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REPOS 2012 : First International Workshop on Requirements Engineering Practices on Software Product Line Engineering


When Sep 4, 2012 - Sep 4, 2012
Where Salvador, Brazil
Submission Deadline May 25, 2012
Notification Due Jun 15, 2012
Final Version Due Jun 29, 2012
Categories    software product lines   requirements engineering

Call For Papers

First International Workshop on


REPOS 2012 -

co-located with the 16th International Software Product Line Conference
(SPLC 2012), Salvador, Brazil - September 4, 2012


The best papers of the Workshop will be invited to submit an extended
version to the Requirements Engineering Journal - SPECIAL ISSUE on

"Requirements Engineering in Software Product Line Engineering",

which is scheduled in the last quarter of 2013.
The RE journal is included in the Journal Citations Reports (JCR).



Submissions deadline: May 25, 2012
Authors notification: June 15, 2012
Camera-ready: June 29, 2012
Workshop: September 4, 2012 (one full-day)


Several attempts have been made to increase the productivity and
quality of software products. A very promising approach is software
reuse. Software product line practice is one approach to software
reuse, which focuses on developing a family of products which have
a majority of features in common. Hence, there are numerous
requirements that are common across the family but others are unique
to individual products.

Requirements Engineering (RE) processes and techniques are used to
identify and characterize product line requirements and potential
member products considering their commonalities and variability.
In addition, they also involve activities such as product line
requirements modeling, specification, verification and management.

Due to the complexity and extensive nature of product line development,
requirements engineering is much more important for a software product
line practice than for single product development. However, most of
the existing software product line practices do not completely address
the RE process in a comprehensive manner.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers and
practitioners to exchange ideas, experiences and identify current
obstacles and propose solutions to improve the current
body-of-knowledge and practice in this area.


The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Requirements elicitation, analysis, documentation, validation and
verification for SPL
- Techniques or methods tailored for requirements engineering in a SPL
- Quality requirements and variability management in a SPL
- Relating product lines requirements to business goals, architecture
and testing
- Value-driven requirements engineering for a SPL
- Agile requirements engineering for SPL
- Evolution of SPL requirements
- Security requirements in product line engineering
- Non-functional requirements and their dependence on application domain
- Quality assessment of requirements models for SPL
- Development environments and tools for managing requirements in a SPL
- Model-driven approaches for product line requirements engineering
- Domain-specific problems, experiences and solutions in SPL development
- Empirical studies in the area of SPL requirements engineering
- Experience reports including problems or success in the process of
requirements engineering for a SPL


The objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers and
practitioners to report on and discuss the challenges and opportunities
for using different requirements engineering techniques in product line
engineering to achieve both technical and business goals.

The workshop will provide a reference forum in which
(1) practitioners get to know the current findings in product line
requirements engineering, and how they can transfer those methods to
their particular domain, and
(2) researchers get to know the real problems organizations are
facing when tackling the requirements engineering activity in particular

An issue of particular importance is the level of detail for
requirements specifications including variability and their
traceability to other core assets. This will have a direct impact
on the techniques to be used, the evolution to be supported, the
analysis of impact for changes and evolution, etc. When to evaluate
the quality of these requirements and how to perform a cost-effective
and value-driven approach for these activities are still open issues
in the product line development community.

We are looking for contributions that not only discuss technical and
theoretical aspects, but also methodological and practical issues
related to requirements engineering in a product line. The workshop
is also looking for industry contributions describing empirical results
and successful practices that may be generalized from specific domains.


Submissions of 4 to 8 pages are solicited that describe substantial
completed work, or work in progress, or position papers. The papers
are expected to comprise original work not previously published.

The workshop papers can be submitted in any format but accepted papers
should follow the ACM formatting and grant ACM copyright

Authors are invited to submit their papers electronically in PDF format

Submissions will be evaluated according to both the relevance and
originality of the work and their ability to generate discussion among
the workshop participants. The submissions should clearly emphasize the
discussion aspects relevant to the workshop.


The workshop proceedings will be published by ACM in a separate volume,
next to the volume that contains the SPLC 2012 conference.

A selection of the best papers of the Workshop will be invited to submit an
extended version to the Requirements Engineering Journal - SPECIAL ISSUE on
"Requirements Engineering in Software Product Line Engineering", which is
scheduled in the last quarter of 2013.


Antonio Ruiz-Cortés, University of Sevilla, Spain.
Deepak Dhungana, Siemens AG Österreich, Austria.
Gunter Mussbacher, Carleton University, Canada.
Isabel John, Hochschule Würzburg Schweinfurt, Germany.
Isidro Ramos, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain.
Jaejoon Lee, Lancaster University, UK.
João Araújo, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.
John McGregor, Clemson University, USA.
Jörg Dörr, Fraunhofer IESE, Germany.
Julio Cesar Leite, PUC-Rio, Brazil.
Karina Villela, Fraunhofer IESE, Germany.
Klaus Schmid, University Hildesheim, Germany.
Larry Jones, Software Engineering Institute (SEI-CMU), USA.
Manfred Broy,Technische Universität München, Germany.
Pete Sawyer, Lancaster University, UK.
Roel Wieringa, University of Twente, Netherlands.
Sholom Cohen, Software Engineering Institute (SEI-CMU), USA.
Silvia Abrahão, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain.


Emilio Insfran
Research Affiliate at Software Engineering Institute (SEI), USA
Associate Professor at Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

Gary Chastek
Software Engineering Institute. Carnegie-Mellon University, USA

Patrick Donohoe
Software Engineering Institute. Carnegie-Mellon University, USA

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