Workshop call for papers: IEEE 2013

Requirements Engineering for Cloud Computing

Co-located with the IEEE 2013 Conference on Cloud Computing

December 2-5, 2013.

The Workshop

There are many challenges that set at the forefront of applying requirements engineering for cloud computing. In particular, this workshop focuses on identifying the key challenges that face requirements engineering for cloud computing. A number of requirements engineering process models exist and thus the need is envisaged to evaluate the effectiveness of these process models (and new models) in deriving the process of requirements specifications for cloud architectures and associated cloud services.

Furthermore, a number of existing approaches to bridging the gap between business process models and system models have been evolving from semi-formal to formal approaches. However, such approaches need to be debated in relation to cloud computing and hence the potential need to innovate new directions, frameworks, formalisms, etc for the better alignment of such approaches to cloud computing and in particular the derivation and specifications of cloud services. In addition, non-functional requirements whether they relate to:

  1. the product being developed for example security, safety, reliability, etc;
  2. the software development process, planning and costing processes, etc; and
  3. externally related requirements for interoperability and external standards, such requirements significantly impact the adherence of the anticipated product to satisfy the associated stakeholders. Thus, this strongly suggests the need to evaluate existing approaches and frameworks developed for deriving non-functional requirements for cloud computing with, for example, particular emphasis on product related NFRs, service level agreements, cloud adoption policies and standards at both the national, and international levels.

We envisage that participants in this workshop will take a pro-active role in formulating the key challenges facing requirements engineering for cloud computing and put forward a long-term agenda to share and evolve with frontiers not only in requirements engineering, but also with the overall cloud-related software engineering community frontiers.

High quality submissions of research, and technical papers are invited that are of original and unpublished results relevant to the workshop’s focus and its associated key specific topics of interest  including:

  • Grand challenges facing requirements engineering for cloud computing.
  • Requirements Engineering Process Models for cloud computing.
  • Bridging the gap between business process models and cloud services.
  • Methods, techniques, and notations for the cloud requirements specifications document.
  • Policy models, standards and service level agreements for the Cloud.
  • Risk management for cloud computing.
  • Deriving end user requirements for the cloud computing architecture.
  • Engineering cloud services abstractions from end user requirements.
  • Methods and frameworks for deriving non-functional requirements for cloud computing.

Workshop Chairs

Mohammed Odeh, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.

Phil Wainewright, EuroCloud.

Submission Process

Authors are invited to submit papers containing unpublished, original work (not under review elsewhere) of up to 6 pages of double column text using single spaced 10 point size on 8.5 x 11 inch pages, as per IEEE 8.5 x 11 manuscript guidelines.

Templates are available from:

Authors should submit a PDF file. Papers conforming to the above guidelines can be submitted through the workshop's EasyChair submission system.

At least one author of each accepted submission must attend the workshop and all workshop participants must pay at least the CloudCom 2013 workshop registration fee. All accepted papers will be published by the IEEE in the same volume as the main conference. All papers will be reviewed by an International Programme Committee.  

Important Dates

Paper Submissions: August 15, 2013.

Notification of Acceptance: September 2, 2013.

Camera Ready Versions: September 16, 2013.

Workshop: December 5, 2013.

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