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Keynote speaker: Rob High

Rob High

The Emerging Era of Cognitive Computing

As computing systems get assimilated deeper and deeper into the fabric of everyday life we are more often exposed to the reality that computers really can't understand us -- not deeply. And yet, if they could do a better job of understanding our written works and how we reason about problems, the potential for computing to assist us in making decisions would be tremendous. With the broadcast of the Jeopardy! game show on U.S. television in 2011 IBM Watson demonstrated that computers could do exactly that. Watson read tens of millions of electronic documents -- documents written to communicate in natural language with other humans. Watson reasoned about the question being asked -- thinking through the puns, innuendoes, mis-direction, and general ambiguity of human language to determine the best answer to questions. In doing so, it performed with the proficiency of the grand champions of the game. Since then, IBM has gone on to apply Watson's cognitive skills in areas as diverse as assisting clinicians identify appropriate and compelling treatment therapies for cancer patients, assisting clients make decisions about insurance purchases, through to helping professional and amateur chefs craft novel and delightful recipes. And this is just the start.  We are at the beginning of a new of computing -- the Era of Cognitive Computing. 

About the speaker

Rob High is an IBM Fellow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Watson Solutions, IBM Software Group. He has overall responsibility to drive Watson Solutions technical strategy and thought leadership. As a key member of the Watson Solutions Leadership team, Rob works collaboratively with the Watson engineering, research, and development teams across IBM.

Prior to joining the Watson Solutions team, Rob was Chief Architect for the SOA Foundation and member of the IBM Academy of Technology, Rob championed an open industry architectural definition of the principles of business and IT alignment enabled by SOA and Business Process Optimization, as well as ensuring IBM's software and services portfolio is architecturally grounded to enable for efficient SOA-based solutions. This responsibility extended across the IBM software portfolio, including WebSphere, Rational, Tivoli, Lotus, and Information Management offerings.

Rob has 37 years of programming experience and has worked with distributed, object oriented, component-based transaction monitors for the last 26 years, including SOMObject Server, Component Broker, and the WebSphere Application Server. Rob previously served as Chief Architect for the WebSphere foundation with architectural responsibility for the WebSphere Application Server and the related products integrated on that core runtime.



Keynote speaker: Keith Swenson

Keith Swenson 

Questions for a learning organization

Business Process Management (BPM) is a discipline for continuously improving a process, and for measuring the effectiveness of that process according to the overall end-to-end goals of the organization.  This has been shown to work well on small, isolated processes, but is there any evidence that this works on large, organizational level processes?  There a surprising lack of evidence that it does.  Even the basic assumption that one should find a single best practice for work runs counter to what the best management and military thinkers recommend.  Parallel examples from other kinds of complex systems show that attempts to improve the system are often based on naive assumptions that fail to take into account the complex interactions, and sometimes have disastrous negative effects.   This talk will question, without answering, some of the assumptions that form the foundation for BPM.

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About the speaker

Keith Swenson is Vice President of Research and Development at Fujitsu North America and is the Chief Software Architect for the Interstage family of products. As a speaker, author, and contributor to many workflow and BPM standards, he is known for having been a pioneer in collaboration software and web services. The standards which development Mr. Swenson has helped include WfMC Interface 2, OMG Workflow Interface, SWAP, Wf-XML, AWSP and WSCI. He is currently working on standards such as WS-CAF and ASAP. He is currently also the Chairman of the Workflow Management Coalition.

In the past, he has led agile software development teams at MS2, Netscape, Ashton Tate & Fujitsu.

In 2004 he was awarded the Marvin L. Manheim Award for outstanding contributions in the field of workflow.  Mr. Swenson is a co-author on more than 10 books.  In 2010 his book “Mastering the Unpredictable” introduced and defined the field of adaptive case management, and established him as a Top Influencer in the field of case management.  

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Accepted Papers

Accepted Papers

Full research and industry papers

Martin Lehnert, Alexander Linhart and Maximilian Roeglinger: Chopping Down Trees Vs. Sharpening The Axe – Balancing The Development of BPM Capabilities with Process Improvement 

Carlos Rodriguez, Florian Daniel and Fabio Casati: Crowd-Based Mining of Reusable Process Model Patterns                                                  
Abel Armas-Cervantes, Paolo Baldan, Marlon Dumas and Luciano García-Bañuelos:  Behavioral Comparison of Process Models Based on Canonically Reduced Event Structures

Joel Ribeiro, Josep Carmona, Mustafa Misir and Michele Sebag: A Recommender System for Process Discovery 

Giuseppe De Giacomo, Riccardo De Masellis, Marco Grasso, Fabrizio Maria Maggi and Marco Montali: Monitoring Business Metaconstraints Based on LTL & LDL for Finite Traces 
Raffaele Conforti, Marlon Dumas, Luciano García-Bañuelos and Marcello La Rosa: Beyond Tasks and Gateways: Discovering BPMN Models with Subprocesses, Boundary Events, and Activity Markers
Niels Lohmann and Dirk Fahland: Where did I go wrong? - Explaining errors in business process models
Arik Senderovich, Matthias Weidlich, Avigdor Gal and Avishai Mandelbaum: Mining Resource-Scheduling Protocols
Richard Mrasek, Jutta Mülle, Michael Becker, Klemens Böhm and Christian Allmann: User-Friendly Property Specification and Process Verification - a Case Study with Vehicle-Commissioning Processes
Massimiliano de Leoni, Wil van der Aalst and Marcus Dees: A General Framework for Correlating Business Process Characteristics
Søren Debois, Thomas Hildebrandt and Tijs Slaats: Hierarchical Declarative Modelling with Refinement and Sub-processes 
Andreas Lanz and Manfred Reichert: Dealing with Changes of Time-Aware Processes 
Claudio Di Ciccio, Fabrizio Maggi and Jan Mendling: Discovering Target-Branched Declare Constraints
Andreas Rogge-Solti and Gjergji Kasneci: Temporal Anomaly Detection in Business Processes
Christopher Klinkmüller, Ingo Weber, Henrik Leopold, Jan Mendling and Andre Ludwig: Listen to me: Improving Process Model Matching through User Feedback
Ruben Mondejar, Pedro Garcia Lopez, Carles Pairot and Enric Brull: Implicit BPM: a Business Process Platform for Transparent Workflow Weaving
Renuka Sindhgatta, Gaargi B. Dasgupta and Aditya Ghose: Analysis of Operational Data for Expertise Aware Staffing
Borja Vázquez-Barreiros, Manuel Mucientes and Manuel Lama:  A genetic algorithm for process discovery guided by completeness, precision and simplicity
Andreas Rulle and Juliane Siegeris: From a family of state based PAIS to a configurable and parameterized business process architecture
David Redlich, Thomas Molka, Gordon Blair, Awais Rashid and Wasif Gilani: Constructs Competition Miner: Process Control-flow Discovery of BP-domain Constructs
Martin Schultz and Michael Radloff: Modeling Concepts for Internal Controls in Business Processes – an Empirically Grounded Extension of BPMN 


Short Papers

Aitor Murguzur, Johannes M. Schleicher, Hong-Linh Truong, Salvador Trujillo and Schahram Dustdar: DRain: A Novel Framework for QoR-driven Dynamic Data-Intensive 
Dennis Bokermann, Christian Gerth and Gregor Engels: Use Your Best Device! - Enabling Device Changes at Runtime 
Fabrizio Maria Maggi, Tijs Slaats and Hajo A. Reijers: The Automated Discovery of Hybrid Processes
Pedro Richetti, Fernanda Baião and Flávia Santoro: Declarative Process Model Mining: an Approach to Reduce Complexity by Preprocessing Event Logs 
Mari Abe and Michiharu Kudo: Business Monitoring Framework for
Process Discovery with Real-Life Logs 
Jochen De Weerdt and Seppe Vanden Broucke: SECPI: Searching for Explanations for Clustered Process Instances
Christoph Dorn, Schahram Dustdar and Leon Osterweil:  Strategies for Specifying Flexible Human Behavior in Interaction-Intensive Process Environments
Enrico Graupner, Martin Berner, Alexander Maedche and Harshavardhan Jegadeesan:  Assessing the Need for Visibility of Business Processes
Cristina Cabanillas, Claudio Di Ciccio, Jan Mendling and Anne Baumgrass: Predictive Task Monitoring for Business Processes
Yutian Sun, Jianwen Su and Jian Yang: Separating Execution and Data Management: A Key to Business-Process-as-a-Service (BPaaS) 

Rob High

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Accepted Demos

Accepted Demos

Eli Stutz, James Luxford and Gal Horvitz. Changing In-Flight Business Processes using PNMsoft’s HotChange Technology

Thomas Freytag and Martin Sänger. WoPeD - An Educational Tool for Workflow Nets

Josep Carmona and Marc Solé. PMLAB: An Scripting Environment for Process Mining

Ronny Mans, Wil van der Aalst and Eric Verbeek. Supporting Process Mining Workflows with RapidProM

Sebastiaan J. van Zelst, Andrea Burattin and Boudewijn van Dongen. Data Streams in ProM 6: A single-node architecture

Manuel Resinas, Adela Del Río Ortega, Antonio Ruiz-Cortés, Dominik Blattner, Kristina Tasheva and Bozhan Chipev. KPIshare: A collaborative space for BPM practitioners for full definitions and discussions on process KPIs

Martin Berner and Harshavardhan Jegadeesan. SAP Operational Process Intelligence: Empowering Line-of-Business Workers with Real-time Process Visibility

Eric Verbeek. Decomposed Process Mining with DivideAndConquer

Andreas Lanz and Manfred Reichert. Enabling Time-Aware Process Support with the ATAPIS Toolset

Thomas Stocker and Rafael Accorsi. SecSy: A security-oriented tool for synthesizing process event logs

Joel Ribeiro and Josep Carmona. RS4PD: A Tool for Recommending Control-Flow Algorithms

Shuhao Wang, Cheng Lv, Lijie Wen and Jianmin Wang. Managing Massive Business Process Models and Instances with Process Space

David Boaz, Terry Heath, Manmohan Gupta, Lior Limonad, Yutian Sun, Richard Hull and Roman Vaculín. The ACSI Hub: A Data-centric Environment for Service Interoperation

Joey Claessen and Hajo Reijers. "Touching" Work ow Management at Runtime

Sander J.J. Leemans, Dirk Fahland and Wil van der Aalst. Process and Deviation Exploration with Inductive visual Miner

Abel Armas, Paolo Baldan, Marlon Dumas and Luciano García-Bañuelos. BP-Diff: A Tool for Behavioral Comparison of Business Process Models

Anna Kalenkova, Massimiliano de Leoni and Wil van der Aalst. Discovering, Analyzing and Enhancing BPMN Models Using ProM

Juergen Mangler and Stefanie Rinderle-Ma. CPEE - Cloud Process Exection Engine

Massimiliano de Leoni and Wil van der Aalst. The FeaturePrediction package in ProM: Correlating Business Process Characteristics

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