Call for Industry Papers

The 27th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE'19) is the premier international forum for industrial practitioners, researchers, educators, and students for discussing the most recent innovations, experiences, and concerns in the discipline of Requirements Engineering. The RE'19 industry track will feature full industry papers, presentation-only contributions, and interactive formats.

We invite both practitioners and researchers with significant industry experience to submit original contributions reporting on requirements engineering challenges and innovations within industrial, government, and open-source settings.

Full industry papers: may be up to 10 pages long, plus 1 additional page for references, and will be peer reviewed. The accepted papers will be included in the IEEE proceedings for the conference and presented at RE'19. One paper will be awarded “Best Industry Track Paper,” and its author(s) will be invited to submit an extended version for a special issue of a journal with high academic reputation.

Presentation-only submissions: we recognize that practitioners often perform innovative work that would be valuable to share but are unable to publish it in paper form. We will therefore accept presentations of strong work performed in industry at RE'19 based on the submission of a 300-words extended abstract and draft slides (full paper not necessary). These presentations will not be eligible for publication in the conference proceedings.

RE'19 will provide you with an opportunity to share interests and discuss ideas with fellow practitioners and researchers. You will join the global network of requirements engineering experts across industry and academia and have a chance to influence the development of the field.

Call for Contributions

The industry track accepts the following types of industrial contributions:

  • Problem statement papers: describe a significant challenge that has been encountered in industry and has not been satisfactorily solved.
  • Vision papers: propose a solution and a research or innovation roadmap for addressing a significant challenge experienced in industry.
  • Experience report papers: report on the innovative application of a concept, method, or framework in one or several interesting industrial contexts, including the lessons-learned. The track welcomes full industry papers and presentation-only submissions.

Guidelines for Full Industry Papers

Industry papers must be based on a strong connection to the industrial context. They should adhere to the following guidelines.

  • Clearly describe the context of the problem and why a practical solution is important to industry. Indicate who has been impacted, for how long time, how new the problem is, and what the trigger of the problem is.
  • Identify prior work. You are not expected to have performed a systematic literature review as you would for the research track. However, identify if you are applying your own or someone else’s previously published ideas. Cite this related work. The RE’19 mentors can support you in this process.
  • Explain what you did and the results you have obtained. What was the environment and the problem that you have investigated? How did you develop and apply any solutions? What were the results, impact, and lessons learned? Provide a concise descriptions and rationales for your choices.
  • Describe your findings with supporting data, and do not base your arguments on just your personal opinion or conjecture. Industry track papers may be based on topics for which there was originally no expectation of writing a paper and consequently no controlled data gathering. Use the data you have and collect inputs and opinions from those who were involved.
  • Discuss what makes your contribution innovative, significant, and useful for industry. To explain what is new, compare your results with relevant alternatives. If the findings were negative, provide a thorough discussion of the potential causes of failure, and ideally a perspective on how to solve them.

Guidelines for Presentation-only Submissions

While “presentation-only” authors will not be required to submit full papers, they will still need to work with the industry track program committee to demonstrate that their presentation will meet the criteria of full papers. For example, authors must be able to substantiate any claims made in their presentation. They will be required to submit a 1-page extended abstract and draft slides. Similar to full papers, at least one author will be required to register for and attend the conference.

Topics of Interest

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Innovation with Requirements Engineering
    • Use of requirements engineering to address societal, economic, or corporate challenges
    • Use of requirements engineering to leverage emerging technologies such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, 5G, or Blockchain
    • Innovation through networking, community-building, and creativity
    • Enablement of value chains or software ecosystems
  • Stakeholder Management
    • Requirements elicitation and negotiation
    • Work in multi-party consortia or geographically dispersed teams
    • Involvement of the crowd for requirements elicitation, analysis, and validation
  • Pragmatic Requirements Engineering
    • Good-enough requirements engineering
    • Agile and lean approaches
    • Domain-specifics and special contexts for requirements engineering such as Open-source or API development
  • Requirements Specification
    • Natural language
    • Formal and model-driven approaches
    • Work on complex systems or product lines
    • Traceability
  • Addressing Quality with Requirements Engineering
    • Ethics, compliance, and risk management
    • User experience, privacy, safety, and security
    • Sustainability
    • Approaches for requirements testing, validation, and impact management
  • Product Lifecycle Management
    • Value creation techniques
    • Product planning and evolution
    • Dissemination and cooperation with media, marketing, sales, and support
  • Industry Experiences of Requirements Engineering
    • Deploying new or improved processes
    • Transferring technology from academia to industry or within industry
    • Tooling for requirements engineering or management
    • Training and certification for practitioners
    • Learning from practice and improving productivity
    • Identifying industry best practices and benchmarks

Need Help?

If you have never previously published at a major international conference and would like some help with planning your Research Paper submission, please consider the guidance and support offered by the RE'19 RE Mentors, Shaukat Ali and Nan Niu.

Full Paper Submission Instructions

Authors who intend to submit a paper must first submit the title, abstract (max. 200 words) and, without feedback on the abstract, the full paper. Only full paper submissions will be peer reviewed. Abstract-only submissions will be discarded without further notice after the submission deadline. Abstracts are used only to point out your interest to submit a full paper and to allow us to initiate the search for possible reviewers early in time.

Papers must describe original work that has not been previously published or submitted elsewhere.

Submissions must be written in English and formatted according to the IEEE formatting instructions.

Papers must not exceed 10 pages, plus a maximum of 1 additional page for references. You may reference additional content (i.e., data repositories, source code for open source tools, etc.) by providing a corresponding URL hosted on an institutional, archive-grade site. Papers that exceed the length specification or are not formatted correctly will be rejected without review.

Presentation-only Submission Instructions

Authors who intend to submit a paper must first submit the title, abstract (max. 300 words) and, after reception of feedback on the abstract, the presentation. Abstract-only submissions will be discarded without further notice after the presentation submission deadline. Presentations must describe original work that has not been previously published or submitted elsewhere. Submissions must be written in English. You may reference additional content (i.e., data repositories, source code for open source tools, etc.) by providing a corresponding URL hosted on an institutional, archive-grade site.

Please submit your Industry paper in PDF format via EasyChair. Select the RE'19 Industry track for your submission.

Paper Evaluation and Acceptance

All submissions will be evaluated through a competitive peer-review process. The submissions will be judged considering the criteria described in the guidelines above. Accepted full papers may require editing for clarity prior to publication and presentation. They will appear in the IEEE Digital Library. At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the conference in order to present their paper.

Key Dates

Abstract Submission Monday, April 01, 2019
Full Paper Submission Sunday, April 07, 2019
Paper Notification Saturday, June 22, 2019
Camera Ready Due Friday, July 19, 2019

All deadlines are 23:59 Anywhere on Earth (Standard Time).

Contact

Any inquiries regarding industry papers can be directed to the Industry Track Co-Chairs:

Industrial Innovation Track Co-Chair

Samuel A. Fricker
FHNW (Switzerland) and Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden), Switzerland and Sweden

Industrial Innovation Track Co-Chair

Michael C. Panis
Teradyne Inc., USA