1st International Workshop on Crowd-Based Requirements Engineering (CrowdRE 2015)

Collocated with RE 2015 – Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Important Dates

Paper submission: June 15th, 2015

Notification: June 30th, 2015

Camera-ready: July 15th, 2015

Call for Papers

Motivation and Goals

The rise of mobile, social and cloud apps pose new challenges and opportunities to the field of RE. Thousands or even millions of stakeholders communicate with one another, thereby forming a distributed and heterogeneous group, i.e. a ‘crowd’ that exchanges wishes, needs, innovative ideas and problems they encountered while using apps. Traditional requirements engineering (RE) techniques have difficulties scaling up in such ‘crowd’ settings. The unique opportunities of involving larger numbers of stakeholders motivated researchers and practitioners to start working at appropriate methods and tools, but we see the need for more tailored and holistic approaches for crowd-based RE.

The workshop on Crowd-Based Requirements Engineering (CrowdRE) therefore aims to play a pivotal role in bringing researcher experts and practitioners together, and provide them with a platform to exchange their visions on this subject. A central topic will be how requirements are best elicited, documented, validated, negotiated and managed in a setting that involves a crowd.


9:00 – 9:15 Welcome

9:15 – 10:15 Keynote (Chair: Norbert Seyff)

10:15 – 10:30 Introduction Round

10:30 – 11:00 Morning break

11:00 – 12:30 Paper Session 1: “User Feedback” (Chair: Anna Perini)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 15:30 Fishbowl Panel “Crowd, Requirements, and Beyond”

15:30 – 16:00 Afternoon break

16:00 – 17:20 Paper Session 2: “Crowdsourcing” (Chair: Eduard Groen)

17:20 – 17:30 Wrap-up


The following themes of interest for paper submission include, but are not limited to:

Submitted papers should ideally provide contributions relevant to answering one or more of the following key questions:


Original submissions (up to 6 pages) from research and practice in the following categories are welcome:

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.

Submissions will be managed through easychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=crowdre2015

Problem Scenario for Competition Papers

The scenario features the German medium-size software company MyERP that develops ERP software. Traditionally, MyERP addressed the national market with on premise solutions. However, an American start-up has begun to challenge the market with a less expensive and more flexible Software-as-a-Service solution in the Cloud. To respond to its new competitor, MyERP has decided to also offer its ERP product as SaaS. In particular, the entire European market and not only German-speaking countries should be addressed in order to avoid that the American Start-up enters this market earlier. The problem is that MyERP is forced to have early success without sufficiently understanding the demands and preferences of non-German customers.

Competition papers should strive to discuss and answer the following questions:

Program Committee: