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TwinPeaks@RE 2013 : Third International Workshop on the Twin Peaks of Requirements and Architecture


When Jul 16, 2013 - Jul 16, 2013
Where Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Submission Deadline Apr 29, 2013
Notification Due May 24, 2013
Categories    software engineering   requirements engineering   software architecture

Call For Papers

TwinPeaks@RE 2013 seeks for contributions on any topic that addresses the intersection of requirements and architectural design. Examples include:
- Eliciting, specifying, or managing architecturally significant requirements;
- Modeling of requirements and architecture using common paradigms and metamodels;
- Capturing, representing and using architectural knowledge as it interacts with requirements knowledge;
- Assessment techniques and metrics for measuring compliance of architecture against requirements;
- Processes that support a "twin peaks" co-evolvement of requirements and architecture;
- Traceability between requirements, architectural solutions and implementation;
- Relating patterns and best practices to the Twin Peaks model;
- Transforming requirements into architectures in model-driven engineering processes;
- Tool-support to the various informational and processing needs (e.g., visualization of interactions among - architectural and requirements knowledge);
- Twin Peak practices in specific domains and/or environments, e.g. safety-critical, complex, agile;
- Industrial studies and empirical studies on relating requirements engineering and architectural design.

The target audience of TwinPeaks@RE are:
- Requirements engineering and architecture researchers working in the development of tools, techniques and methods for the fields;
- Practitioners with experience in the adoption of practices, tools, techniques and methods.

Workshop format
The format of Twin Peaks will provide attendees with an opportunity to become familiar with a new topic and establish a good foundation for discussions about requirements engineering in the overall context of systems engineering. We intend to make the workshop discussion and interaction oriented. Paper presentations will be used to provoke dialogue and participants may break out into small groups for more detailed discussion. These small groups will be organized around common themes or goals identified either from the papers, or by the participants during the workshop. At the end of the day, there will be a plenary session where the group's report back to the workshop as a whole on the results of their discussion and future work. Results may be used as a basis for continued publications.

We invite submissions in the following categories:

- Full papers (6-8 pages). Full papers describe and report on the evaluation of requirements engineering and software architecture design and evaluation activities. For example, a full paper could describe how in practice, requirements engineering and software architecture design are performed in parallel. Case studies of requirements engineering within an architecture-centric development environment for ultra-large-scale projects (e.g. a high speed rail line or a new passenger airplane), or in agile environments, will also be solicited. Survey papers that provide reviews and critiques are also invited (e.g. a survey of the use of practices in requirement and architecture co-development). Full papers will be evaluated based on the originality and significance of the contribution, soundness of the validation process or quality of the survey procedure, and on the broader applicability of the results.

- Experience Reports (4-6 pages). Experience papers describe empirical experiences with a particular requirements engineering or architecture design practice, pattern or technique on a large scale system or agile project. Ideally an experience paper will not only report on actual experience but will also include analysis of the techniques used in the forms of lessons learned that might be applicable to future projects. An experience paper might describe how the twin peaks notion has been examined in a real context, or how iterative development of architecture has been applied in practice. Experience papers will be evaluated based on the quality of the experience, significance of the contribution and the broader applicability and generalizability of the results.

- Position papers (2-4 pages). Position papers could discuss ongoing research, e.g., highlight new challenges and propose potential directions and novel solutions. Position papers could present initial experiences with a particular technique on promoting requirements and architecture interdependencies, or propose new ways of eliciting, managing and analyzing requirements for software architecture based development. Position papers will be evaluated based on their potential for generating discussion, and on the novelty and originality of the positions expressed.

- Vision papers (2-4 pages). Vision statements state emerging trends or inspiring new ideas on any of the topics within the scope of the workshop. Furthermore, vision papers could challenge the state-of-the-art. Also, similar as position papers, vision statements will be evaluated based on their potential for generating discussions. In contrast to position papers, the focus of vision statements is less on research or on presenting new methodologies, but on presenting thought-provoking ideas or a long-term vision on the relationship between RE and SA.

- Education and Training papers (4-6 pages). Education and Training papers describe experiences, approaches, and tools for teaching requirements engineering and software architecture courses. Such paper will address both concepts and methods required to teach problem-solution courses. Education and training papers will be evaluated based on the quality of the experience, significance of the contribution and the broader applicability and generalizability of the results.

Formatting and Submission Guidelines
- All papers must conform, at time of submission, to the IEEE Formatting Guidelines.

Accepted Contributions
- All authors of accepted papers will be asked to complete an electronic IEEE Copyright form and will receive further instructions for preparing their camera ready versions.
- All accepted contributions will be published in the conference electronic proceedings and in the IEEE Digital Library.

General Chair
Xavier Franch - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

Program Board
Jane Cleland-Huang - DePaul University, Chicago, US
Janet E. Burge - Miami University, Oxford, US
Matthias Galster - University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Mehdi Mirakhorli - DePaul University, Chicago, US
Roshanak Roshandel - Seattle University, Seattle, US
Carla Silva - Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil

Program Committee
Muhammad Ali Babar, ITU Copenhagen, Denmark
Len Bass, Software Engineering Institute, USA
Daniel M. Berry, University of Waterloo, Canada
Jan Bosch, Intuit, Mountain View, USA
Maya Daneva, University of Twente, Netherlands
Alexander Egyed, Johannes Kepler University, Austria
Remo Ferrari, Siemens, USA
Carlo Ghezzi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Robert Hanmer, Alcatel-Lucent, USA
Anne Koziolek, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Philippe Kruchten, University of British Columbia, Canada
Axel van Lamsweerde, Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium
Nazim Madhavji, University of Western Ontario, CA
Patrick Maeder, Johannes Kepler University, Austria
Sam Malek, George Mason University, USA
Robert L. Nord, Software Engineering Institute, USA
Ipek Ozkaya, Software Engineering Institute, USA
Sam Supakkul, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Richard N. Taylor, University of California, Irvine, USA
Eoin Woods, Artechra, UK
Eric Yu, University of Toronto, Canada
Liming Zhu, NICTA, Australia
Leyna Zimdars, University of California, Irvine, USA

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