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11th Conference on Business Process Management (BPM) 28.-30.08.2013, Tsinghua University Beijing (China)

von Helge Hemmer

Forbidden City, Beijing

The 11th conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2013) was taking place in Beijing, hosted by the prestigious Tsinghua University, sometimes refered to as the MIT of China. The conference does not only calls itself the flagship event of the BPM research community, it really is. Looking at the attendees and speakers, a lot of well known persons in that area can be found all at one place. In total, more than 180 attendees from 28 countries registered for the main conference. As for myself, I felt honored to be accepted to take part in the Doctoral Consortium, a satellite event of the BPM 2013 sponsored by IBM Research.

The participation in the Doctoral Consortium was tremendously profitable in terms of getting feedback on the ideas in my doctoral thesis project. To outline the excellence of the Consortium: Arthur ter Hofstede, one author of the very important Workflow Patterns, was sitting right next to me. He gave me detailed hints what literature I need to check next. For me, being new to the BPM research area, this was enormously valuable, because it is always hard to find the right entry points to start your literature review when you are new to a field. Thanks again at this point, Arthur!

The main program started on Monday, the day after the Consortium with the
workshop day, offering a workshop chaired by Jianwen Su caring about data­‐
and artifact‐centric BPM
for example. The BPM 2013 main conference started on Tuesday, holding a lot of talks about process mining, process data and more.
It featured very high level keynote speakers including Tom Baeyens, founder
of the most important Java BPM engines, namely jBPM and activity, who presented his new cloud­‐based BPM service. The program ended with four tutorials about methods to model to­‐be­‐executed process models (held by Marcello La Rosa and Marlon Dumas), choosing the correct modeling language for a given problem and more.

Last but not least, the social program has also been fantastic. It included a welcome reception in a restaurant serving traditional Beijing duck and more
delicacies and a banquet in the summer palace, where guests of state are
normally served.

In the end, the BPM 2013 was one of the best conferences I have visited and
I felt very welcome at all levels of the scientific BPM community.
Thanks again to IBM research for sponsoring the Doctoral Consortium, as well
as the center for graduate students and my chair for supporting my trip to

Keynote Tom Baeyens
Bankett at summer palace
Tutorial Session about executable processes