2nd International Workshop on Conceptual Modeling in Requirements and Business Analysis (MReBA)

Co-located with International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2015) 

    Requirements Engineering (RE) aims to capture the intended system functionality and qualities. Requirements are often explicitly captured in various types of conceptual models. Such models allow for sharing a collaborative perception of requirements, can facilitate analysis, and can transform towards design, specification, and code. In RE, particular emphasis as has been placed on modeling the intentions of users and systems, ensuring that the developed system meet the needs of users and is accepted as part of a complex social system.
    In practice, requirements activities often fall under the heading of Business Analysis (BA), determining how a business can make use of technology in order to improve its operations, meet targets, and thrive in a competitive economy. Use of models in this context allows for an explicit consideration of business strategy, including requirements specifying how such strategies can be operationalized through socio-technical systems. Conceptualization and modeling of strategy often involves the notion of intentions, capturing and reasoning over business objectives. Conceptual modeling can be a core asset as part of a business intelligence initiative, using models to monitor and reason over the real-time achievement of business strategies.
    The MREBA workshop aims to provide a forum for discussing the interplay between Requirements Engineering topics and conceptual modeling, and in particular how requirements modeling can be effectively used as part of business analysis and systems engineering. We ask: What are the fundamental objectives and premises of requirements engineering and conceptual modelling respectively, and how can they complement each other? What conceptual modelling techniques can be taken advantage of in requirements engineering? How can RE modeling be applied successfully in a business environment? What lessons are there to be learnt from industrial experiences? What empirical data are there to support the cost-benefit analysis when adopting RE modeling methods? Are there applications domains or types of project settings for RE/BA modeling approaches are particularly suitable or not? What degree of formalization and automation or interactivity are feasible and appropriate for what types of participants during RE/BA modeling?

Topics of Interest

Submissions should address the relation between Requirements Engineering and/or Business Analysis and conceptual modelling on the selected topic. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
  • Modelling for Business Analysis and Business Intelligence
  • Motivations/Intentions as part of Enterprise Modelling
  • Goal-based Business Process Modelling
  • Modelling for process (re-)engineering or selection
  • Modelling and analysis of distributed systems
  • Modelling for Knowledge Management/Acquisition/Sharing
  • Modelling as part of collaborative RE/BA
  • Goal/Intention-Oriented Requirements Engineering (GORE)
  • Ontological perspectives on RE/BA models
  • RE/BA language interoperability, integration, transformation
  • Capturing laws, regulation, and compliance 
  • Industrial or systems requirements modeling
  • Dealing with model uncertainty
  • Visual notation for RE/BA models
  • Analysis and reasoning, including decision support
  • Modelling security, privacy, risk, and safety 
  • Capturing prioritization, customization and preferences
  • Modelling methodologies, processes, and methods
  • RE/BA model scalability, complexity, and modularity
  • Model feedback and validation
  • Industrial experiences and empirical studies related to RE/BA modelling
  • Barriers to adoption of RE/BA modelling techniques
Format and Duration

We aim for a highly interactive forum. The intended workshop duration is three sessions (1.5 hours each), including at least one session of paper presentations and discussions. We intend to include a keynote and, depending on the number of accepted papers, a panel or interactive session.

The working language is English.

Types of Papers

We solicit three types of papers: full papers (10 pages max) including technical papers and experience reports, position or vision papers (6 pages max) and industrial problem statements (6 pages max) in LNCS format.