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.
The NEXTA workshop will be organised in a fully virtual setting. Nevertheless, we want to stay as close as possible to the spirit of the workshop (i.e. encourage discussions, active on social media). But what implications does this have for you?
(1) Live but virtual.
We ask authors to give a real virtual presentation, instead of playing a pre-recorded video. However, if you feel uncomfortable about giving a virtual presentation, contact the organizers and we will gladly accommodate.
(2) Full time slots.
We will keep the time-slots as originally planned. (Full presentation = 20 minute + 10 minutes questions; Short presentation = 15 minutes + 5 minutes questions).
(3) Date and Time zone.
As we assume the conference is on Brazil time which will impact the schedule
The platform for the virtual event is currently unclear.
(5) Active Q&A.
Despite the virtual nature we will do our best to emulate the spirit of a live workshop. Each presenter will be asked to serve as a discussant for another paper in the same session. A discussant will read the paper beforehand and prepare a series of questions to initiate the discussion. If you are uncomfortable about serving as a discussant, contact the organisers.
NEXTA has a tradition of handing out awards to encourage interaction.
- Most Viral Tweet Award [#nexta2021]
- Best Questions Award (New format this year)
- Best Presentation Award
Participants will be asked to participate in voting for these awards.
All times in (UCT-3): Brazil
Due to the Corona pandemic, NEXTA 2021 will be organised as a fully virtual event.
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:
NEXTA accepts the following types of original papers:
Ericsson AB, Sweden
Linköping University, Sweden
Ericsson AB, Sweden
Queens University of Belfast, UK
University of Innsbruck, Austria
Program Committee (tentative)