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FIRE 2018 : International Workshop on Facilitating Inclusive Requirements Engineering @ REFSQ'18


When Mar 19, 2018 - Mar 19, 2018
Where Utrecht, the Netherlands
Submission Deadline Jan 15, 2018
Notification Due Feb 5, 2018
Categories    requirements engineering   requirements elicitation   information systems   computer science

Call For Papers

1st International Workshop on
Facilitating Inclusive Requirements Engineering (FIRE'18)
- in conjunction with REFSQ2018 -
March 19, 2018. Utrecht, the Netherlands


The FIRE'18 workshop aims to stimulate a discussion on the ways in which the requirements engineering (RE) toolbox with its heavy reliance on verbal techniques can be expanded and refined to be more inclusive and thus better support the needs of special groups of people as well as other species, entities and environments. For example, children with developmental disorders, adults coping with cognitive and physical impairments, people encumbered by socio-cultural, physical, political or security constraints, and even animals and plants.

We coin the term inclusive RE practices for those going beyond verbal communication, embracing the otherness of a group of users and extending empathy and understanding to these users. The FIRE workshop aims to initiate a discourse between researchers and practitioners working in domains where iRE practices are required, towards the creation of a wider, more refined RE toolbox supporting more inclusiveness.

**KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Clara Mancini, head of the Animal-Computer Interaction Lab at
the Open University (UK), will give a keynote presentation on lessons learned from developing user-centred technology with and for animals. **

We invite two types of submissions to the workshop:
* Research papers (5-10 pages): papers on (ongoing) research, (proposed) design solutions,
* Vision papers (2-4 pages): papers on visions for future work, research agendas on iRE, arguments for iRE, published as an extended abstract in the proceedings

Workshop topics include, but are not limited to:
* Success and failure reports of case studies applying iRE practices
* Requirement elicitation using iRE practices
* Development cycle in the context of iRE practices
* Ethical issues in iRE practices
* Non-verbal techniques in iRE practices
* Re-use and generalization of requirements resulting from iRE practices
* Challenges of user-centric design with:
- Children
- Cognitively or physically impaired participants
- Non-human participants: animals, robots, environment, etc.

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2018
Acceptance notification: February 5, 2018
Workshop date: March 19, 2018

Papers can be submitted via EasyChair:

Submissions should be original, not under review elsewhere, and use the CEUR paper1 style (

Each paper will be reviewed by 3 members of the program committee, and accepted papers will be published in the joint REFSQ2018 CEUR workshop proceedings, indexed by DBLP, Scholar, and others.

Daniel Berry University of Waterloo
Sybren de Kinderen University of Duisburg-Essen
Alan Hartman University of Haifa
Iván S. Razo-Zapata Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology
Eduard C. Groen Fraunhofer IESE
Irit Hadar University of Haifa
Mónica Cameirão Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
Ziv Dubinsky Metabolic Robots
Joelle Alcaidinho Intel Labs

Dirk van der Linden
Lancaster University

Anna Zamansky
University of Haifa

Yoram Chisik
Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute

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