Combinatorial methods are a promising modern approach to software testing. In particular, pairwise testing, which requires testing all pairs of possible values for any pair of input parameters, has shown a high level of fault detection. A more general approach, t-wise testing, which is an extension of pairwise testing for t from 3 to 6, considers a combination of any t input parameter values to be covered by at least one test. It requires more test cases but provides even better results. Combinatorial testing (CT) is also an effective approach to testing hardware and software configurations. The CTA 2018 workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners working on CT. The workshop will provide a platform for the discussion of problems in the theory and practice of CT with a focus on its applications in different domains. Participants will be able to use this opportunity to share their knowledge through informal discussions, develop new ideas, and establish new collaborations on CT topics.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical basis of CT
  • Methods, models, and algorithms for combinatorial test generation
  • CT for configuration testing
  • CT for input testing
  • CT for security testing
  • Types of faults detected by CT
  • CT effectiveness
  • CT coverage
  • Comparison of different CT methods
  • Comparison of CT with other testing approaches
  • Combining CT with other testing approaches
  • Experimental evaluation of CT
  • Tools for combinatorial test generation
  • Tools for measuring CT coverage
  • Combinatorial test automation
  • Case studies and industrial reports on CT applications
  • Analysis of practical problems during CT application
  • Domain-specific applications of CT

Conference Companion

Accepted workshop papers will appear in the QRS 2018 conference companion which will be published by IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Services (CPS). Papers presented at the conference will also be submitted for inclusion into the IEEE Xplore and to all of the A&I (abstracting and indexing) partners (such as the Ei Compendex).

Authors may also choose to publish their papers in an Ei-indexed journal–International Journal of Performability Engineering (IJPE;

Journal Special Issue (TBA)

Best Paper Award

At least one award will be presented. Authors will receive a certificate signed by the President of the IEEE Reliability Society and the Organizers of CTA 2018.

Panelists Solicitation (TBA)

Important Dates

    May 1, 2018       Submission deadline (extended)
    May 15, 2018       Author notification
    June 1, 2018       Camera-ready dues
    July 16-20, 2018       Workshop


Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers as well as industrial practice papers. Simultaneous submissions to other publications and conferences are not permitted. Detailed instructions for electronic paper submission, panel proposals and review process can be found at

The length of a camera ready paper will be limited to eight pages, including the title of the paper, the name and affiliation of each author, a 150-word abstract, and up to 6 keywords.

Authors must follow the IEEE Computer Society Press Proceedings Author Guidelines to prepare papers. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper is required to pay full registration fee and present the paper at the workshop. Arrangements are being made to publish selected accepted papers in reputable journals. The submissions must be in PDF and uploaded to the conference submission site.

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General Chair

Sergiy Vilkomir East Carolina University USA

Program Chair

Junhua Ding East Carolina University USA

Program Committee

Josip BozicGraz University of TechnologyAustria
Miroslav BuresCzech Technical University in PragueCzech Republic
Loreto Gonzalez-HernandezUniversity of SkövdeSweden
Rubing HuangJiangsu UniversityChina
Takashi KitamuraNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and TechnologyJapan
Jim LawrenceGeorge Mason UniversityUSA
Changhai NieNanjing UniversityChina
Gilles PerrouinUniversity of NamurBelgium
Eduardo Rodriguez-TelloCINVESTAVMexico
Preeti SatishDayananda Sagar College of EngineeringIndia
Tatsuhiro TsuchiyaOsaka UniversityJapan
Ziyuan WangNanjing University of Posts and TelecommunicationsChina
Cemal YılmazSabanci UniversityTurkey

Web Masters

Shou-Yu Lee University of Texas at Dallas USA
Xuelin Li University of Texas at Dallas USA

PC Login

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Workshop Venue

CTA 2018 will be held in conjunction with QRS 2018 at Lisbon, Portugal. Please visit the QRS 18 website for further information.

General Inquiries

For more detailed and updated information, please contact Professor Sergiy Vilkomir at or Professor Junhua Ding at

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CTA 2018 Program

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