The annual BPM conference is the premium forum for researchers, practitioners and developers in the field of Business Process Management (BPM). The objective is to explore and exchange knowledge in this field through scientific talks, industry discussions, technical tutorials and panels. The conference covers all aspects of BPM research and practice, including theory, management, applications and technology, and brings together the most renowned representatives of the scientific BPM community worldwide.

While BPM as a scientific field and as an industry practice has significantly matured and increased its span, it is not yet an established organizational management discipline, along other disciplines such as project management or risk management. Fostering true innovation rather than only incremental change, capitalizing on big data opportunities and accounting for processes that are increasingly flexible and generative rather than structured and stable, are some of the challenges that BPM needs to overcome in order to establish its firm position within organizations.

These challenges add to existing areas of interest and relevance to BPM research and industry. They also attest to an increasingly interdisciplinary nature of BPM, which transcends its original scope at the intersection of information technology, organizational management and industrial engineering, to embrace other disciplines such as behavioral science, big data, operations management, social computing, cloud computing, theory of processes and many more.

BPM 2016 will take place in Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city in Brazil, best known for its carnival atmosphere, its passion for soccer and music, and its pristine nature with stunning beaches and tropical forests. Rio never fails to impress its visitors with its modern outlook that reflects its evolution throughout the years, but also with its historic sites and overjoyed attitude of the locals. We welcome you to participate in the most important conference on BPM, and to contribute to shaping the BPM methods and technologies of the future in the unique atmosphere of Rio. BPM 2016 will feature a rich program including a dedicated research track, an industry track, a demonstration track, tutorials and panels, and a varied set of workshops and co-located events.


BPM 2016 explicitly encourages papers that report on interdisciplinary aspects of BPM and on research in emerging BPM areas, as well as papers that advance knowledge in the areas of business process analysis and improvement. The thematic areas reflect these interests besides those in traditional BPM topics such as process modeling and execution. Submissions from industry or industrial research labs are encouraged, provided they fulfil the scientific rigor expected from any other paper submitted to the research track.

A separate industry track will host papers that specifically report on problems and experiences related to the deployment of BPM methods and tools in practice. These papers will be reviewed by a separate committee including representatives from industry, and assessed on the basis of their practical relevance rather than their scientific merit. More information can be found on the industry track page.

The thematic areas of the research track in which contributions are sought include, but are not limited to, those listed below. Submissions may fit more than one category, however, corresponding authors will be asked to nominate one primary category. Each major topic is championed by senior PC members who will promote the topic and lead the review processes taking into consideration the characteristics of the particular thematic area.

BPM in a broader context
Topic champions: Avigdor Gal, Pericles Loucopoulos, Matthias Weske
– Decision management and BPM
– Events handling and BPM
– BPM and enterprise architecture
– BPM and auditing
– Automated planning in BPM
– Scientific workflows and BPM
– Software process management
– X-aware BPM (e.g. risk-aware, security-aware, cost-aware, green-aware)
– Operations research for business processes
– BPM in selected application domains (e.g. healthcare, financial, government)

Emerging areas of BPM
Topic champions: Florian Daniel, Massimo Mecella, Farouk Toumani
– Social BPM
– BPM and Cloud computing
– BPM and Crowdsourcing
– Human-centric processes and knowledge-intensive processes
– Processes in the Internet of Things and Wearable devices
– Mobile processes
– Collective Adaptive Processes

 Management aspects of BPM
Topic champions: Heinrich Mayr, Andreas Oberweis, Michael Rosemann
– BPM lifecycle management
– BPM strategic alignment and governance
– BPM people and culture
– BPM maturity: success factors and measures
– Customer process management
– Adoption and practice of BPM
– Process change management
– BPM and other organizational management disciplines (e.g. project management, risk management, IT governance)

 Process identification and modeling foundations
Topic champions: Jörg Desel, Matthias Weidlich, Pnina Soffer
– Process architectures and value chains
– Reference process models
– Process modeling languages (imperative, declarative, non-visual)
– Process model quality (verification, validation, certification)
– Foundation of process design
– Formal methods in BPM
– Management of process model collections (e.g. querying, refactoring, similarity search, versioning)
– Process variability and configuration
– Artefact-centric processes

 Process analysis and improvement
Topic champions: Jan Mendling, Hajo Reijers, Barbara Weber
– Qualitative and quantitative process analysis (e.g. process simulation)
– Incremental process improvement
– Transformational process change
– Process innovation
– Customer-centric process redesign
– BPM and other process improvement disciplines (e.g. Lean management, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management)

Process execution, monitoring and intelligence
Topic champions: Josep Carmona, Stefanie Rinderle-Ma, Shazia Sadiq, Jianwen Su, Boudewijn van Dongen
– Process execution architectures (e.g. process-oriented, service-oriented)
– BPM systems
– Case management
– Adaptive and context-aware process execution
– Management of process execution aspects (e.g. resources, data)
– Process dashboards, analytics and visualization of big process data
– Process mining methods (automated discovery, conformance checking, performance mining, deviance and variants mining, operational support)
– Process mining and parallel processing
– Process compliance (run-time and post-mortem)
– Process data integration and data quality

Submission Instructions

Papers should be formatted according to Springer’s LNCS formatting guidelines (for instructions and style sheets see here). Submissions must be in English and not exceed 16 pages of length. The title page must contain a short abstract clarifying the relation of the paper with the topics above. The paper must clearly state the problem being addressed, the goal of the work, the results achieved, and the relation to other work. Student papers must be clearly marked as such. Concerning length and formatting, student papers must follow the same guidelines as research papers.

Papers should be submitted electronically in PDF format via the BPM 2016 EasyChair submission site.

Submissions must be original contributions that have not been published previously, nor been submitted to other conferences or journals while being submitted to BPM 2016. Empirical papers should build, where possible, on novel datasets previously unpublished. Research on existing datasets must clearly explain the novelty of the applied analysis.

All accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. For each accepted paper, at least one author must register for the conference and present the paper. Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit a paper for a special issue of Information Systems (Elsevier).

A new sub-track, called the “BPM Forum”, will host innovative research which has high potential of stimulating discussion at the conference but does not fully meet the quality criteria for the main research track, e.g. an interesting new idea with a weak evaluation. Those submissions to the main research track which fall into this category will be invited to the BPM Forum and published in full (i.e. 16 pages) in a separate post-proceedings volume in the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) series, as well as being presented during the main conference. There will not be short papers at the conference.

First-time submitters to BPM may request to be considered for a pre-submission shepherding program in which a BPM PC member advises on the presentation and positioning of their paper. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the PC Chairs ( by 19 February, 2016.

Key Dates

Abstract submission: 7 March, 2016 14 March, 2016
Full papers submission: 14 March, 2016 21 March, 2016
Notifications: 13 May, 2016
Camera ready papers: 12 June, 2016

Remark: deadlines correspond to anywhere on earth (‘AoE’ or ‘UTC-12′)