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Special Session
Business Process Management in the Cloud - BPM@Cloud 2017

24 - 26 April, 2017 - Porto, Portugal

In conjunction with the 7th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - CLOSER 2017


Kyriakos Kritikos
Brief Bio
Kritikos obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Crete. He was an ERCIM Post-Doc Researcher in CNR, Italy and FNR, Luxembourg and a Post-Doc Researcher at Politecnico di Milano. He is currently a Researcher at Institute of Computer Science at the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH). He has been involved in many European and national projects. He has many publications in prestigious journals and conferences, including ACM Computing Surveys & IEEE Transactions on Service Computing. His research interests span: cloud deployment reasoning, semantic service description, discovery and composition, cross-layer service monitoring and adaptation, ontology reasoning and constraint programming. Related Experiences: He has been a PC member in international conferences and workshops. He has also been a reviewer in many prestigious journals in service and cloud computing as well as software engineering.


To reduce costs as well as allow a more flexible provisioning of their business processes (BPs) and services, organisations are continuously thinking to move to the cloud. However, most of them do not have the appropriate expertise towards performing this move. As such, there is a need of platforms which are able to realise respective methods, techniques and algorithms that provide the appropriate cloud-based support level to these organisations. This support level should enable organisations to check which parts of their business processes should be moved to the cloud as well as cater for bridging the gap between the business and IT level. Moreover, it should assist in the allocation, publishing, execution, monitoring, evaluation and adaptive provisioning of these business processes, thus catering for their appropriate management based on the four main lifecycle activities of BP design, allocation, execution and evaluation. By moving and offering business processes in the cloud, the notion of Business Process as a Service (BPaaS) is realized which is projected to become quite profitable for the organisations participating in its value chain which can play the role of Brokers, BPaaS management platform operators, or software developers. Thus, BPaaS not only caters for migrating existing BPs in the cloud but can also become a novel exploitation product in the cloud stack that will further boost the adoption of cloud computing.
The workshop invites research papers that deal with any subject that is relevant for the realization of the BPaaS vision according to either business, technical or both perspectives. Research and development work on facilitating any kind of management for BPs in the cloud is more than welcome as well as innovative work that attempts to deal with the well-known business-to-IT alignment problem. Research that advances the state-of-the-art in cloud computing in areas related to BP management (e.g., cloud orchestration) are considered quite relevant. Novel cloud platforms supporting the advertisement and management of business process or workflows are also relevant. Finally, papers focusing on conveying practical knowledge or important issues related to moving or managing BPs in the cloud are also welcome.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Cloud-based Business Process Migration
  • Novel methods and techniques on cloud migration
  • Novel methods and techniques for moving business processes in the cloud
Cloud-aware Business Process Modelling
  • Business Process Modelling
  • Semantic Business Process Languages and Ontologies
  • Hybrid Business Process Modelling
  • Goal-Oriented Modelling of Business Processes
  • (Semantic) Cloud Service Description Languages
  • KPI Modelling Languages & Ontologies
  • Cross-Layer Metric Models (from business to infrastructure layer)
BPaaS Design & Alignment
  • Business process to workflow alignment
  • Semantic Composition of business services
  • BPaaS Discovery & Composition
  • BPaaS & Business Service Model Repositories
  • BPaaS Design Methodologies and Methods
  • BPaaS Design Environments & Tools
BPaaS Allocation
  • Cloud Service Matchmaking
  • Cloud Service Selection
  • Semantic Cloud Service Discovery and Selection
  • Cloud-based Workflow Concretisation
  • Cross-layer Cloud Service Selection & BPaaS Deployment Reasoning
  • Business to technical non-functional requirements mapping
  • BPaaS Deployment Description
  • BPaaS Allocation Environment & Tools
BPaaS Execution
  • Cross-Layer Cloud Service Monitoring
  • Cross-Cloud Service Monitoring
  • Cross-Layer BPaaS Adaptation
  • Adaptive BPaaS Execution
  • Cloud Service Orchestration
  • Cloud-based Workflow Management
  • Semantic Logging
  • BPaaS Execution Environments & Tools
SLA-based BPaaS Management
  • Semantic SLA Description
  • Hierarchical SLAs
  • SLA Mapping between hierarchy levels
  • SLA Management Frameworks
BPaaS Evaluation
  • KPI Analysis & Drill-Down
  • (Conceptual) Analytics
  • (Semantic) Process Mining
  • Business Intelligence Knowledge Extraction Algorithms & Tools
  • Best BPaaS Deployment Discovery
  • Adaptation & Deployment Rules Derivation
  • Data Extraction & Linking for BPaaS Evaluation
  • BPaaS Evaluation Environments & Tools


Paper Submission: February 27, 2017 (expired)
Authors Notification: March 1, 2017 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: March 13, 2017 (expired)


Giancarlo Fortino, DEIS, University of Calabria, Italy
Knut Hinkelmann, FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland
Christian Janiesch, University of Würzburg, Germany
Dimka Karastoyanova, Kühne Logistics University, Germany
Massimo Mecella, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica Automatica e Gestionale, Sapienza - Universita' Di Roma, Italy
Adrian Mos, XEROX Research, France
Barbara Pernici, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Pierluigi Plebani, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Dimitris Plexousakis, Institute of Computer Science, FORTH, Greece
Barbara Re, Computer Science, University of Camerino, Italy
Stefan Wesner, University of Ulm, Germany


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.


After thorough reviewing by the workshop program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support.
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library (
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).


CLOSER Workshops - BPM@Cloud 2017