Call for Workshops

We invite proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with the 25th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE'17) that will take place in Lisbon, Portugal during September 4-8.

RE'17 workshops will facilitate the exchange of new ideas in all areas related to requirements engineering research and practice. A variety of formats can be considered, ranging from traditional research paper presentations to extremely interactive and participatory sessions. We particularly invite proposals that cover controversial viewpoints, emerging technology drivers or transformative ideas aimed at changing basic assumptions about requirements engineering, where a focused dialogue among participants may lead to interesting follow-on research, empirical investigations or industrial practice improvement. We encourage proposals that reflect the theme of RE'17: "Desperately Seeking Less": The Role of Simplicity and Complementarity in Requirements.

RE workshop organizers are responsible for establishing a program committee, collecting and evaluating submissions, notifying authors of acceptance or rejection in due time, and ensuring a transparent and fair selection process, organizing selected papers into sessions, and assigning session chairs. An RE workshop is either a full day or a two-day event, and takes place on September 4 (Monday) and September 5 (Tuesday), the first two days of RE'17.

Key Dates

Proposal Submission Monday, January 30
Proposal Notification Tuesday, February 21
Paper Submission Friday, June 09
Paper Notification Friday, June 30
Camera Ready Due Sunday, July 16
Workshops Monday-Tuesday, September 4-5

All deadlines are 23:59 Anywhere on Earth (Standard Time).

Please see the formatting and submission guidelines below when preparing a proposal.

Formatting Guidelines

Workshop proposals must not exceed four pages in length, and must be submitted electronically in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).

Proposals should contain the following six sections as titled and answer these questions clearly:

  1. Motivation and Objectives
    • 2-3 sentences with the motivation and objectives of the workshop topic. If your workshop is accepted, then this description will be used as early publicity for the workshop.
    • What is the relation between the workshop's topic and the conference's main theme?
    • A short paragraph detailing the anticipated outcomes of the workshop (e.g., open research problems to pursue, validation objectives, empirical studies etc.).
  2. Format and Services
    • What will be the format for the workshop, e.g., paper presentations, keynotes, breakout sessions, panel-like discussions, combination thereof? There are four 1.5-hours sessions in a typical full day workshop.
    • How many days? (1 or 2)
    • What special services are needed? Standard services include a room, projector and a student volunteer to assist with the room.
  3. Target Audience
    • What type of background should the workshop attendees have?
    • What mix of industry and research participants is being sought?
    • What is the range of attendees desired for the workshop (minimum and maximum)?
    • Is the workshop open to the public or by invitation only?
  4. Proceedings
    • How many and what type of papers will be solicited (number of pages and type: extended abstracts, position and/or research papers, etc.)?
    • What type of evaluation process will be used to decide accepted papers?
    • How many people will be on the program committee? Please list names of PC members if the committee has been tentatively invited.
    • As in previous years, we are planning to publish the workshop proceedings in the IEEE Digital Library. If you wish to use a different publishing plan, then describe how you intend to disseminate workshop proceedings.
  5. Workshop History
    • Have you offered this workshop before? If so, please provide a history of the venues, dates, and approximate attendance numbers.
  6. Organizers' Bios
    • Please provide a brief 2-3- sentence biography for each of the workshop organizers that highlight their qualifications with respect to the workshop. Mention also the experience in organizing scientific events and workshops in particular.

Please submit your workshop proposal in PDF format via EasyChair. Select the RE'17 Workshop proposals track for your submission.

Evaluation Criteria

All workshop proposals will be reviewed by three members of the Workshop Selection Committee. Acceptance will be based on:

  • Evaluation of the workshop's potential to advance the state of requirements engineering research and/or practice
  • Relevance to requirements engineering and topics targeted for RE
  • Potential for attracting a sufficient number of participants
  • Organizers ability to lead a successful workshop

Workshop Registration

All participants, including workshop organizers and invited speakers, must pay registration fees for the workshop.


Any inquiries regarding workshops can be directed to the Workshops Co-Chairs:

Workshop Co-Chair

Richard Berntsson Svensson
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

Workshop Co-Chair

Gunter Mussbacher
McGill University, Canada

Workshop Selection Committee

  • Carina Alves, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Mikio Aoyama, Nanzan University, Japan
  • Nelly Bencomo, Aston University, UK
  • David Callele, Experience First Design Inc., Canada
  • Fabiano Dalpiaz, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Daniela Damian, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Xavier Franch, Universitat Polit├Ęcnica de Catalunya, Spain
  • Eric Knauss, Chalmers | University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Lin Liu, Tsinghua University, China
  • Walid Maalej, Universit├Ąt of Hamburg, Germany
  • Nan Niu, University of Cincinnati, USA
  • Liliana Pasquale, Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, Irelands
  • Birgit Penzenstadler, University of California, USA
  • Motoshi Saeki, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Krzystof Wnuk, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Yijun Yu, The Open University, UK
  • Haiyan Zhao, Peking University, China