Process Flexibility News

In the context of the BPM 2012 conference conference, which took place from September 5-7 in Tallinn, Estonia, Manfred Reichert (DBIS), Barbara Weber (University of Innsbruck) and Victoria Torres Bosch (University of Valencia) organized a tutorial on large process models (i.e., large process model trees or complex inter-related process structures) and large process model collections. The tutorial discussed the challenges that arise both in respect to the handling of large process models and the management of large collections of process models (with related process variants). As a motivational backbone, large process models and process model collections from the automotive industry and the healthcare domain were presented. Overall the tutorial, which was attended by more than 40 participants from the international research community, was a great success! The tutorial also addressed several of the topics described in detail in our book, e.g., process model refactoring (Chapter 9), process variant support and process configuration (Chapter 5), and data-driven process structures (Chapter 13).

taprovizManfred Reichert was invited keynote speaker of the Int'l Workshop on Theory and Applications of Process Visualization (TaProViz'12), which took place in the context of the BPM'12 conference in Tallinn, Estland. In his keynote, Manfrd addressed the visualization of large and complex process models. He discussed the core challenges to be tackled in this context, followed by a presentation of concrete techniques and application examples, e.g., for abstracting complex process models. The latter were developed in the DBIS projects Proviado and proView. In particular, updatable process views as enabled in proView will allow users to adapt and change process models (see Chapters 7 and 9 of our book) based on related high-level abstractions.

Barbara Weberwas invited keynote speaker of the Int'l Workshop on Reuse in Business Process Management (rBPM'12), which took place in the context of the BPM'12 conference in Tallinn, Estonia. In her keynote, Barbara discussed challenges in the context of reuse and presented selected techniques for addressing those.

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