CERE'03 logo The Third International Workshop on Comparative Evaluation in Requirements Engineering
Paris, France
August 29, 2005

Held in conjunction with the
13th IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering (RE'05).
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Following the success of the previous two International Workshops on Comparative Evaluation in Requirements Engineering (CERE), we are pleased to announce the third International Workshop, CERE'05, to build on the progress made so far. This year we will focus on the relationships and integration of theory, methods and practice in RE.

The need to assess the effectiveness and impact of RE research has been a growing concern within the RE community. The basics are known and have been investigated in previous CERE workshops. There are now many signs that research in RE is becoming mature enough that the community can begin to make detailed comparative evaluations of alternative techniques. Different types of research will have differing impacts and hence will require differing evaluation criteria, especially considering the range of research from theory to methods, tools, frameworks, formalisms and ethnographic studies. In this CERE workshop we will broaden the mission of previous workshops by explicitly considering how to assess the contributions and validity of different types of RE research. For example, in RE processes it may be necessary to assess the nature of process improvement that can be claimed by objective performance data, benchmarking against standardised problems, and evidence of use in industrial practice. In contrast, RE theories, models and formalisms may be assessed by the insights they bring, use by others in the community and citation indices. This workshop will aim to develop deeper understanding about not only different types of RE research and their validation, but also their integration. If we succeed, the workshop will produce a roadmap of RE research from theory to application, with its validation, that builds on previous taxonomies. Following the overwhelming success of the first two CERE workshops held in Monterey and Kyoto, this workshop seeks to foster a community initiative in shaping future directions for RE.

At CERE'05, 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.