Among computer science and software engineering activities, software testing is a perfect candidate for the union of academic and industrial minds. The Testing: Academic and Industrial Conference - Practice and Research Techniques (TAIC PART) is a unique event that strives to combine the important aspects of a software testing conference, workshop, and retreat.

TAIC PART brings together industrialists and academics in an environment that promotes meaningful collaboration on the challenges of software testing. TAIC PART is sponsored by representatives from both industry and academia. The conference brings together software developers, end users, and academic researchers who work on both the theory and practice of software testing.

Conference Chair

Leonardo Bottaci University of Hull

Program Co-Chairs

Neil Walkinshaw

University of Sheffield

Gregory M. Kapfhammer

Allegheny College

Special Features

TAIC PART features an international program committee that will fairly evaluate all of the submitted papers and write three or more high quality, detailed reviews. The accepted papers will be published with ISBN by the Conference Publishing Services (CPS) and they will appear in the IEEE digital library. A special issue of the Journal of Systems and Software will also publish revisions of selected papers. Finally, TAIC PART boasts keynote addresses, networking opportunities, and social events.

Alongside experience reports, research and tool papers, and industry and academic challenge articles, TAIC PART 2009 also has a fast abstract option that supports the publication of short papers describing late breaking results or works in progress. This TAIC PART track is an ideal venue for PhD students who are interested in feedback about dissertation research that is in its formative stages. These two page papers will be published in the proceedings and their authors will present their papers alongside the other TAIC PART authors.

TAIC PART 2009 is the fourth conference in a series of highly successful events. Take a look and discover what happened at TAIC PART 2008, TAIC PART 2007, and TAIC PART 2006. Please consider submitting a paper and/or registering to attend the 2009 edition of TAIC PART so that you can be part of a premier software testing conference. Individuals with questions about TAIC PART are encouraged to contact one of the conference organizers.

TAIC PART Rated 'Outstanding'

TAIC PART 2006 and 2007 were assessed outstanding and internationally leading in all categories by the EPSRC, who provided significant funding to hold these events. The criteria included research quality, planning and practice, scientific impact, communication of output, and benefits to society. Furthermore, EPSRC also funded TAIC PART 2008, thus enabling the conference to generate public awareness, communicate research findings, and provide practical advice about the challenge of software testing. We invite you to submit a paper and participate in TAIC PART 2009 in order to continue the strong tradition of this conference.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK, September 4 - 6, 2009. Cumberland lodge is a former royal residence given to the nation in 1946 by the late Queen Mother. It is an ideal setting for a productive and enjoyable conference, providing world-class conference facilities in an ideal location that resonates with centuries of historical significance, dating back to the mid 17th century. Set in the heart of Windsor Great Park, yet only 27 miles from London and a short distance from Heathrow, it is perfectly placed for visitors from home and abroad. Food and domestic standards are very high and the atmosphere is that of a friendly country house. As you are planning your trip to Windsor, please consult the following travel advice from Cumberland Lodge. Finally, please be aware of the fact that accommodation at the Cumberland Lodge with historic en-suite bedrooms is included in the registration fee.


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