In conjunction with   REFSQ 2015   March 23-26,2015 Essen, Germany

Main Goals | Topics of Interest | Keynote | Organizers | Important Dates | Program Committee Members


The REDE’15 is planned as a full-day workshop with a preferred date of
March 23rd, 2015.

Background and Main Goals of the Workshop

A digital ecosystem is understood as a self-organizing, scalable and sustainable open distributed socio-technical system composed of heterogeneous digital entities and relations between them focusing on interactions among entities. A socio-technical system lying in the centre of a digital ecosystem provides services through which technology supports social processes and phenomena. From another perspective, a digital ecosystem can be viewed as a system of inter-related electronic services that have been created and/or combined to achieve a particular goal. Within digital ecosystems, the interactions between humans and software occur within the system rather than across the system boundary and are therefore more complex to capture. To tackle the increased complexity, new methods of requirements elicitation, analysis, and representation for digital ecosystems are needed. Such methods of requirements engineering should be easy to comprehend and applicable in a pragmatic way.
The development of large digital ecosystems is certainly now more feasible with the availability of service-oriented cloud computing. With the loose coupling of services, their peer-to-peer (P2P) way of operation is predominant. The complexity of a resulting technical system affects the quality goals of security and dependability, i.e., services that function correctly on their own behave incorrectly when they link to other services in an ecosystem resulting in, for example, deadlocking or endless looping.
Different researchers have shown that P2P way of operation can be efficiently supported by software agents and multi-agent systems. This implies that the architectures of digital ecosystems include software agents, humans, and services. For capturing the requirements for digital ecosystems are therefore needed methods, techniques, and approaches enabling to represent all three components: software agents, humans, and services. Against this background, considering social and human-oriented aspects when engineering digital ecosystems is more crucial than ever before.
Designing digital ecosystems poses challenges for existing design methods. Or maybe digital ecosystems should not be designed at all but they just emerge in a bottom-up manner? Addressing this and other related problems will be in the focus of the workshop. The first goal of the workshop is to bring together academics in the ICT areas of digital ecosystems, socio-technical systems, requirements engineering, service-oriented design, and enterprise systems, as well as in social sciences and psychology. The second goal of the workshop is to associate academics in the aforementioned areas with industry practitioners.

Outline of the paper submission and selection process

We invite three types of submissions: position papers, research design papers and full papers. All types should treat a topic from the workshop themes.
  • Position papers (3-6 pages): Short papers, stating the position of the author(s) on any of the workshop topics. These papers will be evaluated on their potential for generating discussion, their practical relevance, and the originality of the positions stated. Position papers can also describe emerging trends and ideas on how to perform requirements engineering for digital ecosystems. These papers will be evaluated based on their relevance, originality, and sound argumentation.
  • Research design papers (3-6 pages): Short papers presenting a research design (e.g. an experiment or a case study) in industry or in educational settings. These papers will be evaluated on their quality of the research design, their potential for generating discussion, and their practical relevance.
  • Full papers (8-10 pages): Full papers evaluating an experience in industry or describing the results of a research effort. Full papers will be evaluated for technical soundness and innovativeness of the proposed ideas.
All paper submissions should be in the LNCS format. Submissions will be accepted via the EasyChair online submission system. All submissions will be reviewed by three members of the Program Committee. The papers will be published in the REDE Workshop Proceedings, with an ISBN number.

Keynote Speakers (On Confirming...)

List of Topics

The workshop addresses the methods, techniques, and approaches that can be geared towards requirements engineering (RE) for digital ecosystems (DE). The topics of interest for RE for DE include, but are not limited to:
  • Conceptual modelling for DE
  • Metamodels for DE
  • RE for DE in specific domains, such as healthcare, aging, and energy management
  • RE for DE in e-governance
  • Participatory techniques in RE for DE
  • Ethnography in RE for DE
  • Agent-oriented RE for DE
  • Goals as requirements for DE
  • Prototyping and simulation in RE for DE
  • Emotional quality goals as non-functional requirements for DE
  • Evaluation of requirements for DE
  • Representing key performance indicators for DE
  • Mapping requirements for DE to architectures and best practices
  • Legal aspects in RE for DE
  • Ontologies in RE for DE
  • Engineering self-organisation, scalability, and sustainability for DE
  • Styles and patterns in RE for DE
  • Formal methods in RE for DE
  • Continuous requirements’ elicitation for live DE
  • Using crowdsourcing in requirements’ elicitation for DE

PC Chairs

  • Kuldar Taveter, Department of Informatics, Tallinn University of Technology,
  • Alexander Norta, Department of Informatics, Tallinn University of Technology,
  • Enn Õunapuu, Department of Informatics, Tallinn University of Technology,

Important Dates

  • January 16, 2015: paper submission deadline
  • February 06, 2015: author notification
  • February 20, 2015: submission of camera-ready papers
  • March 23, 2015: workshop date

Program Committee Members (in progress)

  • Nanjangud C Narendra, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Bangalore, India
  • Aditya K. Ghose, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Grace A. Lewis, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Xavier F. Gutierrez, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
  • Eric Schmieders, University Duisburg Essen, Germany
  • Thomas Vogel, University Potsdam, Germany
  • Adrian Mos, Xerox Research Centre Europe, France
  • Člaudia Chituc, TU-Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Dragan Ivanovic, IMDEA Software, Spain
  • Guttorm Sindre, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Eric Knauss, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Sjaak Brinkkemper, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Carina Frota Alves, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brasil

Main Goals | Topics of Interest | Keynote Speaker | Organizers | Important Dates | Program Committee Members