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  • Gero Decker - BPM products for the next 20 years

    Gero DeckerAbstract

    Many products and technologies supporting BPM in organizations have come and gone over the years. Given his insights from SAP, Gero dares a look into the next 20 years and shares how academic research can play a role to make it happen.

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    Co-founder & CEO, Signavio & General Manager Business Process Intelligence, SAP 

    Dr. Gero Decker is General Manager for Business Process Intelligence at SAP. He was previously co-founder and CEO of Signavio, a leading provider of process management software with over 2,000 customers and more than 500 employees worldwide, which was acquired by SAP in early 2021. Gero holds a PhD in Business Process Management from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany, and is a globally recognized thought leader in process management and business transformation.

  • Jan Mendling - Taking the next steps towards Business Process Science

    Jan MendlingAbstract

    The International Conference on Business Process Management celebrates its 20th birthday. Over these two decades, the conference has been be nucleus for the growth of a thriving BPM community that continuously provides impactful solutions to practical problems. In this talk, I reflect upon the actual importance of research on business processes and the unique strengths of the BPM community. These strengths offer a diverse spectrum of opportunities for developing research on business processes as a science. I discuss steps that the BPM community can take for seizing these opportunities.

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    Jan Mendling is the Einstein-Professor of Process Science with the Department of Computer Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. His research interests include various topics in the area of business process management and information systems. He has published more than 450 research papers and articles, among others in Management Information Systems Quarterly, ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Journal of the Association of Information Systems and Decision Support Systems. He is a department editor for Business and Information Systems Engineering, member of the board of the Austrian Society for Process Management (, one of the founders of the Berlin BPM Community of Practice (, organizer of several academic events on process management, and a member of the IEEE Task Force on Process Mining. He is co-author of the textbooks Fundamentals of Business Process Management, Second Edition, ( and Wirtschaftsinformatik, 12th Edition, (, which are extensively used in information systems education.

  • Chiara Ghidini - Data, Conceptual Knowledge, and AI: What can they do together??

    Chiara GhidiniAbstract

    In the last few years several disciplines have called for approaches that go beyond vertical and separated areas and instead push for integrated approaches. One notable field in which this integrated, or better integrative, approach is con- sidered absolutely necessary is Artificial Intelligence (AI), in particular with the integration of symbolic (or knowledge based) and sub-symbolic (or data driven) techniques and representations, or the integration of different vertical areas (e.g., Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Representation). Somehow differ- ently from AI, where areas separated into almost different disciplines along the years, BPM has an integrative nature “by definition”. Data are crucial, but mainly to produce explicit and human readable knowledge and models. Similarly, mod- els with no ground on data remain somehow detached from reality. Also, data and knowledge are multi-dimensional, and many interesting results have been obtained by reconciling (or integrating) the object- and process-centric views on data. The explosion of AI, and its increased usage in BPM, should reinforce the integrative nature of BPM research, rather than push for data driven black box solutions. In this talk I will discuss how data, conceptual knowledge, and AI can work together when dealing with specific challenges in process discovery, predictive and proactive process monitoring, and explainability

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    Chiara Ghidini is a senior Research Scientist at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Trento, Italy, where she heads the Process & Data Intelligence (PDI) research unit and is responsible of the scientific ordination of the new centre of digital Health & Well Being. Her scientific work in the areas of Semantic Web, Knowledge Engineering and Representation, Multi-Agent Systems and Process Mining is internationally well known and recognised, and she has made significant scientific contributions in the areas of: formal semantics for contextual reasoning and multi-context logics; formal frameworks for the specification of deliberative resource bounded agents; ontology mappings and integration; collaborative modeling platforms, business process modelling, and predictive business process monitoring. She has been involved in a number of international research projects, among which the FP7 Organic.Lingua and SO-PC-Pro European projects and the current network of Excellence Humane-AINet, as well as industrial projects in collaboration with companies in the Trentino area.