DeHMiMoP 2018

6th International Workshop on Declarative/Decision/Hybrid Mining and Modelling for Business Processes (DeHMiMoP 2018) In conjunction with BPM 2018

Workshop: , Sydney, Australia

About DeHMiMoP

Workshop Theme

Business Process Management (BPM) and its life cycle activities — design, modelling, execution, monitoring and optimization of business processes — have become a crucial part of business management. Most processes and business process models involve rules and decisions that describe the premises and possible outcomes of specific situations.

In particular, Knowledge-intensive Processes (KiPs) rely on such rules and decisions to guide the workflows of all process stakeholders. Examples include checking creditworthiness in a financial process, claim acceptance in an insurance process, eligibility decisions in social security, etc. These are highly variable situations, and the processes supporting them are very flexible by nature. This variability and flexibility calls for explicit statement of the underlying rules and decisions when describing such processes.

While traditional imperative notations such as BPMN excel at describing “happy paths”, they oftentimes turn out to be inadequate for modelling rules and decisions. Imperative notations indeed tend to describe possible behaviour as alternative, restricted flows. As a consequence, if an imperative model must encompass all possible variations, it becomes cluttered and thus impractical in highly flexible scenarios. Against this background, a new declarative modelling paradigm has been proposed that aims to directly capture the business rules or constraints underlying the process. Academic interest in the approach has grown in recent years, leading to the development of several declarative notations, such as Declare, DCR Graphs, DMN, CMMN, GSM, and eCRG.

However, declarative notations have struggled with industrial adoption. A common hypothesis is that the declarative paradigm requires modellers to think in radically new ways, which makes them hesitant to abandon the imperative approaches that they are used to. Preliminary research has indeed shown that users are by far more receptive of the idea of combining their imperative work practices with the new declarative approach. Grounded in these observations, a hybrid paradigm has been proposed, which aims to combine the strengths of both the imperative and declarative approaches.

This workshop aims at providing a platform for the discussion and introduction of new ideas related to the declarative and hybrid paradigms. We intend to extend the reach of the BPM audience towards the decisions and rules community and increase the integration between imperative, declarative and hybrid modelling perspectives. In this respect the approval of the new OMG standards DMN (Decision Model and Notation) and CMMN (Case Management Model and Notation) enables this cooperation between traditional imperative flow-based and declarative rule- and decision-based modelling.

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Purpose of the workshop

We are interested in the application and challenges of decision- and rule-based modelling in all phases of the BPM lifecycle (identification, discovery, analysis, redesign, implementation and monitoring).

The purpose of the workshop is therefore:

  • To examine the relationship between rules, decisions and processes, including models; not only to model the process, but also to model the rules and decisions.
  • To enhance rule and decision mining based on process data (e.g., event logs).
  • To examine decision goals, structures, and their connection with business processes, in order to find a good integration between rule- and decision-based modelling and flow-based modelling.
  • To examine standards (DMN, CMMN, BPMN) and their integration.
  • To study how different process models can be designed to fit a decision process, according to various optimization criteria, such as throughput time, use of resources, etc.
  • To study the integration between declarative models with traditional imperative models.
  • To show best practices in separating process, rule and decision concerns.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Declarative and hybrid (process modelling) approaches

  • Declarative notations (Declare, DCR Graphs, GSM, eCRG, …)
  • Decision & goal notations (DMN, PDM, …)
  • Declarative and hybrid modelling methodologies
  • Process metrics
  • Process maintenance and flexibility
  • Human-centered and flexible processes
  • Decision rules and processes
  • Decision models and structures
  • Formal analysis (e.g., expressiveness proofs) of declarative and hybrid notations
  • Formal verification (e.g. model-checking and static analysis) of declarative and hybrid models
  • Run-time adaptation of declarative and hybrid process models

Decision mining and declarative/hybrid process mining

  • Decision mining
  • Declarative process mining
  • Hybrid process mining
  • Data mining for decision and declarative/hybrid process analysis
  • Rule mining for decision and declarative/hybrid process analysis
  • Modeling challenges to combine static information of business

Applications of decision- and rule-modelling in BPM

  • Goal-driven processes
  • Knowledge-intensive processes
  • Business process compliance
  • Knowledge workflow management
  • Usability and understandability studies
  • Case studies
  • Tools

Paper submission

Submission guidelines

Prospective authors are invited to submit papers on any of the topics of the workshop. Papers must be written in English. The following types of submission are accepted:

  • full research papers and experience papers (max. 12 pages),
  • short papers (position paper, work in progress, software demonstration; max. 6 pages).

Submissions must be prepared according to the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) format specified by Springer (see instructions). The title page must contain a short abstract and a list of keywords, preferably using the list of topics given above. Papers should be submitted electronically via EasyChair.

All accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings. They will be distributed electronically on USB sticks. The post-proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) series, in a single volume dedicated to the proceedings of all BPM 2018 workshops. During a time window after the conference the workshop participants will be granted the free download of the papers.

At least one author of each accepted manuscript must register for the workshop and present the paper. Registration is subject to the terms, conditions and procedure of the main BPM 2018 conference to be found on its website.

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Important dates

Manuscript submission

AoE [extended]

Notification of acceptance

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Rik Eshuis, Modeling Decision-intensive Processes with Declarative Business Artifacts


Modern business processes often need to support knowledge workers in making decisions about real-world business entities such as orders and quotes. Such decision-intensive processes are driven by data and require substantial flexibility. Business artifacts model data and process aspects of business entities in a holistic way and therefore are well suited to model data-driven processes. Declarative process models support flexible process executions. This makes declarative business artifacts a promising ingredient to support decision-intensive processes. However, there are several challenges that need to be overcome in order to support real-world decision-intensive processes with declarative business artifacts. This keynote speech discusses some of those challenges, illustrated with real-world scenarios, and discusses promising solutions to overcome them.

The keynote speaker

Rik Eshuis is Assistant Professor of Information Systems at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. He received an M.Sc. degree with distinction and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Twente. He has been a visiting researcher at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Centre in New York and at CRP Henri Tudor in Luxembourg. He was in 2009 the General Chair of the IEEE European Conference on Web Services (ECOWS). His main research interests is in data-driven business process management for knowledge and decision-intensive processes. He has published in various journals, e.g., Information Systems, Data & Knowledge Engineering, and IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering and conferences like BPM and ECIS. He is a member of the IEEE, the IEEE Computer Society, and the ACM.


Time Event
   Keynote: Rik Eshuis, Modeling Decision-intensive Processes with Declarative Business Artifacts
   Amine Abbad Andaloussi, Tijs Slaats, Andrea Burattin, Thomas Hildebrandt and Barbara Weber, Evaluating The Understandability of Hybrid Process Models Using Eyetracking: First Insights
   Coffee break
   Toon Jouck, Massimiliano de Leoni and Benoît Depaire, Generating Decision-Aware Models & Logs: Towards an Evaluation of Decision Mining
   Stephan Haarmann, Kimon Batoulis and Mathias Weske, Compliance Checking for Decision-Aware Process Models
   Piotr Wiśniewski, Krzysztof Kluza and Antoni Ligęza, Towards Automated Process Modeling based on BPMN Diagram Composition
   Faruk Hasić, Alexander De Craemer, Thijs Hegge, Gideon Magala and Jan Vanthienen, Measuring the Complexity of DMN Decision Models


University of Technology in Sydney (UTS), Building 11
Room CB11.03.205
83-117 Broadway, Ultimo NSW 2007
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More information on the location can be found in BPM 2018 dedicated page.



Program Committee

  • Bart Baesens, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Andrea Burattin, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Josep Carmona, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
  • Paolo Ceravolo, University of Milan, Italy
  • João Costa Seco, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Massimiliano de Leoni, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Riccardo De Masellis, Stockholm University, Italy
  • Johannes De Smedt, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Jochen De Weerdt, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Chiara Di Francescomarino, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
  • Robert Golan, DBmind Technologies Inc., United States
  • María Teresa Gómez-López, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
  • Xunhua Guo, Tsinghua University, China
  • Thomas Hildebrandt, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Amin Jalali, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Dimitris Karagiannis, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Fabrizio M. Maggi, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Andrea Marrella, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Marco Montali, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
  • Jorge Munoz-Gama, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  • Artem Polyvyanyy, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Stefan Schönig, University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • Lucinéia H. Thom, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Han van der Aa, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Wil M.P. van der Aalst, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Barbara Weber, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Matthias Weidlich, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • Mathias Weske, Hasso Plattner Institute, University of Potsdam, Germany


Contact the chairs at the following email address: dehmimop2018 [at] easychair [dot] org