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Keynote Lecture


Coverage Testing and Reliability Improvement: a Marriage of Convenience?

Antonia Bertolino
Italian National Research Council - CNR

Brief Bio
Antonia Bertolino is a Research Director of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), in Pisa. She is an internationally renowned researcher in Software Engineering, having more than 150 co-authored papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She investigates approaches for software and services validation, testing, and monitoring, and on these topics has worked in several national and European projects, including the most recent Learn PAd, CHOReOS, and NESSOS. Currently she serves as an Area Editor for the Elsevier Journal of Systems and Software, and as an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, and of Springer Empirical Software Engineering. She has recently been the General Chair of the flagship ACM/IEEE Conference ICSE 2015, Florence (Italy). She serves regularly in the Program Committee of the most renowned conferences in the field of Software Engineering, such as ESEC-FSE and ICSE, and in software testing and analysis, as ISSTA and ICST.

Software testing can be driven by different criteria, among which code coverage and usage profile are widely used.
The former aims at exercising as much as possible the program elements (e.g., the statements), the latter aims at increasing the predicted reliability in operation.
The question whether there is any correlation between these two goals remains still open.
On the other side, the relations between the two research fields are loose.
In this talk I will discuss about potential ways and benefits of combining the two testing approaches, advocating the convenience of a tighter relationship.