Call for papers BPM conference 2015

The BPM conference 2015 will take place from 1-3 September, 2015, in Innsbruck, Austria ( The call for papers is out now:

Call for Papers

The annual BPM conference is the leading forum for researchers, practitioners, developers and users in the field of Business Process Management (BPM) to explore and exchange knowledge on BPM. The conference covers all aspects of BPM research and practice, including theory, applications, management and technology of BPM, and engages the most renowned representatives of the BPM community worldwide in talks, tutorials, and scientific discussions.

BPM as a research field and as an industry practice has significantly matured and increased its span, but is also facing new and unprecedented challenges such as a need to foster true innovation rather than improvement, to make use of big data opportunities and to account for processes that are increasingly adaptive, flexible and generative rather than structured, formalized and stable.

These new topics add to existing areas of interest and relevance to BPM research and industry. They also attest to an increasingly interdisciplinary nature of BPM research, which puts the conference in close connection to disciplines such as Information Systems, Management and Organizational Science, Data and Knowledge Management, Theory of Processes, Operations Management, Service-Oriented Computing, Social Computing, Cloud Computing, Big Data, and many more.

BPM 2015 will take place in Innsbruck, Austria, in the midst of Tyrol’s breathtaking scenery and stunning mountains. A university town, with a strong record of academic excellence and a vibrant student scene, Innsbruck combines tradition and splendour with modern facilities and attractions. We hope you will join us in this international conference and Olympic city to help shape the BPM methods and technologies of the future. BPM 2015 will feature an industry track, a varied set of BPM-related workshops and co-located events. For the first time, BPM 2015 will also look to host tutorials dedicated to research methods relevant to BPM.


In line with the emergent opportunities and challenges, BPM 2015 explicitly encourages papers that report on research in emerging BPM areas and novel applications of BPM concepts, as well as interdisciplinary BPM research that connects to Operations Research, Management Science, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Sensor Technologies and others. To foster such submissions, BPM 2015 will include two new thematic areas, “BPM in a broader context” and “Emerging areas of BPM”. As in previous editions, the BPM conference continues to welcome research papers on traditional BPM topics such as modelling, analysis, improvement, and execution.

Besides regular research papers, authors may submit industry papers, clearly marked as such. All authors of an industry paper submission *must be* from industry or industrial research labs (none of authors can be from an academic institute or a university). An industry paper reports on work within the broad topics of interests to BPM conference but is focused on practice, typically studying requirements imposed by current practice, reporting new problems, or experience on the deployment of methods, solutions, tools or systems in practice. Similar to research papers, industry submissions will be reviewed by multiple PC members including representatives from industry and industrial research labs, and are required to meet the same high quality standards for novelty, technical quality, clarity of the contribution and presentation, and relevance to the topics of interest in BPM community.

Thematic areas in which contributions are sought include, but are not limited to, those listed below. Submissions may fit more than one category, however, corresponding authors will be asked to nominate one primary category for submission. As previously, each major topic is championed by senior PC members, who will promote the topic and lead the review processes taking into consideration specific characteristics of the particular thematic area.

  • BPM in a broader context: the intersection of BPM and other disciplines
    Topic champions: Avigdor Gal, Roel Wieringa, Mathias Weske

    • Decision management and BPM
    • Event handling and BPM
    • BPM and enterprise architecture
    • BPM and auditing
    • Automated planning in BPM
    • Sensor technologies and BPM
    • Scientific workflows and BPM
    • Software process management
    • Security and Risk Management in business process execution
    • Operations research for business processes
    • BPM in healthcare and the medical context
  • Emerging areas of BPM
    Topic champions: Florian Daniel, Akhil Kumar, Farouk Toumani

    • BPM in and for the Cloud
    • BPM with and for the Crowd
    • Social BPM
    • User-centric aspects of BPM
    • Human-centric processes and knowledge-intensive processes
    • Processes in the Internet of Things and Wearable Devices
    • Mobile processes
    • Collective adaptive processes
  • Management and applications of BPM
    Topic champions: Jan vom Brocke, Hajo Reijers, Michael Rosemann

    • Business process lifecycle management
    • Relationship between business strategy and business processes
    • Business process transformation and change management
    • Success factors and measures in BPM
    • BPM governance and compliance management
    • BPM maturity
    • Adoption and Practice of BPM
    • Customer process management
    • Design-led process innovation
  • Process execution and data management
    Topic champions: Boudewijn van Dongen, Marlon Dumas, Michael zur Muehlen, Stefanie Rinderle-Ma

    • Process-oriented and service-oriented software architectures
    • Business process management systems
    • Resource management in business process execution
    • Managing process execution data
    • Process monitoring and performance measurement
    • Adaptive and context-aware process execution
    • Process mining
    • Analytics and visualization of big process data
    • Process data warehousing
    • (Adaptive) Case management
    • Data and event streams in business processes
    • Data integration and data quality in business processes
  • Fundamentals and theory of processes
    Topic champions: Jörg Desel, Marcello La Rosa, Pnina Soffer, Jianwen Su

    • Foundations of business processes and process models
    • Process description and analysis methods and formalisms
    • Algorithms for the analysis of processes
    • Reference process models
    • Foundation of process design and synthesis
    • Artefact-centric processes
    • Process architectures
    • Variability and configuration of processes
    • Managing process collections and repositories

Key Dates

Abstract submission: 8 March, 2015
Full papers submission: 15 March, 2015
Notifications: 15 May, 2015
Camera ready papers: 15 June, 2015

Project: Performance measurements in the semi-process industry

The Information Systems group is often contacted by industrial organizations with assignments that could lead to student projects at various levels (master thesis project, bachelor completion project, etc.) Through this website we make these topics available to our students. In this post, we announce one such project, involving company Marel.

Performance measurements in the semi-process industry

The organization

Marel is an international supplier of advanced systems for the food processing industry. With around 3700 employees worldwide, Marel focuses on the segments of Poultry Processing, Further Processing, Meat and Fish. At its modern plant in Boxmeer, the operating company Marel Stork Poultry Processing B.V. focuses on the design, production and installation of production systems for the poultry processing industry. As the world market leader, the organization is constantly looking for opportunities to increase the productivity of its customers, within the bounds of quality and innovation. In addition to offices in Boxmeer (NL), Dongen (NL) and Gainesville (Georgia, USA), the organization has regional offices in a large number of countries.

Master Thesis assignment

The highly automated production lines of modern poultry processors process 13.500 broilers per hour. Each broiler has its own quality specifications and unique weight, which determines its destination and potential value. The destination of a broiler can end up in several different articles; a modern retail plant offers a variety of more than 500 product articles.  In order to make optimal use of the potential value of each individual broiler an information system is required. A lot of attention is paid to animal welfare, food safety, quality, full traceability, water and energy consumption. The aim is to add value to poultry as effectively as possible. The overall performance of a poultry processor is depending on a lot of factors, one of the indirect factors is production planning. Production planning on a daily level is a real challenge in the poultry processing industry. The uncertainty of the demand on one side and the dynamics of the raw material supply on the other side ask for planning skills of the processor. A lot of data and an information system are used to control the production. The exact impact of planning and scheduling is difficult to determine, but enhancements of the planning performance gains big advantages. Innova is the provided information system by Marel to support planners. For now we have an interesting Master Thesis assignment for an entrepreneurial student. In order to improve the planning performance on the long term, initially the performance should be measured in order to quantify possible improvements. The assignment is to set up a method to measure the production planning performance of a retail poultry processor. The business process of production planning is known and can be used as a starting point. Determining (key) performance indicators and an overview of required vs. redundant (available) data are the most obvious deliverables. Contact information: Marel, via Rik Eshuis, or Irene Vanderfeesten.