Call for Posters and Tools 


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’20 is “RE and Cyber-Physical Systems” to emphasize the role that RE can play in the design of the next generation of systems where people, and physical and software components interact in many different ways.


REFSQ2020 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.


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.


New in REFSQ 2020: 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).


New in REFSQ2020: 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.


Important Dates


January 17, 2020 (strict)

Author NotificationFebruary 7, 2020
Camera-readyFebruary 28, 2020
Poster/Tool Display
March 25-March 27, 2020


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’20 collocated events.


Contributions should be submitted using EasyChair at:


Posters and Tools Co-Chairs


Markus Borg – RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB (markus.borg(at)

Eduard C. Groen – Fraunhofer IESE, Germany (eduard.groen(at)


Programme Committee


Maya Daneva – University of Twente, the Netherlands

Gouri Deshpande – University of Calgary, Canada

Farnaz Fotrousi – Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

Sofija Hotomski – ASMIQ AG, Switzerland

Oliver Karras – Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Fitsum M. Kifetew – Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy

Tong Li – Bejing University of Technology, China

Anas Mahmoud – Louisiana State University, USA

Mehrdad Sabetzadeh – University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Andreas Vogelsang – Technical University Berlin, Germany