We invite proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with the 28th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE’20) that will take place in Zurich, Switzerland, from August 31st – September 4th, 2020.

RE’20 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 that do not require paper selection. 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 also encourage proposals that reflect the theme of RE 2020: “Requirements Engineering for a Digital World.

Rules for Workshop Organizers

RE workshop organizers are responsible for

  • creating a website for their workshop and publicizing the workshop,
  • establishing a program committee (please consider diversity and geographic coverage),
  •  collecting and evaluating submissions, and notifying authors of acceptance or rejection in due time,
  •  ensuring a transparent and fair selection process, including proper handling of conflicts of interest,
  • creating the workshop program, including  organizing selected papers into sessions, and assigning session chairs,
  • responding to requests by the RE’20 Workshop Co-Chairs in due time.

An RE workshop is either a full day or a two-day event and will take place on August 31st, 2020 (Monday) and September 1st, 2020 (Tuesday), the first two days of RE’20.

The following conditions apply for all accepted workshops:

All accepted workshops will have to stick to the following deadlines listed under the heading “key dates” below.

All workshop participants, including organizers and keynote speakers or invited speakers, must register for the workshop at regular rates. Workshop organizers are not allowed to grant any complimentary workshop attendance (unless explicitly negotiated with the RE’20 General Co-Chairs).

RE’20 reserves the right to cancel workshops that fail to come up with a reasonable program or have insufficient registrations at the early registration deadline.

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 address these questions clearly:

  • 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?
  • What are the anticipated outcomes of the workshop? (e.g., open research problems to pursue, validation objectives, empirical studies, etc.)
  • 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-hour 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.
  • 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?
  • 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 on accepted papers?
  • How many people will be on the program committee? Please list the 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. If you wish to use a different publishing plan, then describe how you intend to disseminate the workshop proceedings.

Have you offered this workshop before? If so, please provide a history of the venues, dates, approximate attendance numbers, and link to the website (if still available).

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 Link

Please submit your workshop proposal in PDF format via EasyChair. Select the RE’20 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’20.
  • Potential for attracting a sufficient number of participants.
  • Organizers ability to lead a successful workshop.

Key Dates

Workshop proposals dueMonday, January 20, 2020
Notification of workshop submittersFriday, February 14, 2020
Organizers of accepted workshops send workshop summary
and URL of workshop website to Workshop Co-Chairs
(cc. glinz@ifi.uzh.ch, samuel.fricker@fhnw.ch)
Friday, February 28, 2020
Workshop papers due (*)Friday, May 22, 2020
Notification of authorsMonday, June 22, 2020
Camera-ready copy of workshop papers dueMonday, July 13, 2020

(*) A deadline extension may be granted at the expense of the length of the reviewing period.

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