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November 09, 2011

Anton, Maxwell, and Swire Earn Distinguished Paper Award at RE '11

A paper co-authored by Dr. Annie Antón, professor of Computer Science in the NC State Computer Science Department, Jeremy Maxwell, a PhD student in the NC State Computer Science Department, and Peter Swire, professor of Law at the Moritz College of Law of Ohio State University, won a Distinguished Paper Award at the 19th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE ‘11) held in Trento, Italy, August 29 – September 2, 2011.
The paper is titled "A Legal Cross-References Taxonomy for Identifying Conflicting Software Requirements".
Abstract:  Companies must ensure their software complies with relevant laws and regulations to avoid the risk of costly penalties, lost reputation, and brand damage resulting from noncompliance. Laws and regulations contain internal cross-references to portions of the same legal text, as well as cross-references to external legal texts. These cross-references introduce ambiguities, exceptions, as well as other challenges to regulatory compliance. Requirements engineers need guidance as to how to address cross-references in order to comply with the requirements of the law. Herein, we analyze each external cross-reference within the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to determine whether a cross-reference either: introduces a conflicting requirement, a conflicting definition, and/or refines an existing requirement. Herein, we propose a legal cross-reference taxonomy to aid requirements engineers in classifying cross-references as they specify compliance requirements. Analyzing cross-references enables us to address conflicting requirements that may otherwise thwart legal compliance. We identify five sets of conflicting compliance requirements and recommend strategies for resolving these conflicts.
To read the award-winning paper, click here.
The IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference series is the premier international forum for researchers, educators, practitioners and students to present and discuss the latest innovations, trends, experiences, and concerns in the fields of Requirements Engineering.  For more information on the RE ‘11 conference, click here.
For more information on Dr. Antón, click here.
For more information on Mr. Maxwell, click here.
For more information on Dr. Swire, click here. 


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