Authors: Jean-Charles Jacquemin, Martin Mahaux


Abstract:
If they are to deliver their promises without creating the need to replace the investments we made in the electric grids in the last decades, electric vehicles, electric grids and their users will have to work together in a smart way. We present some opportunities and challenges that lie behind this for requirements engineers, and stand behind the position that this matter should be part of their research agenda related to sustainability.

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Review 1

  • TITLE:Writing Requirements for Electromobility and Smart Grids Systems: Challenges and Opportunities
  • AUTHORS: Jean-Charles Jacquemin, Martin Mahaux
Reviewers' expertise from 1 (low) to 5 (high): 3

  • SCORES 1 (Very Bad) 2 (More or less OK) 3 (Very Good)
Adequacy for RE4SuSy: 3
Originality of the content: 3
Significance of the work: 3
Soundness and accuracy of the technical content: 3
Style and clarity of the paper: 3
OVERALL RECOMMENDATION (Strong Reject - Reject - Conditional Accept - Accept - Strong Accept): Strong Accept

  • REVIEW:
This paper discusses the requirements engineering challenges that underlie the integration of electric vehicles and smart grids. The paper introduces the problem clearly, framing the domain and the core issues well. It provides concise summaries of several ICT domains that relate to this set of issues. Finally, it provides a list of question,s across various stakeholders, that will need to be addressed by ICT systems. These questions do a good job of demonstrating the complexity of the problem, and the need for requirements engineering in this domain.
This paper engages with an important domain for sustainability, and clearly demonstrates the need for requirements engineering. Therefore, I believe it will be likely to prompt very interesting discussions.

Review 3

  • TITLE: Writing Requirements for Electromobility and Smart Grids Systems: Challenges and Opportunities
  • AUTHORS: Jean-Charles Jacquemin, Martin Mahaux
Reviewers' expertise from 1 (low) to 5 (high): 4

  • SCORES 1 (Very Bad) 2 (More or less OK) 3 (Very Good)
Adequacy for RE4SuSy: 3
Originality of the content: 2
Significance of the work: 3
Soundness and accuracy of the technical content: 2
Style and clarity of the paper: 2
OVERALL RECOMMENDATION (Strong Reject - Reject - Conditional Accept - Accept - Strong Accept): Accept

  • REVIEW:
The title of the paper "Writing Requirements for Electromobility and Smart Grids Systems: Challenges and Opportunities" fits very well with the workshop scope. Indeed, understanding and writing requirements for integration of the emerging industry of electric car and smart grid is a very pertinent current problem.

The content of the paper is more focused on challenges and opportunities of the above integration. The issue of writing requirements for these is only touched upon as an outstanding problem. Thus, the requirements engineering angle is poorly covered here: limited to the listing of actors involved.

Despite the above point, the paper contains an good overview of the challenges and opportunities for electric car-to-grid integration sphere, which is directly relevant to the topics of energy and sustainability. This by itself could be a useful contribution to the discussion topics of the workshop, which is why I recommend acceptance.

To improve the paper:

1. I suggest that authors consider the problems of actually writing requirements a bit closer, at least adding a paragraph per actor group focusing on this in section 3 (after the paragraphs that lists challenging questions per actor group).

2. A careful proofreading will also be beneficial.

Discussion

please feel free to start the discussion

Thanks to the reviewers for their appreciation and comments. I'll contact Martin to answer them.

Jean-Charles Jacquemin
jean-charles.jacquemin@fundp.ac.be