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Model-based testing--rebranding old ideas?

Moderator: Yvan Labiche (Carleton University, Canada)

Abstract: Model-based testing is receiving more and more attention in the testing (academic and industry) community, as indicated by the many conference and journal papers as well as books that mention this topic in their title, abstract or keywords. The premise of this panel is that if the community felt the need to create and use a new term, this is (hopefully) because there was a need to distinguish this (new) topic from other, well-known topics. Through a number of questions they will have to answer, the panelists will help us to identify what is the novelty behind model-based testing, or whether it is simply a re-branding of something (or things) that already existed.


Rob Hierons (Brunel University, UK)

Rob Hierons received a BA in Mathematics (Trinity College, Cambridge), and a Ph.D. in Computer Science (Brunel University). He then joined the Department of Mathematical and Computing Sciences at Goldsmiths College, University of London, before returning to Brunel University in 2000. He was promoted to full Professor in 2003.

Wolfgang Grieskamp (Google, USA)

Since his very first exposure to software in 1982, Wolfgang's passion for the discipline circles around tools and frameworks for productivity and quality of software. Over his career (at Microsoft Research and now at Google) he was working on language design, compilers, virtual machines, libraries and programming models, protocols and operating system stack as well as testing, modeling and simulation tools.

Anneliese Andrews (University of Denver, USA)

Dr Andrews is the author of a text book and over 130 articles in the area of Software Engineering, particularly software testing and maintenance. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. She has also served on several other editorial boards including the IEEE Transactions on Reliability, the Empirical Software Engineering Journal, the Software Quality Journal, the Journal of Information Science and Technology, and the Journal of Software Maintenance. She was the Director of the Colorado Advanced Software Institute from 1995 to 2002. CASI’s mission was to support technology transfer research related to software through collaborations between industry and academia. Dr Andrews also served as elected Vice President and Member of the Board of Governors for the IEEE Computer Society.

Sigrid Eldh (Ericsson, Sweden)

Software Testing is one of Sigrid's passions, as well as teaching about fault, failures and how to avoid them in large complex system. She holds a Ph.D. in software testing. In addition she likes improving and managing software and testing. She has started SAST (Swedish Association of Software Testing) and ASTA (Australian Software Testing Association). She was also a co-founder of ISTQB, and SSTB, the latter she chaired between 2002-2009. Sigrid is also a trained psychotherapeut (from PMI/GIS in Denmark) (Gestalt theraphy) and in particular organisational, personal and relational development.