BPMDS 2017: 18th International Conference on Business Process Modeling, Development, and Support 2017

June 12, 2017-June 13, 2017 in Essen, Germany

Call for Papers

BPMDS solicits papers related to Business Process Modeling, Development and Support (BPMDS) using quality, relevance, originality and applicability as main selection criteria. As a working conference, BPMDS’17 seeks to attract full research papers describing mature research, experience reports related to using BPMDS in practice, and visionary idea papers. Practitioners are also encouraged to present lessons learned from practice.

The focus theme for BPMDS’17 idea papers is

Enabling Business Transformation by Business Process Modeling, Development and Support

Papers submitted in the category idea papers will be required to be of relevance to the focus theme, thus providing a mass of new ideas around a relatively narrow but emerging research area.

For the 18th edition of the BPMDS conference, we invite the interested authors to engage during the two days of BPMDS’2017 in Essen, and to take part in a deep discussion with all participants about the challenges of business transformation in the digitally connected world and the ways business process modeling, development and support may provide capabilities to deal with those challenges. The challenges result, among others, from the impacts of the ubiquity of the actors, social networks, new business models, the co-existence of flexibility, exception handling, context awareness and personalization requirements together with other compliance and quality requirements.

Practitioners are producing business process models, researchers are studying/producing business process models, and also are producing new modeling languages when they consider that existing ones are not sufficient. What is beyond? Which kind of analyses can we make using those process models? How can we complete / enhance those process models with annotations, with data coming from everywhere out of the immediate process environment? How can the understanding we gain by working on those models in a sandbox help / facilitate the undergoing business transformation?


Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Business transformation and BPMDS - How does BPMDS enable and contribute to analyzing / understanding / representing business transformation? - How does business transformation influence BPMDS? - How do projects of business process modeling, development and support contribute to increasing innovative capacities for business transformation? - What are the relationships between various types of BPS systems (SoS vs. WFMS, for instance) and types of transformation they help to support? - How do transformative technologies such as IoT, cloud-computing, Big Data, etc., impact BPMDS, particularly do they change the notion of business process? - How does the rise of platforms and bidirectional markets influence BPMDS? - What are cases where business process related projects supported / facilitated business transformation? - What are cases where business process related projects did not support / facilitate business transformation? - How can BPMDS contribute to integrating people for business transformation, e. g., via human-centric business processes? - Business process ecosystems in a connected and elastic world - Pervasive business processes and ubiquitous actors supporting business transformation - The roles of BPMDS in business analytics and in exploiting the data abundance (“Big Data”) - New capabilities of analysis of business process models to support business transformation

Business Process Modeling - Business process modeling languages, notations and methods - Multi-perspectives on business process modeling - Coherence among multi-perspective representations - Theoretical foundations for analyzing, modeling business processes - Verification and validation of business process models - Variability and adaptability of business process models - Dynamic configuration: modeling by reuse - Granularity, development of reusable and context-aware components: modeling for reuse - Domain specific reference models and domain specific modeling languages - Decision management and BPMDS - Business process modeling enhanced by social software and social networks

Business Process Development - Compliance, reliability, security, performance - Flexibility, variability, adaptability - Metrics, maturity and continuous improvement - Strategy, business processes, people and IT: alignment, fit and coherence - Knowledge-intensive business processes - Context aware business processes - Cross-organizational business processes - Data-intensive business processes - Business process change management and governance issues - Enhancing creativity in business processes

Business Process Support - Theoretical foundations for simulating or executing business processes - Service orientation for better supporting business processes (appropriate level of flexibility, variability, granularity, …) - Business process support combined with social software and social networks - Context aware work allocation in business processes - Actor support vs. control support in business processes - Mobile technologies and context aware business processes - Business processes using cloud-services


Prospective conference participants are invited to submit a paper that concerns business process modeling and development, and/or business process support (development of software dedicated to business processes). We solicit the papers (both research papers and experience reports) that contain results worth of discussion. Full research papers should report research in an advanced stage, including results and at least partial evaluation.

Thus four categories of submissions are welcome:

(1) Full research papers (could be technical papers or empirical evaluation papers).

(2) Experience reports should follow guidelines in http://www.bpmds.org/guidelines.

(3) Idea papers related to the focus theme “Enabling Business Transformation by Business Process Modeling, Development and Support”, should address completely new research positions or approaches. The compliance to the focus theme is mandatory for idea papers, which should describe precisely the situation and demonstrate the shortcomings of current methods, tools, ways of reasoning, meta-models, etc.

Papers of the first three submission types should be of up to 15 pages. Please follow the LNCS format instructions at http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html for all of them.

(4) Lessons learned from practice (new category added this year). We welcome all practitioners to share with BPMDS participants and followers their own experience in the topics (see below) related to the BPMDS conference. This category of short papers with up to 8 pages follow the guidelines suggested for the category (2). Conformity with LNCS guidelines is not mandatory for this category. The accepted propositions will be presented during the BPMDS’17 industrial track and will be published on the BPMDS web site or in the CAISE Radar proceedings.

Papers should be submitted in Adobe PDF format. The results described must be unpublished and must not be under review elsewhere. Please submit through the conference management system available at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bpmds2017.


The conference proceedings will be published in a Springer LNBIP volume (joint with EMMSAD), "Enterprise, Business-Process and Information Systems Modeling”, as the five previous years (LNBIP 29, LNBIP 50, LNBIP 81, LNBIP 113, LNBIP 147 LNBIP 175). Contributing authors may find all relevant information at http://www.springer.com/series/7911

After the BPMDS’17 conference, extended versions of selected papers will be considered for publishing in a special issue of the International Journal on Software and Systems Modeling (SoSyM).

The previous special issues are: BPMDS’16 in SoSyM launched; BPMDS’15 in SoSyM in progress; BPMDS’14 in SoSyM, papers already online, printed issue coming soon; BPMDS’13 in SoSyM, vol. 15, issue 2, May 2016; BPMDS’12 in SoSyM, vol. 14, issue 3, July 2015; BPMDS’11 in IJISMD, vol. 4, issue 2, 2013; BPMDS’10 selected paper in REJ, vol. 17, issue 2, 2012; BPMDS’09 in IJISMD, vol. 2, issue 2, 2011; BPMDS’08 in JSME vol. 24, issue 3, 2012; BPMDS’07 in IJBPIM, vol. 4, issue 2, 2009; BPMDS’06 in IJBPIM, vol. 3, issue 1, 2008; BPMDS’05 in SPIP, vol. 12, issue 1, 2007; BPMDS’04 in SPIP vol. 10, issue 4, 2005 & REJ vol. 10, issue 3, 2005; BPMDS’02 in BPMJ, vol. 11, issue 6, 2005.

The proceedings of BPMDS’16 are available at http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-39429-9

The proceedings of BPMDS’15 are available at http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-19237-6

The proceedings of BPMDS’14 are available at http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-3-662-43744-5/ Theme Section of BPMDS’14 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10270-016-0570-9

The proceedings of BPMDS’13 are available at http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-3-642-38483-7/ Special Section of BPMDS’13 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10270-015-0468-y

The proceedings of BPMDS’12 are available at http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-3-642-31071-3/ Special Section of BPMDS’12 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10270-014-0419-z

The proceedings of BPMDS’11 are available at http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-3-642-21758-6/

The proceedings of BPMDS’10 are available at http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-3-642-13050-2/

The proceedings of BPMDS’09 are available at http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-3-642-01861-9/


Selmin Nurcan – Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France Jens Gulden, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany


Ilia Bider – Stockholm University and IbisSoft, Sweden Selmin Nurcan – University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France Rainer Schmidt – Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany Pnina Soffer – University of Haifa, Israel


Ilia Bider, Stockholm University and IbisSoft, Sweden Pascal Negros, Arch4IE, France Gil Regev, EPFL and Itecor, Switzerland


Rainer Schmidt – Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany Jens Gulden, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany


João Paulo A. Almeida, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil Eric Andonoff , Université Toulouse 1, France Judith Barrios Albornoz, University Los Andes, Venezuela Ilia Bider, Stockholm University and IbisSoft, Sweden Kahina Bessai, Nancy-Université, France Karsten Boehm, FH KufsteinTirol – University of Applied Science, Austria Lars Brehm, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany Dirk Fahland, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands Claude Godart, Nancy-Université, France
Renata Guizzardi, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil Jens Gulden, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany Amine Jalali, Stockholm University, Sweden Paul Johannesson, Stockholm University, Sweden Marite Kirikova, Riga Technical University, Latvia Agnes Koschmider, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany Marcello La Rosa, Queensland University of Technology, Australia Jan Mendling, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Michael Möhring, Aalen University of Applied Sciences, Germany Pascal Negros, Arch4IE, France Jens Nimis, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany Selmin Nurcan, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France Oscar Pastor, Universitat Polytechnica de Valencia, Spain Elias Pimenidis, University of the West of England Manfred Reichert, University of Ulm, Germany Hajo Reijers, Eindhoven University of Technology Iris Reinhartz-Berger, University of Haifa, Israel Gil Regev, EPFL and Itecor, Switzerland Colette Rolland, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France Michael Rosemann, Queensland University of Technology, Australia Shazia Sadiq, University of Queensland, Australia Rainer Schmidt, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany Stefan Schönig, University of Bayreuth, Germany Samira Si-Said Cherfi, CNAM, France Pnina Soffer, University of Haifa, Israel Roland Ukor, FirstLinq Limited, UK Barbara Weber, Technical University of Denmark Matthias Weidlich, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany Jelena Zdravkovic, Royal University of Technology, Sweden Alfred Zimmermann, Reutlingen University, Germany