Call to Requirements Empiricists!
WANTED: Live Study Proposals
The REFSQ conference has a tradition of a special plenary session for conducting a “live study” involving the conference attendees (typically 50-80). Historically, a live study has been a (controlled) experiment relevant to requirements engineering. An “online survey” and Focus group study have also been conducted during the conference days.
The live study, conducted in a 90-minute session, engages all the voluntary conference attendees present in the session.
For REFSQ 2020, we add the possibility of conducting a “user study” for evaluating requirements engineering tools.
This Call thus invites submissions of proposals for conducting a live study within the framework defined above.
Live study proposal (max 8 pages) should address the following items at least:
1) Plan and Design
Type of study (e.g., experiment, online survey, focus group study, etc.)
Research questions, including any hypothesis
Population of interest (i.e., target of generalisation)
Description or profile of the intended subjects: prerequisites for being a subject, such as experience, background, etc.
Study design, e.g.:
For an experiment: research question, hypothesis, control, treatment, variables, randomisation, etc.
For a focus group study: sample questions, group partitions if any, coordination, etc.
For an online survey: sample questions, rationale, survey length (time), etc.
For a user study: research questions, variables, measures, tasks, training(offline, 30-minute session, both), etc.
Note: All participants present in the session should be involved in some manner, e.g., as one large group, or two or more smaller groups in parallel whose results are then possibly integrated and shared with the plenary group. The group partitioning (if any), result integration (if any), result-sharing with the attendees, the process mechanics, etc., are part of study design.
Study methods and procedures
Equipment and infrastructure needed for performing the live study: PCs, software, flipcharts, Internet, etc.
The type of data that would be gathered
The type of analysis that would be carried out on the gathered data
2) Relevance and Feasibility of the study
Relevance of study for research and/or for practice
Benefits to the subjects of participating in the study, including incentives
Plan to make publicity of the study if selected, and to attract respondents at the conference
Sharing of preliminary and summary results with attendees during the conference
Dissemination of the results the conference attendees following the conference
3) About the researchers
Record of past empirical studies performed by the submitters
Role of the proposed study in a generic research plan (e.g., it is expected to test a theory, to explore an emergent research topic, …)
A template for Live Study proposals can be downloaded here:
Please use the LaTeX style file: onecolceurws.sty
The proposal should be submitted via Easychair:
Live study submissions will be reviewed by 3 reviewers, and based on:
The quality, relevance, soundness and feasibility of the proposal;
Potential for attracting suitable number of participants.
The camera ready of the accepted Live Study proposal(s) will be published in the CEUR Workshop Proceedings. It must include the following:
Plan and Design of the proposal
Anticipated “Threats to the validity of the results” and any mitigation procedures
Ethical issues: informed consent, confidentiality and privacy, fair treatment of subjects, absence of harm to subjects
A link to a complete description of the protocol
The authors of the accepted proposal will introduce their study to the participants and conduct the study according to the proposed plan.
A summary of the (preliminary) results of the study will be shared with the participants within the plenary summary of parallel sessions before the end of the conference.
|Live Study Proposal Submission||November 15, 2019|
|Notification of Acceptance||December 20, 2019|
Live Study Track Co-Chairs
Nelly Condori Fernandez, Universidade da Coruña, Spain; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Luisa Mich, University of Trento
Dan Berry, University of Waterloo, Canada
Alejandro Catalá, Universidad de Santiago, Spain
Daniela Cruzes, SINTEF, Norway
Fabiano Dalpiaz, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Maya Daneva, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Andrea Herrmann, Hermann & Ehrlich, Germany
Jennifer Horkoff, Chalmers University, Sweden
Ana Maria Moreno, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Nicole Novielli, University of Bari, Italy
Barbara Paech, University of Heidelberg, Germany