The International Conference on Tests And Proofs (TAP) was held at ETH Zurich, Switzerland on 12-13 February 2007. The conference was a great success and a successor event will be held in April of 2008. Please watch out for announcements of TAP 2008.
Msny thanks to all those who made TAP 2007 possible. The post-conference proceedings will be published as a volume in Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science, availabe mid-2007.
The present site remains available as a source of information on TAP 2007.
Committee and chairpersons
Conference chair: Bertrand Meyer, ETH Zurich
Program chair: Yuri Gurevich, Microsoft Research, USA
Program committee: see committee page
Purpose and scope
To prove the correctness of a program is to demonstrate, through impeccable mathematical techniques, that it has no bugs; to test a program is to run it with the expectation of discovering bugs. The two techniques seem contradictory: if you have proved your program, it's fruitless to comb it for bugs; and if you are testing it, that is surely a sign that you have given up on any hope to prove its correctness.
Accordingly, proofs and tests have, since the onset of software engineering research, been pursued by distinct communities using rather different techniques and tools.
And yet the development of both approaches leads to the discovery of common issues and to the realization that each may need the other. The emergence of model checking has been one of the first signs that contradiction may yield to complementarity, but in the past few years an increasing number of research efforts have encountered the need for combining proofs and tests, dropping earlier dogmatic views of incompatibility and taking instead the best of what each of these software engineering domains has to offer.
The TAP conference is entirely devoted to this convergence of proofs and tests. Contributions discussing just proof techniques, or just testing techniques, are not appropriate for submission to TAP; instead we are interested in work that somehow combines ideas from both sides, for the advancement of software quality.
The conference will include a mix of invited and submitted presentation, and a generous allocation of panels and informal discussions. IFIP sponsorship has been requested; The proceedings will be published as Springer-Verlag LNCS. Submissions in PDF, which will be refereed by the program committee, should not exceed 16 pages in standard LNCS format.