REFrame’23 – First International Workshop on Requirements Engineering Frameworks at REFSQ 2023 in Barcelona

Workshop date

Monday, 17th of April 2023 – Barcelona, Spain

Accepted submission

  • Beatriz Cabrero-Daniel, Yasamin Fazelidehkordi and Olga Ratushniak; Trustworthy “blackbox” Self-Adaptive Systems
  • Erik Kamsties; A Framework for Understanding Context in RE
  • Eric Yu; Towards an Agent-Oriented Approach for Requirements Engineering in the Digital Era;
  • Mashail N. Alkhomsan, Malak Baslyman and Mohammad Alshayeb; Modeling and Analysis of Emotion-Oriented Goal Models: Virtual Clinics Case Study
  • Birgit Penzenstadler, Norbert Seyff, Stefanie Betz, Letícia Duboc, Jari Porras, Ruzanna Chitchyan, Ian Brooks, Shola Oyedeji, Karina Villela and Colin C. Venters; Vision Paper: The Sustainability Awareness Framework (SusAF) as a De-Facto Standard?


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Important dates

  • Submission deadline: February 17th, 2023 (Extended)
  • Author notification: March 3rd, 2023 (Extended)
  • Publication ready version: March 10th 2023
  • Workshop date: Monday, 17th of April 2023 – Barcelona, Spain
  • All deadlines are 23:59 Anywhere on Earth standard time


The REFrame workshop aims to bring together a diversity of people who are interested in reflecting on and discussing current research, challenges, and experiences related to science-driven development and industrially relevant application of frameworks for requirements engineering.

Moreover, the workshop is intended to identify future research topics and collaboration possibilities – even beyond the scope of the workshop – with the ultimate goal of collaboratively building and publishing a compendium of frameworks (respectively best practices) that can be used and applied when it comes to solving RE-specific challenges.

As a special issue of this first edition, the workshop takes up the main theme of REFSQ`23 “Human Values in RE” both in the call of papers, the invited talks(s), and the interactive discussion sessions.

We understand a framework as a structure for a topic area that collects elements of the topic area and relates them to each other. A framework is semi complete and must be supplemented and/or adapted context-specifically for a concrete application.

Target audience

The workshop is open to the public and invites both researchers and practitioners who have an interest in discussing challenges and experiences related to RE frameworks and in fostering a (continuous) dialog on the workshop topic – even beyond the scope of the workshop.

No special background knowledge is required.

Instead, a diversity of participants with different backgrounds and different levels of practical or academic experience is desired.


We encourage people from both academia and industry to submit papers in four categories via EasyChair:

  • Problem / Position / Vision papers (up to 4 pages, excluding references). These papers could, for instance, share overviews of RE frameworks or open questions / challenges / expectations in the RE community that appear promising in terms of being addressed by RE frameworks.
  • Technical Solution / Experience reports (up to 6 pages, excluding references). These papers could share experiences or lessons learned from the development and/or application of frameworks in an RE context.
  • Extended abstracts (up to 2 pages, excluding references) Such abstracts could share practical experiences with RE frameworks or visions for them. Authors are invited to share their best practice experience with RE frameworks.
  • Presentation only (2-3 slides) Participants from industry are invited to share their experiences as presentations.

Accepted papers will be published in the CEUR workshop proceedings.

Please submit your paper electronically (in PDF format) to EasyChair
All submissions must be formatted according to the Springer LNCS/LNBIP conference proceedings template (for LaTeX and Word):

Human values

The REFrame’23 workshop has a special focus on RE frameworks that address human values. Hence, we are especially interested in (but not limited to) publications that address questions like:

  • Which frameworks support practitioners in addressing human values in the RE process?
  • How to select frameworks if specific human values need to be addressed in RE?
  • How to supplement or adapt frameworks to address human values?
  • Are there frameworks from other disciplines that address human values and can be adjusted for RE?
  • Do frameworks support practitioners or rather limit or even block cognitive ergonomics or skills like creativity?

Organizing committee

  • Andrea Wohlgemuth; Swisslog GmbH, Dortmund, Germany
  • Anne Hess; Fraunhofer IESE; Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Samuel Fricker; University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland

Workshop program committee

  • Andrea Herrmann, AKAD University Stuttgart, Germany
  • Andreas Birk, Software.Process.Management, Germany
  • Daniel Berry, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Dirk Janzen, metadoc GmbH, Germany
  • Elda Paja, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Eric Knauss, Chalmers | University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Erik Kamsties, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund, Germany
  • Fabiano Dalpiaz, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Farnaz Fotrousi, Mälardalen University, Sweden
  • Heinrich Dreier, 3er-consulting, Germany
  • Martin Glinz, University Zurich, Switzerland
  • Norbert Seyff, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland
  • Paola Spoletini, Kennesaw State University, United States of America