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UsARE 2014 : Second International Workshop on Usability and Accessibility focused Requirements Engineering


When Aug 25, 2014 - Aug 25, 2014
Where Karlskrona, Sweden
Submission Deadline Jun 6, 2014
Notification Due Jun 23, 2014
Final Version Due Jul 4, 2014
Categories    HCI   requirements engineering   usability   software engineering

Call For Papers

The IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference is the premier international forum for researchers, industrial practitioners, educators, and students to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences, results and challenges in the field of requirements engineering (RE). The UsARE workshop focuses on RE and HCI and provides a platform for discussing issues that are relevant for both fields. The first workshop (UsARE 2012) was held on June 04, 2012 in conjunction with ICSE 2012 at Zurich, Switzerland. This year, UsARE 2014 will be held in conjunction with the 22nd IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE 2014) at Karlskrona, Sweden on August 25, 2014.

Usability and accessibility issues are common causes for software failing to meet user requirements. However, requirements engineers often focus on functional requirements and may not fully elicit usability and accessibility requirements. This high risk practice can lead to project and software failure and it is well known that improving the usability and accessibility requirements during development is relatively costly and time consuming. Targeting these concerns, the workshop addresses the integration of system usability and accessibility requirements into the requirements engineering process and processes for managing and controlling the evaluation of these requirements in a systematic way.

The UsARE 2014 workshop strongly encourages submissions that focus on mobile and distributed app and service development, but submissions on other relevant topics are also welcome.

The workshop is dedicated to observations, concepts, approaches, frameworks and practice that promote understanding, facilitating, and increasing the awareness of the role of system usability and accessibility requirements and their proper integration into the requirement engineering process.

Topics of interest for paper submissions include, but are not limited to methodologies, framework, concepts, and tool support for:

• User-centered requirements engineering
• Elicitation, representation, and negotiation of usability and accessibility requirements
• Evaluation of usability and accessibility requirements
• Impacts of RE and usability/accessibility considerations on software design and development processes and products
• Usability and accessibility requirements management
• RE at run-time for usable and accessible, adaptable and adaptive systems.
• Usability and accessibility requirements for mobile and distributed apps and services

Papers are solicited in the following categories:

• Research papers (technical solutions and empirical studies)
• Practice papers (experience reports and problem statements)
• Tool demonstration papers
• Case studies and best practices

Full papers (up to 8 pages) and short/position/vision papers (up to 4 pages) are accepted.

Submissions must be written in English and conform to the IEEE formatting instructions (using the RE’14 submission template). Submission must be in PDF format and submitted electronically via EasyChair.

All papers submitted to the workshop must be unpublished original work and must not have been submitted elsewhere for publication. The selection of papers will be based on workshop relevance, academic rigor, innovation, industrial applicability, quality of writing and for their ability to trigger discussions.

*** Accepted papers will be included in the UsARE 2014 Proceedings published by IEEE and will be available online in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Note: At least one of the authors of each accepted paper is required to register for the workshop and at least one day of the RE 2014 conference.

Submission deadline: Friday, June 06, 2014
Notification of acceptance: Monday, June 23, 2014
Camera-ready submission: Friday, July 04, 2014
Workshop: Monday, August 25, 2014

Note that all submission deadlines are firm. All submission deadlines are 23:59 Baker Island Time.

Shah Rukh Humayoun, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
Norbert Seyff, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Nauman A. Qureshi, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan
Anna Perini, FBK, ICT-irst, Italy
Achim Ebert, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
David Callele, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Simone DJ Barbosa, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Margherita Antona , Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), Greece
Tayana Conte, UFAM, Brazil
Yael Dubinsky, IBM Research - Haifa, Israel
Silvia Gabrielli, CREATE-NET, Italy
Steffen Hess, Fraunhofer IESE, Germany
Ivan Jureta, University of Namur, Belgium
Stephen Kimani, JKUAT, Kenya
Sotirios Liaskos, York University, Canada
Sabrina Marczak, PUCRS, Brazil
Luisa Mich, University of Trento, Italy
Henry Muccini, University of L'Aquila, Italy
Barbara Paech, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Pete Sawyer, Lancaster University, UK
Angelo Susi, Fondazione Bruno Kessler – IRST, Italy
Ragaad Al Tarawneh, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
Giuliana Vitiello, University of Salerno, Italy
Diana Yifan Xu, University of Central Lancashire, UK

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