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Automatic Generation of System Test Cases from Use Case Specifications
WANG, Chunhui; PASTORE, Fabrizio; Göknil, Arda et al.
2015In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis (ISSTA' 15), July 2015, USA
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Keywords :
NLP; Use Case Specifications; Test Cases Generation
Abstract :
[en] In safety critical domains, system test cases are often derived from functional requirements in natural language (NL) and traceability between requirements and their corresponding test cases is usually mandatory. The definition of test cases is therefore time-consuming and error prone, especially so given the quickly rising complexity of embedded systems in many critical domains. Though considerable research has been devoted to automatic generation of system test cases from NL requirements, most of the proposed approaches re- quire significant manual intervention or additional, complex behavioral modelling. This significantly hinders their appli- cability in practice. In this paper, we propose Use Case Modelling for System Tests Generation (UMTG), an approach that automatically generates executable system test cases from use case spec- ifications and a domain model, the latter including a class diagram and constraints. Our rationale and motivation are that, in many environments, including that of our industry partner in the reported case study, both use case specifica- tions and domain modelling are common and accepted prac- tice, whereas behavioural modelling is considered a difficult and expensive exercise if it is to be complete and precise. In order to extract behavioral information from use cases and enable test automation, UMTG employs Natural Language Processing (NLP), a restricted form of use case specifica- tions, and constraint solving.
Research center :
Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) > Software Verification and Validation Lab (SVV Lab)
Disciplines :
Computer science
Author, co-author :
WANG, Chunhui ;  University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT)
PASTORE, Fabrizio  ;  University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT)
Göknil, Arda ;  University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT)
BRIAND, Lionel ;  University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT) ; University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) > Computer Science and Communications Research Unit (CSC)
Iqbal, Zohaib;  National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences (FAST NU) > Quest Lab
External co-authors :
yes
Language :
English
Title :
Automatic Generation of System Test Cases from Use Case Specifications
Publication date :
July 2015
Event name :
International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis (ISSTA 2015)
Event organizer :
University of Oregon
Event place :
Baltimore, United States
Event date :
July 12–17, 2015
Audience :
International
Main work title :
Proceedings of the International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis (ISSTA' 15), July 2015, USA
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
Funders :
FNR - Fonds National de la Recherche [LU]
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