Testing Computer Software Conference (TCS2000) Overview


  Mark your calendar for the 17th annual event. The final Conference
program is available on the Web at:


  Brochure requests and downloading the printed brochure can also be done
from this web site.

  The detailed printed brochure is available. You may request the brochure
and other information by e-mail to: ad...@uspdi.org


            17th International Conference and Exposition on

                      TESTING COMPUTER SOFTWARE
         Theme: Testing Technology vs. Testers' Requirements

                         June 12-16, 2000
          Washington, D.C. * Hyatt Regency (Bethesda) * USA
      (Conference: June 14-16; Workshops/Tutorials: June 12-13)



Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGSoft
American Society for Quality (ASQ) Software Division
IEEE Reliability Society
Software Technology Support Center (STSC)

Frontier Technologies, Inc.

U.S. Professional Development Institute


Message from Conference Chair, Genevieve Houston-Ludlam:


Technology for testing and automated solutions have grown remarkably in
the past decade. But the question is still before us -- do we have the
support from technology that we need? Has technology solved the right
problems? Is the technology accessible enough to today's tester? What are
the pitfalls of using such technology? This year, we will be looking at
the experiences with various aspects of testing technology -- some
successful, and some not.

We look forward to having you share your experiences and learn from
others. I look forward to seeing you there.


                       ABOUT THE CONFERENCE


  The Seven{*word*249}th International Conference on TESTING COMPUTER SOFTWARE
will provide an opportunity to participate in the leading international
conference on software testing. The goal of the 2000 Conference will be to
explore which testing technologies we will need to take into the new
millennium and which ones we will not. Learn how testing professionals and
experts have used advanced methods and testing applications to improve the
effectiveness of their testing, reduce testing costs and meet schedule
deadlines. Share your own experiences in testing with others. You will be
able to exchange knowledge and ideas with people from a wide variety of
environments and locations including those from industry, academia and
government from the United States and abroad.

  Conference tracks will address topics concerning the management of
software testing, the application of a variety of software testing
techniques, testing case studies, and additional topics that will
introduce more advanced ideas.

  This conference will provide essential information to all who are
involved with or have an interest in software testing. This includes not
only practitioners but managers and researchers as well.

  The Seven{*word*249}th International Conference on Testing Computer Software is
where testing practitioners and managers from the commercial and
applications software community can learn:

* The impact of increasingly complex software on testing
* Ways to improve the testing process
* Practical experience with the various techniques
* Which efforts have been most successful
* Which efforts have been least successful.

  The conference brings together a set of experienced software testers to
share their experiences and what they have learned from them. You will
have the opportunity to hear about effective software testing techniques,
methods and technologies that have benefited the organizations where they
are used.


"From Art to Practice: Transferring Testing (and Other) Technology" by
   Shari Lawrence Pfleeger
"When Helping Doesn't Help: Software Testing as Codependent Behavior" by
   Lee Copeland
"Testing Object-Oriented (OO) Systems: Lessons Learned" by Bob Binder
"Is an Ounce of Test-plan Worth a Ton of Tools?" by Simon Mills
"Powerful and Pitiful Measures of Software" by Tom Gilb
"Luncheon Address: If I Knew Then What I Know Now" by Louise Tamres
"Wrap-up Session: Conference Reflections" by Marnie Hutcheson

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS and TUTORIALS (June 12-13) will present
comprehensive technical sessions for software testing practitioners:

        WORKSHOPS (2 days)
1. "MITS Test Management Method" by Marnie Hutcheson
2. "Practical Guide to Software Test Management: Task and People Issues"
    by Lloyd Roden
3. "Test Automation" by Mark Fewster

        TUTORIALS (1 day)
4. "Testing Distributed Systems" by Lee Copeland
5. "Overview of Testing" by Simon Mills and Louise Tamres
6. "Advanced Testing Tactics: Unconventional Methods to Complement
    and Supplement" by Tom Gilb
7. "Testing Object Oriented (OO) Systems" by Lee Copeland
8. "Fundamentals of Testing Software-Intensive Systems" by Selim Aissi
9. "Specification-Based Testing" by Jens Grabowski and Thomas Walter

CONCURRENT SESSIONS will be divided into four parallel track sessions,
presenting a variety of management, technical and advanced topics and

Managing Automated Software Testing and the Web
Building a QA and Testing Organization from Scratch
The Pitfalls and Benefits of Introducing Test Automation Early in
  Project Development
Managing Test Automation
Experiences with Risk Based Testing
Rules Governing Testing of Web Based Systems
"Rechecking the Test Software" -- An ISO Enigma and a Practical Solution
Management Definition and Control of the Benchmark for Quality Improvement
BEFORE Testing

Advanced Integration Testing of Object-Oriented (OO) Programs
Issues and Approaches in Testing Mission-Critical COTS Systems
A Performance Evaluation of Microcontrollers for Engine Control
Mobile Agent Genetic Algorithms: Routing Test in a Telecommunication
   Network Simulator
Continuous Testing
Integrated Technical Computing Environments as a Tool for Testing
Algorithmically Complicated Software
Automated Failure Modeling of Embedded Systems
When 100% Coverage Isn't

Testing Access Control Systems in Chip Cards
TTCN3 -- A New Test Specification Language for Black-Box Testing of
   Distributed Systems
Using Dependency Charts to Improve Scenario-Based Testing
Software Usability Assessment and Improvement
Challenges of System Test: Beyond Pass/Fail
Functional Testing of the International Space Station
Emerging Test Technologies: Shifting Tester Requirements
Industrial Experience in Using Formal Methods for Object Oriented (OO)

Software Design for Testability and Test Automation
Automated GUI Testing at ANSYS
Testing Automation: Fighting the Ever-changing Devil
Automated Console Port Testing
Life After Death: An Update on Testing Standards for the New Millennium
It's a Bug's Life
The Automated Testing Life-Cycle Methodology (ATLM)
Getting More From Existing Tests

VENDOR EXHIBIT of products and services will provide valuable support
services and software information to your computer software testing

CONFERENCE VOLUME A set of conference proceedings, papers and view graphs
will be provided to each participant of the Conference. These materials
are useful not only during the Conference as learning guides, but also as
useful references when the conference is completed.


Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions allow you to meet and network with the
speakers and other conference attendees, and discuss areas of mutual

Lunch Discussion Groups will facilitate the exploration of common interest
topics among the participants.


CAPITOL STEPS (Thursday, June 15, 2000 * 6:00 pm)

The Capitol Steps will provide an evening performance of entertainment.
Featured will be the travails of testers, a bipartisan musical political
satire of the 2000 election year, and other events taking place in the
nation's capital and elsewhere.


The Testing Computer Software Conference will be held in suburban
Washington, D.C., USA, a major center for government agencies and
educational institutions. The Conference location will be the Hyatt
Regency Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland, easily accessible from interstate
highways or the Metro subway. There is a convenient subway stop beneath
the hotel with elevator access. Washington, D.C. is served by three major
international airports. The Washington area also offers many extraordinary
museums, memorials, parks and other attractions for visitors.

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For additional information please contact:

Regular Mail: USPDI, 612 Ethan Allen Avenue, Suite 100;
              Takoma Park, MD 20912-5400, USA.
Phone:        301-270-1033
Fax:          301-270-1040
E-mail:       ad...@uspdi.org (Subject: TCS2000)
Web:          http://www.uspdi.org/conference

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