Workshop on Requirements, Intentions, and Goals in Conceptual Modeling

In conjunction with the 31st International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2012) -  Florence, ItalyER'2012

Important Dates

Paper submission: April 23th 28th, 2012  **Extended Deadline**
Author notification: May 28th, 2012
Camera-ready: June 11, 2012

Workshop Description

The use of intentional concepts, the notion of "goal" in particular, has been prominent in recent approaches to requirements engineering. Goal-oriented frameworks and methods for requirements engineering (GORE) have been keynote topics at requirements engineering conferences, and at major software engineering conferences. What are the conceptual modelling foundations in these approaches?

Traditionally information system engineering has made the assumption that an information system captures some excerpt of world history and hence has concentrated on modeling information about the Universe of Discourse. This is done through conceptual modeling that aims at abstracting the specification of the required information system, i.e., the conceptual schema, from an analysis of the relevant aspects of the Universe of Discourse about which the user community needs information. This specification concentrates on what the system should do, that is, on its functionality, serving as a prescription for system construction.

Whereas conceptual modelling allowed system developers to understand the semantic of information and led to a large number of semantically powerful conceptual models, experience demonstrates that it often fails in supporting the delivery of systems that were accepted by the community of users. Indeed, a number of studies have shown that many systems fail due to an inadequate understanding of the requirements they seek to address. Furthermore, the amount of effort needed to fix these systems has been found to be very high.

To correct this situation, it is necessary to view information systems as fulfilling some purpose in an organisation. Understanding purpose, goals, and intentions is a necessary condition for the design of successful systems. Conceptual modelling therefore needs to go beyond functionality requirements that specify the ‘what,’ to encompass the deeper contextual understanding of the ‘whys.’ The why questions are answered in terms of organisational objectives and the desires and motivations of stakeholders and participants. Modelling the ‘whys’ helps in requirements elicitation, validation, and specification in a more focused manner. Goal-oriented approaches in requirements engineering has emerged to meet this expectation.

The Workshop aims to provide a forum for discussing the interplay between requirements engineering and conceptual modeling, and in particular, to investigate how goal- and intention-driven approaches help in conceptualising purposeful systems. What are the fundamental objectives and premises of requirements engineering and conceptual modelling respectively, and how can they complement each other? What are the demands on conceptual modelling from the standpoint of requirements engineering? What conceptual modelling techniques can be further taken advantage of in requirements engineering? What are the upcoming modelling challenges and issues in GORE? What are the unresolved open questions? What lessons are there to be learnt from industrial experiences? What empirical data are there to support the cost-benefit analysis when adopting GORE methods? Are there applications domains or types of project settings for which goals and intentional approaches are particularly suitable or not suitable? What degree of formalization and automation or interactivity are feasible and appropriate for what types of participants during requirements engineering? e.g., business domain stakeholders, requirements modelers, ontology engineers, etc.

Topics

Submissions should address the relation between requirements engineering and conceptual modelling on the selected topic, and consider the questions raised in the motivation for this workshop (above).

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • modeling and semantics in GORE frameworks
  • analysis and reasoning with intentions and goals
  • ontological and epistemological foundations
  • cognitive, behavioral, and sociological perspectives
  • goals, scenarios, and business process modeling
  • goals and viewpoints, management of conflicts and inconsistencies
  • goals in requirements and design patterns
  • goals in reuse
  • goals and traceability
  • goals and aspects
  • change management, versioning and view management for GORE
  • visualization and tool support for GORE
  • software engineering process and organization for GORE
  • GORE and agile methods
  • GORE in distributed software development
  • GORE for COTS system development and selection
  • GORE for product families and high-variability software
  • GORE for adaptive systems and agile enterprise
  • comparison and evaluation of GORE approaches
  • industrial experiences and empirical studies
  • GORE for services design and engineering
  • GORE and business modeling and strategy reasoning
  • goal-oriented conceptual modeling for security, privacy, and trust
  • goal-oriented modeling for user experience and interaction design
  • goal-oriented modeling of system architecture
  • interaction and integration with other conceptual modeling paradigms, e.g., object-oriented and agent-oriented models
  • goal-oriented modeling for specific application domains - e.g., healthcare, e-government, mobile commerce, ambient intelligence, social media and networks

Format and Duration

We aim for a highly interactive forum. Discussants and discussion facilitators will be formally appointed for each paper and session, respectively, to ensure an atmosphere of productive interaction.

The working language is English.

The intended workshop duration is three sessions (1.5 hours each), which may include a keynote.

Types of papers

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

Workshop Organizers

Colette Rolland, Université Paris1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France
Jaelson Castro, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
Camille Salinesi, Université Paris1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France
Eric Yu, University of Toronto, Canada
Jennifer Horkoff, University of Toronto, Canada



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