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MRI-BP 2017 : 3rd International Workshop on Robustness Injection into Business Processes

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When May 17, 2017 - May 17, 2017
Where Ottawa, Canada
Abstract Registration Due Mar 24, 2017
Submission Deadline Mar 31, 2017
Notification Due Apr 18, 2017
Final Version Due May 1, 2017
Categories    computer science   business intelligence   process mining   business process analytics
 

Call For Papers

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Call for papers

3rd International Workshop on Robustness Injection into Business Processes (MRI-BP)
In conjunction with MCETECH International Conference, Ottawa, Canada.

May 17th, 2017

Abstract submission: March 24th
Full paper submission: March 31st

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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.

** Workshop Background **

The first two editions took place in Vancouver (2013) and Montreal (2015) and were a great success. Indeed, many interesting and high quality papers were presented and we received twice the Best Workshop Paper Award from EDOC (2013) and MCETECH (2015) conferences. We were also glad to welcome field leaders as keynote speakers as the author Thomas Erl, and Keith Swenson who is leading the field of Case Management.

Building on this success, MRI-BP’2017 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.

** Important Dates **

The workshop will take place along with the MCETECH’2017 international conference in Ottawa, Canada (www.mcetech.org). The workshop assigned date is May 17th, 2017.
• Abstract Submission: March 24th, 2017
• Paper Submission: March 31st, 2017
• Paper Notification: April 14-18th, 2017
• Camera Ready Copy: May 1st, 2017
• Workshop: May 17th, 2017 @ 8:30am

** 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
• Exception handling & compensation mechanisms
• Process enhancement through repair and extension
• Business transaction management
• Process mining
• 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 **

Three types of papers are solicited:

• Short papers (up to 6 pages) discussing controversial issues in the field or describing interesting or thought-provoking ideas sensibly argued;

• PhD Papers (up to 4 pages) describing a PhD thesis in progress;

• Full papers (up to 10 pages) presenting contributions that solve open research issues in the filed, as well as the theoretical and/or preliminary 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.

All submissions must be made on EasyChair through the following link:
https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mribp2017

Publication
Accepted papers will be published as a CEUR Workshop Proceedings volume. For more information: http://ceur-ws.org.

Note: Authors who are considering submitting their work to another conference or a journal, but still wish to review their work and discuss it at the workshop, are welcome to submit and can choose to opt-out from publishing their paper in MRI-BP proceedings (only the title and list of authors will be mentioned).

** Committees **

-- Organizing committee --
• Anis Boubaker, University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada
• Renata Carvalho, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands
• Javier Gonzalez-Huerta, Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Sweden
• Hafedh Mili, University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada

-- Program Committee (partial list) --
• W.M.P. van der Aalst, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
• Gilbert Babin, HEC Montreal, Canada
• Malak Baslyman, University of Ottawa, Canada
• Morad Benyoucef, Telfer School of Management, Canada
• Anis Boubaker, University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada
• Renata Carvalho, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
• Claudio Di Ciccio, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
• Yasmine Charif, PARC, USA
• Javier Gonzalez-Huerta, BTH, Sweden
• Abdel Leshob, UQAM-ESG, Canada
• Hafedh Mili, University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada
• Francis Palma, Screaming Power Inc., Canada
• Pascal Poizat, Université Paris Ouest, France
• Hajo A. Reijers, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
• Marcello la Rosa, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
• Mattia Saltrini, University of Trento, Italy
• Keith Swenson, Fujitsu North America, USA
• Barbara Weber, University of Innsbruck, Austria
• Frank Wolff, Cooperative State University Mannheim, Germany

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