Important Dates

Abstract Submission: March 27th, 2015
Paper Submission: April 3rd, 2015
Paper Notification: April 13th, 2015
Camera Ready: May 1st, 2015
Workshop: May 12th, 2015 @8:30am

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MRI-BP'2013

Call for Papers

Within the area of business processes, trends for BAM (Business Activity Monitoring), BOM (Business Operations Management), BPI (Business Process Intelligence), and CEP (Complex Event Processing) are increasingly becoming an essential part of organizations’ arsenals for verifying that their operations are happening within defined boundaries, responding to deviations, and keeping up with a dynamic, open, and competitive business environment in which business processes are no longer monolithic.

This modern nature of business processes brings about challenges in that transactions are distributed, take different paths, involve the coordination of multiple people, machines, and services, and require data/business artifacts to construct a business context from different tiers. While there may be a single—or a few—happy path(s)/process(es), a robust e-business application needs to accommodate various failure points arising from people’s unavailability, service failures, business rule changes, human mistakes, or simply changes of plan.

One may leverage business process specification languages that offer a structured mechanism for exception handling. An effort then has to be spent during process modeling for these exceptional situations to be enumerated and their management processes to be specified. Naturally, these what-if scenarios usually mobilize the bulk of the business analysis and development effort. Further, business analysts and developers have little guidance in designing and implementing those processes. Even if analysts can put safeguards for these scenarios in place, some exceptions cannot be predicted until they happen, and their consequences may be severe. Mechanisms to roll back or compensate for the exceptions’ effects need to be put in place.

The objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in business process robustness and in methodologies for injecting robustness artifacts and mechanisms (exception handling activities, service level agreements, compensation processes, etc.) in process models through assistive or automated techniques. The workshop seeks contributions that have used reasoning on process semantics, discovery of process attributes (performance, organizational), proactive BAM models, and process repair and extension, for the purpose of enhancing the resilience of a process model or of the modeling process.

Background information

The first edition of MRI-BP took place at EDOC 2013 (Vancouver, Canada) and was a great success. Indeed, many interesting and high quality papers were presented and one of them received the Best Paper Award from EDOC conference organizers (the distinction was an IBM research award that was given to the best paper amongst all workshops that took place at EDOC). We were also glad to welcome the internationally renowned author Thomas Erl who gave the workshop’s keynote speech. Workshop proceedings were published by IEEE (DOI: 10.1109/EDOCW.2013.48) and are available through IEEE Xplore.

Building on last edition’s success, MRI-BP’2015 seeks to consolidate the event by creating a community of researchers and industrials alike to discuss current approaches and research problems and expose visionary ideas related to business process robustness.

Main Topics

The areas for contribution include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Resilient processes / Process flexibility
  • Reasoning and semantics of business processes
  • Ontological frameworks for contingency inference
  • Assistive techniques for robust process modeling
  • Compensation and exception handling mechanisms
  • Process enhancement through repair and extension
  • Business transaction management
  • Improving scope of BAM techniques
  • Business process analytics
  • Correlation of events within process data
  • Monitoring and exception handling in data-centric business processes
  • Process recovery mechanisms

Submission Guidelines

We solicit two types of papers:
  • Short papers (approx. 6 pages) discussing controversial issues in the field or describing interesting or thought-provoking ideas sensibly argued;
  • PhD Papers (approx. 4 pages) describing a PhD thesis in progress; and
  • Full papers (approx. 11 pages) presenting contributions that solve open research issues in the filed, as well as the theoretical and/or empirical evaluations.

All submissions must be made in PDF format and comply with the Springer LNBIP Format Guidelines. Papers must be submitted as PDF files using EasyChair (link below). All submissions should be in English. Submitted content must not infringe any copyright agreement if submitted elsewhere.

Paper Submission

All submissions must be made on EasyChair through the following link:

https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mribp2015

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission: March 27th, 2015
  • Paper Submission: April 3rd, 2015
  • Paper Notification: April 13-18th, 2015
  • Camera Ready Copy: May 1st, 2015
  • Workshop: May 12th, 2015 @ 8:30am

Papers publication

All accepted papers will be published in Workshop proceedings by University of Quebec at Montreal - LATECE Labaoratory (with ISBN). Papers will be referenced by Google Scholar. A selection of the best papers will be considered for publication in a special edition by Springer LNBIP, along with other MCETECH collocated workshop proceedings.

Important: Papers published in LATECE Proceedings will NOT require a copyright release and you will be free to publish the same or modified paper in another venue. If the paper is selected to be published in Springer proceedings, you will be required to sign a Springer copyright release form.