1st IEEE Workshop on NEXt level of Test Automation 2018
NEXTA 2018

Workshop Summary

Test automation has been an acknowledged software engineering best practice for years. However, the topic involves more than the repeated execution of test cases that often comes first to mind. Simply running test cases using a unit testing framework is no longer enough for test automation to keep up with the ever-shorter release cycles driven by continuous deployment and technological innovations such as microservices and DevOps pipelines. Now test automation needs to rise to the next level by going beyond mere test execution. The NEXTA workshop will explore how to advance test automation to further contribute to software quality in the context of tomorrow's rapid release cycles. Take-aways for industry practitioners and academic researchers will encompass test case generation, automated test result analysis, test suite assessment and maintenance, and infrastructure for the future of test automation.

Important Dates

  • 12th 19th of January, 2018


  • 19th of February, 2018


  • 28th of February, 2018

    Camera Ready

  • 9th of April, 2018


Call for Papers

NEXTA solicits contributions targeting all aspects of test automation, from initial test design to automated verdict analysis. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Test execution automation
  • Test case generation
  • Automatic test design generation
  • Analytics, learning and big data in relation to test automation
  • Automatic aspects management in test, progress, reporting, planning etc.
  • Visualization of test
  • Evolution of test automation
  • Test suite architecture and infrastructure
  • Test environment, simulation, and other contextual issues for automated testing
  • Test tools, frameworks, and general support for test automation
  • Testing in an agile and continuous integration context, and testing within DevOps
  • Orchestration of test
  • Metrics, benchmarks, and estimation on any type of test automation
  • Any type of test technologies relying on automation of test
  • Process improvements and assessments related to test automation
  • Test automation maturity and experience reports on test automation
  • Automatic retrieval of test data and test preparation aspect
  • Maintainability, monitoring and refactoring of automated test suites
  • Training and education on automated testing
  • Automated test for product lines and high-variability systems
  • Test automation patterns
  • Automated test oracles

NEXTA accepts the following types of original papers:

  • Technical Papers (max. 8 pages in IEEE format).
    Full papers presenting research results or industrial practices related to the next generation of test automation.

  • Tool Papers (max. 4 pages in IEEE format).
    Tool papers introduce tools that implement an approach to support the transition to the next generation of test automation. A tool paper submission must include either 1) a URL to a screencast of the tool in action, or 2) a runnable version of the tool for evaluation by the program committee.

  • Position and Experience Papers (max. 4 pages in IEEE format).
    Short papers introducing challenges, visions, positions or preliminary results within the scope of the workshop. Experience reports and papers on open challenges in industry are especially welcome.

  • Abstracts w. Video submission (Not exceeding more than 8 minutes)
    These videos will be shown separate - and will not be included in the publications, but as a parallel source of information. The video submission must be linked and visible on open source tools, and can include a presentation, demo or experience on test automation.

Authors should submit a PDF version of their paper through the NEXTA 2018 paper submission site: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nexta2018.
All accepted papers will be part of the ICST joint workshop proceedings published in the IEEE Digital Library.

Call for Papers can be downloaded as text or as a PDF document.


Sigrid Eldh

Ericsson, Sweden
General Chair

Adnan Causevic

Mälardalen University (MDH), Sweden
Program Co-Chair

Markus Borg

Program Co-Chair

Serge Demeyer

University of Antwerp, Belgium
Program Co-Chair

Program Committee

  • Tanja Vos, Universidad Politecnica Valencia, Spain and Open University Netherlands
  • Serge Demeyer, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Markus Borg, RISE Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Sweden
  • Adnan Causevic, Mälardalen University, Sweden
  • Marc-Florian Wendland, Fraunhofer Fokus, Germany
  • Michael van der Bijl, Axini, Netherlands
  • Kristian Wiklund, Ericsson, Sweden
  • Leire Etxeberria Elorza, University de Mondragon, Spain
  • Vahid Garousi, Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • Michael Felderer, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Ali Parsai, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Franz Wotawa, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Karl Meinke, The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Damiano Torre, Carleton University, Canada
  • Andrew V. Jones, Vector Graphics, UK
  • Hyonsook Do, University of North Texas, US
  • Alessandra Bagnato, Softeam, France
  • Mika Mäntylä, University of Oulu
  • Yvan Labiche, Carleton University, Canada
  • Elaine Weyuker, Rutger University, US and Mälardalen University, Sweden
  • Benoit Baudry, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Tao Yue, Simula, Norway
  • Bernard Leger, Smarttest, France
  • Ayse Tosun, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey