APAQS 2000

APAQS  2OOO

FIRST ASIA-PACIFIC
CONFERENCE ON
QUALITY SOFTWARE

NEW WORLD RENAISSANCE HOTEL, KOWLOON, HONG KONG
OCTOBER 3O-31, 2OOO

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 BACKGROUND

The quality of software has an important bearing on the financial and safety aspects in our daily lives. Unfortunately, software systems often fail to deliver according to promises. It is well known that there are still unresolved errors in many of the software systems that we are using every day. The Asia-Pacific region is far from being immune to these problems. The prime objective of the conference is to provide a forum to bring together researchers and practitioners to address this issue seriously.

66 papers were submitted to APAQS 2000 from over twenty countries from within and outside the Asia-Pacific region. 33 quality papers were selected by an international program committee. The proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press, Los Alamitos, California. The deadline for early bird registration is August 15, 2000.

 
 ORGANIZERS

 SPONSORS
IEEE

IEEE Hong Kong Section Computer Chapter

BCS

The British Computer Society Hong Kong Section

QAI
 
 CONFERENCE COMMITTEES

 

GENERAL CHAIR
  • Danny Tang, Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, Hong Kong

 

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Chairs

  • T.H. Tse, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • T.Y. Chen, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Members

  • Mikio Aoyama, Niigata Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Paul Bailes, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Maarten Boasson, Hollandse Signaalapparaten BV, The Netherlands
  • Jonathan Bowen, South Bank University, United Kingdom
  • Kai-Yuan Cai, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China
  • K.P. Chan, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Carl K. Chang, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  • Huo Yan Chen, Jinan University, China
  • S.C. Cheung, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  • William Chu, TungHai University, Taiwan
  • Doug Grant, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Jifeng He, United Nations University International Institute for Software Technology, Macau
  • Lucas C.K. Hui, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • S.L. Hung, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • John Jenkins, Middlesex University, United Kingdom
  • Kouichi Kishida, Software Research Associates, Japan
  • David Kung, The University of Texas at Arlington, USA
  • H.F. Leung, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Hareton Leung, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Shaoying Liu, Hosei University, Japan
  • Michael Lyu, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Karl Reed, La Trobe University, Australia
  • Barrie Thompson, University of Sunderland, United Kingdom
  • Wei-Tek Tsai, Arizona State University and University of Minnesota, USA
  • Feng-Jian Wang, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
  • Qiwen Xu, United Nations University International Institute for Software Technology, Macau
  • Chris C. Yang, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Y.T. Yu, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
 

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
o Chair: F.T. Chan, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
o Vice-Chair: Karl R.P.H. Leung, Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong
o Secretary: M.F. Lau, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
o Treasurer: Wai Wong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
o Registration: Emily Chui, Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong
o Local Arrangements: P.K. Wong, Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong
 
 ABOUT THE APAQS LOGO

 ABOUT THE GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Prof. T.H. Tse's recent graphic designs include the logo of the Spastics Association of Hong Kong, a 60th anniversary logo for the Science Faculty, The University of Hong Kong, the covers of the Proceedings of APAQS, a 30th anniversary logo of the Hong Kong PHAB Association, and a 10th anniversary logo of Rehabilitation Alliance Hong Kong.
 
 CALL FOR PAPERS

 
 CONFERENCE VENUE
 
 FINAL PROGRAM

  MONDAY OCTOBER 30, 2000
REGISTRATION   8:30-9:30 A.M.

OPENING SESSION   9:30-10:45 A.M.

Chair: Danny Tang, Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, Hong Kong

  • Welcome Address from the General Chair
    Danny Tang, General Manager of Information Technology,
    Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, Hong Kong
  • Program Overview
    T.H. Tse and T.Y. Chen, Program Chairs
  • Keynote Address I
    K.H. Lau, Director of Information Technology Services,
    Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
  COFFEE BREAK   10:45-11:15 A.M.
PARALLEL SESSIONS 1   11:15 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Session 1A: Web-Based Systems

Chair: Doug Grant, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

  • Object-based data flow testing of Web applications
    C.-H. Liu, D.C. Kung, and P. Hsia, University of Texas at Arlington, USA;
    C.-T. Hsu, Sun Microsystems, Inc., USA
  • Object driven performance testing in Web applications
    B.M. Subraya and S.V. Subrahmanya, Infosys Technologies, India
Session 1B: Distributed, Concurrent, and Real-Time Systems

Chair: Michael Lyu, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

  • Control of nondeterminism in testing distributed multithreaded programs
    X. Cai and J. Chen, University of Windsor, Canada
  • An approach to analyzing dependency of concurrent programs
    Z. Chen and B. Xu, Southeast University, China;
    K. Liu, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom;
    H. Yang, De Montfort University, United Kingdom;
    Jianping Zhang, Utah State University, USA
  • Modelling and verification of a network player system with DCValid
    J. Wang and Q. Xu, United Nations University International Institute for Software Technology, Macau;
    H. Ma, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication, China
  LUNCH   12:30-2:OO P.M.
PARALLEL SESSIONS 2   2:OO-3:15 P.M.

Session 2A: Metrics and Models

Chair: Maarten Boasson, Hollandse Signaalapparaten BV, The Netherlands

  • A formal mechanism for assessing polymorphism in object-oriented systems
    C. Pons and L. Olsina, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina;
    M. Prieto, J.P. Morgan Bank, Argentina
  • A framework for quantifying error proneness in software
    R. Sitte, Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus, Australia
  • Software quality prediction using mixture models with EM algorithm
    P. Guo and M.R. Lyu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Session 2B: Software Testing I

Chair: Tsuneo Yamaura, Hitachi Software, Japan

  • On the determination of an appropriate time for ending the software testing process
    N. Malevris and E. Petrova, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
  • Testing of large number multiplication functions in cryptographic systems
    T.H. Tse, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong;
    T.Y. Chen, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia;
    Z. Zhou, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • An approach to modify and test expired window logic
    W.T. Tsai, Arizona State University and University of Minnesota, USA;
    X. Bai, Arizona State University, USA;
    R. Paul, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, USA;
    G. Devaraj and V. Agarwal, University of Minnesota, USA
  COFFEE BREAK   3:15-3:45 P.M.
PARALLEL SESSIONS 3   3:45-5:OO P.M.

Session 3A: Object-Oriented Models and Design

Chair: S.C. Cheung, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

  • An object-oriented Web test model for testing Web applications
    D.C. Kung, C.-H. Liu, and P. Hsia, University of Texas at Arlington, USA
  • Object oriented design function points
    D.J. Ram and S.V.G.K. Raju, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India
  • Quality metrics of object oriented design for software development and re-development
    K. Liu, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom;
    S. Zhou and H. Yang, De Montfort University, United Kingdom
Session 3B: Software Testing II

Chairs: Wei-Tek Tsai, Arizona State University and University of Minnesota, USA

  • BS 7925-2: the software component testing standard
    S.C. Reid, Cranfield University, United Kingdom
  • On the completeness of test cases for atomic arithmetic expressions
    T.H. Tse, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong;
    T.Y. Chen, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia;
    X. Feng, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Testing for imperfect integration of legacy software components
    D. Flater, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
  CONFERENCE BANQUET   6:30 P.M. FOR 7:30 P.M.

  TUESDAY OCTOBER 31, 2000
PLENARY SESSION   9:30-10:30 P.M.

Chair: Ray Paul, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, USA

  • Keynote Address II:
    Achieving quality software development for distributed environments
    Stephen S. Yau, Arizona State University, USA
  COFFEE BREAK   10:30-11:OO A.M.
PARALLEL SESSIONS 4   11:OO A.M.-12:15 P.M.

Session 4A: Software Quality Assurance

Chair: John Jenkins, Middlesex University, United Kingdom

  • How to teach practical software quality assurance: an experience report
    J.B. Thompson and H.M. Edwards, University of Sunderland, United Kingdom
  • The 9 quadrant model for code reviews
    R.P. Nandivada, S. Dutta, A. Chandra, and G. Keeni, Tata Consultancy Services, India
  • Investigating the effect of a second software inspection cycle: cost-benefit data from a large-scale experiment on reinspection of a software requirements document
    S. Biffl, M. Halling, and M. Kohle, Technische Universitat Wien, Austria
Session 4B: Formal Methods

Chair: Hans-Dieter Ehrich, Technische Universitaet Braunschweig, Germany

  • Formal modelling of interactive systems
    D. Goldson, Massey University Albany Campus, New Zealand
  • Refinement and modular verification with observers
    A. Merceron, University of Sidney, Australia;
    G.M. Pinna, Universita di Siena, Italy
  • TDL: a language for transition diagrams in the derivation of LOTOS specifications
    Y. Sun, The Queen's University of Belfast, United Kingdom;
    H. Yang, De Montfort University, United Kingdom;
    A. Dix, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom
  LUNCH   12:30-2:OO P.M.
PARALLEL SESSIONS 5   2:OO-3:15 P.M.

Session 5A: Industrial Experience

Chair: Barrie Thompson, University of Sunderland, United Kingdom

  • Software acquisition management experience learnt in a multi discipline and multi contract project environment
    S. Wong, Mass Transit Railway Corporation, Hong Kong
  • Quality improvement: the six sigma way
    M. Murugappan and G. Keeni, Tata Consultancy Services, India
  • Software project measurement criteria
    I.M. Hampton and B.W.T. Quinn, Mass Transit Railway Corporation, Hong Kong
Session 5B: Test Case Generation

Chair: H.Y. Ip, Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong

  • Specification analysis and test data generation by solving Boolean combinations of numeric constraints
    Jian Zhang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • White on black: a white-box-oriented approach for selecting black-box-generated test cases
    T.Y. Chen, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia;
    P.L. Poon, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong;
    S.F. Tang, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong;
    Y.T. Yu, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Towards a more efficient way of generating test cases: class graphs
    K.R.P.H. Leung, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, Hong Kong;
    W. Wong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
  COFFEE BREAK   3:15-3:45 A.M.
PARALLEL SESSIONS 6   3:45-4:35 P.M.

Session 6A: Prototyping

Chair: Kouichi Kishida, Software Research Associates, Japan

  • A model and prototype tool to manage software risks
    A.A. Keshlaf, Industrial Research Center, Tripoli, Libya;
    K. Hashim, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Abductive approach to prototyping data flow diagrams
    E.T.H. Fung, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Session 6B: Electronic Commerce

Chair: Y.T. Yu, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

  • E-business testing: user perceptions and performance issues
    A. Rudolf and R. Pirker, IBM Global Services, Vienna, Austria
  • A reference infrastructure for electronic commerce
    Y. Li, W. Li, and H.B.K. Tan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
 
  CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION FEES

Early Bird Registration (on or before August 15) Regular or On-Site Registration (after August 15)
Full Registration: Speaker HK$2400 Not applicable
Full Registration: Member of IEEE, BCS, HKU, or VTC HK$2400 HK$3000
Full Registration: Others HK$2800 HK$3600
Student Registration HK$1000 HK$1000
Extra Guests for Conference Banquet HK$250 per guest HK$250 per guest
Extra Copies of Proceedings HK$480 per copy HK$480 per copy while stock lasts

NOTES

Please type or complete the registration form in block letters. For payment by credit card, the form must be signed and returned by fax or post to: Ms. Emily Chui, Department of Computing and Mathematics, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Chai Wan), Shing Tai Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong. Fax: +852 / 2505 4216. For payment by bank draft, the form must be returned by post. We cannot process an emailed form.

Payments must be made in Hong Kong Dollars. We regret that payments in other currencies cannot be accepted. Personal cheques cannot be accepted. Registration will not be complete until the payment has been received.

Full registration covers the conference sessions, the conference proceedings, coffee breaks, lunches, and the conference banquet. Student registration covers only the conference sessions. Only full time students are eligible. A proof of student identity is required.

Cancellations can only be made in writing. A cancellation fee of HK$500 will be charged before any refund is made. Requests for refunds after August 15, 2000 will not be entertained. Substitutions will, however, be accepted.

If you have any enquiries regarding the conference, please contact For the latest information on the conference, please visit the Website http://www.cs.hku.hk/~qsic.

 
  CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
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  HOTELS
We have a number of rooms reserved at the following hotels for your choice. All rates are inclusive of service charge and tax. Booking is on a first-come-first-served basis. To avoid disappointment, please complete and return the booking form with the first night non-refundable deposit to Swire Travel Ltd. as soon as possible but no later than August 30, 2000.
  • New World Renaissance Hotel Kowloon, 22 Salisbury Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
    Conference venue. First class hotel with prime location in the tourist area in Kowloon. All rooms are designed for true comfort. A large swimming pool and a fitness center are available.
  • Imperial Hotel, 30-34 Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
    Seven minutes walk to the conference venue. Moderate class hotel right in the heart of Tsimshatsui. A minute walk to the MTR subway.
 
  TOURS
HONG KONG ISLAND CITY TOUR

Begin with a funicular tram ride up the Victoria Peak for a breathtaking view of the whole of the Harbour and Kowloon. Drive to the south side of the Island to Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay with their splendid beaches. Explore Aberdeen where fishermen and their families live on thousands of junks and sampans.
Duration of Tour: Approximately 4 hours
Cost: HK$170.00 per person

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Logo LANTAU ISLAND

Board a ferry for a scenic cruise to Silvermine Bay on Lantau Island passing Sulpur Channel, Green Island, and other outer islands. Then, coach transfer by way of Cheung Sha Beach, Shek Pik Reservoir, the tranquil Tai O Fishing Village before touring the Po Lin Monastery to view the largest Buddha in the world, cast in bronze situated high in the mountain. A vegetarian lunch will be served before returning to the hotel.
Duration of Tour: Approximately 7 hours (08:30 - 15:30)
Cost: HK$540.00 per person


FULL DAY TOUR OF SHEKOU AND GUANGZHOU, CHINA

Start early in the morning by hovercraft to Shekou. Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horse Exhibition from Xi'an (except Sundays and Public Holidays). Lunch at Dongguan Hotel, and after that, tour the Guangzhou Zoo, Six Banyan Temple, and Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall. Return to Hong Kong by through train.
Duration of Tour: Approximately 14 hours
Cost: HK$990 per person, which includes all necessary transfers from downtown hotel, roundtrip tickets to China, seat-in-coach sightseeing with English speaking guide, Chinese visa, and lunch

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  IMPORTANT DATES

o April 5, 2000 Deadline for submission
o June 5, 2000

Notification of acceptance

o July 20, 2000 Deadline for camera-ready copies of accepted manuscripts
o August 15, 2000 Deadline for early bird registration and speaker registration
o August 30, 2000 Deadline for hotel booking
o October 30-31, 2000   Conference
 
  ENQUIRIES

Please feel free to contact us for any queries. We can be reached by email at
 
  AN APAQS OF A MOMENT
by Dr. Ray Paul, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, USA,
presented at the APAQS Banquet

In salute to all the trust that Professor Tse exudes:
confidence, creativity, faith, compassion, and pride.

A moment forever
is a bright moment:
Friends learning,
Friends debating,
A leaf floating,
A tiger roaring,
A tree sunning,
A mountain waiting.
Lessons learned,
but always knowing who we are.
This is a bright moment.
This is an APAQS of a moment
to always remember.

 

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