ETSI is pleased to announce the 8th edition of UCAAT, the User Conference on Advanced Automated Testing, taking place in October 2021.

UCAAT 2021: Testing to the Edge

Test process automation has proven to increase productivity and product quality. As the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted and increased the demands on various IT systems and services in terms of interoperability, scalability, and adaptability, test automation is essential for delivering agile solutions in uncertain times. Sharing knowledge and learning from experience of others helps everyone to get better prepared for future challenges.

The annual ETSI User Conference on Advanced Automated Testing (UCAAT) is the pinnacle in the calendar of ETSI’s Technical Committee Methods for Testing and Specification (TC MTS). UCAAT 2021 is expected to be hosted by Siemens AG, in Munich, Germany. While we are hopeful that by October physical events will be possible and safe again, should the health situation not allow for a physical event, we will switch the event to an online format. We will continue to monitor the situation and will make the final decision by May 2021. 


UCAAT is dedicated to the practical engineering and application aspects of automated testing, including experiences from the use of new techniques for test automation, advanced test automation processes, and standardised testing languages and methodologies for test automation in different application domains, such as IT services, telecommunications, transportation, healthcare, finance, and smart cities.

Should I attend?

If you are a:

  • Test engineer, designer or test automation expert
  • Engineer working in test specification, automation, DevOps and RPA
  • Software developer or architect
  • Project leader or manager in digital transformation
  • Test tool or service provider
  • Test and quality assurance analyst

… then UCAAT 2021 will provide you with a unique opportunity to get together with your peers and exchange on experiences gained and lessons learned, both from the adoption of novel test automation techniques, methods, and tools and from the long-term application of test automation.

Call for Presentations Now Open!

Submissions should be sent by 4 May 2021. Please check the full contribution process and important dates detailed on the Call for Presentations tab.


The independent programme committee is composed mostly of industry stakeholders nominated by the appointed Programme Committee Chair. The programme committee determines the call for presentations and evaluates the received presentation, poster, and tutorial proposals to select the best ones for the conference programme.

Programme Committee Chair:

  • Philip Makedonski, University of Göttingen

Programme Committee Members: 

  • Alexis Despeyroux, Testing Solutions and Services
  • Andreas Ulrich, Siemens AG
  • Anne Kramer, GmbH
  • Carlos Cardenas, DEKRA Testing and Certification, S.A.U
  • Ceren Şahin, University of Luxembourg
  • Dirk Tepelmann, Spirent
  • Gjore Zaharchev, Seavus
  • Jorge Asensio, ARHS Developments
  • Jorge Pascal, Audi AG
  • Mark Beierl, Canonical Ltd
  • Martin Schneider, Fraunhofer FOKUS
  • Martti Käärik Elvior, LLC
  • Michele Carignani, ETSI
  • Muslim Elkotob, Vodafone
  • Pierre Lynch, Keysight
  • Raquel Jimenez, MTP
  • Rémi Caudwell, Sogeti
  • Sergio Borghese, NetResults Srl
  • Stephan Schulz, Giesecke + Devrient
  • Szilard Szell, Eficode Oy
  • Tibor Csöndes, Ericsson Hungary
  • Václav Vidoň,
  • Zhen Ru Dai, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW)


The annual ETSI User Conference on Advanced Automated Testing (UCAAT) is the pinnacle of events in the calendar of ETSI’s Technical Committee on Methods for Testing and Specification (TC MTS). This well-established event addresses the practical challenges of testing and test automation faced by industry today.

UCAAT is dedicated to all aspects of automated testing and is not limited in scope. Rapid technical advances in IT services, transportation, healthcare, finance, telecommunications, broadcasting, and smart cities, as well as shifting operational landscapes are increasing the demands on testing.


Solutions bringing together previously disparate actors and technologies now need to co-exist and interoperate to an unprecedented extent, with a need to deliver value to the market with a significant increase of speed and frequency. This, and the increasing presence of AI, whether it be for the use of AI in testing or the testing of AI systems, brings challenges and opportunities to the entire testing community.

Shifting and increasing demands for various IT systems and services during COVID-19 pandemic showed a clear need for stronger interconnection and better ability to scale and adapt to meet the dynamic challenges in a global crisis. Test automation is essential for delivering agile solutions in uncertain times. Share your experiences and lessons learned to help everyone be better prepared for the next crisis of global proportions.

UCAAT offers an opportunity for users, vendors, service providers and researchers from many different application domains to come together to share experiences and learn about the latest advances in the industrial use of test automation. We welcome presentation, poster and tutorial submissions regarding modern test automation approaches, technologies, and strategies applied in practice, by means of case studies or experience reports.

Join us and bring your experience to UCAAT 2021!

UCAAT 2021 is expected to be hosted by Siemens AG in Munich, Germany on 19-21 October 2021. While we are hopeful that physical events will be possible and safe again, we are also preparing for a virtual event as a backup. We are continuously monitoring the situation and will make the final decision by May 2021 in order to ensure that there is enough time to prepare for a high-quality event, regardless of the format.


Topics of interest for submissions to UCAAT 2021 include (but are not limited to):

Experiences from the application of advanced test automation techniques for:

  • Cloud technologies, APIs, and micro services
  • Edge, edge-cloud, and mobile edge computing system
  • IoT, 5G, and radio technologies
  • Softwarised systems, such as virtualized networks, reconfigurable radio systems, fog computing, zero-touch network management, lifecycle management, self-healing, autonomic networks
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) systems
  • Autonomous systems, robots, and physical devices
  • Virtual reality, augmented reality, and gaming systems
  • Blockchain systems
  • Quantum computing systems
  • Systems in different application domains, including healthcare, automotive, aeronautical, finance, IT services and big data analysis, cyber-physical systems, smart cities
  • Evaluating different quality characteristics, such as usability, security, robustness, performance, and maintainability
  • Assessment and management of uncertainty in systems and in testing
  • Security testing and assurance, including penetration testing, fuzzing, but also blockchain security, library checking, security aspects of open-source projects, etc.
  • Performance evaluation and calibration, including load and stress testing, efficiency and scalability optimisation, etc.
  • Overall software quality and reliability improvements

Experiences from long term application of test automation such as:

  • Best practices related to architecture and design of test automation software
  • Standardization efforts related to advanced test automation (such as test methodologies, test management and standardized test specification)
  • Testing approaches in Open-Source projects and Open-Source testing solutions
  • Experiences and challenges in creating sustainable test automation solutions
  • Documenting, managing, and maintaining assets produced by automated testing
  • The role of test automation in times of uncertainty and crisis and pushing test automation beyond the limits
  • New challenges and opportunities in a pandemic and post-pandemic world

Experiences from using new techniques and technologies in automated testing, such as:

  • Chaos testing and destructive testing for ensuring resilience
  • Search-based approaches, ML, and other AI techniques
  • Cloud services as enablers of test execution and management
  • Big data methodologies, including data analytics and predictive modelling
  • Static analysis, profiling, technical debt, and test coverage measurement and assessment

Experiences from the application of standardized test automation languages and methodologies, such as:

  • TDL (Test Description Language) or TTCN-3 (Test and Test Control Notation)
  • UTP (UML Testing Profile)
  • Cucumber, Robot, and other DSLs (Domain-Specific Languages)

Experiences and lessons learned from applying advanced test automation processes, such as:

  • Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
  • Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD)
  • Behaviour Driven Development (BDD)
  • Model-based Testing (MBT)
  • Test Driven Development (TDD)
  • Requirement based test generation
  • Ethical aspects of introducing a new test automation technology

Experiences from test automation in continuous delivery and deployment, such as:

  • Automated build and software package delivery flows
  • Automated test and optimized software validation
  • Automated deployment, automated acceptance testing, automated provisioning, automated certification, automated everything!
  • Testing operational automation
  • Automation of the feedback cycle from production back to development, as integral part of the DevOps pipeline (closed-loop automation)
  • Ensuring traceability and observability in testing to enable test automation in production
  • Proactive Ops for pre-emptive maintenance


Submission of title, authors, and abstract: 30 April 2021
Notification of acceptance: 4 June 2021
Submission of final presentations:

30 August 2021 (online event)

20 September 2021 (physical event)


We are calling for:

  • proposals for 20-minute conference presentations (incl. questions) by test automation users,
  • posters focusing on practical aspects of test automation, and
  • 1,5-hour entry level or advanced tutorials.

Submissions should seek to deliver a message for a broader user community and report on experiences of testing technologies and should not focus on tooling details; tools can be promoted in the vendor track organized for event sponsors. A proposal for a conference/poster presentation or tutorial shall be no longer than three A4 pages and shall follow one of the following templates (available from the conference website):

Please use this link via EasyChair to upload proposals in PDF format.

The Call for Presentations is also available as a download in PDF format, suitable for printing and sharing: UCAAT 2021 Call for Presentations (PDF)

The independent programme committee, composed mostly of industry stakeholders, will evaluate all proposals and will schedule them to the different sessions of the event programme. Proposals in PDF format shall be submitted via EasyChair. The programme including the slides of accepted presentations and posters will be made available electronically on the conference web site after the event.

The programme will be published in June 2021.

UCAAT offers an opportunity to come together, learn from each other’s experiences, and hear about the latest advances in the industrial use of test automation. We welcome the community to attend presentations, posters and tutorials related to the application of modern test automation approaches, technologies and strategies in practice.

Sponsor UCAAT 2021 and introduce your organization, company, product, or service to a large, qualified audience interested in test automation. Co-brand your organization with the ETSI UCAAT brand to demonstrate your commitment to automated testing and standardization.

Please contact [email protected] to register your interest.

UCAAT 2021 is expected to take place as a physical event in Munich, Germany, hosted by Siemens AG.

While we are hopeful that by October physical events will be possible and safe again, we are also preparing for a virtual event as a backup. We are continuously monitoring the situation and will make the final decision by May 2021 to ensure to prepare for a high-quality event, regardless of the format.

Further details specific to the selected format will be published here shortly afterwards.

UCAAT is an established series of annual events. Previous editions of the UCAAT have focused on different aspects of test automation following emerging trends through the years. Information about previous editions of the UCAAT, including the programmes and presentation slides, are available from the archived websites linked below. Browse through the archives and discover past experiences shared at UCAAT!

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