RE’23 welcomes original research papers focusing on traditional areas of requirements engineering, as well as new ideas which challenge the boundaries of the area. The research paper track is the main track for long-form new research, including new technical solutions, scientific evaluations, and perspective papers.

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Wed 6 Sep

Displayed time zone: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna change

08:45 - 10:15
Opening + Keynote 1Keynotes at f102
Chair(s): Kurt Schneider Leibniz Universität Hannover, Software Engineering Group
08:45
15m
Talk
Conference Opening
Keynotes

09:00
75m
Keynote
Keynote 1: Claes Wohlin - Do We Publish Credible Evidence?
Keynotes
K: Claes Wohlin Blekinge Institute of Technology
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10:15 - 10:45
Coffee BreakCatering at Lichthof
10:45 - 12:15
User RequirementsRE@Next! Papers / Journal-First / Research Papers at f128
Chair(s): Frank Houdek Mercedes-Benz AG
10:45
30m
Talk
User Driven Functionality Deletion for Mobile Apps
Research Papers
A: Maleknaz Nayebi Polytechnique Montréal, A: Konstantin Kuznetsov DFKI, Germany, A: Andreas Zeller CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security, A: Guenther Ruhe University of Calgary
11:15
30m
Talk
A Quality Framework for Measuring User Experience in Industrial IoT Systems
Journal-First
A: Adam Trendowicz , A: Eduard C. Groen Fraunhofer IESE, A: Jens Henningsen Fraunhofer IESE, A: Julien Siebert Fraunhofer IESE, A: Nedo Alexander Bartels Fraunhofer IESE, A: Sven Storck Fraunhofer IESE, A: Thomas Kuhn
11:45
30m
Paper
Boosting GUI Prototyping with Diffusion Models
RE@Next! Papers
A: Jialiang Wei IMT Mines Alès, A: Anne-Lise Courbis IMT Mines Alès, A: Thomas Lambolais IMT Mines Alès, A: Binbin Xu IMT Mines Alès, A: Pierre Louis Bernard University of Montpellier, A: Gerard Dray IMT Mines Alès
Pre-print
10:45 - 12:15
Formal RequirementsJournal-First / Industrial Innovation Papers / RE@Next! Papers at f142
Chair(s): Paola Spoletini Kennesaw State University
10:45
30m
Paper
Requirements Analysis of Variability Constraints in a Configurable Flight Software System
Industrial Innovation Papers
A: Chin Khor Iowa State University, A: Robyn Lutz Iowa State University
Pre-print
11:15
30m
Talk
The Role of Formalism in System Requirements
Journal-First
A: Jean-Michel Bruel IRIT (CNRS and Univ. of Toulouse)
Link to publication DOI
11:45
30m
Research paper
Understanding Fairness Requirements for ML-based Software
RE@Next! Papers
A: Luciano Baresi Politecnico di Milano, A: Chiara Criscuolo Politecnico di Milano, A: Carlo Ghezzi Politecnico di Milano
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12:15 - 13:45
13:15
30m
Demonstration
History of Computer Science (at InfoLAB)
Catering

13:45 - 15:15
Panel: Are we ready for the future? - Redefining RE to strengthen and sustain our community in the light of emerging topics and challenges Research Papers at b305
Chair(s): Anne Hess Fraunhofer IESE
13:45
90m
Panel
Panel: Are we ready for the future? - Redefining RE to strengthen and sustain our community in the light of emerging topics and challenges
Research Papers
M: Anne Hess Fraunhofer IESE, P: Jane Cleland-Huang University of Notre Dame, P: Bashar Nuseibeh The Open University (UK) & Lero (Ireland), P: Alistair Sutcliffe University of Manchester, P: Marcus Trapp , P: Irit Hadar University of Haifa
13:45 - 15:15
SafetyArtifacts / RE@Next! Papers / Journal-First at f128
Chair(s): Jaelson Castro Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
13:45
30m
Talk
Ergo, SMIRK is Safe: A Safety Case for a Machine Learning Component in a Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Brake System
Journal-First
A: Markus Borg CodeScene, A: Jens Henriksson Semcon, dept. Software and Emerging Tech, Gothenburg, A: Kasper Socha RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, A: Olof Lennartsson , A: Elias Sonnsjö , A: Thanh Bui RISE Research Institutes of Sweden , A: Piotr Tomaszewski RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, A: Sankar Raman Sathyamoorthy QRTECH, A: Sebastian Brink Combitech, A: Mahshid Helali Moghadam Scania R&D
Link to publication DOI File Attached
14:15
30m
Paper
ARCADE: a Framework for Integrated Management of Safety Assurance Information
RE@Next! Papers
A: Camilo Almendra Universidade Federal do Ceará, A: Carla Silva Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
Pre-print
14:45
30m
Talk
ILLOD Replication Package: An Open-Source Framework for Abbreviation-Expansion Pair Detection and Term Consolidation in RequirementsBest Artifact
Artifacts
A: Hussein Hasso Fraunhofer FKIE, A: Katharina Großer University of Koblenz, A: Iliass Aymaz Fraunhofer FKIE, A: Hanna Geppert Fraunhofer FKIE, A: Jan Jürjens University of Koblenz-Landau
DOI Pre-print File Attached
13:45 - 15:15
SustainabilityIndustrial Innovation Papers / RE@Next! Papers at f142
Chair(s): Martin Glinz University of Zurich
13:45
30m
Paper
Digital Design - Shaping a Sustainable Digital Future Requires a New Holistic Design Approach
Industrial Innovation Papers
A: Dominik Birkmeier MaibornWolff, A: Martina Beck MaibornWolff
14:15
30m
Paper
Application of the Sustainability Awareness Framework in Agile Software Development
Industrial Innovation Papers
A: Peter Bambazek Johannes Kepler University Linz, A: Iris Groher Johannes Kepler University, Linz, A: Norbert Seyff University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW
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14:45
30m
Paper
Requirements Engineering Knowledge as a Foundation for a Sustainability-Aware Scrum Framework
RE@Next! Papers
A: Peter Bambazek Johannes Kepler University Linz, A: Iris Groher Johannes Kepler University, Linz, A: Norbert Seyff University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW
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15:15 - 15:45
Coffee BreakCatering at Lichthof
15:45 - 17:15
Agile & User StoriesResearch Papers / RE@Next! Papers / Journal-First at b305
Chair(s): Jean-Michel Bruel IRIT (CNRS and Univ. of Toulouse)
15:45
30m
Paper
Quantifying Requirements Technical Debt: A Systematic Mapping Study and a Conceptual Model
Research Papers
A: Judith Perera University of Auckland, A: Ewan Tempero University of Auckland, A: Yu-Cheng Tu , A: Kelly Blincoe University of Auckland
Pre-print Media Attached File Attached
16:15
30m
Talk
An Impact-Driven Approach to Predict User Stories Instability
Journal-First
A: Yarden Levy Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, A: Roni Stern , A: Arnon Sturm Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, A: Argaman Mordoch , A: Yuval Yarom
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16:45
30m
Paper
Handling Uncertainty in the Development of Conversational Assistants with RELAXed User Stories
RE@Next! Papers
A: Mariana Bonito Universidade Nova de Lisboa, A: João Araújo Universidade Nova de Lisboa - Portugal, A: Joao Magalhaes Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
15:45 - 17:15
15:45
30m
Paper
A Requirements-Driven Platform for Validating Field Operations of Small Uncrewed Aerial VehiclesArtifact Available
Research Papers
A: Ankit Agrawal Saint Louis University, Missouri, A: Bohan Zhang Saint Louis University, Missouri, A: Yashaswini Shivalingaiah Saint Louis University, Missouri, A: Michael Vierhauser University of Innsbruck, A: Jane Cleland-Huang University of Notre Dame
Pre-print Media Attached File Attached
16:15
30m
Paper
Leveraging Natural Language Processing for a Consistency Checking Toolchain of Automotive Requirements
Industrial Innovation Papers
A: Vincent Bertram RWTH Aachen University, A: Hendrik Kausch RWTH Aachen University, A: Evgeny Kusmenko RWTH Aachen University, A: Haron Nqiri RWTH Aachen University, A: Bernhard Rumpe RWTH Aachen University, A: Constantin Venhoff
16:45
30m
Paper
Managing Human Factors in Automated Vehicle Development: Towards Challenges and Practices
RE@Next! Papers
A: Amna Pir Muhammad , A: Eric Knauss Chalmers | University of Gothenburg, A: Jonas Bärgman Chalmers University of Technology, A: Alessia Knauss Veoneer Research, Sweden
15:45 - 16:45
Security & PrivacyJournal-First / Research Papers at f142
Chair(s): Seok-Won Lee Ajou University
15:45
30m
Paper
Mobile Application Privacy Risk Assessments from User-authored ScenariosArtifact Available
Research Papers
A: Tianjian Huang Carnegie Mellon University, A: Vaishnavi Kaulagi Carnegie Mellon University, A: Mitra Bokaei Hosseini University of Texas at San Antonio, A: Travis Breaux Carnegie Mellon University
Pre-print
16:15
30m
Talk
The Importance of Security is in the Eye of the Beholder: Cultural, Organizational, and Personal Factors Affecting the Implementation of Security by Design
Journal-First
A: Renana Arizon-Peretz University of Haifa, A: Irit Hadar University of Haifa, A: Gil Luria University of Haifa
17:30 - 18:00

Thu 7 Sep

Displayed time zone: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna change

09:00 - 10:15
Keynote 2Keynotes at f102
Chair(s): Jennifer Horkoff Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg
09:00
75m
Keynote
Keynote 2: Rainer Dammers - A paradigm shift in the automotive industry and it's requirements
Keynotes

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10:15 - 10:45
Coffee BreakCatering at Lichthof
10:45 - 12:15
Human AspectsJournal-First / RE@Next! Papers at b305
Chair(s): João Araújo Universidade Nova de Lisboa - Portugal
10:45
30m
Talk
Requirements Engineering Framework for Human-centered Artificial Intelligence Software Systems
Journal-First
A: Khlood Ahmad Deakin University, A: Mohamed Abdelrazek Deakin University, Australia, A: Chetan Arora Monash University, A: Arbind Agrahari Baniya Deakin University, A: Muneera Bano Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, A: John Grundy Monash University
Pre-print
11:15
30m
Paper
Multi-Modal Emotion Recognition for Enhanced Requirements Engineering: A Novel Approach
RE@Next! Papers
A: Ben Cheng School of Information Technology, Deakin University, A: Chetan Arora Monash University, A: Xiao Liu School of Information Technology, Deakin University, A: Thuong Hoang School of Information Technology, Deakin University, A: Yi Wang School of Information Technology, Deakin University, A: John Grundy Monash University
Pre-print
11:45
30m
Paper
Accountable Design for Individual, Societal, and Regulated Values in the UAV Domain
RE@Next! Papers
A: Agnieszka Marczak-Czajka , A: Jarek Nabrzyski University of Notre Dame, A: Jane Cleland-Huang University of Notre Dame
10:45 - 12:15
State of the PracticeIndustrial Innovation Papers / Journal-First / Research Papers at f128
Chair(s): Tong Li Beijing University of Technology
10:45
30m
Paper
Standardising and Coaching Requirements Engineering Methods at Fresenius Medical Care​
Industrial Innovation Papers
A: Jonas Esch Schaeffler Engineering GmbH, A: David Richter Fresenius Medical Care
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11:15
30m
Talk
The State-of-Practice in Requirements Specification: An Extended Interview Study at 12 Companies
Journal-First
A: Xavier Franch Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, A: Cristina Palomares Polytechnic University of Catalonia, A: Carme Quer Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, A: Panagiota Chatzipetrou , A: Tony Gorschek Blekinge Institute of Technology / DocEngineering
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11:45
30m
Paper
Eliciting the Double-edged Impact of Digitalisation: a Case Study in Rural AreasArtifact ReusableArtifact Available
Research Papers
A: Alessio Ferrari CNR-ISTI, A: Fabio Lepore University of Pisa, A: Livia Ortolani University of Pisa, A: Gianluca Brunori University of Pisa
Pre-print File Attached
10:45 - 12:15
AI & GPTResearch Papers / RE@Next! Papers at f142
Chair(s): Mehrdad Sabetzadeh University of Ottawa
10:45
30m
Paper
Prompting Creative Requirements via Traceable and Adversarial Examples in Deep LearningArtifact Available
Research Papers
A: Hemanth Gudaparthi Governors State University, A: Nan Niu University of Cincinnati, A: Boyang Wang University of Cincinnati, A: Tanmay Bhowmik Mississippi State University, A: Hui Liu Beijing Institute of Technology, A: Jianzhang Zhang , A: Juha Savolainen Danfoss, A: Glen Horton University of Cincinnati, A: Sean Crowe University of Cincinnati, A: Thomas Scherz University of Cincinnati, A: Lisa Haitz University of Cincinnati
11:15
30m
Paper
Zero-shot Learning for Named Entity Recognition in Software Specification DocumentsArtifact Available
Research Papers
A: Souvick Das , A: Novarun Deb Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Vadodara, A: Agostino Cortesi Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, A: Nabendu Chaki
11:45
30m
Paper
Inconsistency Detection in Natural Language Requirements using ChatGPT: a Preliminary Evaluation}
RE@Next! Papers
A: Alessandro Fantechi University of Florence, A: Stefania Gnesi Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione "Alessandro Faedo" , A: Lucia Passaro University of Pisa, A: Laura Semini Università di Pisa - Dipartimento di Informatica
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12:15 - 13:45
13:15
30m
Demonstration
History of Computer Science (at InfoLAB)
Catering

13:45 - 15:15
TraceabilityIndustrial Innovation Papers / Research Papers at b305
Chair(s): Jane Cleland-Huang University of Notre Dame
13:45
30m
Paper
All Eyes on Traceability: An Interview Study on Industry Practices and Eye Tracking PotentialArtifact Available
Research Papers
A: Maike Ahrens Leibniz Universität Hannover, A: Lukas Nagel Leibniz University Hannover
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14:15
30m
Talk
Taming Cross-Tool Traceability in the Wild
Industrial Innovation Papers
A: Cosmina-Cristina Ratiu Johannes Kepler University Linz, A: Christoph Mayr-Dorn JOHANNES KEPLER UNIVERSITY LINZ, A: Wesley Assunção North Carolina State University, A: Alexander Egyed Johannes Kepler University Linz
Pre-print Media Attached
14:45
30m
Paper
Traceability Evaluation in Requirements Engineering According to Automotive SPICE
Industrial Innovation Papers
A: Vishakha Rathod Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, A: Thomas Cebulla AUDI AG, A: Stefan Kugele Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt
13:45 - 15:15
ModelingRE@Next! Papers / Research Papers at f142
Chair(s): Gunter Mussbacher McGill University
13:45
30m
Paper
Analysis and optimisation of SPL products using goal models
Research Papers
A: Inmaculada Ayala Universidad de Málaga, A: Mercedes Amor Universidad de Málaga, A: Lidia Fuentes Universidad de Málaga, Spain
Pre-print File Attached
14:15
30m
Paper
Discovering runtime requirements from user interactions: ideas and preliminary studies
RE@Next! Papers
A: Tong Li Beijing University of Technology, A: Xinran Zhang Beijing University of Technology, A: Yiting Wang
Media Attached File Attached
14:45
30m
Paper
Visualizations for User-supported State Space Exploration of Goal Models
RE@Next! Papers
A: Yesugen Baatartogtokh Smith College, A: Irene Foster Smith College, A: Alicia M. Grubb Smith College
Pre-print
15:15 - 15:45
Coffee Break + Tools and PostersCatering at Lichthof
15:45 - 17:15
Panel: Requirements Engineering and Large Language Models: Best of Friends or Worst of Enemies?Research Papers at b305
Chair(s): Neil Ernst University of Victoria
15:45
90m
Panel
Panel: Requirements Engineering and Large Language Models: Best of Friends or Worst of Enemies?
Research Papers
M: Neil Ernst University of Victoria, P: Fatma Başak Aydemir Boğaziçi University, P: Alessio Ferrari CNR-ISTI, P: Markus Borg CodeScene, P: Henning Wachsmuth Leibniz Universität Hannover, P: Walid Maalej University of Hamburg
Pre-print
15:45 - 17:15
Experimentation & EvaluationResearch Papers / RE@Next! Papers at f128
Chair(s): Travis Breaux Carnegie Mellon University
15:45
30m
Paper
An Experiment on the Effects of using Color to Visualize Requirements Analysis TasksArtifact ReusableArtifact Available
Research Papers
A: Yesugen Baatartogtokh Smith College, A: Irene Foster Smith College, A: Alicia M. Grubb Smith College
Pre-print
16:15
30m
Paper
Can Videos be Used to Communicate Non-functional Requirements? An Early Empirical Investigation
RE@Next! Papers
A: Sylwia Kopczyńska Poznan University of Technology, A: Jianwei Shi Leibniz University Hannover
16:45
30m
Paper
A Comparative Evaluation of Requirement Template SystemsArtifact Available
Research Papers
A: Katharina Großer University of Koblenz, A: Marina Rukavitsyna University of Koblenz, A: Jan Jürjens University of Koblenz-Landau
DOI Pre-print File Attached
18:00 - 19:15
Drinks at the terrasse of Neues RathausCatering
18:15 - 19:15
Walk by the Lake (at Neues Rathaus)Catering

Fri 8 Sep

Displayed time zone: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna change

09:00 - 10:15
Keynote 3Keynotes at f102
Chair(s): Fabiano Dalpiaz Utrecht University
09:00
75m
Keynote
Keynote 3: Federica Sarro - Search-Based Software Engineering in the Era of Modern Software Systems
Keynotes
K: Federica Sarro University College London
10:15 - 10:45
Coffee Break + Tools and PostersCatering at Lichthof
10:45 - 12:15
RegulationsResearch Papers / RE@Next! Papers at b305
Chair(s): Grischa Liebel Reykjavik University
10:45
30m
Paper
A Transformer-based Approach for Abstractive Summarization of Requirements from Obligations in Software Engineering ContractsArtifact Available
Research Papers
A: Chirag Jain TCS Research, A: Preethu Rose Anish TCS Research, A: Amrita Singh TCS Research, A: Smita Ghaisas TCS Research
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11:15
30m
Paper
ML-based Compliance Verification of Data Processing Agreements against GDPR
Research Papers
A: Orlando Amaral University of Luxembourg, A: Sallam Abualhaija University of Luxembourg, A: Lionel Briand University of Ottawa, Canada; Lero centre, University of Limerick, Ireland
Pre-print File Attached
11:45
30m
Paper
Towards Legal Contract Formalization with Controlled Natural Language Templates
RE@Next! Papers
A: Regan Meloche University of Ottawa, A: Daniel Amyot University of Ottawa, A: John Mylopoulos University of Ottawa
Pre-print
10:45 - 12:15
DataResearch Papers / Industrial Innovation Papers at f128
Chair(s): Sylwia Kopczyńska Poznan University of Technology
10:45
30m
Paper
A Data-Driven Approach for Finding Requirements Relevant Feedback from TikTok and YouTube
Research Papers
A: Manish Sihag University of Victoria, A: Ze Shi Li University of Victoria, A: Amanda Dash University of Victoria, A: Nowshin Nawar Arony University of Victoria, A: Kezia Devathasan University of Victoria, A: Neil Ernst University of Victoria, A: Alexandra Albu University of Victoria, A: Daniela Damian University of Victoria
11:15
30m
Paper
Synthesized data quality requirements and roadmap for improving reusability of in-situ marine data
Research Papers
A: Ngoc-Thanh Nguyen Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, A: Keila Lima Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, A: Astrid Marie Skalvik University of Bergen, Norway, A: Rogardt Heldal , A: Eric Knauss Chalmers | University of Gothenburg, A: Tosin Daniel Oyetoyan , A: Patrizio Pelliccione Gran Sasso Science Institute, L'Aquila, Italy, A: Camilla Sætre University of Bergen
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11:45
30m
Paper
Shaping a GAIA-X Data Ecosystem through Innovation Modeling
Industrial Innovation Papers
A: Ali Shakeri German Aerospace Center (DLR), A: Oliver Klemp German Aerospace Center (DLR), A: Bernd Westphal German Aerospace Center (DLR)
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10:45 - 12:15
NL ProcessingJournal-First / Industrial Innovation Papers at f142
Chair(s): Chetan Arora Monash University
10:45
30m
Paper
RClassify: Combining NLP and ML to Classify Rules from Requirements Specifications Documents
Industrial Innovation Papers
A: Asha Rajbhoj TCS Research, A: Padmalata Nistala , A: Ajim Pathan TCS Research, A: Piyush Kulkarni TCS Research, A: Vinay Kulkarni Tata Consultancy Services Research
11:15
30m
Paper
Requirements Classification for Smart Allocation: A Case Study in the Railway Industry
Industrial Innovation Papers
A: Sarmad Bashir RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, A: Muhammad Abbas RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB, A: Alessio Ferrari CNR-ISTI, A: Mehrdad Saadatmand RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, A: Pernilla Lindberg Alstom
DOI Pre-print
11:45
30m
Talk
Enhanced Abbreviation-Expansion Pair Detection for Glossary Term Extraction
Journal-First
A: Hussein Hasso Fraunhofer FKIE, A: Katharina Großer University of Koblenz, A: Iliass Aymaz Fraunhofer FKIE, A: Hanna Geppert Fraunhofer FKIE, A: Jan Jürjens University of Koblenz-Landau
Link to publication DOI Pre-print File Attached
12:15 - 13:45
13:15
30m
Demonstration
History of Computer Science (at InfoLAB)
Catering

13:45 - 14:45
Most Influential PaperResearch Papers at b305
Chair(s): Daniel Amyot University of Ottawa
13:45
60m
Talk
User feedback in the AppStore: An empirical study
Research Papers
A: Dennis Pagano CQSE, A: Walid Maalej University of Hamburg
DOI Pre-print
14:45 - 15:30
Conference ClosingKeynotes at b305
14:45
45m
Talk
Conference Closing + RE Cares + Announcement for RE'24
Keynotes

Accepted Papers

Title
A Comparative Evaluation of Requirement Template SystemsArtifact Available
Research Papers
DOI Pre-print File Attached
A Data-Driven Approach for Finding Requirements Relevant Feedback from TikTok and YouTube
Research Papers
All Eyes on Traceability: An Interview Study on Industry Practices and Eye Tracking PotentialArtifact Available
Research Papers
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Analysis and optimisation of SPL products using goal models
Research Papers
Pre-print File Attached
An Experiment on the Effects of using Color to Visualize Requirements Analysis TasksArtifact ReusableArtifact Available
Research Papers
Pre-print
A Requirements-Driven Platform for Validating Field Operations of Small Uncrewed Aerial VehiclesArtifact Available
Research Papers
Pre-print Media Attached File Attached
A Transformer-based Approach for Abstractive Summarization of Requirements from Obligations in Software Engineering ContractsArtifact Available
Research Papers
File Attached
Eliciting the Double-edged Impact of Digitalisation: a Case Study in Rural AreasArtifact ReusableArtifact Available
Research Papers
Pre-print File Attached
ML-based Compliance Verification of Data Processing Agreements against GDPR
Research Papers
Pre-print File Attached
Mobile Application Privacy Risk Assessments from User-authored ScenariosArtifact Available
Research Papers
Pre-print
Prompting Creative Requirements via Traceable and Adversarial Examples in Deep LearningArtifact Available
Research Papers
Quantifying Requirements Technical Debt: A Systematic Mapping Study and a Conceptual Model
Research Papers
Pre-print Media Attached File Attached
Synthesized data quality requirements and roadmap for improving reusability of in-situ marine data
Research Papers
File Attached
User Driven Functionality Deletion for Mobile Apps
Research Papers
Zero-shot Learning for Named Entity Recognition in Software Specification DocumentsArtifact Available
Research Papers

Call for Papers

RE’23 welcomes original papers focusing on the traditional RE topics; however, this year’s edition would like to also invite submissions on the theme: “Redefining RE: Challenging RE Perceptions, Boundaries, and Topics”. With this theme, the RE’23 organizers ask the RE community to challenge their notion of what is and is not included as part of requirements engineering, and how these boundaries affect successful buy-in and application of RE research in industry. With this theme, we encourage submissions to:

  • Challenge the boundaries of requirements engineering: given the changing landscape and paradigms of software and system developing, including the pervasiveness of agile methods and the rise in AI and machine learning, as well as cyber-physical and embedded systems, what sorts of problems and topics will be in the scope of RE in the years to come? What topics are out of scope? How do we maintain our identity as a community and continue to utilize our expertise while adapting to new needs and ways of working?
  • Propose new theories, topics and methods, or a revision of existing RE topics: these may be needed to address the changing landscape of software and systems development. This may include new or revised theories, novel topics, new collaborations, increased transdisciplinarity, new tactics or topics for education and for revising the industrial perception of requirements engineering.

Suggested Paper Topics

Although we are interested in discussing and revising the boundaries of RE, the RE conference typically welcomes papers which focus on the following topics. This list is not intended to be complete, but to give potential authors guidance on whether the RE’23 is a good fit for their paper topic. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Requirements Elicitation and Prioritization
  • Requirements Analysis and Specification
  • Requirements Verification and Validation
  • Requirements Management
  • Pragmatic Requirements Engineering
  • Theoretical Requirements Foundations
  • Large-scale Requirements Engineering
  • Agile Requirements Engineering
  • Requirements Engineering and Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery/DevOps
  • Requirements, Configuration, Variability and Product Lines
  • Requirements and Adaptive Systems
  • Requirements Traceability and Dependencies
  • Requirements Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Requirements in Open-Source Software Projects
  • Requirements and Issue Tracking
  • Requirements and Architecture
  • Quality Engineering
  • Product Management and Release Planning
  • Global Requirements Engineering
  • Online Feedback and User Review Analysis
  • Domain-specific Requirements Engineering
  • Requirements Engineering for Societal Challenges
  • Requirements Engineering for Artificial Intelligence
  • Requirements in System Engineering/System Science
  • Requirements Engineering Education and Training
  • Empirical Studies, Measurements and Prediction

Categories for Research Papers

The RE’23 Research Track invites original submissions of research papers in three categories: Technical Solution, Scientific Evaluation, and Perspective.

  • Technical Solution papers present solutions for requirements-related problems that are novel or significantly improve on existing solutions. This includes new algorithms or theory, novel tools, modeling languages, infrastructures, or other technologies. All requirements-related activities, such as elicitation, prioritization, or analysis are in scope. These papers are mainly evaluated with regard to problem significance, novelty in comparison with existing work, clarity of presentation, technical soundness, and evidence for its benefits.
  • Scientific Evaluation papers evaluate existing problem situations or real-world artifacts, or they validate or refute proposed solutions by scientific means. This includes experiments, case studies, and surveys reporting qualitative and quantitative data and findings. The papers are mainly evaluated with regard to the soundness of research questions and appropriateness and correctness of study design, data analysis, and threats to validity. Replications are welcome. Lessons learned can be particularly important to complement other empirical results.
  • Perspective papers explore the history, successes, and challenges of requirements related practices and research agendas, and outline research roadmaps for the future. Literature reviews are also included in this category and must distill novel knowledge, present new insights, and not be a mere compilation. These papers are evaluated based on the insights they offer to the reader and the corresponding arguments, and on their potential to shape future research.

Prospective authors who are unsure about relevance are welcome to contact the PC chairs for a preliminary assessment of the scope.

Review Criteria

Papers submitted to the RE’23 Research Track will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Soundness: The extent to which the paper’s contributions and/or innovations address its research questions and are supported by rigorous application of appropriate research methods.
  • Significance: The extent to which the paper’s contributions can impact the field of requirements engineering, and under which assumptions (if any).
  • Novelty: The extent to which the paper's contributions are sufficiently original with respect to the state-of-the-art. Note that Scientific evaluation papers do not have to introduce a novel solution.
  • Related Work: The extent to which the paper's contributions are appropriately compared to related work.
  • Verifiability and Transparency: The extent to which the paper includes sufficient information to understand how an innovation works; to understand how data was obtained, analyzed, and interpreted; and how the paper supports independent verification or replication of the paper’s claimed contributions. Note that perspective papers do not always require full verifiability and transparency.
  • Presentation: The extent to which the paper’s quality of writing meets the high standards of the RE conference series, including clear descriptions, as well as adequate use of the English language, absence of major ambiguity, clearly readable figures and tables, and adherence to the provided formatting instructions. The RE 2023 Research Track follows a double-blind review process.

Reviewers will carefully consider all of these criteria during the review process, and authors should take great care in clearly addressing them. The authors should clearly explain the claimed contributions, and how they are sound, significant, novel, and verifiable, as described above.

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Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format via the RE’23 EasyChair system. Select the RE’23 Research Track for your submission.

In order to guide the reviewing process, all authors who intend to submit a paper must first submit the title and abstract. Abstracts should describe explicit coverage of context, objectives, methods, and results and conclusions, and should not exceed 200 words.

Papers must not exceed 10 pages for the main body and up to 2 additional pages for the references. Submissions must be written in English and formatted according to the IEEE formatting instructions. Submissions must be double-blinded in conformance with the instructions below.

Please note: Papers that exceed the length specification, are not formatted correctly, or are not properly double-blinded will be desk-rejected without review. Only full paper submissions will be peer-reviewed. Abstract-only submissions will be discarded without further notice after the submission deadline. Accepted papers may require editing for clarity prior to publication and presentation. They will appear in the IEEE Digital Library.

  Submission Instructions in a Nutshell  

Submit your paper with a maximum of 10 pages (main body) + 2 pages (references)

Abstract up to 200 words

Submissions MUST be DOUBLE-blind,

Submissions must be English, in IEEE format

Submit via RE'23 EasyChair (RE’23 Research Track)

Instructions for the Double-Blind Review Process

The RE’23 Research track will use a double-blind reviewing process. The goal of double-blind reviewing is to ensure that the reviewers can read and review your paper without having to know who any of the authors are, and hence avoid related bias. Of course, authors are allowed and encouraged to submit papers that build on their previously published work.

In order to prepare your submission for double-blind reviewing, please follow the instructions given below.

  1. Omit all names and affiliations of authors from the title page, but keep sufficient space to re-introduce them in the final version should the paper be accepted.
  2. Do not include any acknowledgements that might disclose your identity. Leave space in your submission to add such acknowledgements when the paper has been accepted.
  3. Refer to your own work in the third person, as you would normally do with the work of others. You should not change the names of your own tools, approaches, or systems, since this would clearly compromise the review process; it would also violate the constraint that “no change is made to any technical details of the work”. Instead, refer to the authorship or provenance of tools, approaches, or systems in the third person, so that it is credible that another author could have written your paper. In particular, never blind references.
  4. When providing supplementary material (e.g., tools, data repositories, source code, study protocols), do this via a website that does not disclose your identity. Please refer to the Open Science Policy in the Call for Papers with guidelines on how to anonymize such content.
  5. Adhere to instruction 3 when citing previously published own work.
  6. Remove identification metadata from the PDF file before submission (in Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can check their presence with File Properties, or Ctrl-D).
  7. Important Policy Announcements

    Papers submitted to RE’23 must be original. They will be reviewed under the assumption that they do not contain plagiarized material and have not been published nor submitted for review elsewhere while under consideration for RE’23.

    RE’23 follows the IEEE policies for cases of double submission and plagiarism

The format of your paper must strictly adhere to the IEEEtran Proceedings Format.

LaTeX users: please use the LaTeX class file IEEEtran v1.8 and the following configuration (without option ‘compsoc’ or ‘compsocconf’):

\documentclass[conference]{IEEEtran}


Word users: please use this Word template (official IEEE Templates page for more information).

Please make sure that your submission

  • does not exceed the respective page limit specified in the track call
  • is in PDF format,
  • is in letter page size,
  • does not have page numbers,
  • has all fonts embedded in the PDF file,
  • uses only scalable font types (like Type 1, TrueType) --- bit-mapped font types (like Type 3) are not acceptable,
  • has all figures embedded in vector graphics (if not possible, use a high-resolution bitmap format of at least 300 dpi; do not use JPG, but a lossless format like PNG or GIF),
  • has all text in figures and tables large enough and readable when printed,
  • has a caption for every figure or table,
  • has the title and all headings properly capitalized
  • has no orphans and widows (cf. Section Help), and
  • does not use footnote references in the abstract.

Empirical Studies and Sharing of Data

I am doing research with industry. What if I cannot share data from my research? We absolutely welcome research with industry, as it often conveys important lessons about requirements engineering in practice – and we perfectly understand that industry data may be subject to confidentiality issues or legal requirements. If you cannot share data, please state the reason in the submission form and the paper; a typical wording would be “The raw data obtained in this study cannot be shared because of confidentiality agreements”. Having said that, even sharing a subset of your data (for instance, the data used for figures and tables in the paper, an anonymized subset, or one that aggregates over the entire dataset), analysis procedures, or scripts, would be useful.

I am doing user studies. What if I cannot share data from my empirical study? We absolutely welcome user studies! However, we also perfectly understand that sharing raw data can be subject to constraints such as privacy issues. If you cannot share data, please state the reason in the submission form and the paper; a typical wording would be “The raw data obtained in this study cannot be shared because of privacy issues”. Having said that, even sharing a subset of your data (for instance, the data used for figures and tables in the paper, an anonymized subset, or one that aggregates over the entire dataset), analysis procedures, or scripts, would be useful.

I am doing qualitative research. What information should I include to help reviewers assess my research results and the readers use my results? Best practices for addressing the reliability and credibility of qualitative research suggest providing detailed arguments and rationale for qualitative approaches, procedures, and analyses. Therefore, authors are advised to provide as much transparency as possible into these details of their study. For example, clearly explain details and decisions such as 1) context of study, 2) the participant-selection process and the theoretical basis for selecting those participants, 3) collection of data or evidence from participants, and 4) data analysis methods, e.g., justify their choice theoretically and how they relate to the original research questions, and make explicit how the themes and concepts were identified from the data. Further, provide sufficient detail to bridge the gap between the interpretation of findings presented and the collected evidence by, for example, numbering quotations and labeling sources. Similar to replicability in quantitative research, transparency aims to ensure a study’s methods are available for inspection and interpretation. However, replicability or repeatability is not the goal, as qualitative methods are inherently interpretive and emphasize context. As a consequence, reporting qualitative research might require more space in the paper; authors should consider providing enough evidence for their claims while being mindful with the use of space.

Finally, when qualitative data is counted and used for quantitative methods, authors should report the technique and results in assessing rigour in data analysis procedures, such as inter-reliability tests or triangulation over different data sources or methods, and justify how they achieved rigour if no such methods were used.

I can make my data set / my tool available, but it may reveal my identity. What should I do? See this question under “double-anonymous submissions”, below.

Double-Blind Submissions

I previously published an earlier version of this work in a venue that doesn’t have double-anonymous. What should I do about acknowledging that previous work? If the work you are submitting for review has previously been published in a peer-reviewed venue or in a non-peer-reviewed venue (e.g., arXiv.org, or a departmental technical report), then it should be cited but in the third person so that it is not revealed that the cited work and the submitted paper share one or more authors.

Our submission makes use of work from a PhD or master’s thesis, dissertation, or report which has been published. Citing the dissertation might compromise anonymity. What should we do? It is perfectly OK to publish work arising from a PhD or master’s degree, and there is no need to cite it in a submission to the RE Research Track because prior dissertation publication does not compromise novelty. In the final post-review, camera-ready version of the paper, please do cite the dissertation to acknowledge its contribution, but in any submission to the RE Research Track, please refrain from citing the dissertation to increase anonymity.

You need not worry whether or not the dissertation has appeared. Your job is to ensure that your submission is readable and reviewable, without the reviewers needing to know the identities of the submission’s authors. You do not need to make it impossible for the reviewers to discover the authors’ identities. The referees will be trying hard not to discover the authors’ identity, so they will likely not be searching the web to check whether there is a dissertation related to this work.

What if we want to cite some unpublished work of our own (as motivation for example)? If the unpublished paper is an earlier version of the paper you want to submit to the RE Research Track and is currently under review, then you have to wait until your earlier version is through its review process before you can build on it with further submissions (this would be considered double-submission and violates plagiarism policies and procedures). Otherwise, if the unpublished work is not an earlier version of the proposed submission, then you should simply make it available on a website, for example, and cite it in the third person to preserve anonymity, as you are doing with other work.

Can I disseminate a non-anonymized version of my submitted work by discussing it with colleagues, giving talks, publishing it at ArXiV, etc.? You can discuss and present your work that is under submission at small meetings (e.g., job talks, visits to research labs, a Dagstuhl or Shonan meeting), but you should avoid broadly advertising it in a way that reaches the reviewers even if they are not searching for it. Therefore, the title of your submission must be different from preprints on ArXiV or similar sites. During review, you must not publicly use the submission title. Under these conditions, you are allowed to put your submission on your home page and present your work at small professional meetings.

What if we want to make available a tool, a data set, or some other resource, but it may reveal my identity? Please refer to the Open Science Policy of ICSE’23 for guidelines on how to anonymize such content. If that is impossible, place a warning next to the link that this may reveal your identity.