Requirements Engineering 2008 (RE'08)

Venue: Barcelona

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Event Date/Time: Sep 08, 2008 End Date/Time: Sep 12, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 04, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Feb 11, 2008
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Call for Participation and Contributions
16th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE'08)
September 8th - 12th, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

Sustainability of the earth and its natural resources represents a crucial
issue that must be addressed in this technology-centric century. Although
information services are generally not physical in nature and therefore do
not directly result in the emission of greenhouse gasses or destruction of
other natural resources, software does play a vital role in controlling
machines and buildings that have a direct impact on the environment. When
the target domain of software to be developed has a potential impact on
the global environment, complex factors should be taken into consideration
during the analysis and definition of requirements. This is a new
challenge facing Requirements Engineering.

High quality requirements that are apparently unrelated to environmental
issues are also crucial in our modern information-intensive society. Only
by fully understanding stakeholders' needs, and documenting them in a
concise, and unambiguous way, can we consistently deliver quality products
designed to meet the complexities of our advanced information society.
Failure to engineer high quality requirements or failure to develop
products that satisfy these requirements will ultimately lead to an
information society that naively prioritizes its short-term needs over
issues of long-term global sustainability.

The IEEE International Requirements Engineering conference provides the
premier international forum for researchers, educators and industrial
practitioners to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends,
experiences and concerns in the field of requirements engineering.

Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to: requirements
elicitation, analysis, documentation, validation and verification;
requirements specification languages, methods, processes, and tools;
requirements management, traceability, viewpoints, prioritization, and
negotiation; modelling of requirements (formal and informal), goals, and
domains; prototyping, simulation, and animation; interaction between
requirements and design; evolution of requirements over time, product
families, and variability; relating requirements to business goals,
products, architecture, and testing; social, cultural, global, personal
and cognitive factors in requirements engineering; collaborative
requirements engineering; domain-specific problems, experiences and

We invite submissions of high quality papers in three categories:

Technical solution papers present solutions for requirements-related
problems which are novel or significantly improve existing solutions.
Evaluation criteria: The proposed solution technique or its application to
this kind of problem must be novel and sound. The author(s) must provide a
preliminary validation of the proposed solution, such as a
proof-of-concept and/or sound arguments that the solution technique will
work and that it will scale to real-world-sized problems. Results must be
stated clearly so that the author(s) or others can further validate them
in later research. A technical solution paper should also be clear about
its contributions with respect to related work by others and to previous
work by the author(s. A paper of this category must not exceed 10 pages.

Scientific evaluation papers evaluate existing problem situations or
validate/refute proposed solutions with scientific means, i.e. by
empirical studies, experiments, case studies, simulations, formal
analyses, mathematical proofs, etc. Scientific reflection on problems and
practices in industry also falls into this category.
Evaluation criteria: The topic of the evaluation presented in the paper as
well as its causal or logical properties must be clearly stated. The
evaluation method or analysis approach must be sound and appropriate. The
research must be novel or, otherwise, the results must constitute a
significant increase of knowledge. The results must be relevant and/or
(statistically) significant. The research should be situated in the
context of related work by others and previous work by the author(s). A
paper of this category must not exceed 10 pages.

Industrial practice and experience papers present problems or challenges
encountered in practice, discuss insights, innovations in industrial
practice, success and failure stories. The focus is on 'what' and on
lessons learned, not on an in-depth analysis of 'why'. Otherwise, consider
submitting a scientific evaluation paper.
Evaluation criteria: The practice must be clearly described and its
context must be given. Readers should be able to follow easily and to draw
conclusions for their own practice. The conclusion and lessons learned
should be justified by quantitative or qualitative evidence. A paper of
this category must not exceed 6 pages.

More details about the paper categories and corresponding review
evaluation criteria and submission dates are provided on the conference
website. Papers must describe original work not submitted or presented at
other forums. Accepted papers will be published in an IEEE CS Press
Conference Proceedings and will be available in the IEEE CS Digital

Submissions will be handled electronically at the RE'08 submission site.
Authors without web access must make advance arrangements with the Program
Chair at least one week before the deadline. Submissions must be formatted
according to IEEE CS proceedings format (see for instructions and
templates). More details on submission procedures will be available on the
conference website.

Other contributions: We also invite proposals for tutorials, workshops,
panels,doctoral symposium, posters, videos and research demonstrations.

Paper abstracts February 4, 2008
Paper submissions (all categories) February 11, 2008
Tutorial, workshop and panel submissions March 3, 2008
Notification to authors April 28, 2008
Doctoral symposium, poster, & other submissions May 5, 2008

General Chair
Xavier Franch, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

Program Chair
Tetsuo Tamai, Univ. of Tokyo, Japan

Local Arrangements
Carme Quer, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

Financial Chair
Pere Botella, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

Practitioner Track
Christof Ebert, Vector Consulting Services, Germany
Ann Hickey, Univ. of Colorado, USA

Thomas Alspaugh, Univ. of California, Irvine, USA

Oscar Pastor, Univ. Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

Doctoral Symposium
Nazim Madhavji, Univ. Western Ontario, Canada

Posters and Demos
Guttorm Sindre, NTNU, Norway
M. Jose Casany, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

Jane Cleland-Huang, DePaul Univ., USA
Joao Araujo, Univ. Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Selmin Nurcan, Univ. Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, France
Marc Alier, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

Motoshi Saeki, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Joan A. Pastor, Univ. Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
Maria R. Sancho, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

Student Volunteer
Claudia P. Ayala, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

Xavier Burgues, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

Gemma Grau, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

Jane Cleland-Huang, DePaul Univ., USA
Don Gause, State Univ. of New York, USA
Carlo Ghezzi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Martin Glinz, Univ. Zurich, Switzerland
Jeff Kramer, Imperial College London, UK
Axel van Lamsweerde, Univ. of Louvain, Belgium
Neil Maiden, City Univ., UK
Bashar Nuseibeh, Open Univ., UK
Klaus Pohl, Lero, Univ. of Limerick, Ireland & Univ. of Duisburg-Essen,
Colette Rolland, Univ. Paris 1, France
Kevin Ryan, Lero, Univ. of Limerick, Ireland
Motoshi Saeki, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Alistair Sutcliffe, Univ. of Manchester, UK
Roel Wieringa, Univ. Twente, The Netherlands

Ian Alexander, UK
Thomas Alspaugh, USA
Mikio Aoyama, Japan
Daniel Berry, Canada
David Callele, Canada
Jaelson Castro, Brazil
Betty Cheng, USA
Daniela Damian, Canada
Eric Dubois, Luxembourg
Christof Ebert, Germany
Martin Feather, USA
Stephen Fickas, USA
Anthony Finkelstein, UK
Michael Goedicke, Germany
Anthony Hall, UK
Mats Heimdahl, USA
Constance Heitmeyer, USA
Patrick Heymans, Belgium
Ann Hickey, USA
Michael Jackson, UK
Stan Jarzabek, Singapore
Marina Jirotka, UK
Haruhiko Kaiya, Japan
Kyo Kang, Korea
Soren Lauesen, Denmark
Julio Leite, Brazil
Michel Lemoine, France
Robyn Lutz, USA
Nazim Madhavji, Canada
John Mylopoulos, Canada
Andreas Opdahl, Norway
Oscar Pastor, Spain
Colin Potts, USA
Awais Rashid, UK
Bjorn Regnell, Sweden
Suzanne Robertson, UK
William Robinson, USA
Camille Salinesi, France
Guttorm Sindre, Norway
Eric Yu, Canada
Didar Zowghi, Australia

For additional information please contact the general chair Xavier Franch,
( or program chair Tetsuo Tamai (