A series of workshops will be held in conjunction with RE'15 to encourage the exchange of ideas and to discuss challenging research issues in requirements engineering. Workshops will be held before the main conference on August 24-25, 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015
WS01 - AIRE2nd International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Requirements Engineering
WS02 - EmpiRE5th Workshop on Empirical Requirements Engineering
WS03 - MoDRE5th International Model-Driven Requirements Engineering Workshop
WS04 - RE4SuSy4th International Workshop on Requirements Engineering for Sustainable Systems
WS05 - REBPM2nd International Workshop on the Interrelations between Requirements Engineering & Business Process Management
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
WS06 - CrowdREThe First International Workshop on Crowd-Based Requirements Engineering
WS07 - ESPRE2nd Workshop on Evolving Security and Privacy Requirements Engineering
WS08 - JIT RE1st Workshop on Just-In-Time RE
WS09 - RePa5th International Workshop on Requirements Patterns
WS10 - RELAW8th International Workshop on Requirements Engineering and Law
Monday August 24 - Tuesday August 25, 2015
WS11 - iStar8th International i* Workshop

For more information on each workshop, please visit the individual workshop's website.


2nd International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Requirements Engineering - Monday, August 24, 2015

The purpose of this work is to explore synergies between Artificial Intelligence and Requirements Engineering in order to identify complex RE problems that could benefit from the application of AI techniques. Given the current sparsity of AI techniques applied within the RE research community, this workshop will include a keynote that lays the foundations for challenges in our domain as well as interactive presentations from RE researchers who are in early stages of adopting AI techniques.

  • Nelly Bencomo, Aston University, UK
  • Jane Cleland-Huang, DePaul University, USA
  • Jin Guo, DePaul University, USA
  • Rachel Harrison, Oxford Brookes University, UK
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WS02 - EmpiRE

5th Workshop on Empirical Requirements Engineering - Monday, August 24, 2015

The International Workshop series on Empirical Requirements Engineering (EmpiRE) aims to increase the cross-fertilization of Empirical Software Engineering (ESE) methods and Requirements Engineering (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. In 2015, the EmpiRE workshop’s goals are to open up the interdisciplinary debate on the steadily moving frontiers in empirical RE, to help leverage past investments in empirical RE studies to strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration, and to extend the network of practitioners and researchers designing and conducting empirical RE studies.

  • Richard Berntsson Svensson, Chalmers | University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Maya Daneva, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Neil Ernst, Software Engineering Institute/Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Sabrina Marczak, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Nazim Madhavji, University of Western Ontario, Canada
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WS03 - MoDRE

5th International Model-Driven Requirements Engineering Workshop - Monday, August 24, 2015

The Fifth 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. MoDRE seeks to explore those areas of requirements engineering that have not yet been formalized sufficiently to be incorporated into a model-driven development environment. Reuse of requirements models and management of requirements at runtime become distinct possibilities with MDD and model transformations. 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.

  • Gunter Mussbacher, McGill University, Canada
  • João Araújo, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Ana Moreira, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Pablo Sánchez, University of Cantabria, Spain
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WS04 - RE4SuSy

4th International Workshop on Requirements Engineering for Sustainable Systems - Monday, August 24, 2015

Supporting sustainability has recently become a much discussed research topic and the RE4SuSy workshop series has established a strong and growing research community around the different aspects of sustainability. Software is increasingly the driver for change in business and social spheres of life: it changes life styles and business practices. Since requirements define how and what the software will do, we maintain that requirements engineering is the key point in software engineering through which sustainability can be fostered. The International Workshops on Requirements Engineering for Sustainable Systems (RE4SuSy) is concerned with research on techniques, tools, and processes for sustainability through requirements engineering. RE4SuSy is an interactive workshop: the contributors and prospective participants will engage well before the workshop date through on-line collaborative writing, discussion, and peer feedback. The workshop aims to foster community growth by supporting new collaborations, holding preliminary case studies, discussions, and continuous birds-of-a-feather group work.

  • Birgit Penzenstadler, California State University Long Beach, USA
  • Martin Mahaux, University of Namur, Belgium
  • Camille Salinesi, CRI, Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
  • Ruzanna Chitchyan, University of Leicester, UK
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2nd International Workshop on the Interrelations between Requirements Engineering & Business Process Management - Monday, August 24, 2015

Goal of this workshop series is to analyze and discuss the interrelations between Requirements Engineering (RE) and Business Process Management (BPM) in order to get an understanding of their joint usefulness and mutual benefits in organizational-/process management and software development from both a research and practical point of view.

  • Robert Heinrich, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Kathrin Kirchner, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany
  • Felix Reher, University of the West of Scotland, UK
  • Rüdiger Weißbach, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
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WS06 - CrowdRE

The First International Workshop on Crowd-Based Requirements Engineering - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The rise of mobile, social and cloud apps pose new challenges and opportunities to the field of RE. Thousands or even millions of stakeholders communicate with one another, thereby forming a distributed and heterogeneous group, i.e. a ‘crowd’ that exchanges wishes, needs, innovative ideas and problems they encountered while using apps. Traditional requirements engineering (RE) techniques have difficulties scaling up in such ‘crowd’ settings. The unique opportunities of involving larger numbers of stakeholders motivated researchers and practitioners to start working at appropriate methods and tools, but we see the need for more tailored and holistic approaches for crowd-based RE. The workshop on Crowd-Based Requirements Engineering (CrowdRE) therefore aims to play a pivotal role in bringing researcher experts and practitioners together, and provide them with a platform to exchange their visions on this subject. A central topic will be how requirements are best elicited, documented, validated, negotiated and managed in a setting that involves a crowd.

  • Sebastian Adam, Fraunhofer IESE, Germany
  • Norbert Seyff, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Anna Perini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
  • Andreas Metzger, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
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2nd Workshop on Evolving Security and Privacy Requirements Engineering - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

When specifying a system, security and privacy needs to be addressed as early as possible. Unfortunately, many people find doing so difficult in the face of conflicting priorities. When these concerns are addressed, we discover how intrinsically difficult specifying security and privacy can be, and the blurred distinction between requirements and security and privacy concepts. The Evolving Security and Privacy Requirements Engineering Workshop (ESPRE) will be a multi-disciplinary workshop that brings together practitioners and researchers interested in evolving security and privacy requirements engineering practice. ESPRE will be run as a one-day workshop, consisting of invited talks, paper presentations, and discussions towards evolving the state of the security and privacy requirements engineering art.

  • Kristian Beckers, Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Shamal Faily, Bournemouth University, UK
  • Seok-Won Lee, Ajou University, South Korea
  • Nancy Mead, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
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1st Workshop on Just-In-Time RE - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Requirements engineering (RE) in agile and open source settings is quite different than RE in more conventional development settings. In particular, these requirements tend to be more ad-hoc and ‘just-in-time’, developed as needed rather than upfront. Requirements might be called user stories, features, or even tasks. Just in time as a production strategy can be traced to Toyota and other Japanese firms in the 1950s. The strategy referred to meeting customer demand at the right time and in the exact amount, where customer could be the final purchaser or another process further along the production line. Ohno underpinned just in time with 3 principles of economic growth: build only what is needed, eliminate anything which does not add value, and stop if something goes wrong. The just-in-time philosophy was also applied to software engineering, serving as a basic tenet of the lean software practices and the agile community. Research on just-in-time requirements has recently emerged, which not only challenges classical RE’s assumptions but also illuminates potentially transformative ideas to improve RE practice especially in distributed and decentralized settings. This workshop will solicit mature and ongoing research in this area, engage a keynote speaker to stimulate discussion, and aim for a concrete list of open problems for the wider community.

  • Neil Ernst, Software Engineering Institute/Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Nan Niu, University of Cincinnati, USA
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WS09 - RePa

5th International Workshop on Requirements Patterns - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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. The International Workshop on Requirements Patterns (RePa) workshop series was motivated by the desire to provide an open forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas and experience, to develop pattern-based approaches to capturing, organizing, and reusing of all aspects of requirements engineering-related knowledge, from both process and product perspectives.

  • Sam Supakkul, Sabre Corp., USA
  • Julio Cesar Leite, Pontíficia Universidade Católica do Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • Liping Zhao, University of Manchester, UK
  • Lawrence Chung, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA
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8th International Workshop on Requirements Engineering and Law - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The RELAW workshop fosters discussion related to requirements engineering resulting from the need to build software systems that comply with laws, regulations, and policy documents. The theme this year is "Requirements For Lawyers; Requirements From Lawyers". This theme highlights ways to improve communication and feedback from these critical communities. What can lawyers and policy makers do to ease the burdens of establishing and demonstrating compliance? What can requirements engineers do to assist lawyers and policy makers seeking to craft implementable, easily understood laws and regulations? The 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 compliance requirements; for monitoring regulatory Identifying and managing sources of uncertainty in legal compliance; Standardizing vocabulary, terms and modeling concepts from multiple disciplines; Improving communication between and aligning processes within requirements engineering and law; and Identifying unsolved research and industry challenges and validation objectives for proposed solutions.

  • Aaron Massey, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Annie Antón, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Travis Breaux, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Sepideh Ghanavati, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg
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WS11 - iStar

8th International i* Workshop - Monday August 24 - Tuesday August 25, 2015

The iStar workshop series is dedicated to the discussion of concepts, methods, techniques, tools, and applications associated with i* and related goal modelling frameworks and approaches. The iStar’15 workshop follows successful workshops in Trento (2002), London (2005), Recife (2008), Hammamet (2010), Trento (2011), Valencia (2013) and Thessaloniki (2014). As with previous editions, the objective of the workshop is to provide a unique opportunity for researchers in the area to exchange ideas, compare notes, and forge new collaborations. Expected outcomes include the communication of early results and new ideas to fellow researchers for feedback, the identification of the current problems and promising future research directions and the fostering of awareness, collaboration and interoperability in the area of tool development.

  • Jaelson Castro, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Sotirios Liaskos, York University, Canada
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Workshop Co-Chair

Xavier Franch
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain

Workshop Co-Chair

Lin Liu
Tsinghua University, China