From User Demand to Software Service: Using Machine Learning to Automate the Requirements Specification Process

L. van Rooijen, F. S. Bäumer, M. C. Platenius, M. Geierhos, H. Hamann, G. Engels


Bridging the gap between informal, imprecise, and vague user requirements descriptions and precise formalized specifications is the main task of requirements engineering. Techniques such as interviews or story telling are used when requirements engineers try to identify a user's needs. The requirements specification process is typically done in a dialogue between users, domain experts, and requirements engineers. In our research, we aim at automating the specification of requirements. The idea is to distinguish between untrained users and trained users, and to exploit domain knowledge learned from previous runs of our system. We let untrained users provide unstructured natural language descriptions, while we allow trained users to provide examples of behavioral descriptions. In both cases, our goal is to synthesize formal requirements models similar to statecharts. From requirements specification processes with trained users, behavioral ontologies are learned which are later used to support the requirements specification process for untrained users. Our research method is original in combining natural language processing and search-based techniques for the synthesis of requirements specifications. Our work is embedded in a larger project that aims at automating the whole software development and deployment process in envisioned future software service markets.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE 25th International Requirements Engineering Conference Workshops (REW)
Number of pages7
Place of PublicationLisbon, Portugal
Publication date01.09.2017
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-3489-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-3488-2
Publication statusPublished - 01.09.2017
Event25th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference Workshops - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 04.09.201708.09.2017


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