The 6th IEEE International Workshop on
Empirical Requirements Engineering

Lisbon, Portugal – September, 5th - 2017

in conjunction with the 25th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference 2017


Program

Call for Papers

Program


Session 1 (9:00 - 10:30)

8:30 - 10:00

Opening

9:15 - 10:00

Keynote: Automotive Future and its Impact on Empirical Requirements Engineering
Dr. Frank Houdek, Daimler AG
Keynote details

10:00 - 10:30

Discussion


Coffee break 1 (10:30 - 11:00)


Session 2 (11:00 - 12:30)

11:00 - 11:20

Evaluation of Tools for Hairy Requirements and Software Engineering Tasks
Daniel Berry, University of Waterloo, Canada

11:20 - 11:40

Improving Goal Communication with Information Flow Maps and Distances
Mattias Mellhornand Elizabeth Bjarnason, Scania CV AB, Sweden; Department of Computer Science, Lund University, Sweden

11:45 - 12:05

Enhancing Requirements Engineering in Agile Methodologies by Agent-Oriented Goal Models: Two Empirical Case Studies
Tanel Tenso, Alexander Horst Norta, Hannes Rootsi, Kuldar Taveter, and Irina Vorontsova, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

12:10 - 12:30

Towards Studying the Communication Patterns of Kanban Teams
Saad Shafiq and Irum Inayat, FAST NUCES, Pakistan


Lunch (12:30 - 14:00)


Session 3 (14:00 - 15:30)

14:00 - 14:20

Towards a Reference Method for Creating and Using User Stories in Software Development
Niels Bik, Garm Lucassen and Sjaak Brinkkemper, Utrecht University, Netherlands

14:20 - 14:50

How Common are Controlled Experiments with Student Participants in Requirements Engineering? A Systematic Mapping Study on the Use and Reporting of Graduate and Undergraduate Students in Requirements Engineering Experiments
Marian Daun, Jennifer Brings and Carolin Hübscher
paluno – The Ruhr Institute for Software Technology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

14:50 - 15:10

On the empirical evaluation of BDD Scenarios Quality: Preliminary Findings of an Empirical Study
Gabriel Oliveira and Sabrina Marczak, PUCRS, Brazil

15:10 - 15:30

An Empirical Investigation on Quality Requirements in Practice
Mohamad Kassab, The Pennsylvania State University, USA


Coffee Break 2 (15:30 - 16:00)


Session 4 (16:00 - 17:30)

16:00 - 17:15

Panel: Simplicity and complementarity in using research methods and leveraging theories from other disciplines in the field of RE
Panelists: Dan Berry, Sjaak Brinkkemper, Daniela Damian, Kurt Schneider

17:15 - 17:35

Closing


Keynote



Title: Automotive Future and its Impact on Empirical Requirements Engineering

Abstract:
CASE – Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Service and Electric Drive. These four terms describe the major trends Mercedes-Benz Passenger Car has identified for the next years. In this keynote, we present some insights into these challenges, discuss their impact on requirements engineering and derive implications for emprircal research in requirements engineering.

Vitae:
Dr. Frank Houdek graduated in Computer Science at the University of Ulm. Then he joined the Daimler Research Centre in Ulm where he worked as a Ph.D. student from 1995 to 1999 in the field “Empirical Software Engineering”.

In 1999 he shifted his interests to requirements engineering. Since then, he worked in and headed various research and transfer projects with internal customers in the passenger car and commercial vehicles business units. Currently, he heads the group Requirements Engineering and Test Methodology within Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars Development.

Panel


Accepted Papers


An Empirical Investigation on Quality Requirements in Practice
Mohamad Kassab
The Pennsylvania State University, USA


Enhancing Requirements Engineering in Agile Methodologies by Agent-Oriented Goal Models: Two Empirical Case Studies
Tanel Tenso, Alexander Horst Norta, Hannes Rootsi, Kuldar Taveter, and Irina Vorontsova
Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia


Improving Goal Communication with Information Flow Maps and Distances
Mattias Mellhorn and Elizabeth Bjarnason
Scania CV AB, Sweden; Department of Computer Science, Lund University, Sweden


Evaluation of Tools for Hairy Requirements and Software Engineering Tasks
Daniel Berry
University of Waterloo, Canada


Towards a Reference Method for Creating and Using User Stories in Software Development
Niels Bik, Garm Lucassen and Sjaak Brinkkemper
Utrecht University, Netherlands


On the empirical evaluation of BDD Scenarios Quality: Preliminary Findings of an Empirical Study
Gabriel Oliveira and Sabrina Marczak
PUCRS, Brazil


Towards Studying the Communication Patterns of Kanban Teams
Saad Shafiq and Irum Inayat
FAST NUCES, Pakistan


How Common are Controlled Experiments with Student Participants in Requirements Engineering? A Systematic Mapping Study on the Use and Reporting of Graduate and Undergraduate Students in Requirements Engineering Experiments
Marian Daun, Jennifer Brings, and Carolin Hübscher
paluno – The Ruhr Institute for Software Technology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Workshop Theme


Requirements Engineering (RE) is a well-established discipline where a wide range of approaches, techniques, and tools have been proposed. Systematic attempts to evaluate and compare usefulness, effectiveness, and usability of such proposals resulted in a growing attention to methods for empirical assessment. On the other hand, we have Empirical Software Engineering (ESE). This discipline aims at studying and proposing qualitative and quantitative methods (e.g., experiments, surveys, case studies, action research, etc) to collect and analyze evidence that helps evaluate software engineering approaches, techniques and tools. These methods are indispensable and valuable ways to check ideas and proposals with respect to the reality, thus allowing to understand their actual value, cost, and benefits in particular contexts. The long-term goal of the International Workshop series on Empirical Requirements Engineering (EmpiRE) is 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 assess and improve existing or new approaches in RE. In the 2017 edition we aim to shape the next phase of cross-fertilization of RE and ESE, specifically: (i) to open up the interdisciplinary debate on the steadily moving frontiers in empirical RE, and (ii) to extend the network of RE and ESE researchers designing and conducting empirical studies in RE, which in turn will lead to the cross-fertilization between RE and ESE. We encourage submissions that present and discuss empirical work in RE.

Topics of Interest


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


  • Application of RE methods, processes and tools in new domains, e.g. Internet of Things,Big Data, Software Ecosystems, Systems-of- Systems, among others;
  • Emerging research methods, e.g. crowd-sourcing generated data;
  • Research methods and evaluation techniques in RE (e.g. experiments, systematic reviews,case studies);
  • Surveys on state-of- the-art RE practices in industry;
  • Experimental designs for empirical studies in RE;
  • Frameworks and infrastructures for empirical studies;
  • Reporting on the results of empirical studies about techniques, methods and tools in RE;
  • Lessons learned in running empirical studies and comparative evaluations;
  • Identification of strengths and weaknesses of empirical and comparative evaluation approaches.

Submission


EmpiRE welcomes original work (not previously published or submitted elsewhere) in four types of paper submissions:


Technical papers (max 8 pages). These are full papers that describe empirical experiences in RE and reporting the results of such experiences. For example, a full paper might describe how a RE approach has been evaluated in a real context or in a laboratory scenario, or how two RE approaches have been compared in practice.

Position papers (max 4 pages). These are short papers can be either (a) a paper on the position of the author/s on any of the topics within the scope of the workshop or (b) a visionary paper exploiting new ideas about the contribution of the empirical methods in RE. For instance, a position paper can propose new criteria to empirically assess RE methods and techniques, or it can introduce new areas for relevant empirical studies.

Research Design papers (max 4 pages). These are short papers written by Master/PhD students presenting the experimentation/empirical design they performed/plan to perform during their research work. Accepted papers in this category will be discussed in small group breakout sessions.

Industry reports (max 4 pages). These are short papers on problem statements or challenges encountered in real-life organizations or examples of successes/failures of empirical RE research in practice.

Review


Each submitted paper to the workshop will be peer-reviewed by three members of the Program Committee. Accepted papers will be part of the RE Companion Volume Proceedings. Proceedings will be published in the IEEE Digital Library. Acceptance will be based on originality, contribution to the area, ability to generate discussion, quality of the paper and of the research, research completeness and maturity. Young position papers will be reviewed, but more “helpfully” than “critically”.

Format and Submission Site


All papers must conform, at time of submission, to the IEEE Formatting Guidelines as specified at the RE 2017 website. All submission must be in PDF format and should be submitted electronically through EasyChair https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=empire17atre17

Important Dates


Submissions due: June 9, 2017
Notifications to authors: June 30, 2017
Camera-ready copy of accepted papers: July 16, 2017

All deadlines are 23:59 Baker Island Time

Committees


Workshop Organizers



Program committee

Sebastian Adam, Fraunhofer IESE, Germany
Muneera Bano, University of Technology, Sidney, Australia
Daniel Berry, University of Waterloo, Canada
Elizabeth Bjarnasson, Lund University, Sweden
Nelly Condori-Fernandez, University of Coruna, Spain
Fabiano Dalpiaz, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Daniela Damian, University of Victoria, Canada
Marian Daun, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Oscar Dieste, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Neil Ernst, University of Victoria, Canada
Marcela Genero, University of Castillia-La Mancha, Spain
Smita Ghaisas, Tata Research and Design Center, India
Andrea Herrmann, Herrmann & Ehrlich, Germany
Jennifer Horkoff, Chalmers | University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Mohamad Kassab, Penn State University, USA
Alessia Knauss, Chalmers Universty of Technology, Sweden
Marco Kuhrmann, Clausthal University of Technology, Germany
Katsiaryna Labunets, Delf University of Technology, The Netherlands
Daniel Mendez, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Elena Navarro, University of Castillia-La Mancha, Spain
Seyff Norbert, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Olga Ormandjieva, Concordia University, Canada
Federica Paci, University of Southampton, UK
S. Parthasarathy, Thiagarajar College of Engineering/Anna University, India
Oscar Pastor, Universitat Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
Jolita Ralyte, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Preethu Rose, Tata Research Development and Design Center, India
Bastian Tenbergen, State University of New York at Oswego, USA
Alexandr Vasenev, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Karina Villela, Fraunhofer IESE, Germany
Chong Wang, Wuhan University, China

EmpiRe Workshop Series

See our previous editions:

EmpiRE 2015, Ottawa, Canada
EmpiRE 2014, Karlskrona, Sweden
EmpiRE 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
EmpiRE 2012, Chicago, USA
EmpiRE 2011, Trento, Italy