2007 Conference for the Association of Software Testing

Conference for the Association of Software Testing

July 9 - 11, 2007

Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA



CAST 2007 is now accepting papers that offer insight and understanding about software testing. The topics of the papers should be relevant to the conference theme: Testing Techniques: Innovations and Applications. (Special consideration will be given if your paper or experience report includes lessons learned from an important failure.)

Both academic research papers and industry experience reports are welcome. Whether you’re experimenting with testing theory or engaging in a testing practice, the focus of CAST is to provide an exchange of ideas between industry and academia.

CAST 2007 has been designed as forum to stimulate discussions leading to innovation in the software testing community. As such, papers and experience reports accepted by the Program Committee may be challenged, debated, and discussed. One distinguishing feature of this conference is that significant interaction among presenters and attendees is encouraged and facilitated by building flexibility into the schedule so that topics generating high energy can be explored more deeply without adversely disrupting the course of conference events.

Another distinguishing feature of CAST 2007 is that paper and presentation acceptance will not be biased toward individuals who have a history of professional speaking. It is the program committee’s intention to provide an opportunity for practitioners and scholars who may have limited speaking experience but whose ideas are unique, fresh, and timely in the field of software testing.

The conference is for those who want to discuss and debate testing topics. Trained facilitators will ensure that discussion sessions are appropriately structured and productive. Discussion sessions will have a recorder, and transcripts or summaries of the discussions will be made available to participants after the conference.

This list is not inclusive; rather, it is an abbreviated list of “hot topics” currently facing the testing community that may be useful to you in generating ideas for a paper or experience report.


  • Exploratory testing
  • Scripted testing
  • Model-based and specification-based testing
  • Component-based and software architecture-based testing
  • Agile methodology


  • Scenario testing
  • Performance testing
  • Session-based testing
  • Test automation and tools


  • New testing techniques applied to established technologies (Embedded Systems, Mainframe environments, Client Server Technologies, Stand Alone Applications, etc.)
  • Existing testing techniques applied to emerging technologies (Web services testing, Web 2.0, Drupal, PHP, etc.)

Process and Management

  • Test measurement and metrics
  • Test-driven development
  • Test planning
  • Test team management
  • Outsourced testing
  • Acceptance testing

Submission Guidelines
CAST 2007 encourages submitters to follow the ACM SIG Proceedings style, freely
available at www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html.* We expect a typical
submission to be between four and six pages long, although we will review
papers up to fifteen pages. All papers should be submitted electronically in PDF format via email to: cfp@associationforsoftwaretesting.org

*CAST 2007 is not associated with the ACM.

Authors of select papers may be invited to submit their completed paper to the Journal of the Association for Software Testing.

CAST 2007 Important Dates
January 15, 2007: Abstract deadline
February 19, 2007: Notification of selection
April 10, 2007: Draft papers due

April - May, 2007: Refine and polish the paper / Prepare presentation materials
May 14, 2007: Camera-ready materials due
July 9 - 11, 2007: Conference presentation