strategy, test plan and test sub-process in ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119

Design of software test architecture

- How to design several test levels
- How to design complicated test types and test cycles
- Design concepts for software test architecture design
- Modeling technique for software test architecture design
- Design patterns for software test architecture design
- Styles of software test architecture
- Quality characteristics of software test architecture (e.g. maintainability of test suite)
- Original diagrams and notation for software test architecture design
- Application or enhancement of existing notation (e.g. UML/UTP, SysML and future diagram for SPL)
- Connection of software test architecture design and test case design (e.g. structure of test case based on test architectural components)
- Meta-models or ontology for software test architectures

Test requirement analysis

- Whether software requirement specification is the goal of software test or not?
- How to model holistic test requirement
- How to model nonfunctional requirement for test
- How to organize test requirement for several source (e.g. from customer, from design and from environment)
- How to overview large-scale and complex requirements for test
- Analysis patterns for test requirement analysis
- Emerging techniques of test requirements analysis (e.g. using Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and etc.)

Application of software test architecture

- Quality evaluation of software test architecture
- Overall test engineering methodology based on software test architecture design
- Reuse of software test architecture design
- Product line engineering of test suite (e.g. how to design and manage variants of test suite)
- Design example of software test architecture for large-scale and complicated system
- Roles and responsibilities of test architect
- Automation based on software test architecture (e.g. separating automated test and manual test in keyword driven testing based on software test architecture)
- Test process improvement based on software test architecture
- Relationships between software architectures and software test architectures
- Typical software test architecture for a domain and/or comparison among domains (e.g. banking, logistics, cloud, automotive, medical, industrial automation and telecommunications)
- Industrial experiments and case studies of software test architectures

Paper Submission

• Research papers (up to 10 pages)
• Industrial experience reports (up to 6 pages)
• Emerging idea proposals (up to 6 pages)
Research papers require both original work and quantitative evaluation. Industrial experience reports require practical insight or actual improvement in industry as well as (quantitative if possible) evaluation. Emerging idea proposals require vision, perspective, concept, new idea, new research theme proposal and cross-technical discussion around test architecture design.

All papers must conform to IEEE's format: http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html

Workshop papers will be published in the IEEE Digital Library in the form of a post-proceedings.

InSTA 2019 papers submissions site:


General chairs

- General Co-Chair: Satoshi Masuda, IBM Research - Tokyo, Japan
- General Co-Chair: Yasuharu Nishi, The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan

Program committee

- Jon Hagar, Grand Software Testing, USA
- Tetsuro Katayama, University of Miyazaki, Japan
- Zhenyu Liu, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Computer Software Testing and Evaluation, China
- Kazuhiko Tsuda, University of Tsukuba, Japan
- Hironori Washizaki, Waseda University, Japan
- Tsuyoshi Yumoto, NPO ASTER, Japan


InSTA 2019 will be held conjunction with ICST 2019, please see the details information about the venue.