Have you ever clicked a button and were surprised by the result? If so, you may like to here about INTUITEST, a workshop about UI testing which is co-located with ISSTA. The organizers explained to us, what it is all about.

What is the main problem that motivates your workshop?
People are using all kinds of apps to govern their everyday life – making new apps is fast and fairly easy. However, testing the apps through their user interface requires a lot of effort and time, resulting a lot of apps being released without being tested properly. INTUITEST aims to help by providing better, faster and more efficient methods and tools for automating software testing through UI.

What do you think might be promising solutions?
There are many ways to improve the whole process of UI test automation. For example, using automatically extracted UI models to help the adoption of model-based testing is a promising field of research.

How did this workshop come to be?
The chairs, Tanja and Pekka, were discussing about project preparation related to automated UI testing and thought that there should be a workshop specifically for UI test automation.

Who should submit to your workshop?
Researchers and practitioners from the field of UI test automation.

You are co-locating with ISSTA. What’s the relationship between your workshop and the more general field of software testing and analysis?
User interface is an important and challenging part of the systems that have to be tested. INTUITEST is very closely related to the general topics of ISSTA.

Do you primarily cater towards researchers, towards practitioners, or both?
Both. As test automation is very tool dependent, the methods and tools developed by researchers have to be evaluated in real environment. Also, practitioners have a good opportunity to get a glimpse of the latest research and contact the researchers for pilot studies in the industry.

Where do you see the future of this field?
The state-of-the-practice in UI test automation will change a lot in the next 5-10 years when the current state-of-the-art is implemented into robust tools.

What’s the planned format? Anything special besides paper presentations?
In addition to regular research papers and presentations, the aim is to get some tool demonstrations in form of live demos and possibly video presentations.

Anything else why people should attend?
The program committee of INTUITEST consists of most of the leading UI test automation researchers around the world. The workshop provides a good opportunity to meet and discuss about UI testing.

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