InSTA 2020
Wed 28 Oct 2020 Porto, Portugal
co-located with ICST 2020

7th International Workshop on Software Test Architecture (InSTA) is the 7th 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.

All information about this workshop can be found at the workshop’s official website:

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Wed 28 Oct
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10:00 - 10:05: Session IInSTA at Farfetch (D. Maria)
10:00 - 10:05
Day opening
10:05 - 11:05: Session IIInSTA at Farfetch (D. Maria)
10:05 - 10:25
Techniques to Reach Common Ground about Test Aspect within a Test Team
Tomohiro OdanMamezou Co.,Ltd. Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Shizuka BanNPO ASTER Minato-ku, Tokyo, Hiroki IseriNPO ASTER Minato-ku, Tokyo, Kumiko IseriNPO ASTER Minato-ku, Tokyo, Akiharu SatohNPO ASTER Minato-ku, Tokyo
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10:25 - 10:45
An Integrated Metamodel of Test Scenario to Conform Automotive Standards
Hidetoshi SuharaVeriserve Corporation, Yasuharu NishiUniversity of Electro-Communications, Tokyo
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10:45 - 11:05
Complex Software Testing Analysis using International Standards
Satoshi Masuda, Yasuharu NishiUniversity of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Kazuhiro SuzukiHitachi, Ltd. Kanagawa
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11:20 - 12:20: Session IIIInSTA at Farfetch (D. Maria)
11:20 - 11:40
Automated security testing of Android applications for secure mobile development
Francisco PalmaISTAR - Information Sciences and Technologies and Architecture Research Center, Nuno RealistaISTAR - Information Sciences and Technologies and Architecture Research Center, Carlos SerrãoISTAR - Information Sciences and Technologies and Architecture Research Center, Luís NunesISTAR - Information Sciences and Technologies and Architecture Research Center, João OliveiraISTAR - Information Sciences and Technologies and Architecture Research Center, Ana AlmeidaISTAR - Information Sciences and Technologies and Architecture Research Center
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11:40 - 12:00
Selenium based Testing Systems for Analytical Data Generation of Website User Behavior
Takamasa TanakaRecruit Sumai Company Ltd, Tokyo, Hidekazu NiiboriRecruit Sumai Company Ltd, Tokyo, Li ShiyingxueRecruit Sumai Company Ltd, Tokyo, Shimpei NomuraRecruit Sumai Company Ltd, Tokyo, Tadayoshi NakaoNomura Research Institute, Ltd. Tokyo, Kazuhiko TsudaUniversity of Tsukuba Tokyo
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12:00 - 12:20
Identifying Software Test Architect Skills and Knowledge
Jon D. HagarGrand Software Testing, LLC, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO, Laura HagarGrand Software Testing, LLC, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO
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12:20 - 12:30: Session IVInSTA at Farfetch (D. Maria)
12:20 - 12:30
Day closing
Wrap up

Call for Submissions

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:

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

InSTA 2020 papers submissions site: