4th International Workshop on Evolutionary Business Processes (EVL-BP 2011) | EDOC 2011

4th International Workshop on Evolutionary Business Processes (EVL-BP 2011)

The EVL-BP workshop is organized in conjunction with the Fifteenth IEEE International EDOC Conference (EDOC 2011), "The Enterprise Computing Conference", 29th August - 2nd September 2011 in Helsinki, Finland.


Call for papers



The EVL-BP workshop series is devoted to evolution in business processes. Enterprises face the challenge of rapidly adapting to dynamic business environments. The traditional approach to process management is only partially appropriate to this new context, and calls for the advent of new, evolutionary business processes. This new approach attempts to address specific issues related to flexibility and adaptation such as design of easily adaptable processes, dynamic handling of unexpected situations, optimality of adaptations, and change management. Central to the field of evolutionary business processes is the notion of requirement, which drive the change of business processes through their life-cycles. The evolution of processes and their underlying software systems becomes more and more an important and interesting topic in business process management. Since the life time of software systems frequently spans many years, business processes modeled on top of systems cannot be assumed to remain fixed, and migration between different versions is essential. As a consequence, modeling and management techniques developed in the context of ad-hoc, short-term composition of services and their processes lack the necessary constructs to concisely express the gradual evolution of processes and software systems and new dynamic, declarative, and/or configurable  approaches in this context are required.

The evolutionary approach to business processes raises a number of challenges: extracting declarative specifications from domain experts, expressing these declarative specifications in an appropriate language or formalism, as well as designing, monitoring, checking compliance, configuring, or dynamically adapting  business processes according to a set of requirements, identification and systematic handling of changes, management of process versions, or quality attributes and measurement of business processes as predictors of evolutionary business processes. Evolution in business processes takes place in a wide number of domains, and is expected to impact existing and future technology choices, business practices and standardization efforts.

This workshop will be an opportunity for participants to exchange opinions, advance ideas, and discuss preliminary results on current topics related to dynamic and declarative business processes. A particular interest will be taken in bridging theoretical research and practical issues. To this end, contributions stating open problems, case studies, tool presentations, or any other work assessing the practical significance of dynamic and declarative business processes by  means of concrete examples and situations, will be particularly welcome. Work in progress, position papers stating broad avenues of research, and work on formal foundations of dynamic and declarative business processes are also sought-after.



Topics of the workshop include but are not limited to:

  • Evolutionary business process modeling
  • Configuration of business processes
  • Dynamic, adaptive, or flexible business processes
  • Implementation issues for evolutionary processes
  • Tools for evolutionary processes
  • Methodologies for evolutionary processes
  • Real-world use cases of evolutionary business processes
  • Business rules and policies for evolutionary business processes
  • Rule driven business process engines
  • Business and technical requirements for evolutionary processes
  • Mathematical foundations of evolutionary business processes
  • Formal models of evolutionary business processes
  • Monitoring of evolutionary business processes
  • Validation and model checking of evolutionary business processes
  • Software engineering methods, languages, and standards for evolutionary business processes
  • Service-oriented architectures and evolutionary business processes
  • Interoperability for evolutionary business processes
  • Semantic Web and ontologies and evolutionary business processes
  • Collaboration and evolutionary business processes
  • Data-driven process evolution
  • Evolution of cross-organisational processes / process choreographies
  • Complex event processing models/support for evolutionary business processes
  • Process and data mining for evolutionary business processes
  • Empirical studies and principles for evolutionary business processes
  • Patterns and change operators for evolutionary business processes
  • Quality attributes and measures for evolutionary business processes


Important dates and submission guidelines

All workshops follow the same schedule and formatting guidelines.
For formatting please refer to the workshop summary page.
Papers must be submitted as PDF files using EasyChair.

Authors will be notified about the decision by the program committee by the 7th of May 2011.
At least one author of each accepted paper must participate in the workshop.

The selected best research papers will be considered for a special issue in an
ISI-indexed journal. Further details will be announced later.

Paper Submission: March 15th, 2011 Extended to March 29th, 2011
Paper Notification: May 7th, 2011 (delayed by a few days due to extended paper submission)
Camera Ready Version: June 1st, 2011
Workshop Days: August 29-30, 2011


Workshop chairs

Dragan Gaševic, Athabasca University and Simon Fraser University, Canada
Georg Grossmann, University of South Australia
Sylvain Hallé, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada
Florian Rosenberg, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA


Workshop program committee

Colin Atkinson, Universität Mannheim, Germany
Ebrahim Bagheri, Athabasca University, Canada
Claudio Bartolini, HP Labs Palo Alto, USA
Andrew Berry, Deontik, Australia
Domenico Bianculli, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
Marko Boskovic, Athabasca University, Canada
Christoph Bussler, Xtime Inc, USA
Marlon Dumas, University of Tartu, Estonia
Luciano Garcia-Banuelos, Universidad Autonoma de Tlaxcala, Mexico
Guido Governatori, NICTA, Australia
Reiko Heckel, University of Leicester, UK
Gerti Kappel, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Rania Khalaf, IBM Watson Research Center, USA
Marcello La Rosa, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Florian Lautenbacher, Senacor Technologies, Germany
Philipp Leitner, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Niels Lohmann, Universitaet Rostock, Germany
Wolfgang Mayer, University of South Australia, Australia
Anton Michlmayr, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Zoran Milosevic, Deontik, Australia
Hamid Reza Motahari Nezhad, HP Labs, USA
Shin Nakajima, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Leo Obrst, The MITRE Corporation, USA
Cesare Pautasso, University of Lugano, Switzerland
Maja Pesic, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Manfred Reichert, University of Ulm, Germany
Stefanie Rinderle, University of Vienna, Austria
Shazia Sadiq, The University of Queensland, Australia
Vladimir Tosic, NICTA, Australia
Franck Van Breugel, York University, Canada
Manuel Wimmer, Vienna University of Technology, Austria