Workshops at RE 2012

The following workshops will be held at this year's RE conference.
All workshops take place from 8:30 - 17:00.
Coffee breaks will be held from 10:00-10:30 and 15:00-15:30, and lunch will take place from 12:00-13:30.

September 24, 2012: September 25, 2012:

W1: Second International Model-Driven Requirements Engineering (MoDRE) Workshop

The second edition of the Model-Driven Requirements Engineering (MoDRE) workshop continues to provide a forum where researchers and practitioners can 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 intends to identify new challenges, discuss on-going work and potential solutions, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of MDD approaches for RE, and survey existing literature on MDD for RE to stimulate discussions during the workshop.

W2: Seventh International Workshop on Requirements Engineering Education and Training (REET)

Following the success of the six previous workshops on Requirements Engineering Education and Training (REET 2005, 2007, 2008-2011), this workshop will address issues related to RE education, both as part of a formal university degree and as ongoing skills training within the workplace. The workshop is intended to go much deeper than a surface discussion of curriculum issues and will examine specific ideas and techniques for teaching and assessing skills needed by an effective requirements engineer.

W3: Second International Workshop on Requirements Patterns (RePa'12)

Getting requirements right is critical to the success of any software development project, and yet 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, from both process and product perspectives.

The RePa'12 Workshop solicits patterns that capture knowledge of requirements engineering processes and products. Examples of such patterns include, but not limited to, requirements modeling patterns, requirements engineering process/activity patterns, application/domain- specific requirements patterns, application/domain-independent requirements patterns, goal patterns, social patterns, scenario patterns (e.g. use cases, user stories), workflow patterns, business patterns, analysis patterns, functional requirements (FRs) patterns, non-functional requirements (NFRs) patterns, problem patterns (e.g. anti-patterns, mis-use patterns, fault patterns, attack patterns), and requirements to architecture/design mapping patterns.

This workshop also welcomes technical reports, including research and position papers, experience reports, empirical studies, case studies that report findings on requirements pattern-related topics, including, but not limited to, capturing, harvesting and mining, cataloging, organizing (e.g. by relationships such as uses, meta-pattern/occurrence, generalization/ specialization, and aggregation/decomposition), searching, selecting, reusing, applying requirements patterns, as well as pattern quality, management, and tool support.

W4: Fifth International Workshop on Requirements Engineering and Law (RELAW 2012)

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 "Compliance under Uncertainty". RELAW is a multidisciplinary, one-day workshop that will bring together practitioners and researchers from two domains: Requirements Engineering and Law. Participants from government, industry and academic sectors investigate challenges to ensure that information systems comply with policies and laws. The workshop will probe important issues, including the processes for identifying relevant policies, laws and jurisdictions, aligning laws with system requirements, managing requirements and changes in the law and demonstrating how systems comply with relevant laws through evidence-based mechanisms such as documentation, testing and certification, even in the presence of uncertainty. RELAW will include a track with requirements engineering research and industry papers and a second track with papers from law scholars to address emerging IT challenges in today's regulatory environment.

W5: First International Workshop on the Twin Peaks of Requirements and Architecture (TwinPeaks2012)

The Twin Peaks draws attention to the synergistic relationship between requirements and architectural design. It emphasizes the need to progressively discover and specify requirements while concurrently exploring alternative architectural decisions.

The Twin Peaks workshop will focus on the issues and challenges related to the interplay between requirements and architecture across all phases of the software development lifecycle. These challenges are particularly evident in agile and lean development environments, or when new requirements are introduced into existing and well-established architectures. The workshop will explore techniques for specifying architecturally significant requirements, for creating, and assessing architectures, and for managing and visualizing the interplay between requirements and architectures. It will also identify open research challenges for delivering robust and effective architectures that satisfy stakeholders concerns, at continually increasing levels of scale, complexity, and delivery speed.

W6: Second International Workshop on Requirements Engineering for Systems and Systems-of-Systems (RESS'12)

Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary field focused on the design and implementation of large and complex systems. A System-of-systems integrates a set of otherwise independent and self-contained systems that pool their resources in order to meet a common goal. Such systems include transportation systems, hospital networks, "smart" buildings, large scale defense systems, as well as systems from many other domains. Managing requirements for such projects can be extremely complex and challenging as requirements must be addressed not only for individual components, but also for the overall infrastructure, interfaces, and governance of the system. As an emerging area of research, Requirements Engineering for systems and systems-of-systems represents a critical discipline in which methodologies, thought processes, frames of reference, and technology support are still emerging. This workshop therefore invites contributions addressing issues, challenges, and solutions related to requirements engineering for such systems. The workshop puts a special emphasis on quality (aka non- functional) requirements, which are an important and challenging part of systems engineering efforts.

W7: Second International Workshop on Empirical Requirements Engineering (EmpiRE 2012)

The second International Workshop 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. EmpiRE also intends to push toward new evaluation techniques, domains and problems for exercising empirical methods or building new ones.