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Key Dates in 2013

  • July 15: Doctoral Symposium
  • July 15-16: Workshops & Tutorials
  • July 17-19: Main Conference

RE’13 Call for Contributions

In 2013, the IEEE International Requirements Engineering (RE) conference will be held for the 21st time. To mark this coming of age, we seek to investigate whether the field has made its transition from adolescence into adulthood, and we hope to guide its onward journey. The special theme for RE’13 is RE@21: Keeping Requirements on Track.

Requirements engineering (RE) encompasses all the interdisciplinary activities involved in determining, documenting, and maintaining an agreed set of requirements for a system, and for tracing these through to implementation. A specific concern is the development of practical techniques, methods, and tools to support these activities. RE’13 invites submissions that address any facet of the requirements engineering process, from elicitation to validation, from formal to informal, from large to small, from traditional to agile, and across people-centric, business-centric, and system-centric viewpoints.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Requirements engineering process definition, measurement, and improvement
  • Stakeholder identification, engagement, and management
  • Requirements elicitation, analysis, documentation, validation, and verification
  • Requirements negotiation, prioritization, and domain ontology construction
  • Requirements specification languages and model-driven approaches
  • Modeling of requirements, goals, and wider system concerns
  • Requirements management and traceability
  • Evolution of requirements over time, product families, and variability
  • Requirements across the entire system lifecycle
  • Domain-specific problems, experiences, and solutions
  • Requirements in market-driven, service-oriented, and product line environments
  • Requirements for highly complex systems on a global scale
  • Requirements for large-scale procurement contracts
  • Social, cultural, global, personal, and cognitive factors in requirements engineering
  • Industry and research collaboration, learning from practice, and technology transfer
  • Requirements engineering education and training
  • Tool support for requirements engineering

Paper Submission Categories

RE’13 invites paper submissions in 3 categories. Papers in all categories must describe original work that has not been submitted to or presented at other forums. Submissions must be written in English and formatted according to the IEEE formatting guidelines provided here. Papers that exceed the length specification of their submission category or are not formatted correctly will be rejected without review. All accepted papers will be published as IEEE CS Press Conference Proceedings.

1. Research Papers

Research papers are divided into 3 sub-categories:

i. Technical Solution Papers present solutions for requirements-related problems that are novel or significantly improve upon existing solutions. Must not exceed 10 pages (including references).

ii. Scientific Evaluation Papers evaluate existing problem situations or validate/refute proposed solutions through scientific means, such as empirical studies, experiments, case studies, simulations, formal analyses, or mathematical proofs. Scientific reflection on problems and practices in industry also falls into this category. Must not exceed 10 pages (including references).

iii. Survey and Roadmap Papers explore the history, successes, and challenges for various requirements related practices and research agendas. Pure survey papers are expected to provide a critical and systematic review that will advance research in the area surveyed. While a survey paper is not expected to introduce a novel technical solution in the surveyed area, it is expected to provide a novel contribution in the way in which it organizes and analyzes the material. A roadmap paper builds upon survey work to provide a grounded vision for future research. Must not exceed 10 pages (excluding references).

See more details of Research Paper submissions

2. Industry Papers

Industry papers are divided into 3 sub-categories:

i. Industry Practice Papers report on the application of requirements engineering techniques, methods, and tools on concrete projects within real-world settings. These papers tell a story and relate experiences of success or failure, experiences from which both researchers and practitioners can draw valuable lessons. The focus is on what was undertaken, in what context, and on the lessons learned. Must not exceed 6 pages (including references).

ii. Industry Challenge Papers pose problems or challenges encountered in requirements engineering practice in particular domains, projects, or settings; problems and challenges that are in need of attention by researchers, practitioners, and tool vendors. Must not exceed 6 pages (including references).

iii. Applied Research Papers report on research pilot studies undertaken within an industry setting. These papers describe preliminary efforts to transfer new research results into industry practice, conducted by the practitioners themselves, academic partners, or a mixed team. Must not exceed 6 pages (including references).

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3. RE@21 Papers

The concept of RE@21 is to gather a collection of shorter papers that specifically summarize the contribution of the RE conference series to the development and evolution of the field of requirements engineering, and to act as a baseline as the field moves forward.

RE@21 Papers analyze trends in requirements engineering research and practice based upon 20 years of the RE conference. Papers may examine themes that have come and gone, report on problems that have been solved or still remain, or investigate industrial practices that indicate technology transfer (or not). Papers may focus in depth on a particular topic (for example stakeholder analysis, prioritization, or traceability), a specific approach (such as i*, ethnography, or formal specification languages), an individual concern (for instance safety, trust, or transparency), or take a more birds-eye view of the entire field. Papers may also consider the impact of the various RE workshops and tutorials over the years. Research and industry perspectives, as well as perspectives that bridge the research/industry divide, are all very welcome. Must not exceed 6 pages (excluding references).

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Need Help?

If you have never previously published at a major international conference and would like some help with planning your submission, please check out Help with Submission? RE’13 has 3 leading RE experts willing to guide YOU. If the paper you have planned does not fit neatly into any of the above categories, please contact the Program Chair or Industry Chair for advice. We encourage creative and innovative contributions, and we will be happy to discuss your submission.

Wait, There’s More!

In addition to the call for conference papers, please check out the calls for RE’13 workshop proposals, tutorials, panels and debates, posters and demos, the doctoral symposium, and student volunteers. New to RE’13 will be ‘RE Interactive’ – your opportunity to participate in interactive sessions, announce your late-breaking and emerging results, or simply voice your opinions. The special theme of RE@21: Keeping Requirements on Track extends to all conference contributions. If you have any questions about these additional submissions, please contact the corresponding chairs directly.

Key Submission Dates in 2013

  • Jan 14: Workshop Proposals
  • Jan 21: Research, Industry, & RE@21 Abstracts
  • Jan 28: Research, Industry, & RE@21 Papers
  • Feb 1: Notice of Intent to Submit (Tutorials)
  • Feb 25: Tutorial Proposals
  • Mar 4: Panel & Debate Proposals
  • Apr 3: Doctoral Symposium Submissions
  • Apr 12: Poster & Demo Submissions
  • RE Interactive: Always open to suggestions!

*All deadlines are 23:59 Pago Pago, American Samoa time

Link to ALL Important Dates for RE’13