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REFSQ 2021
Mon 12 - Thu 15 April 2021 Germany

Requirements Engineering (RE) is a process that can highly affect the quality of software, systems, and services. The REFSQ working conference series is well established as one of the leading international forums for discussing RE and its many relations to quality. The special theme of REFSQ’21 is “Ethics as a cornerstone of Requirements Engineering” to emphasize the importance of human values, such as privacy and fairness, when designing software-intensive systems as well as the challenges that intelligent and autonomous systems pose due to the tight interplay with humans.

REFSQ2021 includes a track to present posters and demonstrate tools covering any aspect of RE. This track gives researchers the chance to present their most recent work and obtain early feedback on ongoing research.

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Call for Posters and Tools

Posters may cover any topic within the scope of the REFSQ conference, should present (progress towards) a scientific result, and should not be advertisements for commercial products. While posters do not need to describe completed work, they should at least present some preliminary or anticipated type of results. We encourage papers on RE-related topics not often covered in research papers.

Submissions proposing a poster should describe the research work in the form of a short paper (see Submission below). Do not submit a draft poster with your proposal.

In REFSQ 2021, we continue last year’s idea: The conference attendees will be asked to vote for the best poster. The best contributions will be presented during the main track in a reserved time slot.

Tool demonstrations provide researchers as well as practitioners with the opportunity to show how they support and enable the use of requirements solutions in practice. Submissions proposing a tool demonstration should:

  • Present a tool currently under development as part of research;
  • Clarify the relationship of the tool to requirements engineering;
  • Motivate the need for the tool;
  • Describe the goals, requirements, intended users and context of use of the tool;
  • Describe the novel contribution of the tool;
  • Describe the novelty of the paper over any earlier publications on the tool;
  • Include a link in the abstract to a video presenting the tool’s demonstration scenario (4–8 minutes, using voice-over or captions where appropriate);
  • Clearly explain the architecture and inner workings of the tool (at least 2 pages);
  • Detail the workflow or interaction of a user with the tool (at least 0.5 page);
  • Present either the results of an evaluation or the design for a planned evaluation;
  • Discuss any experiences and lessons learned when using the tool in practice (optional).

The Program Committee will select the best tool from the accepted proposals. The team behind the best tool will get the opportunity to present it during the main conference track.

Poster Presentation

There will be a brief pitching of the posters, followed by a display. On the industry day, the posters will also be featured alongside industry posters. Well-crafted posters will be self-explanatory, but authors of posters are encouraged to be available to describe and discuss their work during coffee breaks. The poster dimensions are A0 in portrait orientation, with the poster content mounted on a rectangular poster board that the organizers will provide.

Tool Demonstrations

Tools will be presented simultaneously with the posters at desks using your own laptop and screens. We recommend and support showing a poster at the conference, in addition to the tool.


For the submission, the general REFSQ submission guidelines apply. We accept submissions between 4 and 6 pages in LNCS format that meet the above requirements for poster presentation or tool demonstration proposals.

At least one of the authors must be registered at the conference and present the poster or tool, in order to have the work published in the proceedings. Poster and tool papers will be published in the CEUR joint proceedings of the REFSQ’21 co-located events.

Contributions should be submitted using EasyChair at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=refsq2021

Posters and Tools Co-Chairs

Elda Paja – IT University of Copenhagen (elpa(at)itu.dk)
Norbert Seyff – FHNW & University of Zurich (norbert.seyff(at)fhnw.ch)