11 July 2018, by Marlo Haering
From the 20-24th of August over 300 researchers met at the beautiful Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada) to present and discuss their latest findings at the 26th International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE'18).
The week was filled with an interesting program. Tutorials, workshops, a doctoral symposium, and an industry day (a sign that the community is making an impact) took place before the three-day main conference.
The main conference (click here for the full program) displayed bleeding-edge research in requirements engineering. Three compelling keynotes—delivered from two world-renowned researchers and a representative of the self-driving car industry—accompanied the sessions. Junior and experienced researchers presented studies, from theoretical to data-driven, in several domains following this year's theme "Crossing Boundaries and Increasing Impact." Prof. Walid Maalej was part of the organization and, according to many old-time attendants, RE'18 was one of the most successful in the series.
RE'18 featured also the first edition of AffectRE (co-organized by Davide Fucci), a workshop dedicated to bringing together researchers interested in studying emotions, moods, and affective states to support better requirements engineering practices and tools. The workshop had a good attendance (between 15 and 20 people) and included two invited talks, four research papers, as well as a discussion session to plan the next steps in this emergent community.
For details about what went on during both events, you can follow the #RE18 and #AffectRE18 hashtags on Twitter. Pictures of the event are available here.
The conference (and possibly the AffectRE workshop) will be back next year in Jeju Island (South Korea) for RE'19!