Personal note from the Program Chair

My name is Tariq King and I am honoured and excited to be the Program Chair for the 9th annual Hungarian Software Testing Forum (HUSTEF) conference. Last year, I attended HUSTEF for the first time as a keynote and tutorial speaker, and was very impressed by the diverse set of speakers and topics, opportunities for learning and knowledge sharing, the pleasant surroundings and welcoming atmosphere. With the advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), the software industry is currently undergoing transformational change. The software testing and quality engineering disciplines are not only expected to be impacted by this change, but may play a pivotal role in enabling the transition. To be at the forefront of technological advances, the theme for HUSTEF 2019 is:



Testing practitioners often act as the headlights of the project, guiding it as it moves forward, and helping to uncover risks that threaten its success. As the world heads toward a possible technological revolution with AI, testers can light the path on the way to AI and make sure that these innovations are testable, understandable, explainable, safe, secure, and trustworthy. To achieve this goal, we must be able to: inspire different types of stakeholders, invest in the present and future of software testing, and innovate by developing new testing approaches, methods, and tools, and sharing them with the testing community.  

Some thought-leaders have previously described testing as being lost, sick, and even dead. At HUSTEF 2019, we will show the industry that testing is not only alive and well, it is thriving in this new age of innovation. Come and share your stories, experiences, and lessons of inspiration, investment, and innovation in the field of software testing and quality engineering. As part of our investment in you, we are proud to announce that HUSTEF is joining the #NoPayToSpeak movement, and will be covering expenses for all speakers who are selected to give a presentation at the conference.  I invite you to submit a proposal and join us in Budapest this year as part of this prestigious event.


Tariq King

Program Chair of HUSTEF 2019

Speaker benefits

HUSTEF is a #NoPayToSpeak conference!

Free entry to the Event

Invitation to the exclusive Speaker Dinner

Travel costs are covered

Accomodation for 3 nights

All speakers are welcome to the conference, which means you have free access to the tutorials, conference & social event. Additionally, speakers are invited to an exclusive Speakers’ Dinner with the Program Chair, Keynote Speakers, Partners’ representatives and Members of the Committees.  The HUSTEF Organization can cover the travel cost and accommodation (three nights maximum) at a hotel selected by the conference organizers for all presenters who are non-residents of Budapest, if required. For more information, please contact Csilla Kohl (

Please, consider, HUSTEF is a non-profit organization. If your company can cover your costs, we offer visibility: company logo will be listed on the web page and printed materials as a Special Partner of HUSTEF and we can spend the money on new and fancy stuff for the conference!


Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):


(for example)

Functional testing including: acceptance, exploratory, and requirements and scenario-based testing; Non-functional testing including: performance, scalability, reliability, interoperability, recovery, usability, accessibility, user experience (UX), localization, and security testing; Structural testing including: unit, service and API testing. Test-driven development (TDD) techniques including behavior-driven development (BDD) and acceptance test-driven development.


(for example):

Managing the test process including risk-based testing, improving the testing process through test metrics, measurement, and tracking; Demonstrating the business value of testing including quality management, measurement, system assessments, and maturity models; Testing and its place in the overall project and domain; Agile testing and testing in traditional projects; Defect management, prevention, detection, and aging.


(for example):

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) based test automation including  the use of autonomous and intelligent agents for test planning, test generation, test execution and result analysis; Testing AI and ML-based systems; Transition to AI including impact of AI on testing; Self-testing systems; Research advances and technological challenges in software testing; Model-based and model-driven approaches to testing and test engineering; Gamification of software testing and testing computer games


(for example)

Test leadership including people and community management; Career development and growth including testing roles, skills and competencies improvement; Knowledge sharing including fungibility and skills transfer; Diversity in testing including working with diverse and distributed teams.


(for example):

Automated testing including benefits, pitfalls, case studies, and lessons learned; Test execution, test data  and environment management including continuous integration, continuous delivery, continuous deployment, big data and testing in the cloud; DevOps and testing including virtualization, containers, and microservices.

Important Dates

13 MAY

Submission of title, authors and extended abstract


Notification of acceptance

30 SEP

Submission of final presentations (slides)

Submission Details

We are interested in hearing your experiences in industry, case studies, lessons learned; academic studies and research; visions for the future of testing, or special sessions.

In the Call for Papers, we are seeking proposals by test practitioners and researchers for 20-30-minute conference presentations, including questions. The final length will depend on the number of accepted proposals.

Submissions should demonstrate a message for a broader user community and should not focus on marketing, tooling or service details. 

A proposal for a conference presentation must follow this template:

Show how you meet one or more aspects of this year’s theme: Inspire, Invest, Innovate. Think about your topic and talk level. Describe a problem, a solution you propose, and what the audience will take away. Beginner sessions introduce and teach concepts and skills that are needed by people new into their role. Advanced sessions provide new insights, discuss and explain complex challenges, and add to industry knowledge. Intermediate talks may address some new challenges but should be suitable for most conference delegates.

The independent programme committee, composed of industry and academic representatives, will evaluate all proposals. Please submit your proposals in PDF format via EasyChair.

Please note that the programme, including the presentation slides of accepted presentations, will be made available electronically (video and PDF slides) to participants on the conference website.

Tools and test services can be promoted in the vendor sessions organized for partners. If you would like to be a partner in organizing the conference, please contact Csilla Kohl (