TOOLympics I: Competition on software testing: A special issue for Test-Comp 2019

Dirk Beyer*, Marieke Huisman

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Research competitions and challenges are a driving force in transferring theoretical results into working software tools that demonstrate the state of the art in the respective field of research. Regular comparative evaluations provide guidance to practitioners that have to select new technology and tools for their development process. In order to support competitions and challenges with an appropriate publication venue, a new theme of issues in the International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer was created. This issue is the inaugural issue of the newly introduced theme on “Competitions and Challenges” (CoCha). Test-Comp, the International Competition on Software Testing, is an example of a tool competition, where the research teams submit tools for test-generation, and the competition evaluates the tools and assigns scores according to achieved coverage. Test-Comp 2019 was part of the TOOLympics event, which took place as part of the 25-year celebration of the conference TACAS. Thus, it is most natural to start the new STTT-CoCha theme with a special issue that describes the results and participating systems of Test-Comp 2019. There will be a second issue on TOOLympics with contributions from other competitions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-832
Number of pages4
JournalInternational journal on software tools for technology transfer
Issue number6
Early online date6 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


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