Pushing boundaries of RE: Requirement elicitation for non-human users

Anna Zamansky, Dirk van der Linden, Sofya Baskin

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With the advance of modern technologies, computerbased systems for animals are gaining popularity. In particular,
there is an explosion of products and gadgets for pets: wellness
monitoring applications (e.g., FitBark and PetPace), automatic
food dispensers, cognitive enrichment apps, and many more.
Furthermore, the discipline of Animal-Computer Interaction has
emerged, focusing on a user-centric development of technologies
for animals, making them stakeholders in the development
process. Animal-centric technologies have already been developed to support activities of rescue and assistance dogs, to provide environmental and cognitive enrichment for animals in captivity, and to support conservation and animal behavior research. Going beyond human stakeholders poses new exciting challenges for requirement engineering and can be used to significantly expand its boundaries under broader theoretical and methodological frameworks. This paper highlights these challenges and proposes a research agenda for developing methodologies for requirement elicitation and analysis for a user-centric development of computerized systems for non-human users.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationRequirements Engineering Conference (RE), 2017 IEEE 25th International
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a meeting held 4-8 September 2017, Lisbon, Portugal
Number of pages6
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Sept 2017

Publication series

NameRequirements Engineering, IEEE International Conference
ISSN (Electronic)2332-6441

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