2nd International Workshop on

Search-Based Software Testing

April 1, 2009, Denver, Colorado

In conjunction with ICST 2009

IEEE International Conference on Testing, Verification and Validation

Welcome & Call for papers | Important Dates | Paper Submission | Prizes | Program Committee | Keynote | Program | ICST 2009

The workshop program is now available and papers and slides can be found here.

The workshop dinner was sponsored by SWELL, the Swedish Research School in Software Verification and Validation. Prizes were sponsored by the EvoTest project. Thanks to the sponsors!


The 2nd International Workshop on Search-Based Software Testing, will be held in conjunction with the 2nd IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST 2009). The workshop will provide:

Call for Papers

Search-based software testing is the use of random or directed search techniques (hill climbing, genetic algorithms etc.) to address problems in the software testing and verification and validation domain. There has been an explosion of activity in the search-based software testing field of late, particularly on test data generation. Recent work has also focused on other aspects such as model-based testing, real-time testing, interaction testing, testing of service-oriented architectures, test case prioritization and generation of whole tests (not only test data).

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit full papers (10 pages) to the workshop, describing original research, experience or tools. We will also welcome extended abstracts (2 pages) with new results (that may not yet have empirical support), position papers or far-out ideas. Extended abstracts can also be written to describe testing problems for which we can find search-based solutions during the workshop. We will have a poster session where authors of extended abstracts get feedback, but we will also discuss relevant extended abstracts in the main session.

Papers should address a problem in the software testing and/or verification and validation domain and should approach the solution to the problem using a search strategy. Search-based techniques are taken to include (but are not limited to) random search, local search (i.e. hill climbing, simulated annealing etc.), evolutionary algorithms (i.e. genetic algorithms, evolution strategies, genetic programming), ant colony optimization and particle swarm optimization.

While experimental results are important for research papers, contributions that do not contain results, but rather present new approaches, concepts and/or theory will also be considered. The workshop will have a highly interactive format that encourages discussion about the presented papers and about general themes in search-based software testing.

Papers will be published as a proceedings in the IEEE digital library, along with the rest of the proceedings for ICST 2009.

There will be prizes for the best paper (100EUR), best student paper (1000EUR - One thousand Euros), and best presenter (100EUR).

CFP in text form.


SBST'09 will be held in Denver, Colorado, USA.


General chair: Phil McMinn, Univ of Sheffield, UK

Program chair: Robert Feldt, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

Previous years

SBST'08, Lillehammer, Norway

If you have any queries, please contact the program chair: Robert Feldt email: