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Software SIG: Near Future of Automated Software Testing  

Patrick Henry Library, Vienna; FDA Silver Spring; MITRE Bedford MA; MITRE Eatontow; MITRE Aberdeen,
Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180
FDA, Bld 66, room G512, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
Various, Maryland

Nov 29, 2012    5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (GMT -5:00) EST

Near Future of Automated Software Testing

by: Elfriede Dustin

Thursday November 29, 2012

This presentation discusses automated software testing (AST) challenges based on experiences with DOD systems. The presentation will discuss how a DOD Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)-funded automated testing solution called Automated Test and Re-Test (ATRT) attempts to address these challenges along with the unresolved challenges and what the ideal automated software testing solution could look like in the near future. For example, often automated testing tools become shelf-ware when the maintenance of the automated tests is too involved. Automated testers look for the “update my automated tests” button, so their tests could automatically be updated when needed with little maintenance required. Or while automated testing tools can flawlessly execute thousands of tests taking the same paths every time with different data inputs, automated testing solutions don’t do so well when you want to try logical, but random sequences of actions to test the system, such as during exploratory testing or free form types of testing.

This presentation discusses some of these automated testing challenges, along with proposed “near-future” solutions.

Elfriede Dustin enjoys researching new ideas and discovering new approaches to the automated software testing challenge. Software development is an art and that makes automated software testing a special challenge. At Innovative Defense Technologies, the company Elfriede works for as technical director, they strive to meet that challenge and produce a reusable automated testing framework that includes reusable automated testing components and allows for plug-ins on an as needed basis.


Details and driving directions at: Software SIG announcement for November 2012


The presentation will originate at the McLean facility, with video tele-conferencing (VTC) between:

MITRE-2, room 1N100

7515 Colshire Drive

McLean, VA 22102

host: Scott Ankrum

cell: 240-731-7581

FDA, Bld 66, room G512

10903 New Hampshire Ave

Silver Spring, MD 20993
host: James Simpson

cell: 301-996-4976

MITRE, Northgate Bld A

209 Research Blvd., #200A

Aberdeen, MD 21001

host: Terry Devine

cell: 732-337-8570

MITRE, room 2503

260 Industrial Way West

Eatontown, NJ 07724

host: Aaron Dagen

desk: 732-578-6301

Your location could be here!

MITRE, room 1M306

202 Burlington Rd (Rt. 62)

Bedford, MA 01730

host: Tim Rice

cell: 978-758-2704

If you can host another location via VTC, please contact Scott Ankrum (below)

TO ATTEND THE MeetingPlace Collaboration CONFERENCE:

1. Go to: http://audioconference.mitre.org/ 2. Click on Attend Meeting. If MeetingPlace Collaboration Window does not automatically open, press connect. 3. Dial your telephone to connect to the audio of the meeting.

· Dial 703-983-6338 (x36338) from the Washington DC region.

· Dial 781-271-6338 (x16338) from the Bedford, MA region.

Meeting ID: 509509, when prompted. Meeting Password: 05090509, when prompted.

Visit http://audioconference.mitre.org to test your web browser for compatibility with the web conference. Follow this link to the browser test link on the page.


Registration Website: http://www.asq509.org/ht/d/DoSurvey/i/26913

You must register by noon on Wednesday, November 28. If you cannot attend at any location, select telephone dial-in when you register. FDA (Silver Spring) cannot host non-citizen visitors. If not a US citizen, please provide your title, employer, and address. Allow 2 business days for registration before the meeting.

For registration problems or further information contact Scott Ankrum at: ankrums@mitre.org or 703-983-6127