MREBA 4th international workshop on conceptual modeling in requirements and business analysis


Requirements Engineering (RE) aims to capture intended system functionality and qualities. For that, requirements are often explicitly captured in various types of conceptual models. Such models allow for sharing a collaborative perception of requirements, can facilitate analysis, and can transform towards design, specification, and code. In practice, requirements activities often fall under the heading of Business Analysis (BA), determining how a business can make use of technology in order to improve its operations, meet targets, and thrive in a competitive economy. Use of models in this context allows for an explicit consideration of business strategy, including requirements specifying how such strategies can be operationalized through socio-technical systems. Moreover, conceptual modeling can be a core asset as part of a business intelligence initiative, using models to monitor and reason over the real-time achievement of business strategies.

The MREBA workshop aims to provide a forum for discussing the interplay between Requirements Engineering and Business Analysis topics and Conceptual Modeling. In particular, the workshop focuses on how requirements modeling can be effectively used as part of Business Analysis and Systems Engineering. We ask: What are the fundamental objectives and premises of RE/BA and conceptual modeling respectively, and how can they complement each other? What conceptual modeling techniques can be utilized in RE/BA? How can RE/BA modeling be applied successfully in a business environment? What lessons are there to be learned from industrial experiences? What empirical data can support cost-benefit analyses when adopting RE/BA methods? Are there applications, domains or types of project settings for which RE/BA approaches are particularly suitable or not? What degree of formalization and automation or interactivity is feasible and appropriate for which types of participants during RE/BA modeling?


Submissions should address the relation between Requirements Engineering and/or Business Analysis and conceptual modelling on the selected topic. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Modelling for Business Analysis and Business Intelligence
  • Elicitation, analysis and evaluation of requirements
  • Agile approaches to requirements engineering
  • Domain understanding and scenarios analysis
  • Management and reuse of requirements
  • Automation of requirements transformation to software development artifacts
  • Capturing prioritization, customization and preferences
  • Modelling methodologies, processes, and methods
  • Stakeholder analysis and communication
  • Requirements as part of Enterprise Modelling and Enterprise Architecture
  • Goal/Intention-Oriented Requirements Engineering (GORE)
  • Modelling as part of collaborative RE/BA
  • RE/BA model scalability, complexity, and modularity
  • Industrial or systems requirements modeling
  • Model feedback and validation
  • RE/BA language interoperability, integration, transformation
  • Ontological perspectives on RE/BA models
  • Capturing laws, regulation, and compliance
  • Visual notation for RE/BA models
  • Analysis and reasoning, including decision support
  • Modelling security, privacy, risk, and safety
  • Industrial experiences, empirical studies and tools related to RE/BA modelling

Submission Guidelines

Format and Duration

We aim for a highly interactive forum. The intended workshop duration is three sessions (1.5 hours each), including at least one session of paper presentations and discussions. We intend to include a keynote and, depending on the number of accepted papers, a panel or interactive session.

Types of Papers

We invite submissions of high quality papers describing original and unpublished results regarding any of the workshop’s topics of interest.

We solicit three types of papers: full papers (10 pages max) including technical papers and experience reports, position or vision papers (6 pages max) and industrial problem statements (6 pages max) in LNCS format.

Submission Instructions

Papers must be written in English, follow the LNCS format, and submitted as PDF files using EasyChair at .

Papers must not have been previously published or submitted elsewhere.

The accepted papers will be published within the ER Workshop proceedings, in the Springer LNCS Series. At least one of the authors for each accepted paper must be registered and attend the conference for paper presentation.

Important dates

Paper Submission July 09, 2017 (EXTENDED)

Author Notification July 26, 2017

Camera Ready August 09, 2017

Workshop Dates November, 2017

MREBA 2017 Co-Chairs

Renata Guizzardi, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (UFES), Brazil

Eric-Oluf Svee, Stockholm University, Sweden

Jelena Zdravkovic, Stockholm University, Sweden