Call: “Reflections on human-human interaction and responsibility in a virtual environment” at BPMDS 2022

Call for Papers

The 23d International Working Conference on Business Process Modeling, Development, and Support (BPMDS’2022)
Theme: “Reflections on human-human interaction and responsibility in a virtual environment”
Held in conjunction with CAiSE’2022
6-7 June 2022
Leuven, Belgium

Submission deadline: March 7th, 2022


  • Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE). BPMDS is linked on an ongoing basis to the CAiSE conference series since 2011.
  • International Federation for Information Processing Working Group 8.1 (IFIP WG 8.1).
  • BPMDS proceedings are published in a Springer LNBIP proceedings volume, “Enterprise, Business-Process and Information Systems Modeling”, since 2009.

The Business Process Modeling, Development and Support (BPMDS) working conference has been held for more than two decades, dealing with, and promoting research on BPMDS. It has been a platform for a multitude of influential research papers. In keeping with its tradition, the working conference covers a broad range of theoretical and application-based research on BPMDS.

This year’s topic theme, “Reflections on human-human interaction and responsibility in a virtual environment” reflects the abundance of virtual environments in all domains of our lives. Technologies are here. Are we ready to use those technologies in an extremely connected world where false information spreads faster than the true one with detrimental consequences? Are we mature enough to process the information as fast as the computers provide them? What is the meaning of a “like” in a professional environment when the “thing” which has been “liked” was not precisely read or understood? How should we enhance business process engineering, modeling, and management to master this increasing complexity? How could/should human-computer interfaces support the issues related to increasing reflexes (fast clicks) to the detriment of reflection? A pilot who is using a flight simulator during her training is aware that this is a virtual and fictitious platform, and she is confident that she will use the competencies she is acquiring in this virtual and fictitious environment, later in the physical world; the new competencies will be partly due to the mistakes made using the flight simulator. On the opposite, is the surfer, who likes or comments in an online social network, totally aware that she acts in the “real world” (not a fictitious one) when she clicks? Is she aware of her responsibility?

Virtual does not mean fictitious. Using virtual environments expands our capabilities/frontiers of action in the real world (“real” in opposition to “fictitious”). E.g., using voice-based assistants such as Amazon Alexa allows integrating people who have been excluded (because of their handicap) by graphical user interfaces from using software systems so far. Digital technologies enable the creation of new business models. E.g. platforms such as Airbnb integrate huge numbers of external resources. An important factor to accomplish this is the provisioning of information on these resources and evaluating their quality. Both can only be accomplished by collecting this information with digital means. Consequently, we are more and more drastically responsible for what we produce as information.

Organizations and the world are going through huge transformations due, in large part, to information technologies and their direct and indirect impacts. These transformations impact frontally the information systems, which support the business processes of organizations, and therefore the actors in carrying out their activities/missions. The speed of organizational and societal transformations requires continuous improvement and innovation processes. Creativity and responsibility are determining factors and require detailed and multi-faceted knowledge of the problem to handle and of the context. The unpredictability of the related transformations (and more particularly their detrimental effects) requires more than ever a systemic vision in the (i) engineering and governance of information systems and (ii) in the engineering and architecture of business processes ecosystems the latter have to support.

The opportunities for evolution and transformation assume the ability to capture, store, organize, search and analyze large volumes of information and put us in front of many new challenges: meeting and mastering the requirements of volume, speed, variety, veracity, the value of data, comply with data protection laws, and be fully aware of (and responsible for) the components of the new VUCA world (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity). We are all responsible as engineers, researchers, professors, and citizens. We need human intelligence more than ever.

We are inviting you

  • To discuss and reflect on human-human interaction and responsibility in a virtual environment where everything becomes information: Social networks, social engineering, discernment, reflection vs. reflex, ethics, responsibility, citizenship.
  • To identify the value of all kinds of business process models as artifacts for helping us to reflect on those challenges.
  • To bring new artifacts in process modeling related to those new challenges to enhance the ability of organizations and humans to act and cooperate as structured as possible and as flexibly as necessary.

The topic theme is mandatory for Idea Paper submissions. All other submissions are free to address any topic related to the fields of Business Process Modeling, Development and Support, which include but are not limited to:



  • Social networks
  • Social engineering
  • Discernment, reflection vs. reflex
  • Ethics, responsibility, citizenship

Idea papers and experience reports reflecting on the Covid-19 pandemic are welcome.

The topic theme is mandatory for Idea Paper submissions, all other submissions are free to address any topic related to the fields of Business Process Modeling, Development, and Support, among which are:


  • Theoretical foundations for analysis and modeling of business processes
  • Variability and adaptability of business process models
  • Methods for the process of process modeling and its optimizations
  • Social information systems and their applications
  • Process mining
  • Business process change management and governance issues
  • What are the potential links between digital innovation and BPM (i.e., business process engineering, modeling and management)?
  • Awareness about the connected nature of business processes: a business process is not an isolated island
  • Capability to better understand and analyze the systemic behavior of a network of business processes thanks to artefacts (models, visualizations)


  • Standard and non-standard perspectives on business processes, especially concerning data incorporation and analysis
  • Meta-model and notation extensions
  • New modeling languages and notations
  • Domain-specific modeling languages
  • Reference models
  • Business process modeling in cyber physical environments


  • New paradigms and architectures for Business Process executions, such as object-aware, data-intensive
  • Location and context-dependence of business processes
  • Cross-organizational processes
  • Data-intensive business processes
  • Systemic view of business processes


  • Theoretical foundations for simulating or executing business processes
  • Context-aware work allocation in business processes
  • Actor support vs. control support in business processes
  • How can digital transformation impact agile BPM?
  • How do digital assistants impact BPM?
  • Enhancing creativity in business processes
  • Privacy preserving, social responsibility, ethical aspects
  • New platforms such as blockchains and smart contracts


Paper Abstract Submission (recommended): March 4th, 2022
Submission deadline: March 7th, 2022
Notification of acceptance: April 1st, 2022
Camera-ready papers due: April 11th, 2022
Conference dates: 6-7 June, 2022, Leuven, Belgium


Prospective conference participants are invited to submit a paper that concerns the topics mentioned above and all other topics related to business process modeling, development, and support. Three categories of submissions are welcome:

(1) Full research papers (technical papers or empirical evaluation papers) should report results in an advanced stage, including at least partial evaluation.

(2) Experience reports present work completed or being completed in the context of a real-life organization. The work should have some practical goals, and present lessons learned that can be applied in a generalized context.

(3) Idea papers related to the focus theme “Reflections on human-human interaction and responsibility in a virtual environment”; should address completely new research positions or approaches, demonstrating the shortcomings of current methods, tools, meta-models, etc.

Full papers with up to 15 pages long or short papers with up to 8 pages can be submitted to these categories. The work must be unpublished and must not be under review elsewhere.

Papers should be submitted in Adobe PDF format. Submissions should use the guidelines provided in and adhere to the formatting instructions at

Please submit your paper in PDF format through the conference management system at

Note that the topic theme “Reflections on human-human interaction and responsibility in a virtual environment” is suggested to make this year’s edition of BPMDS a special forum for this theme, however, it is mandatory for “idea paper” submissions only.


Accepted submissions will be presented during the working conference, and will be published in a Springer LNBIP proceedings volume.

After the BPMDS’2022 conference, selected papers can be published as extended versions in a special issue of the International Journal on Software and Systems Modeling (SoSyM,

The previous special issues are: BPMDS’21 in progress, BPMDS’20 in progress, BPMDS’19 in SoSyM, 20(5), October 2021; BPMDS’18 in SoSyM, 19(6), November 2020; BPMDS’17 in SoSyM, 19(3), May 2020; BPMDS’16 in SoSyM, 18(2), April 2019; BPMDS’15 in SoSyM, 17(2), May 2018; BPMDS’14 in SoSyM, 16(3), July 2017; BPMDS’13 in SoSyM, 15(2), May 2016; BPMDS’12 in SoSyM, 14(3), July 2015; BPMDS’11 in IJISMD, 4( 2), 2013; BPMDS’10 selected paper in REJ, 17(2), 2012; BPMDS’09 in IJISMD, 2(2), 2011; BPMDS’08 in JSME 24(3), 2012; BPMDS’07 in IJBPIM, 4(2), 2009; BPMDS’06 in IJBPIM, 3(1), 2008; BPMDS’05 in SPIP, 12(1), 2007; BPMDS’04 in SPIP, 10(4), 2005 & REJ, 10(3), 2005, BPMDS’02 in BPMJ, 11(6), 2005.


Adriano Augusto, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Selmin Nurcan, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
Rainer Schmidt, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany

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