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REFSQ 2017 : 23rd International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality


Conference Series : Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality
When Feb 27, 2017 - Mar 2, 2017
Where Essen, Germany
Submission Deadline Sep 26, 2016
Notification Due Dec 12, 2016

Call For Papers

Important Dates
- Submission of Abstracts: September 26, 2016
- Paper Submission: October 3, 2016
- Paper Notification: December 12, 2016

Requirements Engineering (RE) is a crucial factor for developing high-quality software, systems and services. The REFSQ working conference series is a well-established leading international forum for discussing RE and its many relations to quality. The first REFSQ took place in 1994, and since 2010 REFSQ has been organised as a stand-alone conference. In February 2017, we again welcome participants to attend REFSQ'17, which will be held in Essen, Germany.

Working Conference Format
REFSQ has a long tradition of being a highly structured and interactive forum. Each session is organised to provoke discussion among the presenters of papers, pre-assigned discussants, and all the other participants. The REFSQ’17 program will include keynote speakers, technical papers, research methodology papers, industrial presentations, as well as posters and tools. Workshops and a doctoral symposium will be collocated with the main conference.

REFSQ 2017 seeks reports of novel ideas and techniques that enhance the quality of RE’s products and processes, reflections on current research and industrial RE practices, as well as new views on RE. We invite submissions on any aspect of RE. We encourage researchers and practitioners from the RE, software engineering, information systems, service science, embedded systems, and product management fields to present original work. Contributions from related areas such as systems engineering, economics, and management are also very welcome for the insights they provide to RE. RE methods, tools and processes are nowadays expected to support engineering diverse types of systems of different scale and complexity and are applied in diverse domains. The special theme of REFSQ’17 is "My RE" to emphasize an important issue: how can RE evolve to deal with this diversity, still keeping its ultimate objective: understanding what is the right software system and helping developing it in the right way.

Call for Research Papers
We invite original submissions in the following categories:
- Technical design papers (up to 15 pages) describe and explain new artifact design, i.e., novel solutions for requirements-related problems or significant improvements of existing solutions.
- Scientific evaluation papers (up to 15 pages) investigate existing real-world problems, evaluate existing real-world implemented artifacts, or validate newly designed artifacts, e.g., by means such as case studies, experiments, simulation, surveys, systematic literature reviews, mapping studies, or action research.
- Vision papers (up to 6 pages) state where the research in the field should be heading towards.
- Research previews (up to 6 pages) describe well-defined research ideas at an early stage of investigation which may not be fully developed.

Call for Research Method Track Contributions
REFSQ has developed a tradition of discussing research methods and its methodological assumptions. The Research Method track invites submissions that enrich and advance such discourse with a particular emphasis on method application in requirements engineering research.

Call for Workshop Proposals
REFSQ'17 is particularly interested in workshops able to involve research and industrial actors to discuss timely topics of requirements engineering, bridging the gap between theoretical research and daily practice in the management of requirements for diverse types of systems of different scale, complexity and criticality.

Call for Posters and Tools
REFSQ’17 also includes a forum to present posters and demonstrate tools covering any aspect of RE. It gives researchers the chance to present their most recent work and obtain early feedback on ongoing research.

Call for Doctoral Symposium Papers
REFSQ2017 will host a Doctoral Symposium for PhD students whose research area includes elements of Requirements Engineering. The goals of the REFSQ2017 Doctoral Symposium are to provide PhD students in early stages of their research with an opportunity to survey the field and get a feeling for what their colleagues are working on; to provide PhD students in advanced stages with an opportunity to present their plans and early results; to provide all participant students with advice and suggestions from a panel of senior researchers; to facilitate interaction among all the participants.

REFSQ’17 special issue
Authors of selected papers from REFSQ'17 will be invited to submit an extended version to a special issue published in the Empirical Software Engineering journal (Springer) —

REFSQ'17 Submissions
Contributions to all REFSQ'17 conference tracks can be submitted at

REFSQ Organization
Background Organisation:
Vanessa Stricker – University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Program Co-Chairs:
Paul Grünbacher – Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Anna Perini – Fondazione Bruno Kessler-ICT, Trento, Italy

Research Methodology Track Co-Chairs:
Oscar Dieste – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Fabio Massacci – University of Trento, Italy

Workshop Co-Chairs:
Eric Knauss – Chalmers, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Angelo Susi – Fondazione Bruno Kessler-ICT, Trento, Italy

Poster Co-Chairs:
Fabiano Dalpiaz – Utrecht University, Netherlands
Patrick Mäder – Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany

Doctoral Symposium Co-Chairs:
Jennifer Horkoff – City University London, UK
Jolita Ralyté – University of Geneva, Switzerland

Industry Track Co-Chairs:
Jörg Dörr – Fraunhofer IESE, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Kim Lauenroth – adesso AG, Dortmund, Germany

Social Media and Publicity Co-Chairs:
Itzel Morales-Ramirez – Independent Researcher, Mexico
Norbert Seyff – FHNW and University of Zurich, Switzerland

Proceedings Chair:
Fitsum Kifetew – Fondazione B. Kessler-ICT, Trento, Italy

Program Committee
Joao Araujo, Portugal
Eya Ben Charrada, Switzerland
Thorsten Berger, Sweden
Dan Berry, Canada
Sjaak Brinkkemper, Netherlands
Nelly Condori-Fernández, Netherlands
Fabiano Dalpiaz, Netherlands
Maya Daneva, Netherlands
Joerg Doerr, Germany
Michael Felderer, Austria
Alessio Ferrari, Italy
Xavier Franch, Spain
Samuel Fricker, Switzerland
Vincenzo Gervasi, Italy
Martin Glinz, Switzerland
Renata Guizzardi, Brazil
Irit Hader, Israel
Patrick Heymans, Belgium
Jennifer Horkoff, UK
Hermann Kaindl, Austria
Erik Kamsties, Germany
Alessia Knauss, Sweden
Eric Knauss, Sweden
Anne Koziolek, Germany
Kim Lauenroth, Germany
Emmanuel Letier, UK
Walid Maalej, Germany
Patrick Maeder, Germany
Nazim Madhavji, Canada
R. Matulevicius, Estonia
Raul Mazo, France
John Mylopoulos, Canada
Andreas L. Opdahl, Norway
Barbara Paech, Germany
Elda Paja, Italy
Liliana Pasquale, Ireland
Oscar Pastor Lopez, Spain
Klaus Pohl, Germany
Bjorn Regnell, Sweden
M. Sabetzadeh, Luxembourg
Camille Salinesi, France
Nicolas Sannier, Luxembourg
Pete Sawyer, UK
Kurt Schneider, Germany
Norbert Seyff, Switzerland
Alberto Siena, Italy
Paola Spoletini, Italy
Angelo Susi, Italy
Richard B. Svensson, Sweden
Michael Vierhauser, Austria
Roel Wieringa, Netherlands
Krzysztof Wnuk, Sweden
Tao Yue, Norway
Yuanyuan Zhang, UK
Didar Zowghi, Australia

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