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[PVS] 2d IEEE Workshop REFS in conjunction with COMPSAC



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Happy New Year
Selmin Nurcan
REFS'08 Publicity Chair


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IEEE International Workshop on Requirements Engineering For Services (REFS)
To be organized in conjunction with the 32nd Annual IEEE International Computer Software and applications Conference (COMPSAC 2008)
Turku, Finland, July 28  August 1, 2008
URL: http://conferences.computer.org/compsac/2008/workshops/REFS.2008.htm

Full Paper Submission: March 1, 2008

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1.      Motivation
Service orientation is rapidly emerging as the leading network computing paradigm. At the same time, services have become the dominant form of economic activity and increasingly the basis for socio-economic organization. The commonalities and synergies among service concepts across the levels of IT infrastructure and business and social organization will lead to powerful innovations and new developments, triggering a call to establish a new discipline of “Services Science, Management, and Engineering (SSME)”, in which many challenging issues are yet to be addressed.

Requirements engineering (RE) has emerged as a critical area in software and systems engineering, as many systems fail due to poorly understood, ill-defined or ill-conceived requirements.  Much of the same concepts and techniques could potentially be applied to services, with the benefit of systematic methods and scientific inquiry. However, service orientation introduces many new challenges. Service providers and service users interact much more closely. Knowledge is created and exchanged among customers and suppliers. Instead of a single set of requirements on a technical system, there are networks of providers and users, each with requirements and expectations on each other  some based on tacit social conventions, and each with requirements on their technical IT systems. Service design and operation often proceed in parallel, as new knowledge and experiences are incorporated into service systems and processes on an ongoing basis. Automated processes are richly interwoven with human action, decision, and judgment. Some of the interactions will adhere to open standards, while others may be informally negotiated. There are highly dynamic on-the-fly network configurations as well as long-term stable relationships.

To continue the on-going discussions from the REFS 2007 workshop amongst active researchers and practitioners all over the world, we expect to gather more enthusiastic participants this year in Finland, who will take the opportunity to share their knowledge by giving formal presentation, open discussion in panel, or in intensive informal discussion to develop new ideas, new strategies and new productive networks on topics relevant to requirements for services. Such as: What existing and new requirements engineering methods and techniques are suitable for a service oriented environment? What adaptations, extensions or re-conceptualizations will be needed? How can requirements engineering contribute to a new discipline of services science, management, and engineering? Will service orientation lead to a rethinking of the field of requirements engineering? These are some of the key questions explored at this workshop.

2.      Scope of the Workshop
   The workshop aims to provide a forum for a highly interactive and in-depth discussion of all issues related to requirements engineering for services. We invite contributions from researchers and practitioners on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

-       Service requirements models and descriptions
-       Service requirements identification, elicitation, and acquisition
-       Service requirements communication, negotiation, and validation
-       Service requirements analysis and design methods
-       Service engineering and management processes
-       Knowledge engineering and management for Services
-       Service ontologies, metrics, and benchmarks
-       Service design, management and manufacturing
-       QoS modeling and evaluation frameworks
-       Trust, delegation, and negotiation models for services
-       Security, privacy, and safety for services
-       Services related architecture  Web Service Architecture, Service-Oriented Architecture
-       Service enabling technologies
-       RE techniques for business process redesign
-       RE techniques for business model and value analysis
-       RE techniques for services discovery and composition
-       RE techniques for service quality
-       Conceptual modeling for services management and engineering
-       Empirical evaluation of RE for services
-       Conceptual frameworks for RE and Services
-       RE techniques for aligning business services and computational services
-       RE techniques for Service-Oriented Computing & Service-Oriented Architecture
-       RE techniques for adaptiveness and agility in services
-       RE techniques for socio-technical analysis and design of services
-       Services and requirements engineering for pervasive computing and ambient intelligence
-       RE and SSME techniques for user experience
-       RE and SSME techniques for lifecycle management

3. Likely participants:
REFS 2008 aims to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in studying requirements-related issues in the broad context of service-related problems. Participants will include academics and industry practitioners in RE, SE and services. 

4.  Primary organizers:
Dr. Colette Rolland             University of Paris I, France                   Colette.Rolland@univ-paris1.fr
Dr. Eric Yu                     University of Toronto, Canada           yu@fis.utoronto.ca
Dr. Jian Yang           Macquarie University, Australia         jian@ics.mq.edu.au
Dr. Lin Liu                     Tsinghua University, China                      linliu@tsinghua.edu.cn

5. Program Committee:
Marco Aiello, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Grigoris Antoniou, FORTH, Greece
Mikio Aoyama, Nanzan University, Japan
Luciano Baresi, Polit. of Milano, Italy
Chi-hung Chi, Tsinghua University, China
Vincenzo D'Andrea, University of Trento, Italy
Schahram Dustdar, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Paul Johanesson, University of Stockholm, Sweden
Manolis Koubarakis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Julio Cesar Sampaio do Prado Leite, PUC-Rio, Brazil 
Xinsheng Mao, IBM China Development Lab, China
Michael Maximilien, IBM Almaden Research Center, USA
Massimo Mecella, University of Roma "La Sapienza", Italy
Sotiris Liaskos, York University, Canada
Enrico Nardelli, University of Roma "Tor Vergata", Italy
Selmin Nurcan, University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, France
Dimitris Plexousakis, FORTH, Greece
Pascal van Eck, University of Twente, Netherlands
Carson Woo, University of British Columbia, Canada
Haiyan Zhao, Peking University, China

(+ pending confirmations which will be added asap)


6. Submission of papers:
Papers must be submitted electronically via the submission linked from http://conferences.computer.org/compsac/2008/workshops/. Please follow the instructions posted on the web site. The format of submitted papers should follow the guidelines for IEEE conference proceedings before the submission deadline March 1, 2008.

Accepted papers or fast abstracts will be published in the workshop proceedings of the 32nd IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC 2008). It should be noted that all IEEE COMPSAC conference proceedings are published by IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Services (CPS). All CPS Publications are captured in the online IEEE Digital Library, and professionally indexed through INSPEC and EI Index (Elsevier's Engineering Information Index).

All papers will be carefully reviewed by at least three reviewers. Papers will be accepted (and can be submitted) as either regular papers, short papers, or fast abstracts. Acceptance and final category depends on reviewer’s feedback.

At least one of the authors of each accepted paper or fast abstract must register as a full participant of the workshop to have the paper or fast abstract published in the proceedings. The authors of a number of selected papers of special merit will be invited to submit a revised and extended version of their papers for possible publication in a special issue in a Journal which is to be determined.

7. Proposed duration and format:
1 day workshop, 4 sessions
- Invited keynote talk(s)
- Full research papers  (max 6 pages, IEEE format)
- Short/position papers  research-in-progress, industrial experience, problem description (2-4 pages)
- Panel
- Open discussion

8. Important dates
Paper Abstract Submission:                                              Feb 24, 2008
Full Paper Submission:                                                  March 1, 2008
Paper Notification:                                                     March 30, 2008
Camera Ready Paper Submission and Author Registration:          April 30, 2008


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Selmin NURCAN
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