SBPM 2010 

5th International Workshop on Semantic Business Process Management 
collocated with ESWC 2010, 30 May to 3 June 2010 in Heraklion, Greece. 
Workshop Day 30/31 May, 2010 
Workshop Theme | Target Audience | Relevance of the Topic | Submission
Workshop Schedule |Organizing Committee | Program Committee | Related Workshops


Workshop Theme

Ontology-based semantics have shown, as documented in four previous iterations of the SBPM workshop, a high degree of automation in the management of the business process space of single enterprises and whole value chains. A key source of problems in the 'pre-semantic' BPM domain is in the representational heterogeneities between the various perspectives and the various stages in the life-cycles of business processes. Typical examples are incompatible representations of the managerial vs. the IT perspective, or the gap between normative modeling for compliance purposes and process execution log data. As early as in the 1990s, researchers evaluated the potential of using ontologies for improving business process management in the context of the TOVE project. In the last five years there has been a renewed and growing interest in exploiting ontologies, of varying expressivity and focus, for advancing the state of the art in business process management, in particular in ERP-centric IT landscapes. The term "Semantic Business Process Management" has been suggested for the described branch of research in an early 2005 paper, which is now frequently cited as the first description of the overall vision. In this workshop, we want to bring together experts from the relevant communities and help reach agreement on a roadmap for SBPM research. We aim at bundling experiences and prototypes from the successful application of Semantic Web technology to BPM in various industries, like automotive, engineering, chemical and pharmaceutical, and services domains. Additionally we encourage visionary papers regarding the future of semantics for BPM In particular we welcome approaches and implementations that build on Future Internet technologies, especially related to the Internet of Services and the Internet of Things.
Particular topics addressed by the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Technologies
    • Semantic Enterprise Modelling
    • Advanced Service-Oriented Architectures (especially involving Internet of Services technologies)
    • Event-driven Architecture and Processing
    • Real-time Business Analytics
    • Cloud Computing
  • Applications (especially involving Internet of Things technologies)
    • Compliance and Corporate Governance
    • Enterprise Resource Planning
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Human Resources Management
    • E-Procurement
    • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
    • Decision Support Systems
    • Enterprise Application Integration
    • Corporate Knowledge Management
    • Collaborative Process Management
  • Socio-economic aspects

Current Relevance of the Topic

Within the past years, the Semantic Web research community has brought to maturity a comprehensive set of foundational technology components, and this both at the conceptual level and in the form of prototypes and software. This includes, among other assets, ontology engineering methodologies, standardized ontology languages, ontology engineering tools, and other infrastructure like APIs, repositories, and scalable reasoners, plus a plethora of work for making the Deep Web and computational functionality in the form of Web Services accessible at a semantic level. However, the amount of visible applications and convincing showcases is still limited, in particular in the Business Process Management domain.

In particular, there exist many pressing challenges in business information systems, e-business, or the healthcare sector that would obviously benefit from the higher level of abstraction and the increase in automation that semantic technologies can offer; but dissemination of the state of the art in SW technology into the respective communities is still to be improved.

On the other hand has Semantic Web research passed a peak in public funding and research intensity. There is at this point in time an urgent need for presenting convincing showcases of semantic technology and use them
1. as a catalyst for disseminating the Semantic Web vision into real-world applications,
2. steering future research focus and keeping up research interest, and
3. for justifying past and future investments into Semantic Web research from funding agencies and industrial enterprises.

Nowadays is the usage of semantics for efficient BPM more important than ever: organizational processes are becoming outsourced and less predictable (ad-hoc), that implies the need for an efficient interoperability and changeability. We argue that it can be done only by the usage of common agreed and formal models.
Additionally the need for SBPM emerges also from the interoperability and validity challenges posed on BPM by the Future Internet.

Target Audience

Partners with significant investment in the BPM domain, such as SAP, IDS Scheer, and IBM, have been involved in flagship European projects, such as SUPER and FUSION, to exploit the possibilities of ontology-based semantics in this space. These projects have brought significant advances in the theoretical and practical branches of the SBPM vision. They have also triggered related research activities that have gained their own individual momentum, such as semantics-based process monitoring and business process mining.

The interdisciplinary nature of the topic requires a tight collaboration of researcher from multiple fields of, namely the BPM, SOA, Semantic Web, Semantic Web services, and Economics communities. There is a clear need for an annual event at which those communities meet, debate, challenge each others' approaches, and eventually align their research efforts. Due to the strong involvement of Semantic Web researchers in the field, ESWC is the ideal target venue for this event, as previous events with excellent attendance have shown.

Important Dates

Deadline for submissions: April 16th, 2010

Notification of acceptance: May 3rd, 2010

Camera-ready versions: May 15th, 2010

Workshop Day: May 30/31, 2010


We invite the submission of
  • full papers (5-8 pages),
  • discussion papers and experimental contributions (2-4 pages),
  • demo descriptions (1-3 pages), and
  • poster abstracts (1-2 pages).

Full papers and selected short papers will be included in the official proceedings, which will be published in the ACM Digital Library.
All submissions must be formatted according to the ACM SIG Proceedings format (see ( and submitted in PDF format using the EasyChair Conference Management System at

Important: Clearly indicate the type of the contribution, e.g. as sub-title.

Workshop Schedule

The Workshop is planned as a full-day event, including a keynote, paper presentations, lightning talks, demos, posters, and a moderated, open discussion with the clear goal of agreeing upon a research roadmap for Semantic Business Process Management research, by taking into account new challenges, described earlier.

09:00 - 09:15 Arrival, small talks
09:15 - 09:30 Introduction
09:30 - 10:00 Linking Heterogeneous Conceptual Models through a Unifying Modeling Concepts Ontology
J. Fengel, M. Rebstock
10:00 - 10:30 Semantic Mediation of Information Flow in Cross-Organizational Business Process Modeling
N. Barnickel, J. Böttcher, A. Paschke
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00 Invited Talk: Real-time processing on intensive web streams
Marko Grobelnik
12:00 - 13:00 Discussion
13:00- 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 15:00 Shaken not Stirred: Mixing Semantics into XPDL
V. Uren, P. Webster, M. Staender
15:00 - 15:30 Agile Process Execution with Kissmi
A.Martin, R. Brun
15:30 - 16:00 Ontology Based Patterns for Collaborative Process Management
N. Papageorgiou, Y. Verginadis, D. Apostolou, G. Mentzas
16:00- 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:00 MEMOS: A Methodology for Modeling Services
M. Kerrigan, B. Norton, E. Simperl
17:00-17:30 An approach for the semantic contextualization of the web advertisement process
L. Stojanovic, R. Stühmer
17:30 Closing remarks

Organizing Committee

Nenad Stojanovic (contact person)
FZI Research Center for Information Technologies at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
Haid-und-Neu-Str. 10-14
D-76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
E-Mail: nstojano (@)

Barry Norton
STI Innsbruck
University of Innsbruck
Technikerstraße 21a
Innsbruck, Austria
E-Mail: (@)

Program Committee (invitations pending)

  • Witold Abramowicz
  • Darko Anicic
  • Liliana Cabral
  • Oscar Corcho
  • Tommaso Di Noia
  • Agata Filipowska
  • Sergio Gusmeroli
  • Florian Lautenbacher
  • Juhnyoung Lee
  • Carlos Pedrinaci
  • Michael Rebstock
  • Jan Recker
  • Ljiljana Stojanovic

Related Workshops

Four previous editions of the SBPM workshop have been successfully delivered at the European Semantic Web Conference and the expanded aims of the Extended Semantic Web Conference seem ideal for the SBPM field as this also expands. Since many PhD topics have arisen, as a result of projects like SUPER and FUSION, the intention is to be particularly supportive of young researchers and the one day programme will include two invited talks from seniors who will provide mentoring to younger researchers' results during the day, presented in 20 minute talks. SBPM 2010 will be the fifth event in a series of very successful workshops at ESCW 2006 in Budva, ESWC 2007 in Innsbruck, ESWC 2008 in Tenerife and ESWC 2009 in Crete:

  • ESWC 2009: 4th international Workshop on Semantic Business Process Management, June 1, 2009, Crete, Greece
  • ESWC 2008: 3rd international Workshop on Semantic Business Process Management, June 2, 2008, Tenerife, Spain
  • ESWC 2007 Workshop on Semantic Business Process and Product Lifecycle Management, June 7, 2007, Innsbruck, Austria
  • ESWC 2006 Workshop on Semantics for Business Process Management 2006, June 11-14, 2006, Budva, Montenegro.

In 2007, 2008 and 2009 alike, the SBPM workshop attracted more than 30 participants and was described by most as extremely valuable for bringing together the respective communities. Information about previous SBPM editions can be found at:

Other past workshops and conferences that related SBPM 2008 are the following:
  • OntoLangBIS Ontologies and Language Technologies for Business Information Systems, Special Session in conjunction with the 8th International Conference on Business Information Systems BIS 2005, April 20-22, 2005, Poznan, Poland.
  • Track "Semantic Web and Information Systems" at the 13th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS2005), May 26 - May 28, 2005, Regensburg, Germany.
  • Workshop "Formal Ontologies Meet Industry", June 9-10, 2005, Lake Garda, Verona, Italy.
  • Workshop "OWL: Experiences and Directions", November 11-12, 2005, Galway, Ireland.
  • Semantic Technology Conference, March 6-9, 2006, San Jose, California, USA.
  • Track "Semantic Web and Information Systems" at the 14th European Conference on Information System (ECIS 2006), June 12-14, 2006, Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • 1st International Workshop on Semantic Technologies in Collaborative Applications (STICA 06), in conjunction with the 15th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructures for Collaborative Enterprises (WETICE-2006), The University of Manchester, June 26-28, 2006, Manchester, UK.
  • 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Data Engineering in E-Commerce and Services (DEECS 2006), in conjunction with CEC'06 and EEE'06, June 26, 2006, San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • Track "Semantic Web and Information Systems" at the 12th Americas Conference on Information Systems, August 4-6, 2006, Acapulco, Mexico.