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October 12, 2007

Xie Receives NSF Award to Design Tests for Evolving Software Systems

Dr. Tao Xie has been awarded $225,000 by the National Science Foundation to fund his research proposal titled “Collaborative Research: SoD-TEAM: Designing Tests For Evolving Software Systems.” 

The award will run from January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2010.

Research Abstract - Techniques for the design of tests has been intensively investigated in both academia and industry. These techniques typically target at designing tests for testing the current version of a software system. Designing tests for evolving software (in particular, changes introduced over time) has rarely been explored but is of great importance in advancing science of design. The goal of this proposed research is to address the test-suite augmentation problem by defining novel techniques for: (1) determining whether an existing regression test suite adequately exercises the changes between two versions of a software product; and (2) providing automated support for designing and developing test cases that target the software changes not adequately exercised by the existing tests.

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