Fourth International Workshop on Requirements Engineering for Sustainable Systems (RE4SuSy)

Monday, August 24th, 2015 in Ottawa, Canada at RE'15 (Aug 24th-28th), Decision to authors: July 12, Contact

Proceedings: online

Workshop Program:

Background: Supporting sustainability has recently become a much discussed research topic and the RE4SuSy workshop series has established a strong and growing research community around the different aspects of sustainability. Software is increasingly the driver for change in business and social spheres of life: it changes life styles and business practices. Since requirements define how and what the software will do, we maintain that requirements engineering is the key point in software engineering through which sustainability can be fostered. The International Workshops on Requirements Engineering for Sustainable Systems (RE4SuSy) is concerned with research on techniques, tools, and processes for sustainability through requirements engineering. RE4SuSy is an interactive workshop: the contributors and prospective participants will engage well before the workshop date through online collaborative writing, discussion, and peer feedback. The workshop aims to foster community growth by supporting new collaborations, holding preliminary case studies, discussions, and continuous birds-of-a-feather group work.
As of 2015, RE4SuSy is part of the newly formed GREENS alliance that brings together all workshops around sustainability in software engineering and aims at strengthening the community.

Objectives: 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. Presently, researchers are exploring the concept of "sustainability requirements", and how to support the elicitation, documentation, and conflict resolution of such requirements. It has been shown that requirements engineering has indeed an important role to play to ensure that future socio-technical systems are sustainable. For example, requirements can impact on the style and quality of services to be delivered, along with the hardware needed to deliver them; the scale and pattern of software and systems electricity consumption; the potential premature obsolescence of hardware, etc. Further, as ubiquitous socio- technical systems alter the way we live, the requirements of those systems have to be carefully written such that those new ways of living are more sustainable. In industry, companies not only want to be "ecologically trendy", but also become aware that sustainability requirements have strategic impacts on business organization and value creation, as with zero paper projects that revolutionize enterprise architectures, or intelligent power grids that lead to delivering innovative services. 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 jumpstart new collaborations through the live creation of teams that commit to work together on concrete topics and in-workshop case studies and experiments.

The workshop solicits a number of contribution types:

  • full papers of 10 pages,
  • short papers of 6 pages,
  • posters with a 2-page abstract,
  • videos of up to 5 minutes (also with 2 pages abstract),
  • user studies/experiments for the duration of an hour with a maximum description of 6 pages,
  • open collaboration papers (long or short) (new submission format). Here the author(s) can solicit for open collaboration on a paper. The solicitation starts at least two months before submission deadline - please send an email to Birgit and we will advertise it on the RE4SuSy webpage. The paper will be hosted and written via a collaborative edition platform (framapad, overleaf, pirate pad, etc.), see also pre-workshop activities.
  • 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'15 formatting.

Open collaboration papers:

  • Safety Engineering and Sustainability Design: Sustainability design is the approach to designing systems in a way that integrates stakeholder needs while adhering to sustainability principles. The approach is not yet fleshed out and needs systematic analysis and methods to support practitioners in their daily design work. Safety engineering has come a long way from the first identification of "there is a problem" to having establish systematic methods and techniques for the identification of safety hazards to their analysis and the design of prevention mechanisms. In this paper, we argue that there are many parallels between safety engineering and sustainability design and discuss how we can take lessons learned from the first and apply them to the latter.
    Please contact Guillermo if you want to contribute.
  • Evidencing Sustainability Design through Examples: Significant research has recently been undertaken within the Requirements Engineering community towards understanding, integrating, and evaluating sustainability concerns in software systems. However, there still is no single point of reference for either RE researchers or practitioners where the work on sustainability is gathered and exemplified. It is the aim of this paper to become such a reference point. This paper will review the current work on RE and Sustainability and gather both the set of available approaches and demonstrative examples on how each of the RE activities - from stakeholder identification to tracing requirements to designs - can be undertaken with support for sustainability. This paper intends to serve as a guide and handbook to RE researchers and practitioners who wish to carry out RE activities yet consider sustainability as a key factor.
    Please contact Ruzanna if you want to contribute.
If you are interested in contributing to one of these, please send an email to the provided contact person (document owner on the respective collaborative writing platform) to get access.

Important dates:

  • Shepherding: Four weeks before the submission deadline, authors are invited to upload the preliminary abstracts, outlines, or papers for a constructive feedback phase. Other authors and interested PC members can comment on them so the authors can improve their papers before the actual submission.
  • Submission Deadline: June 9 17, submission via easychair
  • Decisions to authors: June 30 July 12
  • Camera Ready due: July 15 31
  • Registration of at least one author until July 5 20
  • Reading: In a pre-workshop reading phase from the CR deadline until the workshop, we provide the camera-ready version papers in a protected download area for authors and PC members. That way participants are already engaging with the contents before the actual workshop and discussion is facilitated.


Program Committee:
  • Davor Svetinovic, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates
  • Leticia Duboc, State Univ. of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Patricia Lago, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Coral Calero, Universidad Castilla La Mancha, Spain
  • Norbert Seyff, University of Zürich, Switzerland
  • Sedef Akinli Kocak, Ryerson University, Canada
  • Christoph Becker, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Colin Venters, University of Leeds, UK
  • Stefanie Betz, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Ana Moreira, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Timo Johann, University of Hamburg, Germany
  • Maria Spichkova, RMIT University, Australia
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