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Workshop 3 - ALPS – Extending the Potential of the Subject-Orientated Modeling Paradigm


Classical subject-oriented process modeling with the Parallel Activity Specification Schema (PASS) is already a very usefully and powerful description approach. It is, however, in itself somewhat limited due to its purely defining/deterministic nature (AS-IS) and lacks certain degrees of freedom necessary for describing complex aspect in situations where not all details of a process can be determined preemptively. 

The principle paradigm of subject-orientation though is not limited to that definition approach and can be 

The workshop is a practical demonstration/introduction to, and open discussion of, the extended modeling capabilities possible with the Abstract Layered Extension to the modeling language PASS (ALPS).

ALPS envisions the integrated usage of classical process description techniques together with concepts such as, abstraction hierarchies, modeling-by-restriction, or case-based-reasoning (CBR) that have been discussed in context of the S-BPM ONE for several years.

The question to be discussed during the workshop is the potential for the ALPS approach in regards to allowing groups of modelers spread across geography, (company) cultures, and time to create and/or integrate executable (business) process models when necessary or allow automated execution. 

Furthermore it will be discussed whether such advanced process expression concepts are necessary/viable at all for future information systems or design of them. 

Topics of Interest 

The topics of interest for papers include, but are not limited to:

  • Description concepts for networks of heterogeneous agent types (human, machines and software)
  • Agent behavior specification in a network of agents
  • Modeling networks of enterprises - business and technology view
  • Agility in cross-enterprise value networks - business and technology view
  • Specification concepts for networked production and business processes
  • Information modelling incl. semantic modelling
  • Software engineering for distributed system architectures (shared memory, shared nothing, …)
  • Industry 4.0 and Edge/Fog/Cloud computing
  • Cyber-physical-production-systems especially in combination with a process/business perspective
  • Safety and Security in distributed/decentralized production systems - business and technology view 


Matthes Elstermann, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Institute for Information Management in Engineering

Program Commitee

Egon Wildauer (Federal University of Paraná, Brazil)

Helge Janicke (De Montfort University of Leicester, UK)

Daniel Großmann (Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt)

Matthes Elstermann (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Christian Stary (Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria)

Herbert Fischer (Technische Hochschule Deggendorf)

Matthias Lederer (International School of Management Munich)

Christian Facchi (Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt)

Karl Weber (Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG)

Hans Fleischmann (Schaeffler AG)

Udo Kannengiesser (Compunity GmbH)

Formats and types

Submissions are possible in the following format:

  1. Full Paper: These contributions present a completed research project or a scientifically examined case. They shold follow ACM format and be of 10 to 15 pages length. Full papers are evaluated in a detailed peer review in terms of quality, foundations, study design and impact.
  2. Short Paper: These contributions should have 4 to 6 pages (ACM format) and are evaluated in a fast track review by the Organization Committee. In what form the contribution should be presented at the conference (e.g., presentation, poster or discussion) should be indicated in the text. Contributions are evaluated primarily according to their potential to stimulate expert discussions on known or innovative topics. (a.) Work in Progress: Ongoing research or planned research contributions with initial results, as well as case studies or business applications without in-depth scientific underpinning. (b.) Reflection Papers: Discussions or opinions on current scientific or practical questions that are to be further substantiated or presented as a thesis at the congress. (c.) Demonstration/Showcases: Presentation of applications, case studies or prototypes. (d.) Doctoral/master studies: Research projects, ongoing studies or completed work of master and doctoral students. (e.) Panels: Discussions with invited guests or open for contribution. (f.) Tutorials: Guidance or practical guidelines from science and practice.

ACM format templates are available Opens external link in new windowhere.

Submission and Deadlines

Please submit your paper by sending it to matthes.elstermann@kit.edu.

  • 29.03. Submission deadline
  • 10.05. Reviews available
  • 24.05. Camera-ready versions

All submissions will undergo blind peer reviews of two members of the workshop program committee.

Accepted full papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library. The short paper contributions will be published online at CEUR-WS.org (authors retain the sole copyright on their contributions in this case). All accepted contributions (full and short papers) will be included in printed proceedings volumes.