Call for Papers

The goal of this track is to fill the gap between academic research in Requirements Engineering (RE) and industrial needs by providing a venue dedicated to industrial research and innovation. Being on the cusp of hyper-personalization in this era of Industry 4.0 presents interesting prospects for our field in terms of customers’ expectations with respect to products and services and encourages us to revisit our assumptions about “how RE should be done.” In keeping with the RE 18 theme, Crossing Boundaries and Increasing Impact, we invite authors from academia and industry – both large corporations and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) – to submit original contributions reporting on the innovative development and application of RE solutions in industrial, government, or open-source settings, as well as the development of novel engineering tools to enable the use of RE in such contexts.


Examples Include:

    • Novel, scalable, and cost-effective methodologies and tools
    • Industrial case studies with valuable lessons learned
    • Experience reports providing novel insights
    • Analysis and comparison of the state of the art across multiple companies
    • Experiences in transitioning from, or merging of, product to services

Each paper should provide clear take-away value by describing the context of a problem of practical, industrial importance, and the development and application of an innovative solution. The paper should discuss why the solution of the problem is innovative, effective, or efficient and what likely practical impact it has or will have; it should provide a concise explanation of the approach, techniques, and methodologies employed; and explain the best practices that emerged, tools developed, and/or software processes involved. Studies reporting on negative findings must provide a thorough discussion of the potential causes of failure, and ideally a perspective on how to solve them. The best paper award winning author(s) will be invited to submit an extended version of their work for a special issue of the Requirements Engineering Journal (REJ).

Topics of Interest

As Requirements Engineering is a broad field, topics may include, but are not limited to, any of the following:

Industry Experiences

    • Deploying new or improved processes
    • Learning from practice
    • Training practitioners
    • Transferring technology from academia to industry
    • Transferring technology across industries
    • Identifying best practices
    • Improving productivity
    • Industry benchmarks

Stakeholder Management

    • Requirements elicitation and negotiation
    • Innovation through creativity
    • Crowdsourcing

Pragmatic Requirements Engineering

    • Good-enough Requirements Engineering
    • Agile and lean approaches

Large-scale Requirements Engineering

    • Complex systems
    • Product lines and Value chains
    • Software Ecosystems, artificial intelligence, big data, and cloud technologies

Global Requirements Engineering

    • Geographically-dispersed teams
    • Culturally-divergent requirements efforts

Requirements Specification and Validation Techniques

    • Natural language
    • Model-driven
    • Formal approaches
    • Requirements management tools
    • Traceability

Domain-specific Requirements Engineering

    • Embedded systems
    • Open source software
    • Privacy
    • Security
    • Sustainability
    • Mixed software/hardware systems

Quality Engineering

    • User experience
    • Quality factors
    • Safety and security
    • Test approaches

Life-cycle Product Management

    • Value creation techniques
    • Product evolution
    • Requirements and marketing

Submission Instructions

In order to guide the reviewing process, all authors who intend to submit a paper must first submit the title, abstract (max. 200 words) and author information of their paper. Abstracts are used only to point out your interest to submit a full paper and to allow us to initiate the search for possible reviewers early in time.
Papers must describe original work that has not been previously published or submitted elsewhere.
Submissions must be written in English and formatted according to the IEEE formatting instructions.
Papers must not exceed 10 pages, plus a maximum of two additional pages for references. Papers that exceed the length specification or are not formatted correctly will be rejected without review. It is acceptable to reference additional content (i.e., data repositories, source code for open source tools, etc.) by providing a corresponding URL hosted on an institutional, archive-grade site.
Please note that only full paper submissions will be peer reviewed. Abstract-only submissions will be discarded without further notice after the submission deadline.

Submission Link

Please submit your Industry papers in PDF format via EasyChair. Select the RE'18 Industrial Innovation Track for your submission.

Paper Evaluation Acceptance

All submitted papers will be evaluated through a competitive peer-review process. Papers will be judged considering the criteria of industrial relevance, novelty of research results, soundness and adoption of scientific rigor, clarity and conciseness of presentation, compliance with conference scope and topics of interest.
Accepted papers may require editing for clarity prior to publication and presentation. They will appear in the IEEE Digital Library. At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the conference in order to present their paper.

Industrial Innovation Co-Chairs

Any inquiries regarding Industrial Innovation papers can be directed to the Industrial Innovation Co-Chairs:

Lionel Briand

Lionel Briand

Industrial Innovation Co-Chair

SnT Centre, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Smita S. Ghaisas

Smita S. Ghaisas

Industrial Innovation Co-Chair

Tata Consultancy Services, India