IWSF 2017

W e l c o m e

With the increasing use of software systems comes the need for better software quality control techniques. Software quality is a broad concept that has many manifestations in areas like software reliability, software security, software testing, software maintenance, and so on. These areas share the common objective of preventing, detecting, and correcting faults. Yet, the concept of faults, despite its importance, is marked by considerable confusion.

The terminology in the field is not coherent. How we group faults and relate them to each other, conceptually and from a diagnostic and solution perspective differs. In this workshop, we look at specific reliability issues of software faults, defects, anomalies or bugs, for a wide variety of industries and types of systems with the goal to identify similarities, differences in processes, categorizations, diagnostics and solutions. A good starting theme would be to look at run-time crashes of systems, and how we relate them to design and implementation flaws. In addition, while the general concept of faults is well studied in areas like software testing, domain-specific faults have not received as much attention.

The goal of the second International Workshop on Software Faults (IWSF'17) is to bring together researchers and practitioners working in various areas of software and system engineering to reason about the concept of faults, share results and ongoing work, and foster collaborations. IWSF 2017 is collocated with ISSRE 2017 (28th International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering), which will be held in the beautiful city of Toulouse, France, from October 23rd to 26th, 2017.

Topics of interest:

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit research papers, position papers, experience reports, and discussion papers.

Topics include but are not limited to:
  • Relationship between run-time crashes and fault types
  • Relationship between faults, defects, anomalies and bugs
  • Fault diagnosis techniques across industry sectors
  • Fault taxonomy and classification
  • Fault management processes
  • Domain specific faults
  • Metrics and measurements, and estimation
  • Supporting tools and automation
  • Faults in emerging domains such as cloud computing and IoT
  • Industry best practices
Important dates:
  • Paper submission deadline: July 21, 2017
  • Notification to authors: August 13, 2017
  • Camera-ready copies: August 28, 2017
  • Workshop date: To be announced later
Workshop format:
  • This half a day workshop will be discussion-oriented. Afterwards, each participant will be asked to formulate a short summary of the workshop (maximum 250 words), highlighting points of interest of his or her research. These summaries will be posted on the IWSF website, so that possible collaborations will become visible.
Submission instructions: Publication:
  • Accepted peer-reviewed papers will be included in a supplemental volume of the ISSRE conference proceedings, and published by the IEEE Computer Society on IEEE Xplore
Organizing Committee: Program Committee:
  • TBD