4th Workshop on
Validation, Analysis and Evolution of Software Tests

March 9, 2021 | co-located with SANER 2021, Virtual

Call for Papers

Aims, scope and topics of interest.

Software projects accumulate large sets of test cases, encoding valuable expert knowledge about the software under test to the extent of many person years. Over time the reliability of the tests decreases, and they become difficult to understand and maintain. Extra effort is required for repairing broken tests and for adapting test suites and models to evolving software systems.

The International Workshop on Validation, Analysis and Evolution of Software Tests (VST) is a unique event bringing together academics, industrial researchers, and practitioners for exchanging experiences, solutions and new ideas in applying methods, techniques and tools from software analysis, evolution and re-engineering to advance the state of the art in test development and maintenance.

The workshop invites high quality submissions related, but are not limited, to:

 ●  Test minimization and simplification

 ●  Fault localization and automated repair

 ●  Change analysis for software tests

 ●  Test visualization

 ●  Test validation

 ●  Documentation analysis

 ●  Bug report analysis

 ●  Test evolution

 ●  Test case generation

 ●  Model-based testing

 ●  Combinations of the topics above

  Download Call for Papers (txt)

Important Dates

Anywhere on earth.

Abstract submission deadline December 7, 2020 AoE

Paper submission deadline December 11, 2020 AoE

Notifications January 5, 2021

Camera Ready January 12, 2021


Instructions and submission site.

We encourage submissions on the topics mentioned above with a page limit of max 8 pages, IEEE format. In addition, we will also allow position papers and tool demo papers of two to four pages.

Papers will be by reviewed by at least three program committee members following a full double-blind review process. Paper selection is based on scientific originality, novelty, and the potential to generate interesting discussions. Accepted papers will be published in the IEEE Digital Library along with the SANER proceedings.

Submission Instructions

  • Papers must not exceed the page limit of 8 pages (including all text, references, appendices, and figures), position papers and tool demos 2-4 pages

  • Papers must conform to the IEEE formatting guidelines for conference proceedings

  • Submissions should be prepared for a full double-blind review process (author names and affiliations should be omitted and references to own work should be in the third person)

  • Papers must be original work that has neither appeared elsewhere for publication nor which is under review for another publication

  • Papers must be submitted in PDF format via EasyChair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=vst2021

  Submit your paper at: VST 2021 EasyChair submission site


Location and schedule.

To be announced.


Charis and program committee.

Program Committee

Pekka Aho, Open University, The Netherlands

Emil Alégroth, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

Cyrille Artho, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Árpád Beszédes, University of Szeged, Hungary

Serge Demeyer, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Michael Felderer, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Angelo Gargantini, University of Bergamo, Italy

Mika Mäntylä, University of Oulu, Finland

Vahid Garousi, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Dietmar Pfahl, University of Tartu, Estonia

Fiorella Zampetti, University of Sannio, Italy


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