In conjunction with the 19th International Conference on Business Process Management

6 September 2021

International Workshop on BPM Problems to Solve Before We Die (PROBLEMS '21)

Workshop Theme

The goal of this workshop is to identify major open problems in BPM research that need to be addressed. What are the pressing problems in our field? Which of these are terribly complex? Could solving any of these problems be “paradigm-breaking”? What will the world gain from solving these problems?

Topics & Format

Potential contributions to the workshop include but are not limited to:

- The identification of challenges, wicked problems, and brain-breakers

- Suggestions for new research fields or paradigms

- Descriptions of fundamental trade-offs and limitations

- Suggestions for innovative applications

- Ideas that are fundamentally different from what we have seen before in the field of BPM

- Suggestions for the syntheses of contributions from BPM and other domains to solve new or existing problems

During the workshop, we will assume an ex-post situation in which each of the problems accepted for the workshop has already been solved. We do not know how, but we do know that a solution exists that works. We will then discuss, in an interactive mode, new algorithms, techniques, tools, and methodologies that can build upon the solution to that problem.

Our intent is to have a physical event, with potentially a limit to the number of participants. The results of the workshop will be incorporated in an invited submission to Computers in Industry (

Submission Guidelines

We invite authors to submit a paper of 5 pages maximum, in which they include:

- A description of the problem

- An explanation why it is an important problem

- A reflection on what it is that makes the problem challenging and why it has not been solved so far

- The relation between the problem and existing work

- Initial ideas towards solving the said problem

Please submit the paper in LNBIP format. The paper will be reviewed by at least three peers. The workshop proceedings will be made available open access using CEUR. We expect at least one author for each accepted paper to register for the workshop and present the paper.

Organizing & Program Committee

Organizing Committee:

- Iris Beerepoot

- Claudio di Ciccio

- Hajo Reijers

- Stefanie Rinderle

Program Committee (tentative):

- Han van der Aa, University of Mannheim

- Chiara Di Francescomarino, Fondazione Bruno Kessler

- Marta Indulska, The University of Queensland

- Henrik Leopold, Kühne Logistics University

- Jan Mendling, WU Vienna

- Artem Polyvyanyy, The University of Melbourne

- Jan Recker, University of Cologne

- Manfred Reichert, University of Ulm

- Adela del Río Ortega, University of Sevilla

- Estefanía Serral, KU Leuven

- Victoria Torres, Universitat Politècnica de València

- Irene Vanderfeesten, Open University

- Barbara Weber, University of St. Gallen

- Ingo Weber, TU Berlin

- Inge van de Weerd, Utrecht University

- Michael Zur Muehlen, Stevens Institute of Technology

Important Dates

- Submission of papers: June 7, 2021 (extended from May 24, 2021)

- Notification: July 2, 2021

- Camera-ready version due: July 12, 2021

- Workshop: September 6, 2021

Deadlines should be interpreted using the Anywhere on Earth (AoE) Time Zone.


09:00 - 09:15 Opening

09:15 - 09:45 Wasana Bandara, Amy Van Looy, Michael Rosemann and Lara Meyers. A call for ‘Holistic’ Business Process Management.

09:45 - 10:15 Christopher Klinkmüller, Henrik Leopold, Jan Mendling and Ingo Weber. Objectivity in Process Descriptions.

10:15 - 10:45 Marlon Dumas. Constructing Digital Twins for Accurate and Reliable What-If Business Process Analysis.

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee

11:30 - 12:00 Francesca Zerbato, Ronny Seiger, Gemma Di Federico, Andrea Burattin and Barbara Weber. Granularity in Process Mining: Can we fix it?

12:00 - 12:30 Diego Calvanese, Sanja Lukumbuzya, Marco Montali and Mantas Simkus. Process Mining with Common Sense.

12:30 - 12:40 Closing