Requirements Engineering

Anton, A.I. and C. Potts. A Representational Framework for Scenarios of Systems Use, Requirements Engineering Journal, Springer-Verlag, 3(3-4), pp. 219-241, 1999.

Potts, C. ScenIC: A Strategy for Inquiry-Driven Requirements Determination, IEEE Fourth International Symposium on Requirements Engineering (RE'99), University of Limerick, Ireland, pp. 58-65, 7-11 June 1999

Potts, C. and I. Hsi., Abstraction and Context in Requirements Engineering: Toward a Synthesis, Annals of Software Engineering 9: 1-39, 1997.

Potts, C. and W. Newstetter. Naturalistic Inquiry and Requirements Engineering: Reconciling their Theoretical Foundations. Proc. 3rd International Symposium on Requirements Engineering (RE'97), Annapolis, MD, January 7-10, 1997. IEEE Computer Society Press, pp. 118-127

Collaboration in Software Development

Potts, C., Catledge, L.D.: Collaborative Conceptual Design: A Large Software Project Case Study. Computer Supported Cooperative Work(1996) 415-445


Potts, C., K. Takahashi and A. Anton, Inquiry-Based Requirements Analysis, IEEE Software, March, 1994.

Information Privacy

Jensen, C.,, Chandan Sarkar, Christian Jensen and Colin Potts: Tracking Website Data-Collection and Privacy Practices with the iWatch Web Crawler, Proc. SOUPS (Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security), Pittsburgh, PA: July 18-20, 2007

Jensen, C, C. Potts, and Christian Jensen. "Privacy Practices of Internet Users: Self-report versus Observed Behavior" International Journal of Human Computer Studies (special issue on HCI Research in Privacy and Security). July, 2005

Jensen, Carlos, Colin Potts. "Privacy Policies as Decision-Making Tools: A Usability Evaluation of Online Privacy Notices" Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: CHI 2004, Vienna, Austria, April 2004. pp 471-478

Ontology of Computing

Potts, C, "Modes of Correspondence between Information Systems and the World" 2nd Int. Workshop on Philosophical Foundations of Information Systems Engineering, Luxembourg June 2006. [PDF]

Anton, Annie I.,  and Colin Potts. Functional Paleontology: The Evolution of User-Visible System Services, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 29(2), pp. 151-166, February 2003

Hsi, I., C. Potts and M.Moore. Ontological excavation: Unearthing the core concepts of the application, Proc. 10th Working Conf. Reverse Engineering, 13-16 November, 2003. pp. 345-353

Potts, C. Metaphors of Intent. IEEE Fifth International Symposium on Requirements Engineering (RE'01), Toronto, September, 2001


My research interests in several areas (requirements engineering, collaboration in software development, information privacy, ontology of computing) share the parallel themes of how computing technologies affect the way that we think about work and the everyday world and how the way we interact and think affects the technology we deploy.

My ongoing research with Klara Benda is in the study of collaborative cognition during software development, as it applies to interdisciplinary, open-source development.