Track: Quality Aspects in Requirements Engineering

Requirements Engineering (RE) can be defined as the area of Software Engineering concerned with the discovery and documentation of the purpose of a system. Requirements play a major role in the quality of a systems, both for its specification and for its analysis. Fit-for-purpose is arguably the main quality criterion for any system, a system’s lifecycle and its associated work-products can need to fulfil quality criteria (e.g., from engineering or assurance standards), and quality requirements (aka non-functional requirements, such as usability, performance, reliability, etc.) are essential for system success. RE usually further needs to adhere to quality principles itself, such the correctness, completeness, and consistency for a requirements specification. In general, quality is often seen as conformance to some requirements, but the difficulty of handling and demonstrating this conformance is increasing as a result of the growth in systems’ complexity and size and of new system application for a wide range of daily aspects (e.g., transport, healthcare, energy). Quality is becoming a moving and evolving target in the scope of RE and thus needs new means to manage it.

We seek novel contributions on how to leverage ICT systems quality through RE techniques, methods, and tools, as well as empirical studies and experience reports that present how RE contributes to system quality.


The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Requirements elicitation, analysis and documentation
  • Requirements validation and verification
  • Requirements management: evolution, traceability, prioritization, and negotiation
  • Non-functional requirements
  • Management and assessment of quality of requirements, including conflicts
  • Alignment of requirements to business goals and processes
  • Alignment of requirements and system architecture
  • Risk management in the context of RE
  • Requirements-based project management and cost estimation
  • Human, social, cultural, and cognitive factors in RE
  • RE in the context of specific development approaches, e.g., SPL, MDD, SOA AOSD, and agile
  • Regulatory compliance


Track Committee

Track Chair:

  • José Luis de la Vara, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Program Committee:

  • Man Zhang, Institutt for teknologi, Høyskolen Kristiania, Norway
  • Juan Pablo Carvallo, Universidad del Azuay, Ecuador
  • Jaelson Castro, Universidade Federal de Pernambunco, Brazil
  • Nelly Condori-Fernández, Universidade da Coruña, Spain
  • Luiz Marcio Cysneiros, York University, Canada
  • Miguel Goulão, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Emilio Insfran, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
  • Maria Lencastre, Universidade de Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Lidia Lopez, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
  • Beatriz Marín, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile
  • Marcela Ruiz, Utrecht University, Holland
  • Alberto Silva, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Ana Paiva, Universidade de Oporto, Portugal
  • Denis Silveira, Universidade Federal de Pernambunco, Brazil
  • Isabel Sofia Sousa Brito, Instituto Politécnico de Beja, Portugal
  • Krzysztof Wnuk, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Gabriel Alberto García-Mireles, Universidad de Sonora, México
  • Ambrosio Toval, University or Murcia, Spain
  • Johnny Marques, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, Brazil
  • Luis Olsina, GIDIS Web, Engineering School - UNLPam, Argentina
  • Elena Navarro, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
  • Joao Araújo, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal


José Luis de la Vara is a Senior Researcher (Ramon y Cajal Fellow) at the Computing Systems Department of the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain) since 2019, where he is also a member of the "Laboratory of User Interaction and Software Engineering" research group. He received a BEng degree in Computer Science (2006), a MSc degree in Software Engineering, Formal Methods and Information Systems (2008), and a PhD degree in Computer Science (2011) from the Technical University of Valencia (Spain). Prior to joining the University of Castilla-La Mancha, he worked at the Research Centre on Software Production Methods (PROS) of the Technical University of Valencia (2005-2011), the Software Engineering Department of Simula Research Laboratory (Norway) (2011-2015), and the Computer Science Department and the Knowledge Reuse research group of Carlos III University of Madrid (Spain) (2015-2019). Within the overall area of Systems and Software Engineering, his main research interests include Requirements Engineering, System Assurance, Model-Driven Engineering, and Empirical Software Engineering.