6th International Workshop on Requirements Engineering for Sustainable Systems (RE4SuSy)

Monday, Sept 4th, 2017 in Lisboa, Portugal, at RE'17, Submission: June 9 15, Contact

Proceedings: online

Workshop Program:

  • 9.00 - 9.25: Food Security Goal Analysis using Multi-Objective Reasoning: Treated Sewage Water Case Study
  • 9.25 - 9.45: Towards Sustainable Requirements Elicitation from a Values Capability Perspective: A Pervasive Health Monitoring Case Study
  • 9.45 - 10.05: Trust as a Sustainability Requirement
  • 10.05 - 10.30: Mind the Chasm: A FishEye Lens View of Sustainable Software Engineering
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
  • 11.00 - 11.25: Applying Tropos4AS to Water Security Domain: Recycled Water System Case Study
  • 11.25 - 11.50: Sustainability Quantification in Requirements Informing Design
  • 11.50 - 12.30: Fishbowl Panel on "What is sustainability requirement to me and why." (all participants will contribute to the panel discussion)
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break
  • 14.00 - 15.00: Pair work on Sustainability Requirements election form case studies (all participants will work in pairs or small groups)
  • 15.00 - 15.30: Pair Group Review (groups will review each other's work)
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Case Study Refinement in groups (groups work on feedback from peer reviews)
  • 16.30- 17.30: Result Consolidation (integrate results from all groups)
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. Yet, so far, the the series has not made any effort in converging the RE for sustainability community towards a common set of fundamentals. This edition of the RE4SuSy workshop will initiate the first convergence discussion to elicit what characteristics a requirement should process, 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.

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 soft- ware, 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 jumpstart 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. For the last few years, researchers have been exploring the notion of "sustainability requirements", and how to support the elicitation, documentation, and conflict resolution of such requirements. Yet, there still is no common understanding as to what makes a requirement into a "sustainability requirement". Some, for instance, insist that only requirements that support environmental needs are "sustainability requirements", others consider sustainability to be inclusive of social, individual, economic, and technical domains as well. So how then does a requirement becomes a "sustainability requirement"? One of the key tasks of this edition of the worksop is to elicit a common ground amongst the workshop participants in answering this question.

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:

  • fundamental concept submission up to 2 pages, defining the concept and explaining why it is fundamental for RE for sustainability. These will be used to map out the set of key notions and start discussion on converging towards common grounds around these fundamental concepts;
  • user studies/experiments for the duration of an hour with a maximum description of 6 pages. One or two studies will be selected to run as working sessions at the workshop. We encourage submissions related to the fundamental notions in RE 4 Sustainability;
  • case study reports on RE 4 Sustainability, 6 - to 10 pages long;
  • open collaboration papers (long or short) (new submission format). Here, author(s) can solicit for open collaboration on a paper. The solicitation starts at least two months before submission deadline, via a form 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.
  • 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,
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'17 formatting.

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.
  • Submission Deadline: June 9 15, submission via easychair
  • Decisions to authors: June 30July 9
  • Camera Ready due: July 16
  • Registration of at least one author until: July 16
  • 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
  • Patricia Lago, Vrije Universiteit 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 Huddersfield, UK
  • Stefanie Betz, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Joao Fernandes Universidade de Coimbra
  • Timo Johann, University of Hamburg, Germany
  • Maria Spichkova, RMIT University, Australia
  • Jean-Christophe Deprez, CETIC, Belgium
  • Maria Angela Ferrario, Lancaster University, UK

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