Last fall we wrapped up too projects. In ITEA2 ATAC we researched test automation of complex systems, mainly from the testing tools perspective. It was an industry-led project and most of its results were produced in companies, but we published plenty of reports for industry, see here .
In RATA we developed with industry principles and systems for using robots in software testing. It is a very interesting idea and very much becoming reality, because robot-assisted testing requires no intrusive adaptation of the test system to the system under test. Check out RATA’s publications. As a university, we plan to include robot-assisted testing in our teaching as soon as we can make the funding and environments arranged. Otherwise, our testing course continues strongly — last fall we had around 90 participants, so knowledge of testing is continuously improved in within the new MScs.
TUT has been especially known for its contribution to model-based testing. Now we are broadening our focus. We aim to do research, in a broader aim of supporting modern fast product and software development with tools and practices that make the testing more effective and practical. TUT is an industry-oriented university and meeting practical needs of the industry mean a lot to us.
One element of being close to the industry are our biannual Testing Days (arranged with Pitky) — last of those was in 2014 and the next will be on June 2016. The days have been an important meeting for testing professionals and continue to be so.
One of our researchers, Matti Vuori, is also the chairman of the steering group of TestausOSY. the largest association in testing in Finland.