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"Immersive Scenario-based Requirements Engineering"

Staff and funding

Principal investigator: Prof Alistair Sutcliffe (Now at UMIST)
Research staff: Prof Neil Maiden, Brian Gault
Total funding: £168,337
Funding source: EPSRC
Duration: July 1999 to December 2002

Project description

ISRE is an EPSRC project with BAe Systems. It explores the use of virtual environments in scenario-based requirements engineering, using Marconi command-and-control systems as test examples. Prior work included a study of the use of virtual environments in the design and verification of submarine consoles at Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Limited.

Specific activities will include:

- Specifying a taxonomy of requirements types and a framework of scenarios to guide requirements elicitation in command-and-control systems.
- Developing a method for acquiring, refining and validating requirements using the taxonomy and appropriate virtual environment technology.
- Investigating how requirements may be captured from multi-party virtual environment interaction.
- Developing design guidelines for constructing virtual environments according to the types of requirements that need to be captured.
- Evaluating the guidelines and method with studies using practical Marconi problems.

Publications include

  • Kaur, K., Maiden, N. and Sutcliffe, A. "Potential for use of virtual environments in specification, design and verification of control consoles. Technical report. Marconi Naval Systems, Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Limited." (1999). Interacting with Virtual Environments: An Evaluation of a Model of Interaction. Interacting with Computers, 11, pp.403-426