Call for Proposals


We invite proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with the 26th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE’18) that will take place in Banff, Alberta, Canada during August 20-24, 2018.

RE’18 workshops will facilitate the exchange of new ideas in all areas related to requirements engineering research and practice. A variety of formats can be considered, ranging from traditional research paper presentations to extremely interactive and participatory sessions. We particularly invite proposals that cover controversial viewpoints, emerging technology drivers or transformative ideas aimed at changing basic assumptions about requirements engineering, where a focused dialogue among participants may lead to interesting follow-on research, empirical investigations or industrial practice improvement. We encourage proposals that reflect the theme of RE 2018: “Crossing Boundaries and Increasing Impact”.

RE workshop organizers are responsible for establishing a program committee (please consider diversity and geographic coverage), collecting and evaluating submissions, notifying authors of acceptance or rejection in due time, and ensuring a transparent and fair selection process, organizing selected papers into sessions, and assigning session chairs. An RE workshop is either a full day or a two-day event, and takes place on August 20, 2018 (Monday) and August 21, 2018 (Tuesday), the first two days of RE’18.

Please see the formatting and submission guidelines below when preparing a proposal.


Formatting Guidelines

Workshop proposals must not exceed four pages in length, and must be submitted electronically in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).
Proposals should contain the following six sections as titled and answer these questions clearly:


1. Motivation and Objectives

    • 2-3 sentences with the motivation and objectives of the workshop topic. If your workshop is accepted, then this description will be used as early publicity for the workshop.
    • What is the relation between the workshop’s topic and the conference’s main theme?
    • A short paragraph detailing the anticipated outcomes of the workshop (e.g., open research problems to pursue, validation objectives, empirical studies etc.).

2. Format and Services

    • What will be the format for the workshop, e.g., paper presentations, keynotes, breakout sessions, panel-like discussions, combination thereof? There are four 1.5-hours sessions in a typical full day workshop.
    • How many days? (1 or 2)
    • What special services are needed? Standard services include a room, projector and a student volunteer to assist with the room.

3. Target Audience

    • What type of background should the workshop attendees have?
    • What mix of industry and research participants is being sought?
    • What is the range of attendees desired for the workshop (minimum and maximum)?
    • Is the workshop open to the public or by invitation only?

4. Proceedings

    • How many and what type of papers will be solicited (number of pages and type: extended abstracts, position and/or research papers, etc.)?
    • What type of evaluation process will be used to decide accepted papers?
    • How many people will be on the program committee? Please list names of PC members if the committee has been tentatively invited.
    • As in previous years, we are planning to publish the workshop proceedings in the IEEE Digital Library and each workshop is referenced separately (new this year, gives workshop series a higher visibility). If you wish to use a different publishing plan, then describe how you intend to disseminate workshop proceedings.

5. Workshop History

    • Have you offered this workshop before? If so, please provide a history of the venues, dates, and approximate attendance numbers.

6. Organizers' Bios

    • Please provide a brief 2-3-sentence biography for each of the workshop organizers that highlight their qualifications with respect to the workshop. Mention also the experience in organizing scientific events and workshops in particular.

Submission Instructions

Please submit your workshop proposal in PDF format via EasyChair. Select the “RE'18 Workshop proposals” track for your submission.


Evaluation Criteria

All workshop proposals will be reviewed by three members of the Workshop Selection Committee. Acceptance will be based on:

    • Evaluation of the workshop's potential to advance the state of requirements engineering research and/or practice
    • Relevance to requirements engineering and topics targeted for RE’18
    • Potential for attracting a sufficient number of participants
    • Organizers ability to lead a successful workshop

Workshop Registration

All participants, including workshop organizers and invited speakers, must pay registration fees for the workshop.


Workshop Selection Committee

Carina Alves Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
Mikio Aoyama Nanzan University, Japan
Richard Berntsson Svensson Chalmers and University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Stefanie Betz Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
David Callele University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Nelly Condori-Fernández Universidade da Coruña, Spain
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Leticia Duboc Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil
Henning Femmer Technical University of Munich, Germany
Joao Fernandes University of Coimbra, Portugal
Lin Liu Tsinghua University, China
Aaron Massey University of Maryland, USA
Motoshi Saeki Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Haiyan Zhao Peking University, China

Workshop Co-Chairs


Any inquiries regarding data track papers can be directed to the Data Track Co-Chairs:

Norbert Seyff

Norbert Seyff

Workshop Co-Chair

FHNW & University of Zurich, Switzerland

Birgit Penzenstadler

Birgit Penzenstadler

Workshop Co-Chair

California State University Long Beach, USA