keynote-weskeMathias Weske
Hasso-Plattner-Institut at the University of Potsdam

Location: Auditori, Vertex Building
Time: Wednesday 13th, 9h — 10:10h
Session Chair: Akhil Kumar (PSU)


BPM is a broad discipline. Topics addressed in business process management range from formal methods in computer science to behavioural science methods in management. These distant points in the spectrum are connected by information systems engineering methods. Computer science, information systems engineering, and management share business processes as a common interest, as a joint research area. There are few disciplines that share this breadth. Under a joint BPM umbrella, not only different research topics are addressed, but also different research methods and evaluation criteria are employed. In the first part of this talk, the breadth of the BPM discipline is illustrated by highlighting research results from its sub-fields and discussing their respective research objectives. In the second part, the implications of these observations on the BPM conference are discussed. The goal of our conference series has always been to provide a forum for all aspects of BPM research. Despite this claim the centre of gravity has been initially in computer science and, more recently, in information systems engineering. To further develop the conference and to match in the conference structure the breadth of the BPM discipline, the Steering Committee proposes a novel structure of BPM conferences. By this structure we hope to broaden the BPM community and, ultimately, to be a forum for all aspects of the broad business process management discipline.


Professor Dr. Mathias Weske is chair of the business process technology research group at Hasso Plattner Institute of IT Systems Engineering at the University of Potsdam, Germany. The research group aims at addressing real-world problems in business process management with formal approaches and engineering useful prototypes. His research focuses on the engineering of process oriented information systems, decision management, and event handling. In addition to running the BPM Academic Initiative, the BPT research group has a track record in engineered prototypes with a significant impact on research and practice, including projects like Oryx and jBPT. In 2009 he co-founded Berlin-based software company Signavio. Dr. Weske is author of the first textbook on business process management and he held the first massive open online course on the topic in 2013. With Matthias Kunze, he published a textbook on behavioural models. He on the Editorial Board of Springer’s Distributed and Parallel Databases journal and a founding member of the steering committee of the BPM conference series.