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12 February 2015

Doubt and Uncertainty in Requirements Engineering

Location: Meeting Room 10, 2nd Floor, JLB
Time: 12:30pm - 13:45pm
Speaker(s): Emmanuel Letier - University College London

Requirements engineering has traditionally emphasised the precise specification of system goals, software requirements, and domain assumptions. But how do we know this is useful? How detailed and complete should these specifications be? Isn't it all a waste of time? Many software development projects are confronted with such questions about the value of detailed requirements analysis. Researchers in software engineering may also go through episodes of doubt and uncertainty about the value of their research. In this talk, I will describe my own journey through doubt and uncertainty in requirements engineering. I will then present concepts from Bayesian Decision Analysis that I believe will help us face doubt and uncertainty. The purpose of the talk will be to stimulate discussions of new research challenges and opportunities created by this perspective. As every researcher knows, doubt and uncertainty are prerequisites to the development of new ideas. Bio Emmanuel Letier is a Senior Lecturer in the Software Systems Engineering group at University College London. His research interests revolve around goal modelling, formal specification, and decision analysis applied to requirements engineering and software architectures. He will be program co-chair of the International Requirements Engineering Conference in Beijing in 2016 (RE'16).

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Contact: mailto:paul.piwek@open.ac.uk