Call for Papers

International Workshop on

Kyoto, Japan
co-located with RE'04
IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference
September 5-10, 2004

Announcement and Call for Papers


Following the success of the inaugural International Workshop on Comparative Evaluation in Requirements Engineering (CERE) which was held at RE'03, we are pleased to announce the second International Workshop, CERE'04, to build on the progress made so far.

The need for an assessment of the progress made in RE research is now commonly felt across the RE community. A number of requirements and specification exemplars have been used informally over the years, for instance, the meeting scheduler, the London ambulance computer aided dispatch system, and the light control system. These exemplars have been useful for illustrating new RE tools, techniques and methods, and for identifying potential lines of research. Unfortunately, the commonly used exemplars in RE all lack standardized descriptions and well-defined and universally accepted evaluation criteria, so different approaches cannot be compared with each other directly. This important issue serves as a starting point for current research into techniques for comparative evaluation. There are now many signs that research in RE is becoming mature enough that the RE community should make detailed comparative evaluations of alternative techniques.

At CERE'04, there will be presentations of results from current research and discussion of next steps. To this end, we are seeking position papers and technical papers along the themes of the workshop.



CERE will be a discussion-oriented workshop to promote interaction and exchange of ideas among participants. In the first half of the workshop, there will be presentations and discussion of submitted papers. During the afternoon, we will synthesize the ideas and examine the way forward for comparative evaluation. Papers will be reviewed by an international program committee and together with reports on the afternoon sessions will be published in printed proceedings.


We will be accepting two types of submissions, short position papers and full technical papers. Both types of papers should tackle one of the topics or questions from the Themes section above. Submissions will be accepted through the CERE'04 web site (

Important dates

Deadline for submissions:June 25, 2004
Notice of acceptance:July 16, 2004
Workshop date:September 7, 2004


Vincenzo Gervasi
Dipartimento di Informatica
University of Pisa
Didar Zowghi
Faculty of Information Technology
University of Technology, Sydney
Susan Elliott Sim
Dept of Informatics
University of California, Irvine