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Workshop on Requirements, Intentions and Goals in Conceptual Modeling

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In conjunction with the 28th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2009)

ER 2009



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15:30 – 15:40 Welcome Address
Jaelson Castro (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil)

15:40 – 16:40 Technical Session 1: Modelling
Session Chair – Juan Trujillo (University of Alicante, Spain)

15:45 - 16:15 - A Comparison of Goal-Oriented Approaches to Model Software Product Lines Variability
Clarissa Borba and Carla Silva
Presenter:   Carla Silva
Discussant:  Luiz Olavo

16:15 - 16:45 - A Lightweight GRL Profile for i* Modeling.
Daniel Amyot, Jennifer Horkoff, Daniel Gross, Gunter Mussbacher
Presenter:    Alexei Lapouchnian
Discussant:   Carla Silva

16:45 – 18:15 Technical Session 2: Elicitation Issues
Session Chair –  Xavier Franch (Technical University of Catalunya, Spain)

16:45 - 17:15 - From User Goals to Service Discovery and Composition.
Luiz Olavo Bonino da Silva Santos, Giancarlo Guizzardi,
Luis Ferreira Pires, Marten van Sinderen
Presenter:    Luiz Olavo
Discussant:   Bruno Claudepierre

17:15 - 17:45 - ITGIM: An Intention-Driven Approach for Analyzing the IT Governance Requirements.
Bruno Claudepierre, Selmin Nurcan
Presenter:  Bruno Claudepierre
Discussant: Carla Silva

18:15 - 18:30 - Adapting the Framework i* for Software Product Lines.
Sandra António, João Araújo, Carla Silva
Presenter:   Carla Silva
Discussant:  Jaelson Castro

18:10 – 18:30 Wrap up and Closing


The use of intentional concepts, the notion of "goal" in particular, has been prominent in recent approaches to requirement engineering. Goal-oriented frameworks and methods for requirements engineering (GORE) have been keynote topics at requirements engineering conferences, and at major software engineering conferences. What are the conceptual modelling foundations in these approaches?

Traditionally information system engineering has made the assumption that an information system captures some excerpt of world history and hence has concentrated on modeling information about the Universe of Discourse. This is done through conceptual modeling that aims at abstracting the specification of the required information system, i.e., the conceptual schema, from an analysis of the relevant aspects of the Universe of Discourse about which the user community needs information. This specification concentrates on what the system should do, that is, on its functionality, serving as a prescription for system construction.

Whereas conceptual modelling allowed system developers to understand the semantic of information and led to a large number of semantically powerful conceptual models, experience demonstrates that it often fails in supporting the delivery of systems that were accepted by the community of users. Indeed, a number of studies have shown that many systems fail due to an inadequate understanding of the requirements they seek to address. Furthermore, the amount of effort needed to fix these systems has been found to be very high.

To correct this situation, it is necessary to view information systems as fulfilling some purpose in an organisation. Understanding purpose, goals, and intentions is a necessary condition for the design of successful systems. Conceptual modelling therefore needs to go beyond functionality requirements that specify the ‘what,’ to encompass the deeper contextual understanding of the ‘whys.’ The why questions are answered in terms of organisational objectives and the desires and motivations of stakeholders and participants. Modelling the ‘whys’ helps in requirements elicitation, validation, and specification in a more focused manner. Goal-oriented approaches in requirements engineering has emerged to meet this expectation.

The Workshop aims to provide a forum for discussing the interplay between requirements engineering and conceptual modeling, and in particular, to investigate how goal- and intention-driven approaches help in conceptualising purposeful systems. What are the fundamental objectives and premises of requirements engineering and conceptual modelling respectively, and how can they complement each other? What are the demands on conceptual modelling from the standpoint of requirements engineering? What conceptual modelling techniques can be further taken advantage of in requirements engineering? What are the upcoming modelling challenges and issues in GORE? What are the unresolved open questions? What lessons are there to be learnt from industrial experiences? What empirical data are there to support the cost-benefit analysis when adopting GORE methods? Are there applications domains or types of project settings for which goals and intentional approaches are particularly suitable or not suitable? What degree of formalization and automation or interactivity are feasible and appropriate for what types of participants during requirements engineering? e.g., business domain stakeholders, requirements modelers, ontology engineers, etc.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 November 2009 15:24

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