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Key Dates in 2013

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

RE'13 Workshops

A series of workshops will be held in conjunction with RE'13 to encourage the exchange of ideas and to discuss challenging research issues in requirements engineering. Workshops will be held before the main conference on July 15th and 16th, 2013. For more information on each workshop, please visit the individual workshop's website.

Monday July 15th, 2013

  • W1. MoDRE Third International Model-Driven Requirements Engineering Workshop
  • W2. RE4SuSy Requirements Engineering for Sustainable Systems Workshop
  • W3. EmpiRE Workshop on Empirical Requirements Engineering. GRRIP session will be taking place within the EmpiRE workshop

Tuesday July 16th, 2013

  • W4. RePa Third International Workshop on Requirements Patterns. REPOS session will be taking place within the RePa workshop
  • W5. CMA Third International Comparing *Requirements* Modeling Approaches Workshop
  • W7. TwinPeaks Third International Workshop on the Twin Peaks of Requirements and Architecture
  • W8. RELAW Sixth International Workshop on Requirements Engineering and Law

Third International Model-Driven Requirements Engineering Workshop (MoDRE)

  • Ana Moreira, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Gunter Mussbacher, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • João Araújo, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Nelly Bencomo, INRIA, France
  • Pablo Sánchez, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain

The Third International Model-Driven Requirements Engineering (MoDRE) workshop continues to provide a forum to discuss the challenges of Model-Driven Development (MDD) for Requirements Engineering (RE). Building on the success of MDD for design and implementation, RE may benefit from MDD techniques when properly balancing flexibility for capturing varied user needs with formal rigidity required for model transformations as well as high-level abstraction with information richness. Reuse of requirements models becomes a distinct possibility with MDD and model transformations. Furthermore, requirements models may be used at runtime to govern system execution. This workshop intends to identify new challenges, discuss on-going work and potential solutions, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of MDD approaches for RE, foster stimulating discussions on the topic, and provide opportunities to apply MDD approaches for RE. In this edition of the workshop, the emphasis is on the topics of requirements reuse and requirements at runtime.

Requirements Engineering for Sustainable Systems Workshop (RE4SuSy)

  • Birgit Penzenstadler, University of California, Irvine, USA
  • Martin Mahaux, FUNDP Namur, Belgium
  • Camille Salinesi, Universite Paris 1, France

Research has started investigating the support of sustainability within systems and software engineering. Yet there are few workshops that explore the topic, and there is only one so far in requirements engineering: RE4SuSy. The 1st International Workshop on Requirements Engineering for Sustainable Systems (RE4SuSy) was held at REFSQ in 2012. In 2013 we will hold the second edition at RE 2013.

We plan an interactive workshop that engages with authors well before the deadlines and that produces new results already during the workshop and will promote them throughout the conference. This is also the take-off point for new collaborations between participants.

Workshop on Empirical Requirements Engineering (EmpiRE)

  • Tayana Conte, UFAM, Brasil
  • Maya Daneva, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Alessandro Marchetto, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
  • Sabrina Marczak, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul University, Brasil
  • Oscar Pastor, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain

Requirements Engineering (RE) has become a well-established discipline where a wide range of approaches, techniques and tools have been proposed. Systematic attempts to evaluate and compare usefulness, effectiveness and usability of such proposals resulted in a growing attention to methods for empirical assessment. Empirical Software Engineering (ESE) aims at applying the empirical research methodologies to the software engineering field. In other terms, it aims at studying and proposing qualitative and quantitative methods to collect and analyze evidence that helps evaluating software engineering approaches, techniques and tools. Experiments, surveys, case studies, action research studies, hence, become indispensable and valuable ways to check ideas and proposals with respect to the reality, thus allowing to understand their actual value, cost and benefits in particular contexts. The objective of the Workshop on Empirical Requirements Engineering (EmpiRE) is to increase the cross-fertilization of ESE methods and RE by actively encouraging the exchange of ideas to understand why and how the empirical methods from ESE can help to assess and improve existing or new approaches in RE. The targeted outcomes of this workshop include the identification of open research problems and the possible solutions to these problems regarding:

  • which aspects and properties of RE approaches can be evaluated;
  • what factors, criteria, and metrics are appropriate;
  • what experiments can be conducted;
  • how experiments can be replicated;
  • what is the role of the user.

Gaps between Requirements Research and Industrial Practices (GRRIP) Session

  • Smita Ghaisas, TCS, India
  • Walid Maalej, University of Hamburg, Germany
  • Klaas Sikkel, University of Twente, Netherlands
  • R. Venkatesh, TCS, India

GRRIP'13 focuses on analyzing reasons for the gap that exists between requirements engineering research and application of these research findings to industrial problems. The analysis will result in identify new topics in requirements engineering that need to be researched, revisit the current research topics to understand the extent of their reach into the practitioners' community and where required give it a new direction, examine barriers to adopt research contributions and evolve approaches that would improve the applicability of research to real-world problems. Furthermore, the workshop will provide a dedicated interactive exchange platform for the two communities to continue to increase the rate of adoption of research outputs by the industry. GRRIP'13 is different from the Industrial Papers track in that it emphasizes an explicit study of and comparison between research and practice; unlike industry track papers that focus on sharing experiences in applying certain concepts or ideas in an industrial setting.

Third International Workshop on Requirements Patterns (RePa)

  • Sam Supakkul, Sabre Inc., USA
  • Lin Liu, Tsinghua University, China
  • Liping Zhao, University of Manchester, UK
  • Barbara Paech, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Lawrence Chung, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Getting requirements right is oftentimes challenging and in need of a large amount of knowledge and experience. "Patterns" have been used to capture knowledge of software engineering, concerning software architectures, component designs and programs, and more recently requirements engineering. This workshop provides an open forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas and experience, regarding pattern-based approaches to capturing, organizing, and reusing of all requirements engineering knowledge.

Workshop on Requirements Engineering Practices On Software Product Line Engineering and Reuse (REPOS)

  • Emilio Insfran, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
  • Gary Chastek, Software Engineering Institute, USA
  • Patrick Donohoe, Software Engineering Institute, USA
  • John McGregor, Clemson University, Luminary Software and Software Engineering Institute, USA

Many attempts have been made to increase the productivity and quality of software products based on software reuse. A well-established approach for reuse is the Software Product Line practice, which focuses on developing a family of products which have a majority of features in common. In this context, Requirements Engineering (RE) processes and techniques are used to identify and characterize product line requirements and potential member products based upon their commonality and variability.

The focus of this edition of the workshop will be on current requirements reuse practices for developing complex software systems including, but not restricted to, software product lines. Some issues of particular importance when dealing with requirements reuse are the level of detail for requirements and the mechanisms used for variability and traceability. These issues will have a direct impact on the techniques to be used, the evolution to be supported, the analysis of impact for changes, etc. In addition, when to evaluate the quality of the requirements and how to operate a cost-effective and value-driven process for these activities are also open issues in the software development community.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together professionals from academia and industry to exchange ideas, experiences, identify current obstacles and introduce new concepts in the area of requirements engineering for reuse.

Third International Comparing *Requirements* Modeling Approaches Workshop (CMA@RE)

  • Ana Moreira, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Geri Georg, Colorado State University, USA
  • Gunter Mussbacher, University of Ottawa, Canada

The Third International Comparing *Requirements* Modeling Approaches (CMA@RE) workshop brings together researchers and practitioners of different requirements modeling approaches to discuss and evaluate their various approaches in the context of a focused case study and provided comparison criteria of modeling approaches from different paradigms (e.g., aspect-oriented, feature-oriented, object-oriented, service-oriented). Such comparisons are critical to help practitioners know under which conditions different approaches are most applicable, and how they might be successfully generalized and combined to achieve end-to-end methods. Previous editions of CMA were held at the MODELS conference. This is the first time that CMA is held at the RE Conference series. Hence, it focuses on (i) increasing the number of represented modeling approaches for requirements engineering, (ii) further improving the existing comparison criteria, and (iii) reflecting on the existing assessments of modeling approaches from previous editions of CMA.

Third International Workshop on the Twin Peaks of Requirements and Architecture (TwinPeaks@RE'13)

  • Janet Burge, Miami University, USA
  • Jane Cleland-Huang, DePaul University, USA
  • Xavier Franch, Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
  • Matthias Galster, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Mehdi Mirakhorli, DePaul University, USA
  • Roshanak Roshandel, Seattle University, USA
  • Carla Silva, University Federal Pernambuco, Brasil

This workshop is motivated by the thesis that requirements engineering (RE) and software architecture (SA) design are two highly related disciplines that significantly impact each other (cf. the Twin Peaks model). Requirements are constrained by what is technically feasible and also by time and budget restrictions. On the other hand, feedback from the software architects leads to renegotiating architecturally significant requirements with stakeholders. This workshop aims at exploring the state of the art in research and practice, identifying key issues and emerging trends, and defining challenges related to the transition and the relationship between RE and SA.

Sixth International Workshop on Requirements Engineering and Law (RELAW)

  • Daniel Amyot, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Annie Antón, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Travis Breaux, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Aaron Massey, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Peter Swire, Ohio State University, USA

The objective of the RELAW workshop is to foster the discussion related to requirements engineering triggered by any legal regulation or law. The theme this year is "Keeping Compliance on Track". This open workshop will bring together practitioners and researchers from auditing, accounting, law, software and requirements engineering. The goals of this workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing methods for monitoring regulatory compliance requirements;
  • Identifying and managing sources of uncertainty in legal compliance;
  • Standardizing vocabulary, terms and modeling concepts from multiple disciplines;
  • Refining objectives and identifying unsolved industry and research problems; and
  • Finding agreement on validation objectives for proposed solutions.

Workshop Co-Chairs

Workshop Selection Committee