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8th International Conference on Business Process Management

Hoboken, New Jersey
September 13-16, 2010

Business Process Management (BPM) becomes increasingly important as companies want to increase insight, efficiency and effectiveness of their operations. BPM 2010 is the eighth conference in a series that provides the most distinguished forum for researchers and practitioners in all aspects of BPM including theory, frameworks, methods, techniques, architectures, systems, and empirical findings. It will be held from September 13-16, 2010, at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, just minutes from downtown Manhattan. The conference has a record of attracting innovative research of highest quality, from a mix of disciplines including Computer Science, Management Information Science, Services Computing, Services Science, and Technology Management. The acceptance rate at the BPM conference has traditionally been around 15%. In addition to showcasing leading research, the conference provides a venue for the discussion of BPM education, the demonstration of innovative systems with BPM functionalities, and an exchange among BPM practitioners.

We invite contributions in four different areas:
- Research Papers
- Industry Contributions
- Education and Curriculum Papers
- Demonstrations and Prototypes

Call for Research Papers (Deadline: 14 March 2010)

BPM 2010 continues with the broad-based themes of previous BPM conferences, and strives to strengthen and expand in several key directions. The conference especially encourages emerging research on new conceptual models for BPM understood broadly, models that attempt to unify core aspects of BPM, including process management, data management, business rules and requirements, and analytics, that until recently have been represented using rather disparate conceptual models. The conference also encourages the increasing interest in applying established and new techniques, such as model-driven architectures, Web services and Web architectures, SOA, and Cloud Computing , to the specific challenges of BPM. Finally, the conference seeks to attract papers that highlight the pervasive need for BPM capabilities across application areas outside of business management, including healthcare delivery, digital government, disaster management, and management of scientific and other academic endeavors, and that highlight how new techniques can solve the distinctive challenges arising in those diverse areas.

Call for Education and Curriculum Papers (Due: 14 March 2010)

The new Education and Curriculum track invites papers that examine effective education and training methods for developing the BPM professional. The intent is to share and develop relevant knowledge and to promote fresh ideas for the integration of the broad spectrum of BPM dimensions into training and education courses and/or programs. General questions include the current state of BPM education in universities and/or professional education organizations, what courses and content of those courses are effective at developing BPM professionals, what methods of education/training deployment help BPM professionals understand the holistic nature of end-to-end process-centric organizations, and what types of skills and abilities are needed for BPM deployments and sustainment.

Call for Demonstrations (Due: 17 May 2010)

The Demonstration track showcases innovative Business Process Management (BPM) tools and applications that may originate either from research initiatives or from industry. The Demonstration Track will provide an opportunity to present and discuss emerging technologies with researchers and practitioners in the BPM field. In addition, authors are invited to submit a paper describing their prototype for publication.

Call for Industry Contributions (Abstracts Due: 15 February 2010)

The BPM 2010 industry track will provide practitioners with the opportunity to present insight gained through BPM projects. We are particularly interested in case studies from the perspective of user organizations. We are particularly interested in contributions that address one the following themes:

-Process Modeling and Innovation Projects
-BPM Software Platforms and Architectures
-Process Analytics and Business Intelligence
-Process Flexibility and Evolution
-Management Issues in BPM

For more information see

Conference Committee:

General Chairs

Michael zur Muehlen, Stevens Institute of Technology
Henry Chang, IBM Research

Program Chairs

Rick Hull, IBM Research
Stefan Tai, Universität Karlsruhe
Jan Mendling, Humboldt-Universität Berlin

Industry Chair

Michael Rosemann, Queensland University of Technology

Workshop Chair

Jianwen Su, University of California, Santa Barbara

Doctoral Consortium Chair

Ted Stohr, Stevens Institute of Technology

Demo Chair

Marcello La Rosa, Queensland University of Technology


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How can the understandability of business process models be improved? This question is the focus of a study conducted by the Humboldt University of Berlin, Eindhoven University of Technology and the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

We would like to ask you to consider taking a few minutes of your time to complete the online survey on process model understandability. The questionnaire has been designed for users of EPCs (Event-driven Process Chains), which means that anyone that uses EPCs to create business process models for whatever purpose is welcome and encouraged to participate.

You will find the online survey under

As an incentive to participate we offer you free access to the results of the study as well as the chance to win one of three copies of the recently released textbook

J. Mendling: Process Model Metrics. 64,95 Euro. Springer-Verlag 2008

For a chance to win this textbook please provide your contact details at the end of the survey.

Many thanks for participating in this important study.

All the best,

Jan Mendling, Jan Recker, and Hajo Reijers

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4th International Workshop on Business Process Design

Milan, Italy, 1 September 2008

To be held in conjunction with
the 6th International Conference on Business Process Management (

Workshop Background and Goals

Conscious (re)design of business processes is a powerful means for the pro-active improvement of process performance as well as for the more re-active achievement of higher process conformance. Despite its popularity and obvious pay-offs, process design is still more art than science. Many handbooks on the subject remain vague about how to actually derive superior process designs. The practice of business process design tends to rely on the creativity of business professionals to come up with new process lay-outs, but the outcomes of such efforts are hard to predict. Scientific approaches so far have focused often on only small, well-understood business domains. Overall, much more attention is devoted to process modeling techniques and standards. In a way, this is similar to agreeing on the language, without knowing what to say.


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Call for Papers:

Knowledge Representation in general and Rule Based Representations in particular, are core areas of Artificial Intelligence. Research in these areas strongly influences standards on the web like RuleML or the W3C standards OWL and SWRL. Advancing the theoretical underpinnings and practical impact of these technologies will be an ongoing challenge.

On the other hand, Business Rules and Semantic Business Process Management are growing research and application areas. Business Rules strive to meet the increasing requirements of transparency and compliance: making sure that all stakeholders comply with all rules and regulations at any place and any time. Business Processes are derived form the strategy of an enterprise, and define the requirements of information systems. Here, AI methods such as Semantic Modelling, Knowledge Validation, Automated Planning and Intelligent Agents will play ever increasing roles.


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The AMCIS 2007 was recently held in Keystone, Colorado (August 9-12, 2007). The SIGPAM sponsored minitrack on Business Process Automation and Management was organized by co-chairs Amit V. Deokar, Michael zur Muehlen, and Jay F. Nunamaker, Jr. The minitrack received a good response from researchers in this field and triggered some interesting discussions. The following four papers were presented during this minitrack:

  1. Integration of a Business Rules Engine to Manage Frequently Changing Workflow: A Case Study of Insurance Underwriting Workflow by George K. Royce
  2. Towards Enhanced Business Process Models Based on Fuzzy Attributes and Rules by Oliver Thomas, Thorsten Dollmann, and Peter Loos (Presentation)
  3. Are We There Yet? Seamless Mapping of BPMN to BPEL4WS by Marta Indulska, Jan Recker, Peter Green, and Michael Rosemann (Presentation)
  4. An Approach for Capacity Planning of Web Service Workflows by Julian Eckert, Nicolas Repp, Stefan Schulte, Rainer Berbner, and Ralf Steinmetz

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Call for Papers

Special Issue on Collaborative Business Processes
Information System Frontiers (ISF)

Recent years have seen the trend of business globalisation which urgently requires dynamical collaboration among organisations. The business processes of different organisations need to be integrated seamlessly to adapt the continuously changing business conditions and to stay competitive in the global market. Though current business process technologies have achieved a certain level, there is still a large room between the current supports and the requirements from real collaboration scenarios. Especially in a loosely coupled collaboration environment, many non-functional yet crucial aspects, such as privacy and security, reliability and flexibility, scalability and agility, process validation, QoS guarantees, etc., are with a great lack of sufficient supports. This gap in turn obstructs the further advancement and wider application of business process technologies. Therefore, more academic research, facilitating infrastructure, protocols and standards are being expected to shift current business process management for supporting collaborative business processes.


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Call for Papers

Cutter IT Journal
Bartosz Kiepuszewski, Guest Editor
Abstract Submission Date: 23 August 2007
Articles Due: 25 September 2007

“Business Process Management: A Broken Promise or the Building Blocks of Modern Enterprise Architecture?”

Business process management (BPM) is a concept that has been alive in the IT world for many years under various names and labels. I will not even attempt to precisely define it, for — similar to many vague IT concepts belonging more in marketing than engineering — a clear and crisp definition is hard to come by. However, the ability to graphically define a business process and then automate it, or to use a computer to execute it with little or no extra programming required, has been with us for years.

In the client-server era of the 1990s, BPM tools were called workflow management systems. The main vendors from this era — FileNet, Staffware, IBM and many others — provided us with so-called workflow engines that, based on a process definition, routed work between process participants, be they human actors or computer machines. Back then, the Workflow Management Coalition was formed with the aim of standardizing the architecture and interfaces of typical workflow systems. The tide then shifted toward enterprise architectures, and problems related to enterprise architecture integration (EAI) in particular. (more…)

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Workflow Patterns Website (

The Workflow Patterns initiative in started in 1999. The aim of this initiative is to provide a conceptual basis for process technology. In particular, the research provides a thorough examination of the various perspectives (control flow, data, resource, and exception handling) that need to be supported by a workflow language or a business process modeling language. The results can be used for examining the suitability of a particular process language or workflow system for a particular project, assessing relative strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to process specification, implementing certain business requirements in a particular process-aware information system, and as a basis for language and tool development. (more…)

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BPM 2007 is the fifth installation in a conference series that provides the leading global forum for researchers and practitioners in all aspects of Business Process Management. BPM 2007 will be held from 24-28 September 2007 in Brisbane, Australia and is organized by the Business Process Management Research Group, Faculty of Information Technology of the Queensland University of Technology.

The academic program follows the highest academic standards and the acceptance rate has been 15%. Traditionally, the BPM conference attracts the most prestigious researchers in all areas of Business Process Management. In 2007, we will complement the strong academic program (more…)

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Process mining techniques allow for extracting information from event logs, e.g. as generared by operational workflow management systems. It is a field that receives wide attention from the academic BPM community and is increasingly being applied in organizational settings. The Process Mining Wiki at presents the research done in the context of the ProM framework. The associated software can be downloaded from

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