Keynote (05.03.09)

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High Impact Requirements Engineering in Software Ecosystems

Matthias Jarke

Informatik 5 (Informationssysteme), RWTH Aachen und
Fraunhofer FIT
Ahornstr. 55
52074 Aachen

Abstract:
Requirements engineering constitutes the bridge between the usage world and the development world of software-intensive systems. Its responsibility has thus often been described as ensuring building the right system, complementing other facets of system development which focus on building the system in the right manner.

Many of the RE methods proposed in the 1980s and 1990s have by now found their way into wide practical usage, even though some of even the most basic wisdoms still often get neglected when it comes to very large and political systems. However, beyond these issues, the environment in which systems operate has changed since the turn of the century. Systems are no longer developed from scratch but evolve from earlier ones, are embedded in a broader landscape or ecology of existing systems, and grow further in complexity while changing much faster than before. Embedding of systems in our sense means both the interdisciplinary linkage to other engineering disciplines, and the technical and social networking of systems, e.g., in organizational information systems and Internet communities.

The presentation will give an overview of some of these changes and the related challenges to requirements engineering research derived from them. It will then specifically focus on the role of software platforms as part of, and contributor to system ecologies. The discussion will address both the viewpoint of the platform owners and developers, and the viewpoint of the communities using the platforms.


Matthias Jarke

ist Professor für Informationssysteme an der RWTH Aachen und Leiter des Fraunhofer-Instituts für Angewandte Informationstechnik FIT in Sankt Augustin. Nach Doppelstudium in Informatik und Betriebswirtschaftslehre und Promotion in Wirtschaftsinformatik an der Universität Hamburg hatte er Professuren an der Stern School of Business der New York University und an der Universität Passau inne, bevor er 1991 den
Lehrstuhl in Aachen übernahm.

Sein Forschungsgebiet ist die Unterstützung kooperativer Prozesse in Wirtschaft, Ingenieurwesen und Kultur durch Informationssysteme. Jarke ist Bereichsleiter im Exzellenzcluster "Ultra-Highspeed Mobile Information and Communication" und hat verschiedene EU-Projekte im Information Systems Engineering koordiniert. Neben einer Reihe von Büchern hat er über 250 referierte Publikationen verfasst und war Programmkomiteevorsitzender
zahlreicher Tagungen wie VLDB, EDBT, CAiSE, SSDBM und CoopIS, sowie zehn Jahre lang Chief Editor der ältesten Datenbankzeitschrift "Information Systems". Als Präsident der Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) von 2004-2007 war er u.a. wissenschaftlicher Gesamtkoordinator des Informatikjahrs 2006.


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