26-29 May 1998, San Francisco, California USA


The QW'98 program -- 80 Presentations! -- is the largest ever. We hope the links below help you "navigate" the QW'98 program quickly and easily. Speaker biographies, paper titles and abstracts are based on the best information available but may change. Updated 13 April 1998.

Tutorial Day Tuesday, 26 May 1998
Conference Day 1 Wednesday, 27 May 1998
Conference Day 2 Thursday, 28 May 1998
Conference Day 3 Friday, 29 May 1998
Birds-Of-A-Feather Sessions
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Tuesday, 26 May 1998
8:30 - 12:00 Tutorial A
Dr. Linda Rosenberg & Mr. Larry Hyatt
(Unisys /
Metrics for Quality Assurance and Risk Assessment
Tutorial B
Dr. Michael R. Lyu (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Current Techniques and Tools for Software Reliability Engineering
Tutorial C
Mr. John D. Musa (Independent Consultant)
More Reliable, Faster, Cheaper Testing through Software Reliability Engineering
Tutorial D
Mr. Michael Deck (Cleanroom Software Engineering, Inc.)
How Testers Can Use Formal Methods to Analyze and Improve Software Requirements Specifications
Tutorial E
Dr. Boris Beizer (Independent Consultant)
An Overview of Testing -- Unit, Integration, System -- Outline and Index
1:30 - 5:00 Tutorial F
Mr. Hans-Ludwig Hausen
(GMD German National Research Center for Information Technology)
Software Metrics for Procedures, Objects and Agents
Tutorial G
Mr. Ed Kit (Software Development Technologies)
Automating Software Testing and Reviews
Tutorial H
Mr. Tom Gilb (Independent Consultant)
Evolutionary Delivery Project Management
Tutorial I
Mr. Robert V. Binder (RBSC Corporation)
Testing Strategies for Object-Oriented Systems
Tutorial J
Mr. Martin Pol (IQUIP Informatica B.V.)
Test Process Improvement
5:00 - 6:00 Welcome Networking Reception


Wednesday, 27 May 1998
Exhibition: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
8:30 - 10:00


Conference Introduction/Session Introduction:
Edward Miller (Software Research)
[QW'98 Program Chair]
Keynote 1P1:
Mr. Robert L. Glass (Computing Trends)
The Software Crisis - Is It for Real?
Keynote 1P2:
Dr. Cem Kaner (Attorney at Law)
Year 2000, How Can I Sue Thee? Oh, Let Me Count the Ways

10:00 - 10:30 REFRESHMENTS
10:30 - 12:00


Technology Track
Requirements Testing
Paper 2T1
Mr. James M. Clarke (Lucent Technologies)
Automated Test Generation from a Behavioral Model
Paper 2T2
Dr. Linda Rosenberg, Mr. Larry Hyatt, Mr. T. Hammer, Ms. L. Huffman & Mr. W. Wilson
Testing Metrics for Requirement Quality
Applications Track
Defect Analysis
Paper 2A1
Mr. Otto Vinter (Bruel & Kjaer)
Improved Requirements Engineering Based on Defect Analysis
Paper 2A2
Ms. Maxine Crowther & Mr. Dave Oliver (Cadence Design Systems, Inc.)
Automating Defect Tracking and Reporting: A Solution for the 21st Century
Tools & Solutions Track
Business Aspects - I
Paper 2S1
Mr. Michael Bowden (CYRANO)
Year 2000: A Practical Approach to Reducing Business Risk
Paper 2S2
Mr. Larry Boldt (Technology Builders, Inc.)
Y2K Requirements-Driven Automated Testing...Do You Have a License to Drive?
Management Track
Y2K/Euro Impacts
Paper 2M1
Prof. W. Douglas Maurer
(George Washington University)
Program Correctness and the Year 2000 Problem
Paper 2M2
Mr. Gregory T. Daich (SAIC)
Essential Year 2000 Practices
QuickStart Track

Mini-Tutorial 2Q

Mr. Thomas A. Drake
(Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc.)
Is Quality Really "Good Enough" for the Millennium?
Birds-Of-A-Feather Sessions
1:30 - 3:00


Technology Track
Test Environments
Paper 3T1
Dr. Thomas Ostrand, Dr. Herbert Foster, Dr. Tarak Goradia & Dr. Wojciech Szermer
(Siemens Corporate Research)
A Visual Test Development Environment for GUI Systems
Paper 3T2
Mr. Anil Rao
(Hewlett-Packard Company)
A Structured Framework for Designing Kernel Reliability Tests
Applications Track
Reliability & Robustness
Paper 3A1
Dr. Peter Liggesmeyer & Mr. Martin Rothfelder
(Siemens AG)
Going Beyond Correctness: Improving Software Robustness
Paper 3A2
Mr. Raymond V. Sandfoss & Mr. Steven A. Meyer (AT&T Laboratories)
The Impact of OOT, Client/Server, and Distributed Computing on SRE Practices
Tools & Solutions Track
Java - I
Paper 3S1
Mr. Oliver Jones
(Rational Software Corporation)
System Testing for Java-based Internet Applications: How, When and Why
Paper 3S2
Mr. William Asburry
(Dynamic Software Technologies, Inc.)
Rapid Application Testing
Management Track
Test Processes
Paper 3M1
Ms. Cheryl Y. Moore (FedEx Corporation)
Testing Policies and Standards
Paper 3M2
Mr. Manuel Gonzalez (Hewlett-Packard)
Process Improvements Via Testing Results, A Case Study
QuickStart Track

Mini-Tutorial 3Q

Mr. Larry Bernstein (National Software Council)
Trustworthy Software
3:00 - 3:30 REFRESHMENTS
3:30 - 5:00


Technology Track
Paper 4T1
Ms. Annaliese vonMayrhauser, Mr. Andre Bai, Mr. Tom Chen, Mr. Amjad Hajjar & Mr. Charles Anderson
(Colorado State University)
Fast Antirandom (FAR) Test Generation to Improve Code Coverage
Paper 4T2
Mr. Zachi Karni, Mr. Dror Orel & Mr. Shmuel Ur
(IBM, Haifa Research Lab)
Using 3D to Visualize Dynamic Path Coverage
Applications Track
Real-World Futures
Paper 4A1
Mr. Fabbrizio Fabbrini, Mr. Mario Fusani, Mr. Vincenzo Gervasi, Ms. Stefania Gnezi & Mr. Salvatore Ruggieri
(IEI-CNR / Dip. di Informatica)
Achieving Quality in Natural Language Requirements
Paper 4A2
Mr. Ondrej Such
(Microsoft Corporation)
Applications of Stochastic Asynchronous Programming Technique to Procedure TEsting
Tools & Solutions Track
WebSite Testing
Paper 4S1
Mr. Ieuan E. Jones
(Royal Military College of Science Shrivenham)
Application of Quality Practices to Web-site Development
Paper 4S2
Dr. Edward Miller
(Software Research, Inc.)
The WebSite Quality Challenge
Management Track
Business Aspects - II
Paper 4M1
Mr. William H. Warren (Independent Consultant)
The Business Cost of Defective Software
Paper 4M2
Mr. Karen S. King (Sequent Computer Systems)
Ensuring Quality in Software Suppliers
QuickStart Track

Mini-Tutorial 4Q

Mr. Tom Gilb (Independent Consultant)
The Alternatives and Supplements to Conventional Testing
5:00 - 6:00 PANEL SESSION 4P:
The Role of the Test Manager
Co-Chairs: Ms. Johanna Rothman & Mr. Brian Lawrence
Panelists: James Bach & Melora Svoboda


Thursday, 28 May 1998

Exhibition: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
8:30 - 10:00


Session Introduction
Edward Miller (Software Research)
[QW'98 Program Chair]
Keynote 5P1:
Dr. Boris Beizer (Independent Consultant)
Prioritizing Your Y2K Testing Effort: Debunking the Special Date Myths
Keynote 5P2:
Dr. Dave Parnas (McMaster University)
Software Engineering: An Unconsummated Marriage

10:00 - 10:30 REFRESHMENTS
10:30 - 12:00


Technology Track
Test Automation
Paper 6T1
Dr. David J. Brown & Dr. Jarrett Rosenberg (Sun Microsystems)
Static Checking of Application Binaries for Cross-Release Stability
Paper 6T2
Dr. Matthias Grochtmann, Mr. Joachim Wegener & Mr. Roman Pitschinetz (Daimler-Benz AG)
Integrated Test Management within the Tool Environment Tessy
Applications Track
Web Testing
Paper 6A1
Mr. Steve Goldstein (Genetics Computer Group)
Strategies for Testing a Web-based Application: Divide, Conquer, and Automate
Paper 6A2
Mr. Manuel Gonzalez (Hewlett-Packard)
System Test Server Through the Web
Tools & Solutions Track
Defect Tracking
Paper 6S1
Mr. Avi Harel (ErgoLight Ltd.)
Automation in Usability Validation
Paper 6S2
Mr. Manu Das & Mr. Drew Slotnick (SOFFRONT Software, Inc.)
The Revolution in Defect Tracking and Analysis, Software Quality, and the Internet
Management Track
Y2K Readiness
Paper 6M1
Mr. Rainer Pirker & Mr. Andreas Rudolf (IBM)
Testing the Software Portfolio of a Bank for Year 2000 Readiness
Paper 6M2
Ms. Claudia Dencker
(Software SETT Corporation)
A Tester's Perspective of a Y2K Project at Hewlett-Packard
QuickStart Track

Mini-Tutorial 6Q

Mr. Brian Marick

(Testing Foundations)
When Should a Test Be Automated?
Birds-Of-A-Feather Sessions
1:30 - 3:00


Technology Track
Criteria-Based Methods
Paper 7T1
Dr. Pascale Thevenod-Fosse & Dr. Helene Waeselynck (LAAS-CNRS)
Software Statistical Testing Based on Structural and Functional Criteria
Paper 7T2
Dr. Elaine J. Weyuker & Dr. Alberto Avritzer (AT&T Laboratories)
Facilitating the Enforcement of Quality of Service Objectives by Using Software Testing Artifacts
Applications Track
GUI Testing
Paper 7A1
Mr. Larry Apfelbaum & Mr. John Schroeder (Teradyne Software & Systems Test)
Reducing the Time to Thoroughly Test a GUI
Paper 7A2
Ms. Anna Newman (Adobe Systems, Inc.)
Lessons Learned: Automating Testing Experiences with Framemaker 5.5
Tools & Solutions Track
Y2K Testing
Paper 7S1
Dr. Eugenio Cervetto (Performance Research)
Performance Evaluation of Real-Time Embedded Software Applications Using PREDICTA
Paper 7S2
Mr. Mike Powers (ST Labs, Inc.)
Testing in a Year 2000 Project
Management Track
Process Improvement - I
Paper 7M1
Mr. Michael Heffler & Mr. Robert Thien (Bellcore)
Providing a Context for Process Improvement and Assessment
Paper 7M2
Ms. Patricia O'Reilly (InPower)
The Accidental Improvement Opportunity is Knocking
QuickStart Track

Mini-Tutorial 7Q

Mr. Robert Poston
(AONIX, Inc.)
Making Test Cases from Use Cases Automatically
3:00 - 3:30 REFRESHMENTS
3:30 - 5:00


Technology Track
Statistical Methods
Paper 8T1
Prof. William E. Howden
Software Confidence, Computational Integrity, and Statistical Model Checking
Paper 8T2
Dr. David Banks, Dr. Paul Black, Dr. Leonard Gallagher, Dr. Charles Hagwood, Dr. Raghu Kacker, Ms. Lynne Rosenthal & Dr. James Yen
(National Institute of Standards and Technology)
Software Testing by Statistical Methods
Applications Track
Paper 8A1
Ms. Martha Gray, Dr. Kathleen A. Kegley, Ms. Lynne Rosenthal (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
Applications of Formal Specification Languages in Conformance Testing
Paper 8A2
Ms. Hazel Curtis, Ms. Diana Burkhardt & Mr. Alfred Vella
(Allstor Software / University of Luton)
Automated Test Suites from Reverse Engineering and Planguage
Tools & Solutions Track
Customer Satisfaction
Paper 8S1
Mr. Martin Klaus (TakeFive Software)
Beyond Testing: How to Fix Year 2000-Critical Code
Paper 8S2
Dr. Antonio Cicu. Mr. Domenico Tappero Merlo, Mr. Francesco Bonelli, Mr. Sandro Francesconi Mr. Fabrizio Conicella & Mr. Fabio Valle (MetriQs Srl / OSRA SISTEMI)
Managing a Customer's Requirements in a SME: A Process Improvement Initiative Using an IT-based Methodology and Tool
Management Track
Process Improvement - II
Paper 8M1
Mr. Lincoln Spector (Computer Journalist, Columnist, Humorist)
Why Are Computers So Damned Funny?
Paper 8M2
Dr. Karl E. Wiegers (Process Impact)
Software Process Improvement: Ten Traps to Avoid
QuickStart Track

Mini-Tutorial 8Q

Mr. Douglas Hoffman
(Software Quality Methods)
A Taxonomy for Test Oracles
5:00 - 6:00 Vendor Networking Reception


Friday, 29 May 1998
8:30 - 10:00


Technology Track
Java - II
Paper 9T1
Mr. Richard Kasperowski (Altisimo Computing)
Automated Testing and Java Class Libraries
Paper 9T2
Ms. Carla Schroer (Sun Microsystems)
Java(tm) Platform Compatibility Testing
Applications Track
Paper 9A1
Mr. David W. Carman, Mr. Siddhartha R. Dalal, Mr. Ashish Jain & Mr. Nachimuthu Karunanithi
A Test Generation Factory for Year 2000 Testing
Paper 9A2
Mr. Keith Stobie
(BEA Systems, Inc.)
Testware Engineering
Tools & Solutions Track
Real-World Experience
Paper 9S1
Ms. Alka Jarvis
(Cisco Systems)
Applying Software Inspections - Real-Life Experience at Cisco Systems
Paper 9S2
Mr. Stefan Mohacsi, Mr. Armin Beer & Mr. Christian Stary
(SIEMENS/University of Linz)
An Open Tool for Automated Tesitng of Interactive Software
Management Track
Metrics Feedback
Paper 9M1
Mr. Jon Huber (Hewlett-Packard)
Developing Metrics for a Software Testing Organization
Paper 9M2
Mr. Jeff Singer & Ms. Cindy Friedman
(Ensemble Partners, Inc.)
The Software End Game - Accurate Prediction of Time of Product Completion
QuickStart Track

Mini-Tutorial 9Q

Dr. Cem Kaner (Attorney at Law)
Concise Test Planning
10:00 - 10:30 REFRESHMENTS
10:30 - 12:30


Keynote 10P1:
Mr. Dave Duchesneau (Boeing Commercial Airplane Group)
Design for Test (Or, How to Make it Hard for the Pernicious Bugs to Hide)
Keynote 10P2:
Mr. Robert V. Binder (RBSC Corporation)
Testing Object-Oriented Systems: Best Practices
Session Introduction/Conference Conclusion
Edward Miller (Software Research)
[QW'98 Program Chair]


Stand-By Presentations


Technology Track


Dr. Michael R. Lyu
(Chinese University of Hong Kong)
A Phase-Based Approach to Integrate Reliable Software

Mr. Dietmar Ernst, Mr. Frank Houdek & Mr. Thilo Schwinn (University of Ulm/Daimler-Benz AG)
An Experimental Comparison of Static and Dynamic Defect Detection Techniques
Applications Track


Mr. Leslie Allen Little
(Aztek Engineering)
Why Johnny Can't Read or Write Requirements
Tools & Solutions Track
Management Track


Mr. James R. Bindas
(Intel Corporation)
Lesson Learned: Transferring Software Development Best Known Methods (BKMs) between Product Lines