7th International Workshop on Requirements Engineering for Sustainable Systems (RE4SuSy)

Monday, August 20th, 2018 in Banff, Canada, at RE'18, Submission: June 19 (extended), Contact

Proceedings with CEUR-WS are out.

The RE4SuSy workshop series has established a strong and growing research community around the different aspects of sustainability and how to support them in requirements engineering. Since requirements define how and what a software will do, we maintain that requirements engineering is the key point in software engineering through which sustainability can be fostered. Thus, the RE4SuSy workshop series is concerned with research on techniques, tools, and processes for sustainability through requirements engineering. Last year the workshop initiated an effort to start converging the RE for sustainability community to a common set of fundamentals. This edition of the RE4SuSy workshop will build on the the initial convergence effort, helping to clarify what characteristics a requirement should posses, or what constraints should it meet in order to be called a ``sustainability requirement''. RE4SuSy is an interactive workshop: the contributors and prospective participants will engage well before the workshop date through on-line collaborative writing, discussion, and peer feedback. The workshop aims to foster community growth by supporting new collaborations, holding preliminary case studies, discussions, and birds-of-a-feather group work.

Accepted Papers and program
  • Welcome and intro 9:00-9:15
  • Session 1
    • 9:15-9:35: "If you bill it, they will pay: Energy consumption in the cloud will be irrelevant until directly billed for" by Abram Hindle slides
    • 9:35-9:55: "Towards Tool-support for Sustainability Profiling" by Ahmed Alharthi, Maria Spichkova and Margaret Hamilton slides
    • 9:55-10:30: Working session and discussion 'Energy profiling and behavior change'
  • Coffee break 10:30-11:00
  • Session 2
    • 11:00-11:20: "Karlskrona Manifesto: Software Requirement Engineering Good Practices" by Shola Oyedeji and Birgit Penzenstadler slides
    • 11:20-12:30: Working session 'Application of the Karlskrona Manifesto'
  • Lunch break 12:30-14:00
  • Session 3
    • 14:00-14:20: "Public Policy Challenges: An RE Perspective" by David Callele, Birgit Penzenstadler and Krzysztof Wnuk slides
    • 14:20-15:30: Working session and discussion 'Policy Challenges and Sustainability'
  • Coffee break 15:30-16:00
  • Session 4
    • 16:00-16:20: "An Exploration of Sustainability Thinking in Research Software Engineering" by Timo Kehrer and Birgit Penzenstadler slides
    • 16:20-17:10: Working session and discussion 'Sustainability Modeling and Research Software'
    • 17:10-17:30: Next steps
Motivation Software is a main driver for change in business and society, in changing life styles as well as business practices. Since requirements are the starting point for defining software, requirements engineering is the key point in software engineering through which sustainability can be fostered. This workshop aims to provide an interactive stage for researchers and practitioners to share and exchange their latest work, to collaboratively work on expanding the body of knowledge in RE for sustainable systems, and to jump start new collaborations through the live creation of teams that commit to work together on concrete topics and in-workshop case studies and experiments. In addition, this year we will start on the work of consensus building around the key notions of RE for sustainability . Last year we initiated a discussion and arrived to a set of characteristics of a sustainability requirement. The focus of this year's workshop will be to continue this discussion in order to integrate and converge to a common notion of sustainability requirement.

Objective The objective of the workshop is to establish a community of researchers and practitioners interested in collaborating on the topic of sustainability in requirements engineering. This community will expand and build on the work already initiated in the past editions of this workshop, such as the research agendas and the the Karlskrona Manifesto on Sustainability Design. The workshop also aims to establish a common ground on the key topics of RE for Sustainability. These objective shall be supported in the workshop through the following actions:

  • Call for submission of key topics and definitions for Requirements Engineering in Sustainability (with the "sustainability requirement characteristics" provided as an example topic by the organisers of the workshop);
  • Working sessions to discuss the submitted topics and apply the emerging ideas to a demonstrator case study;
  • Provision of a platform for researchers and practitioners to present their current work and trigger discussion;
  • Continued collaboration on the previously initiated topics (e.g., Karlskrona Manifesto on Sustainability Design);
  • Support for group work and discussion on newly favored topics;
  • Kickstart new collaborations between the workshop participants
  • Publication of a white paper on the common fundamentals of RE for Sustainability;
  • Dissemination of the workshop ideas and results at the main conference.

The workshop solicits a number of contribution types:

  • Full research papers (10 pages);
  • Work in progress papers (6 pages);
  • Experience papers (6-10 pages);
  • Positional papers: (6-8 pages);
  • Posters: with a 2-page abstract;
  • Demos: up to 5 minutes (also with 2 pages abstract);
  • Lightning talks: extended abstracts (2 pages), that if accepted can be conveyed in a 5-10 minute talk;
  • Case study reports on RE 4 Sustainability (6-10 pages);
  • Videos of up to 5 minutes (also with 2 pages abstract);
Publication again with CEUR WS proceedings, listed in all literature databases (DBLP, Google Scholar, etc.), as we want to maintain our open access policy.
We encourage the submission of new and interactive formats, which can be presented as such at the workshop, and published in the workshop proceedings with textual descriptions. Please adhere to the standard RE'18 formatting.

Important dates:

  • Submission Deadline: June 12, submission via easychair
  • Decisions to authors: July 6
  • Camera Ready due: July 20
  • Registration of at least one author until: July 17


  • Colin Venters (University of Huddersfield, UK)
  • Ruzanna Chitchyan (University of Bristol)

Program Committee
Muhammad Ali Babar
Coral Calero
Joao Fernandes
Davor Svetinovic
Patricia Lago
Christoph Becker
Chris Preist
Birgit Penzenstadler

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