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Welcome From the General Chair

Welcome From the General Chair

Atlanta is welcoming the Requirements Engineering conference, with the hospitality of the South. RE’09 promises to have outstanding research and practitioner tracks, and innovative tutorials and workshops. Presentations of established tools and research demos will be ongoing, and integrated into the program. The newest information about all of these conference activities are here. News updates are available by RSS feed. If you have a suggestion for RE’09, please email me at wrobinson@gsu.edu. I’ll be happy to hear from you.

I look forward to seeing you in Atlanta


Requirements Engineering (RE'09)

The International Requirements Engineering Conference is sponsored by the IEEE and is the premier academic and industrial event in the field of Requirements Engineering. The conference provides a forum for researchers, educators, and industrial practitioners where they present and discuss recent innovations, trends, experiences, and concerns in the field of requirements engineering, which includes systems analysis, software product-line engineering, architectural analysis, etc. Many of the participants influence the development methodologies and tools that are used in their own organizations as well as client organizations.  The 17th international event (RE’09) will be held in the vibrant and conveniently located Atlanta, GA (USA) Atlanta 31 August – 4 September 2009. Requirements engineering is increasingly becoming a dominant activity during systems development—with increased awareness for the need to capture requirements that reflect the stakeholders' desires and needs.

Conference Objectives

The primary objective of the conference is to promote the exchange of ideas between industry and academia so that we can improve our ability to develop products that meet the needs of all system stakeholders within today’s challenging and fast-paced environment.

Conference Theme

The world is becoming ever more dependent on software intensive systems. They are central to our economy, to our society, to the services we depend upon and, increasingly to the very survival of the global ecosystem. Despite many failures, some of them very well publicized, the engineering of such systems has improved consistently over the past few decades. However many challenges remain. Every computer-based system involves relating the myriad, informal facets of the real world to the intricate and formal specifics of a software system. Understanding potentials or details of software systems is not expected of stakeholders, who have their own specialized concerns. Similarly, the eager and technologically capable developers are not expected to understand the nuances of the many domains where software applies. Requirements Engineering (RE) is the essential capability that can bridge the two perspectives. The RE activity is multi-disciplinary. When defining the requirements of major systems we must bring to bear expertise from a wide range of specialisms such as Human-Computer Interaction, Systems Modeling, and Security. The RE research field builds the effective bridges between these and other sub-disciplines of the Computer Science and Information Systems fields. The many computer-based system needs of business and society are often contradictory, inadequately defined, and rapidly changing. RE helps stakeholders communicate, helping to reconcile their conflicts, clarify their goals, and reflect their priorities. If our society is to seek a better future we will need all of the models, methods, and tools that RE can provide.


The RE conference typically draws between 250-350 participants including:

  • Engineers, consultants, IT-architects
  • Tools vendors, users
  • Academic and industrial researchers
  • IT Managers
  • Professors, students
  • Expected participants include: 50% from USA, 30% from Europe, 20% from Asia-Pacific and Latin America.


  • Workshops on emerging topics
  • Tutorials by leading experts in their fields

Conference Highlights

Parallel technical and practitioner tracks will be offered:

  • Special invited speakers
  • Industrial experience reports
  • Research reports and demos
  • Vendor product demonstrations
  • Panel discussions and mini tutorials
  • Banquet with participants and sponsors

Post Conference Highlights

  • Over 1000 copies of papers will be distributed worldwide
  • Publication of the best articles in a special issues of IEEE Software and the Requirements Engineering Journal
  • Summary of the conference in scientific and specialized magazines for the general readership.
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