The Third IEEE International Contest on Software Testing

Over the past decades, we have built software to improve our efficiency, reliability, and safety in production, business, daily life, etc. These goals, however, cannot be accomplished if the software is not properly tested. Some universities provide classes to teach students the fundamental knowledge and techniques of software testing. These classes often ignore industry practices and can hardly offer real-world testing experiences to students. To address this, we partner with industry sponsors and host a software testing contest along with an appropriate tutorial. Through the contest and tutorial, we bring real-world testing and tool experience to the participants and provide excellent opportunities for them to practice their learned testing techniques to overcome industry testing challenges.

The Third IEEE International Contest on Software Testing (ISTC) will be held in conjunction with QRS 2019 (the 19th International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability and Security) on July 23 (Tuesday) at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria.

We cordially invite you to participate in the contest and win a CASH prize!

Download 2019 Contest Flyer (188 KB)


  • All interested contestants must send an email to Mr. Linghuan Hu before July 16, 2019.
  • The subject of the email should be “IEEE 2019 ISTC -- Contestant”.
  • The content should include the first name, last name, and affiliation. There is no registration fee.

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Format & Evaluation

All applications have to be submitted before the end of July 16 (CDT). All contestants must bring their own laptops. The contest has two parts:

  • The first part is a 2-hour tutorial (10:00 - 12:00). During this tutorial, we will help contestants properly configure their laptops, and explain how to use platform. Each contestant is required to have basic knowledge about Java programming and JUnit.
  • The second part is the contest (14:00 - 17:00) where contestants are required to design test cases based on the given specifications to test some Java programs.

The ranking of all the contestants is based on the quality of test cases they generate, which is measured in terms of a combination of the statement and branch coverage, and the mutation score achieved. If test cases from multiple contestants achieve the same coverage, contestants with fewer test cases have a higher ranking than those with more test cases.

Platform & Configuration

Every contestant must bring his/her own laptop and have the following software installed:

  • Windows 7 or later versions
  • Java JDK 1.8 (cannot be other JDK versions)
  • Eclipse Luna
  • Maven

If you have trouble installing the above software, we will help you set up the environment during the tutorial session before the official contest.


The first place receives a cash prize of $400 USD, followed by the 2nd and the 3rd places for $300 USD and $200 USD, respectively. The 4th to the 10th place each receives $100 USD.

Contest Venue

The Third International Contest on Software Testing will be held at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria.