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RET 2015 : 2nd International Workshop on Requirements Engineering and Testing


When May 18, 2015 - May 18, 2015
Where Florence, Italy
Submission Deadline Jan 23, 2015
Notification Due Feb 18, 2015
Final Version Due Feb 27, 2015
Categories    software engineering   requirements   testing

Call For Papers

The objective of the RET workshop is to explore the interaction of Requirements
Engineering (RE) and Testing, in research and industry, and the challenges that
result from this interaction. While much research has been conducted in the
respective fields of requirements engineering and testing, much more can be done
to understand the connection between RE and testing activities.
RET provides a forum for exchanging ideas and best practices for aligning RE and
testing, and helps foster industry-academia collaboration on this topic.
Accordingly, we aim to invite an industry keynote. The workshop encourages
participant interaction through panel discussions of presented papers, and by
an interactive session during which the participants, basing on the topics worked
out in RET’14 together define a roadmap for research in the area of RET.
Submissions should either discuss challenges involved in RET alignment, or
propose approaches on how to best align RET. This can include processes, practices,
artifacts, methods, techniques, tools and softer aspects like the communication
between roles in the development lifecycle. Submissions can vary from short
position papers outlining observed problems, to full technical papers employing
case studies, experiments, experience reports, etc. We particularly encourage
submissions from industrial practitioners or those working with industrial partners.

RET’15 solicits papers on the connections between Requirements Engineering (RE) and
Testing. Papers are expected to discuss both RE and Testing aspects, as well as the
interaction between them. The list of suggested topics is based on the mapping
exercise conducted during RET’14:

- Processes and practices for supporting RET alignment
- Requirements-based testing processes and techniques, e.g. optimizing testing
according to req. prioritization
- Testability of requirements, impact of requirements quality to test quality
- Model-based testing, test-driven and behavior-driven development
- Traceability between requirements and tests, also including requirements
evolution and regression testing
- Metrics for assessing and monitoring RET alignment
- Context-specific RET alignment, e.g. for OSS develop¬ment, continuous
deployment, safety-critical systems
- RET at different phases of the development lifecycle
- Scalability of RET alignment, RET for big data
- RET alignment for non-functional and quality requirements
- Organizational aspects of RET alignment, including training and education
- Automation techniques to support RET (e.g. based on machine learning,
information retrieval)
- Collaboration and communication between requirements engineers and testers
- "Good enough" RET alignment, balancing effort and return of investment
- Empirical research on RET alignment
- Tools supporting RET alignment, e.g. management, visualization, monitoring

We invite submission of papers of the following types:

- Technical Papers (max. 7 pages): Full papers presenting research results or
industrial practices related to the coordination of Requirements Engineering and Testing.
- Position papers (2 to 4 pages): Short papers introducing challenges, visions,
positions or preliminary results within the scope of the workshop. Experience reports
and papers on open challenges in industry are especially welcome.

Technical papers will be evaluated with respect to the research contribution of the
work, with preference being given to work that significantly relates requirements
engineering and testing. Position papers are short papers that present early
results and outline challenges and positions related to the relationship between RE
and testing, and will be evaluated according to their ability to generate discussion
and suggest interesting areas for future research. Work related to industrial
problems or motivated from an industrial context is especially welcome.

Submissions will be handled via EasyChair at
Papers must be written in English and conform to the ICSE 2015 IEEE format and
submission guidelines. For details see the submission site. All papers will undergo
a rigorous review by at least three members of the program committee. Accepted papers
will be published in the online ICSE workshop proceedings (IEEE).

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