First International Workshop on Requirements, Intentions and Goals in Conceptual Modeling (RIGiM)

Venue: The University of Auckland

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Event Date/Time: Mar 15, 2007
Paper Submission Date: May 11, 2007
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First International Workshop on Requirements, Intentions and Goals in Conceptual Modeling (RIGiM)
in conjunction with ER 2007
November 5– 9, 2007 Auckland, New Zealand

Colette Rolland, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France
Eric Yu, University of Toronto, Canada

Papers submission deadline: May 11, 2007

Detailed Call for Paper is below

RIGiM'07 Poster can be downloaded from the Web site



RIGiM 2007


First International Workshop on Requirements, Intentions and Goals in Conceptual Modeling

in conjunction with ER 2007
November 5–9, 2007 Auckland, New Zealand

Papers submission deadline: May 11, 2007

Colette Rolland, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France
Eric Yu, University of Toronto, Canada


The use of intentional concepts, the notion of "goal" in particular, has been prominent in recent approaches to requirement engineering (RE). Goal-oriented frameworks and methods for requirements engineering (GORE) have been keynote topics at requirements engineering conferences, and at major software engineering conferences. What are the conceptual modelling foundations in these approaches?

Traditionally information system engineering has made the assumption that an information system captures some excerpt of world history and hence has concentrated on modeling information about the Universe of Discourse. This is done through conceptual modeling that aims at abstracting the specification of the required information system, i.e., the conceptual schema, from an analysis of the relevant aspects of the Universe of Discourse about which the user community needs information. This specification concentrates on what the system should do, that is, on its functionality, serving as a prescription for system construction.

Whereas conceptual modelling allowed system developers to understand the semantic of information and led to a large number of semantically powerful conceptual models, experience demonstrates that it often fails in supporting the delivery of systems that were accepted by the community of users. Indeed, a number of studies have shown that many systems fail due to an inadequate understanding of the requirements they seek to address. Furthermore, the amount of effort needed to fix these systems has been found to be very high.

To correct this situation, it is necessary to view information systems as fulfilling some purpose in an organisation. Understanding purpose, goals, and intentions is a necessary condition for the design of successful systems. Conceptual modelling therefore needs to go beyond functionality requirements that specify the ‘what,' to encompass the deeper contextual understanding of the ‘whys.' The why questions are answered in terms of organisational objectives and the desires and motivations of stakeholders and participants. Modelling the ‘whys' helps in requirements elicitation, validation, and specification in a more focused manner. Goal-oriented approaches in requirements engineering has emerged to meet this expectation.

The Workshop aims to provide a forum for discussing the interplay between requirements engineering and conceptual modeling, and in particular, to investigate how goal- and intention-driven approaches help in conceptualising purposeful systems. What are the fundamental objectives and premises of requirements engineering and conceptual modelling respectively, and how can they complement each other? What are the demands on conceptual modelling from the standpoint of requirements engineering? What conceptual modelling techniques can be further taken advantage of in requirements engineering? What are the upcoming modelling challenges and issues in GORE? What are the unresolved open questions? What lessons are there to be learnt from industrial experiences? What empirical data are there to support the cost-benefit analysis when adopting GORE methods? Are there applications domains or types of project settings for which goals and intentional approaches are particularly suitable or not suitable? What degree of formalization and automation or interactivity are feasible and appropriate for what types of participants during requirements engineering? e.g., business domain stakeholders, requirements modelers, ontology engineers, etc.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* modeling and semantics in GORE frameworks
* analysis and reasoning with intentions and goals
* ontological and epistemological foundations
* cognitive, behavioral, and sociological perspectives
* goals, scenarios, and business process modeling
* goals and viewpoints, management of conflicts and inconsistencies
* goals in requirements and design patterns
* goals in reuse
* goals and traceability
* goals and aspects
* change management, versioning and view management for GORE
* visualization and tool support for GORE
* software engineering process and organization for GORE
* GORE and agile methods
* GORE in distributed software development
* GORE for COTS system development and selection
* GORE for product families and high-variability software
* GORE for adaptive systems and agile enterprise
* comparison and evaluation of GORE approaches
* industrial experiences and empirical studies
* GORE for services engineering
* GORE and business modeling and strategy reasoning
* goal-oriented conceptual modeling for security, privacy, and trust
* goal-oriented modeling for user experience and interaction design
* goal-oriented modeling of system architecture
* interaction and integration with other conceptual modeling paradigms, e.g., object-oriented and agent-oriented models
* goal-oriented modeling for specific application domains - e.g., healthcare, e-government, mobile commerce, ambient intelligence


Format and Duration:
We aim for a highly interactive forum. Discussants and discussion facilitators will be formally appointed for each paper and session, respectively. The working language is English, and will last one full day.

Workshop proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in the LNCS series. Thus, authors must submit manuscripts using the Springer-Verlag LNCS style for Lecture Notes in Computer Science. See for style files and details.

Submission and types of papers:
We solicit technical research papers, industrial experience reports, and speculative/visionary papers. Submissions should be in LNCS and pdf format. The maximum length is 10 pages. Accepted papers will be published in the LNCS workshop proceedings

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Paper submission: May 11, 2007
Author notification: June 20, 2007
Camera-ready: July 06, 2007


Daniel Amyot, University of Ottawa, Canada
Mikio Aoyoma, Nanzan University, Japan
Ian Alexander, Scenario Plus, United Kingdom
Aybuke Arum, University of New South Wales, Australia
Franck Barbier, University of Pau, France
Daniel Berry, University of Waterloo, Canada
Sjaak Brinkkemper, VU University Amsterdam, Netherland
Lawrence Chung, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Luiz Cysneiros, York University , Canada
Eric Dubois, Centre de Recherche Public Henri Tudor, Luxembourg
Vincenzo Gervasi, University of Pisa , Italy
Aditya K. Ghose, University of Wollongong , Australia
Peter Haumer, IBM Rational, USA
Zhi Jin, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
John Krogstie, Norwegian University of Science and Technology , Norway
Lin Liu, Tsinghua University, China
Peri Loucopoulos, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
John Mylopoulos, University of Toronto, Canada
Selmin Nurcan, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France
Bashar Nuseibeh, Open University, UK
Andreas Opdahl, University of Bergen , Norway
Barbara Pernici, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Klaus Pohl, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Jolita Ralyte, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Bjorn Regnell, Lund University , Sweden
Camille Salinesi, Université Paris 1, France
Motoshi Saeki, Tokyo Institute Of Technology, Japan
Pnina Soffer, University of Haifa, Israel
Carine Souveyet, Université Paris 1, France
Leon Sterling, University of Melbourne, Australia
Yair Wand, University of British Columbia,Canada
Roel Wieringa, University of Twente, Netherlands

Publicity: Selmin Nurcan, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France