[ecoop-info] REFSQ’17: Workshops, Doctoral Symposium, Posters and Tools - Call for Papers

Norbert Seyff seyff at ifi.uzh.ch
Fri Dec 16 10:38:29 CET 2016

** REFSQ’17:                                        **
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** JOINT CALL FOR PAPERS                            **

The 23rd working Conference on Requirements Engineering and Software 
Quality (REFSQ’17) offers six WORKSHOPS to discuss timely topics of 
requirements engineering and bridge the gap between theoretical research 
and daily practice in the management of requirements for diverse types 
of systems of different scale, complexity and criticality. The objective 
is to stimulate a long term continuous dialog for RE innovation to lay 
the ground for improved practice and future research. Visit 
https://refsq.org/2017/submissions/call-for-workshop-papers/ for further 

REFSQ’17 will also host a DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM for PhD students whose 
research area includes elements of Requirements Engineering to promote 
discussions about their research topics and receive advice and 
suggestions from a panel of senior researchers.

The conference also includes a forum to present POSTERS and demonstrate 
TOOLS covering any aspect of RE. It gives researchers the chance to 
present their most recent work and obtain early feedback on ongoing 

So, please consider submitting to and participating at the following 

CRE: 3rd Workshop on Continuous Requirements Engineering

CreaRE: 6th International Workshop on Creativity in Requirements 

PrioRE: 1st International Workshop on Requirements Prioritization and 

RESACS: 3rd International Workshop on Requirements Engineering for 
Self-Adaptive and Cyber Physical Systems

RESTIB: 1st Workshop on RE for Startups and Innovative Business

WHERE: 1st Workshop on Application of Human Error Research to Improve 
Requirements Engineering



Important Dates:

Workshop Paper Submission  -  January 9, 2017
Workshop Paper Notification  -	January 23, 2017
CRC of the Workshop Papers  -  February 3/10, 2017 (dependent on the 
Workshops  -  February 27, 2017

Submission Deadline
(Research abstract + Letter of recommendation)  -  January 9th, 2017
Notification of Acceptance  -  January 27th, 2017
Camera-ready copy Deadline  -  February 10th, 2017
REFSQ2017 Doctoral Symposium  -  February 27th, 2017

Submission  -  January 16, 2017
Author Notification  -  January 30, 2017
Camera-ready  -  February 10, 2017
Poster Display  -  February 28-March 2, 2017

Here below the CALL FOR PAPERS of the workshops, doctoral symposium, 
Posters and Tools

**** CRE 2017 ****

3rd Workshop on Continuous Requirements Engineering

Webpage: https://wwwswt.informatik.uni-rostock.de/CRE17/

February 27, 2017. Essen, Germany

Call for papers
Engineering approaches are or should be grounded on sound elaborated 
systems models, enterprise architectures, ontologies, and information 
logistics representations. Engineering approaches should also support 
transparency, reliability, and security in the whole lifecycle of the 
system. Currently engineering approaches are designed and are mainly 
applied to large enterprises that have relatively long change cycle 
times. When the changes are more frequent and higher flexibility is 
required, it is necessary to adopt continuous engineering approaches; 
especially during the requirements stage. Continuous requirements 
engineering is proposed to combine rigid engineering principles with 
agility, emergence, and spontaneity to support sustainability and 
viability of systems.
In different ways, smaller scale enterprises managing in a turbulent 
environment also need new approaches, methods, and tools to be capable 
of embracing the growing variety of opportunities and challenges offered 
by a fast changing and hardly predictable environment. In this type of 
system, continuous requirements engineering also can be a solution if 
integrated with management and design approaches applicable for smaller 
scale enterprises.
The aim of this workshop is to support continuous requirements 
engineering approaches, methods, models, and tools for multi-scale fast 
changing enterprises and both predictable and unpredictable 
configurations of enterprise networks. Reports about new ideas and of 
experience in this context will be presented and discussed. Also 
welcomed are reports about continuous requirements engineering 
approaches that have not yet been applied to continuous engineering but 
have the potential to do so. A cross-pollination of experiences in 
modeling and requirements management is assumed.
There are three types of submissions: position papers, research papers 
and reports. All types should treat a topic from the workshop themes.

- Position papers (2-6 pages): Such papers should state the position of 
the authors regarding any topic of the workshop.
- Reports (4-8 pages): Experience reports and case studies are expected 
to be submitted in this category.
- Research papers (8-10 pages): Research papers should describe 
innovative approaches.

Workshop contributions will be published in the in the joint REFSQ 
workshop proceedings at CEUR.
Selected extended papers can be published in the International Journal 
of Information System Modeling and Design and/or Journal Complex Systems 
Informatics and Modeling CSIMQ in a regular or special issue.

If further information is needed, please contact
Peter Forbrig · peter.forbrig at uni-rostock.de

**** CreaRE 2017 ****
Sixth International Workshop on Creativity in Requirements Engineering

Webpage: https://sites.google.com/site/creare2017/

February 27, 2017. Essen, Germany

*** Workshop Topic, Background and Motivation ***

Creativity techniques are recognized as one kind of several major groups 
of requirements elicitation techniques. Creativity is essential to 
discover delighter requirements, in addition to the basic and 
performance requirements. These delighters comprise innovative features, 
and thus are a driving force behind unique selling points (USPs) for 
software products. In spite of this, there are far more publications 
about survey techniques, document-centric techniques and observation 
techniques for requirements elicitation, than there are about the use of 
creativity in Requirements Engineering (RE). Many practical questions 
are still open, especially concerning the applicability and reliability 
of these techniques in different context, the significance and 
representativeness of the initial outcomes, and the completeness and 
post-processing of the requirements resulting from a creativity session. 
Different software applications domains like embedded systems, 
multimedia products or customer-specific business applications may 
require techniques to be applied differently, while creativity 
techniques contribute to shaping the landscape of emerging fields such 
as the Internet of Things and smart ecosystems. Meanwhile, the field of 
creativity techniques itself is also changing as tool support and trends 
like multimedia use with creativity techniques, mobile computing, and 
online participation such as crowdsourcing demand different approaches.

*** Goals of the Workshop ***

The CreaRE series of workshops brings together RE practitioners and 
researches who are interested in discussing the role of creativity in 
RE, the array of creativity techniques that can be applied to RE, and 
the ways in which creativity techniques from other disciplines can be 
leveraged in RE. Drawing upon the previous workshop editions, the 
intended purpose of the CreaREí17 workshop is to provide a forum for the 
exchange of emerging ideas, experience and research results.

It also aims at raising awareness in the RE community of the importance 
of creativity techniques, and creative elements in RE and development 

The unique goal of the CreaRE 2017 workshop is to foster collaborative 
brainstorming and exchange of experiences with creativity techniques 
useful to RE, with special emphasis on how creativity techniques can 
facilitate the customization of software to cater to the great diversity 
in users, contexts and modalities.

*** Important Dates ***

Jan 9, 2017: paper submission deadline

Jan 23, 2017: author notification

Feb 10, 2017: submission of camera-ready papers

Feb 27, 2017: workshop date

*** Workshop Organizers ***

Andrea Herrmann, Herrmann & Ehrlich

Eduard C. Groen, Fraunhofer IESE

Maya Daneva, University of Twente, Netherlands

Daniel M. Berry, University of Waterloo, Canada

**** PRIORE 2017 ****
1st International Workshop on Requirements Prioritization and Enactment

Webpage: https://prioresite.wordpress.com/

February 27, 2017. Essen, Germany

Call for Papers

The PrioRE'17 First International Workshop on Requirements 
Prioritization and Enactment is a multi-disciplinary workshop geared 
towards discussing how requirements can be best prioritized, and how the 
releases are planned and enacted.
The rationale stays in the consideration that a bad release planning 
could possibly compromise the effectiveness of the work done in the 
preceding phases of requirements gathering and analysis, ultimately 
affecting the overall quality of the developed software. While 
requirements prioritization and next release planning have received a 
considerable amount of attention from the research community, resulting 
in substantial contributions to research as well as industry, there are 
still outstanding issues that need to be addressed in both areas. 
Furthermore, the interaction between these two areas of research needs 
to be further researched, as does the collaboration between research and 
industry. An additional objective of PrioRE'17 is to seek to bring 
together practitioners and researchers, with the aim of discussing the 
challenges of improving release planning by supporting requirements 
prioritization and their enactment.

PrioRE mainly aims at discussing questions related to the finalization 
of the requirements engineering phase. Such questions include (but are 
not limited to):
– Requirements prioritization
– Requirements dependency management
– Distributed and collaborative requirements prioritization – Agile 
requirements prioritization
– Release planning
– Requirements negotiation
– Gamification approaches for decision making in requirements 
– Tools and techniques for requirements prioritization
– Tools and techniques for release planning

Authors may submit papers in two categories:
– Research/Theoretical papers (Max 10 pages for both, submission and 
– Industry Report papers (Max 10 pages for both, submission and 
- The submission format is LNCS.
- The submission link is: 

Important Dates
- Deadline for Submissions: January 09, 2017
- Notification of Acceptance: January 23, 2017
- Camera-ready Due: February 03, 2017
- Workshop Date: February 27, 2017

- Alberto Siena (Delta Informatica)
- Fitsum Kifetew (Fondazione Bruno Kessler)
- David Ameller (Universitat Politèctnica de Catalunya, workshop chair)

**** RESACS 2017 ****

Workshop on Requirements Engineering for Self-Adaptive and Cyber 
Physical System

Webpage: https://resacs2017.wordpress.com

February 27, 2017. Essen, Germany

Call for Papers
Over the last ten years, research on self-adaptive systems (SAS) and 
recently research on cyber physical systems (CPS) have attracted the 
attention of the research community. These kind of systems represent 
novel categories of software-intensive systems insofar that they possess 
significantly different properties than traditional software systems or 
embedded systems. SAS and CPS interact with human users and other SAS or 
CPS through powerful communication networks and change their behaviour 
in reaction to changes in their context. For example, in its first 
instalment in 2015, RESACS identified context-awareness and 
trustworthiness as central issues that pose new challenges for the 
requirements engineering of such systems. These and other properties 
cannot simply be added on to SAS nor CPS, but require new techniques and 
processes on how to design such kind of systems addressing topics from 
requirements to code.

The Third International Workshop on Requirements Engineering for Self- 
Adaptive and Cyber Physical Systems (RESACS) seeks original reports of 
novel ideas, emerging trends, and elaborations on the current state of 
practice and state of the art on any topic relevant for requirements 
engineering under special consideration of self-adaptation of systems 
and development processes, collaboration between systems, interaction 
between humans and systems, and cyber physicality of systems. System 
types include, but are not limited to Self- Adaptive Systems (SAS), 
Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Collaborative Systems (CES), 
Interaction-Intensive Systems (IIS), Social Media Systems (SMS).

Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Methods for Assessing the Requirements of SAS, CPS, CES, IIS, or SMS
- Context Analysis and Domain Modeling for SAS, CPS, CES, IIS, or SMS
- Collaboration of Systems, Humans, between Humans and Systems
- Trustworthiness in SAS, CPS, CES, IIS, or SMS
- Specification of Requirements for System Collaboration
- Quality Assurance, Component Reuse, Design Space Exploration, and
- Communication Strategies
- Requirements Satisfaction
- Runtime Adaptation, Runtime Decision Making, and Planning
- Dealing with Uncertainty during Development or at Runtime
- Benefits and Application Areas of SAS, CPS, CES, IIS, or SMS

We accept original manuscripts in English with strict adherence to the 
Springer LNCS format for the following categories:
- Full Papers (up to 15 pages): New Methods, Transfer of Existing 
Approaches, Empirical Validation, Case Studies, Industry & Experience 
- Short Papers (up to 6 pages): Problem Statements, Vision Papers, 
Position Papers, New Ideas and Directions, Initial Evaluations
- Poster Papers (up to 4 pages): Tool Presentations, Meta-Modelling 
Approaches, Very Initial Research Ideas without Evaluation

Springer LNCS style guidelines are available at http://goo.gl/30WESG. 
Manuscripts that do not adhere to the LNCS style guide will be rejected 
without review.
Please submit your original manuscripts using the EasyChair Submission 
System: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=resacs2017

Marian Daun, University of Duisburg-Essen
Alessia Knauss, Chalmers University of Technology
Cristina Palomares, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Bastian Tenbergen, State University of New York

**** RESTIB 2017 ****

1st Workshop On RE For Startups and Innovative Business

February 27, 2017. Essen, Germany


Call for Papers
Startups need innovations. They need innovative products and often 
innovative business models, especially with the focus on the usage of 
information and communication technology. And startups need speed. +++ 
In addition, startups are typically small enterprises with a strong 
focus on the customer and his needs. And a lot of today’s entrepreneurs 
and founders grew up as digital natives. +++ Therefore RE (Requirements 
Engineering) is important for startups. But: Are there any specific 
methods, best practices, problems for RE in startups? Can we integrate 
RE and techniques from innovation management?

Date and Place of the Workshop:
- 27 February 2017 in Essen (Germany) at the REFSQ 2017 Conference
- Workshop Paper Submission: January 9, 2017
- Workshop Paper Notification: January 23, 2017
- Camera-ready papers due: February 10, 2017

Topics of the Workshop:
The workshop will focus on the topics
- Implications of lean startup for requirements engineering
- Balance between quality and efficiency of RE
- RE methods in market research and collaboration with customers
- Best practices and problems for RE in startups
- Integration of RE and techniques from innovation management
- Learning RE – how inexperienced startups establish own practices

Target audience:
The workshop targets at staff from startups and innovative information 
technology companies as well as at researchers from both the RE and in- 
novation management community.

Paper submission and selection process:
   Submissions will be accepted via EasyChair:
Paper submission should be in the LNCS format 
(http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-12-73062-0). Each 
submission will be reviewed by at least three reviewers (at least one 
researcher and one practitioner).
The accepted papers will be published in the REFSQ workshop proceed- 

Program Committee:
- Leendert de Bell, Hogeschool Utrecht, Utrecht Center for Entrepreneur- 
ship (NL)
- Simone Bürsner, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H- 
BRS), St. Augustin (DE)
- Michael Jastram, Formal Mind GmbH, Düsseldorf (DE)
- Johan Linåker, Lund University, Lund (SE)
- Kim Lauenroth, Adesso AG, Dortmund (DE)

Andrea Herrmann, Software engineering trainer and researcher, Stuttgart 
(DE), herrmann at herrmann-ehrlich.de
Rüdiger Weißbach, HAW Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg 
(DE), ruediger.weissbach at haw-hamburg.de

**** WHERE 2017 ****
Workshop on Application of Human Error Research to Improve Requirements 

Webpage: http://humanerrorinse.org/workshops/WHERE2017

February 27, 2017.

Location: Essen, Germany (Co-located with the 23rd Working Conference on 
Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality– REFSQ’2017) 

We are seeking academic researchers and industry practitioners with 
human error expertise or software quality expertise to attend the 
Workshop on Application of Human Error Research to Improve Requirements 
Engineering (WHERE 2017). The theme of WHERE 2017 is to provide a venue 
for researchers and practitioners to discuss how the concepts from human 
error research can be applied to improve the requirements engineering 
process. WHERE’17 aims to foster better understanding on how to 
appropriately instantiate various human error models for use during 
requirements engineering will likely lead to improved software quality.

- Build a community of requirements engineering researchers and 
practitioners that can work together to effectively utilize human error 
research to improve requirements quality;
- Gather Reports of how Human Error Research Improves Software Quality;
- Collect Specific Instances of Human Errors during Requirements 
- Explore techniques that can be used to help detect and prevent human 
errors during the
requirements development.

Call for Papers:
We will invite researchers and practitioners to submit full or short, 
papers reporting:
- Specific examples of human errors in requirements engineering,
- Reports on the use of human error research in requirements 
- Accounts of how requirements engineers’ judgements and decision-making 
can be erroneous
during requirements engineering, and
- Descriptions of practices or tools used to prevent or reduce the 
presence of human errors in requirements engineering.

In addition, we will solicit position papers that allow anyone who is 
interested in the topic, but does not have appropriate content for a 
full or short paper to state their position and have their thoughts 
included in the workshop.

Instructions to Authors:
All papers should be in the Springer LNCS format. All submissions should 
be submitted electronically in a PDF format, at 

The organizers will review the submitted position papers. We plan to 
produce an official proceeding to be included with the REFSQ 
proceedings. We will also make all papers available on the workshop 
website so interested attendees can read them.

Important Date:
The WHERE 2017 paper submission deadline is: January 9, 2017.

If you have any questions you may contact Jeffrey C. Carver 
(carver at cs.ua.edu) or Gursimran Walia (gursimran.walia at ndsu.edu).



Call for Doctoral Symposium Papers

REFSQ2017 will host a Doctoral Symposium for PhD students whose research 
area includes elements of Requirements Engineering. The goals of the 
REFSQ2017 Doctoral Symposium are:
- to provide PhD students in early stages of their research with an 
opportunity to survey the field and get a feeling for what their 
colleagues are working on;
- to provide PhD students in advanced stages with an opportunity to 
present their plans and early results;
- to provide all participant students with advice and suggestions from a 
panel of senior researchers;
- to facilitate interaction among all the participants.

Following the time-honoured tradition of REFSQ, the Symposium will 
revolve around structured presentations and matching discussions, with 
ample time devoted to comments from the floor. A number of senior 
researchers will attend the event.
The Doctoral Symposium will host keynote speaker(s) to be announced.

Submission Instructions
Presenters should have set on a dissertation topic in the general area 
of RE, or in a related field (in which case your topic should have a 
significant component of RE). Typically, you have progressed beyond your 
first year in the program, or are close to doing so, but have not 
submitted your thesis yet. To apply to the Doctoral Symposium, you will 
need to submit an application consisting of:

- A Research Abstract (max 6 pages + 1 for references, LNCS style) 
describing the problem you are addressing (what is unsatisfactory in the 
current state of the world?), its relevance (why would anyone care if 
the problem was solved?), your proposed solution (how do you plan to 
attack the problem?), the novelty of the problem, of the solution, or 
both (nobody identified the problem or provided the solution before you 
– i.e., what is your original contribution), the research method you are 
applying (which method are you following to get to the solution, and how 
do you prove it solves the problem?), and the progress in your research 
(where are you, how long to the final destination?). The Research 
Abstract should contain a short survey and pointers to relevant 

- A Letter of Recommendation from your primary supervisor or advisor. 
The letter need not discuss the research (which is already covered in 
your abstract) but should include a short statement about your position 
as a PhD student, the starting and expected completion date of your PhD, 
and an assessment of the current state of your research (including 
expectations about the final delivery).

Submissions will be evaluated based on the quality of the Research 
Abstract, and of the interest of the research described therein. 
Accepted papers will be published in CEUR proceedings. Submission link 
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=refsq2017 Doctoral Symposium 

Symposium Chairs
Jennifer Horkoff - City University London, UK, jenho at chalmers.se
Jolita Ralyté - University of Geneva, Switzerland, 
jolita.ralyte at unige.ch


Webpage: https://refsq.org/2017/submissions/call-for-posters-and-tools/

Requirements Engineering (RE) is a dominant factor that influences the 
quality of software, systems and services. The REFSQ working conference 
series is well established as one of the leading international forums 
for discussing RE and its many relations to quality. The special theme 
of REFSQ’17 is "My RE" to emphasize an important issue: how can RE 
evolve to deal with growing diversity in systems, still keeping its 
objective: understanding what is the right software system and helping 
developing it in the right way.

REFSQ’17 also includes a forum to present posters and demonstrate tools 
covering any aspect of RE. It gives researchers the chance to present 
their most recent work and obtain early feedback on ongoing research. 
Posters may cover any topic in scope of the conference and should 
present (progress towards) a scientific result and should not be 
advertisements for commercial products. While posters need not describe 
completed work, they should at least present some preliminary results. 
The tools track provides researchers as well as practitioners with the 
opportunity to show how they support and enable the use of requirements 
solutions in practice, making the solutions more usable and useful. We 
encourage to discuss experiences and lessons learned when using the tool 
in practice.

The Call for Posters and Tools can be downloaded here.
Important Dates
- Submission January 16, 2017
- Author Notification	January 30, 2017
- Camera-ready	February 10, 2017

Poster Display
February 28-March 2, 2017

Poster Presentation
In addition to the poster session, the posters will be on display in the 
coffee hall outside the REFSQ’17 lecture rooms. There will also be brief 
and informal presentations of the posters. Well-crafted posters will 
present the work well by themselves, but authors of posters are 
encouraged to be available to describe and discuss their work during 
coffee break. The poster dimension will normally be A0 portrait, with 
poster content mounted on rectangular poster board that we will provide.

Tool Demonstrations
Tools will be presented at desks using your own laptop and screens 
provided by the REFSQ organizers.

For the submission, the general REFSQ submission guidelines apply. We 
encourage submissions between 3 and 6 pages in LNCS format. At least one 
of the authors must be registered at the conference and present the 
poster or tool, in order to have the work published in the proceedings. 
Poster and tools papers will be published in proceedings at CEUR.
Contributions should be submitted suing EasyChair at: 

Posters and Tools Co-Chairs
Fabiano Dalpiaz - Utrecht University, Netherlands
Patrick Mäder - TU Ilmenau, Germany

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