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On May 13th, 2016, Gregor Grambow successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled

Context-aware Process Management for the Software Engineering Domain

at Ulm University, Germany. The DBIS team is pleased to congratulate Opens internal link in current windowDr. Grambow on his successful PhD defense and wishes him all the best for his future career. Gregor’s PhD advisor and promotor was  Opens internal link in current windowProf. Dr. Manfred Reichert (DBIS).

2016 05 13 Promotion Grambow Main

About the thesis:
Software development processes are used by the majority of software companies to ensure the quality and reproducibility of their development endeavors. Typically, these processes are abstractly defined with the help of process models. However, they still need to be interpreted by individuals and be manually executed, resulting in governance and compliance difficulties. The environment is sufficiently dynamic that unforeseen situations can occur due to various events, leading to potential aberrations and process governance issues. Furthermore, as process models are implemented manually without real automation support, they impose additional work for the executing humans. Their advantages often remain hidden as aligning the planned process with reality is cumbersome.

In response to these problems, this thesis contributes the Context-aware Process Management (CPM) framework. The latter enables holistic and automated support for software engineering projects and their processes. In particular, in provides concepts for extending process management technology to support software engineering process models in their entirety. Furthermore, CPM contributes an approach to integrate the enactment of the process models better with the real-world process by introducing a set of contextual extensions. Various events occurring in the course of the projects can be utilized to improve process support and activities outside the realm of the process models can be covered. That way, the continuously growing divide between the plan and reality that often occurs in software engineering projects can be avoided. Finally, the CPM framework comprises facilities to better connect the software engineering process with other important aspects and areas of software engineering projects. This includes automated process-oriented support for software quality management or software engineering knowledge management. The CPM framework has been validated by a prototypical implementation, various sophisticated scenarios, and its practical application at two software companies.

Members of the PhD committee:

  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Schöning (Chairman)
  • Prof. Dr. Manfred Reichert (Promotor and First Referee)
  • Prof. Dr. Franz Schweiggert (Second Referee)
  • Prof. Dr. Roy Oberhauser (External Referee)
  • Prof. Dr. Helmuth Partsch (Core Committee Member)
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Dadam (Core Committee Member)
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kevin.andrews@uni-ulm.de (Kevin Andrews) News Fri, 13 May 2016 16:07:44 +0200
PhD Thesis on Mobile Process and Task Support http://www.flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/225-phd-thesis-on-mobile-process-and-task-support http://www.flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/225-phd-thesis-on-mobile-process-and-task-support

On Oktober 5th, 2015, Opens internal link in current windowRüdiger Pryss successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled Robust and Context-Based Execution of Mobile Activities in a Process Environment at Ulm University, Germany.

The DBIS team is pleased to congratulate Dr. Pryss on his successful PhD defense and wishes him all the best for his future career. Rüdiger’s PhD advisor and promotor was Opens internal link in current windowProf. Dr. Manfred Reichert (DBIS).

2015 10 05 PhD Defense Pryss Main

The dissertation contributes the integration of process management technology with smart mobile devices. It examines how specific process activities can be executed on smart mobile devices in a robust and context sensitive fashion. Furthermore, the dissertation examines what additional challenges arise when executing processes on mobile devices when compared to their execution on stationary systems. A concrete framework for modeling mobile activities in a process environment, as well as their robust and context sensitive execution is presented. The framework was validated with a thorough prototypical implementation as well as multiple studies.

Members of the PhD committee:

  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Schöning (Chairman)
  • Prof. Dr. Manfred Reichert (Promotor and First Referee)
  • Prof. Dr. Franz Hauck (Second Referee)
  • Prof. Dr. Franz Schweiggert (Core Committee Member)
  • Prof. Dr. Enno Ohlebusch (Core Committee Member)
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kevin.andrews@uni-ulm.de (Kevin Andrews) News Tue, 20 Oct 2015 16:43:19 +0200
PhD Thesis on Process-Oriented Information Logistics http://www.flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/201-phd-thesis-on-process-oriented-information-logistics http://www.flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/201-phd-thesis-on-process-oriented-information-logistics

On July 22nd, 2015 Opens internal link in current windowBernd Michelberger successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled

Process-Oriented Information Logistics: Aligning Process Information with Business Processes

at Ulm University, Germany. The DBIS team is pleased to congratulate Bernd on his successful PhD defense and wishes him all the best for his future. Bernd's PhD co-advisors have been Opens internal link in current windowProf. Dr. Manfred Reichert (DBIS) and Opens external link in new windowProf. Dr. Bela Mutschler (University of Applied Science Ravensburg-Weingarten).

2015 07 22 PhD Defense Michelberger Main1

The thesis introduces process-oriented information logistics (POIL) as new paradigm for delivering the right process information, in the right format and quality, at the right place and the right point in time, to the right people. In particular, POIL allows for the process-oriented, context-aware (i.e., personalized) delivery of process information to process participants. The goal is to no longer manually hard-wire process information to business processes, but to automatically identify and deliver relevant process information to knowledge workers and decision makers. The core component of POIL is a semantic information network (SIN), which comprises homogeneous information objects (e.g., e-mails, oce les, guidelines), process objects (e.g., tasks, events, roles), and relationships between them. In particular, a SIN allows discovering objects linked with each other in di erent ways, e.g., objects addressing the same topic or needed when performing a particular process task. The SIN not only enables an integrated formal representation of process information and business processes, but also allows determining the relevance of process information for a given work context based on novel techniques and algorithms.

Members of the PhD committee:

  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Schöning (Chairman)
  • Prof. Dr. Manfred Reichert (Promotor and First Referee)
  • Prof. Dr. Franz Schweiggert (Second Referee)
  • Prof. Dr. Enrico Rukzio (Core Committee Member)
  • Prof. Dr. Birte Glimm (Core Committee Member)
  • Prof. Dr. Bela Mutschler (Co-Advisore and External Referee)
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kevin.andrews@uni-ulm.de (Kevin Andrews) News Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:38:00 +0200
PhD Thesis on the Abstraction, Visualization and Evolution of Process Models http://www.flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/200-phd-thesis-on-the-abstraction-visualization-and-evolution-of-process-models http://www.flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/200-phd-thesis-on-the-abstraction-visualization-and-evolution-of-process-models

On July 29th, 2015 Opens internal link in current windowJens Kolb successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled

Abstraction, Visualization, and Evolution of Process Models

at Ulm University, Germany. The DBIS team is pleased to congratulate Dr. Kolb  on his successful PhD defense and wishes him all the best for his future career. Jens' PhD advisor and promotor has been Opens internal link in current windowProf. Dr. Manfred Reichert (DBIS).

2015 07 29 Verteidigung Kolb Main1

The PhD thesis contributes the proView framework to systematically create and update process views (i.e., abstractions) on process models and business processes respectively. More precisely, process views abstract large process models by hiding or combining process information. As a result, they provide an abstracted, but personalized representation of process information to domain experts. In particular, updates of a process view are supported, which are then propagated to the related process model as well as associated process views. Thereby, up-to-dateness and consistency of all process views defined on any process model can be always ensured. Finally, proView preserves the behaviour and correctness of a process model. In turn, process model abstractions realized by views are still not sufficient to assist domain experts in comprehending and evolving process models. Thus, additional process visualizations are introduced that provide text-based, form-based, and hierarchical representations of process models. Particularly, these process visualizations allow for view-based process abstractions and updates as well. Finally, process interaction concepts are introduced enabling domain experts to create and evolve process models on touch-enabled devices. This facilitates the documentation of process models in workshops or while interviewing process participants at their workplace.

Members of the PhD committee:

  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Schöning (Chairman)
  • Prof. Dr. Manfred Reichert (Promotor and First Referee)
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Weber (Second Referee)
  • Prof. Dr. Franz Schweiggert (Core Committee Member)
  • Prof. Dr. Helmuth Partsch (Core Committee Member)
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kevin.andrews@uni-ulm.de (Kevin Andrews) News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:36:00 +0200
PhD Thesis on Navigating in Complex Process Model Collections http://www.flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/199-phd-thesis-on-navigating-in-complex-process-model-collections http://www.flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/199-phd-thesis-on-navigating-in-complex-process-model-collections

On July 29th, 2015 Opens internal link in current windowMarkus Hipp successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled

Navigating in Complex Process Model Collections

at Ulm University, Germany. The whole DBIS team is pleased to congratulate Markus on his successful PhD defense and wishes him all the best for his future and his career. Markus' PhD co-advisors have been Opens internal link in current windowProf. Dr. Manfred Reichert (DBIS), Opens internal link in current windowProf. Dr. Tina Seufert and Opens external link in new windowProf. Dr. Bela Mutschler (University of Applied Science Ravensburg-Weingarten).

2015 07 29 Verteidigung Hipp Main1

In general, a more flexible navigation and visualization approach is needed that allows process participants to flexibly interact with large process model collections in order to navigate from a standard visualization of a process model collection to a context-specific one. With the Process Navigation and Visualization (ProNaVis) framework, this PhD thesis provides such a flexible navigation approach for large and complex process model collections. Specifically, ProNaVis enables the flexible navigation within process model collections along three navigation dimensions. First, the geographic dimension allows zooming in and out of the process models. Second, the semantic dimension may be utilized to increase or decrease the level of detail. Third, the view dimension allows switching between different visualizations. All three navigation dimensions have been addressed in an isolated fashion in existing navigation approaches so far, but only ProNaVis provides an integrated support for all three dimensions.

Members of the PhD committee:

  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Schöning (Chairman)
  • Prof. Dr. Manfred Reichert (Promotor and First Referee)
  • Prof. Dr. Tina Seufert (Second Referee)
  • Prof. Dr. Enrico Rukzio (Core Committee Member)
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Weber (Core Committee Member)
  • Prof. Dr. Bela Mutschler (Co-Advisor and External Referee)
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kevin.andrews@uni-ulm.de (Kevin Andrews) News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:29:00 +0200
PhD Thesis on Business Process Quality Management http://www.flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/198-phd-thesis-on-business-process-quality-management http://www.flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/198-phd-thesis-on-business-process-quality-management

On June 1st, 2015 Opens internal link in current windowMatthias Lohrmann successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled Opens external link in new windowBusiness Process Quality Management at Ulm University, Germany. The DBIS team is pleased to congratulate Matthias on his successful PhD defense and wishes him all the best for his future. Matthias' PhD advisor and PhD promotor has been Opens internal link in current windowProf. Dr. Manfred Reichert.

During the past 25 years, research in the field of business process management as well as the practical adoption of corresponding methods and tools have made substantial progress. In particular, this development was driven by the insight that well-managed business processes enable organizations to better serve their stakeholders, save costs and, ultimately, realize competitive advantage. It is therefore not surprising that improving business processes ranks high on the list of priorities of organizations. In practice, this challenge is currently being addressed through approaches such as benchmarking, industry-specific best practice reference models or process reengineering heuristics. However, no systematic and generic proposition towards managing business process quality has achieved broad acceptance yet.

To address this gap, Matthias' thesis contributes to the field of business process quality management. First, it defines a concise notion of business process quality based on organizational targets, and applies it to a sample real-world case. This definition is not specific to any particular application field, and thus constitutes a vital first step towards systematic and generic business process quality management. On that basis, an approach is developed to model business objectives in the sense of the requirements that shall be fulfilled by the results of a business process. In turn, this approach enables appraising whether a business process achieves its business objective as one of the core criteria relevant to business process quality. Further, extensions to common business process meta-models are proposed, which enable quality-aware business process modeling, and demonstrates how fundamental quality characteristics can be derived from corresponding models.

Members of the PhD committee:

  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Schöning (Chairman)
  • Prof. Dr. Manfred Reichert (Promotor and First Referee)
  • Prof. Dr. Hajo A. Reijers (Second Referee)
  • Prof. Dr. Franz Schweiggert (Core Committee Member)
  • Prof. Dr. Paul Wentges (Core Committee Member)
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kevin.andrews@uni-ulm.de (Kevin Andrews) News Mon, 01 Jun 2015 16:14:00 +0200