I am an undergraduate student, who want to do a project in penetration testing automation, and i want a conference or some official source to obtain some latest researches from inorder to see what to do in my project as i my objective are to make it automated, easy to use, reliable and implement something new (not proposed earlier!).
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Are you sure you want to read research papers on this? If so, here are a few good ones:
To find more, use standard literature search techniques: e.g., read these papers and their related work sections; if they cite or mention a paper that sounds relevant, add it to your set of papers to read (and read its related work section as well); use Google Scholar to find other papers that cite these, and if you spot any that seem relevant, add them to your list to read; and so on.
This will get you research papers. Note, however, that a lot of the state of the art in penetration testing happens outside of the research community. You should probably be paying attention to the forums where pentesters hang out. For instance, check out recent Blackhat and Defcon talks, and follow the blogs of prominent pentesters and security gurus.
One last piece of advice. Before you can invent something new, you usually first need to become a domain expert on the area. You need to gain some experience with pentesting. You're not going to get that simply by reading research papers. Therefore, my advice to you is: spend a little time actually doing some pentesting (not just reading about it). That may help you identify areas that are ripe for automation.