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3rd Workshop on Process Oriented Case-Based Reasoning

26th June 2017

NEW: The workshop timetable can be found here

New DEADLINE: May 5th

Submission page here: EasyChair



June 26-28, 2017, Trondheim, Norway

The third workshop on Process-oriented Case-based Reasoning (PO-CBR) is dedicated to address the challenges of integrating Case-Based Reasoning (CBR) with process-oriented research areas like Business Process Management, Workflow Management and Planning. Consequently, several types of processes are in the interest of this workshop, mainly business processes, software processes, planning processes, and search processes.

Business Process Management (BPM) is a set of activities aimed at defining, executing, monitoring and optimizing BP, with the objective of making the business of an enterprise as effective and efficient as possible, and of increasing its economic success. Such activities are highly automated, typically by means of the workflow technology. BPM activities, and BP optimization in particular, may ask the enterprise to be able to flexibly change and adapt the predefined process schema, in response to expected situations (e.g. new laws, reengineering efforts) as well as to unanticipated exceptions and problems in the operating environment (e.g. emergencies).

The agile workflow technology is the technical solution which has been invoked to deal with such adaptation and overriding needs. In order to provide an effective and quick workflow change support, many agile workflow systems share the idea of recalling and reusing concrete examples of changes adopted in the past. To this end, Case-based Reasoning (CBR) has been proposed as a natural methodological solution.

Software Processes can be studied from different points of view. In the Software Engineering field, artifacts like models, diagrams, etc. define Software Development Processes that can be reused to generate new applications. There is also a significant trend on reusing different software components to compose a workflow that models the behavior of a system. Web Services, Scientific Software or Product Lines are some examples of such approaches. In this topic we cannot forget a closely related domain like Planning. All these areas are related to Software Processes and can take advantage of the CBR paradigm to reuse existing solutions, components, compositions or plans.

As a matter of fact, in recent years many examples of CBR-based process change reuse and workflow adaptation support have been proposed in the literature. The workshop should serve as a means for exchanging novel as well as more consolidated ideas and examples in the field, and to identify promising research lines and challenges for the future. Furthermore, the automatic monitoring and anomaly detection (real time or retrospective) in Business processes, including the automation of decision support on Business Process execution and design is becoming important. Finally, the reuse of knowledge across Business processes and workflows, cold start challenges and case base maintenance are other challenges in this area.




This workshop will be held on June 24-26, 2017 as part of the ICCBR 2017 workshop series in Trondheim, Norway. This workshop is open to all interested conference participants, but may be limited by available room facilities. 

The Organizing Committee will select a subset of the submitted papers for oral presentation. Moreover, time will be reserved for a session where some participants can demonstrate their tools and illustrate the contributions of CBR technology to the field. 


 Ø  Methodological issues:

o   Case-based representation of process knowledge (by workflows, traces, plans, etc.)

o   Case-based retrieval for process optimization

o   Similarity measures for process optimization

o   Experience reuse in PO-CBR

o   Case-based adaptation for process optimization

o   Extraction of process knowledge

o   Visualization and explanation of process knowledge

o   Cross-process knowledge reuse

o   Maintenance of business process knowledge

o   process-oriented transfer learning

Ø  Applications, systems and tools:

o   PO-CBR applications in Business Process Management, Software Processes, E-Science, Web Science, E-Governance, E-Health, product development, search, games, cooking, and further application domains

o   Evaluating CBR tools for PO-CBR

o   Agile workflow technology with CBR components

o   CBR in (commercial) workflow management tools

Ø  Lessons learned in PO-CBR investigations

Ø  Challenge tasks for CBR systems in the context of business processes, software processes, planning processes, search processes, monitoring processes and decision support processes


We invite submissions of two types: 

·   Research and application papers: a maximum of 10 pages describing original contributions.

· Demonstration of process-related CBR systems: shorter papers will be admitted to this track, describing the CBR system/component designed/developed to deal with a specific process-related problem.

Papers must be submitted in electronic form as PDF over the Easychair system. Springer LNCS is the format required for the final camera-ready copy. Authors' instructions along with LaTeX and Word macro files are available on the web at Springer. Selected papers, after further revisions, will be published in a special issue of an international journal.




Miltos Petridis, University of Middlesex, London, UK

Mirjam Minor, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

Stefania Montani, University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy

Odd Erik Gundersen, NTNU, Norway


David Aha, Naval Research Lab, USA

Ralph Bergmann Uninersity of Trier, Germany
Pedro A. González-Calero, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Stelios Kapetanakis, University of Brighton, UK
David Leake, Indiana University, USA

Jixin Ma, University of Greenwich, UK
Hector Muñoz-Ávila, Lehigh University, USA

Juan A. Recio-Garcia, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Barbara Weber, University of Innsbruck, Austria


May 5th, 2017: Deadline for workshop paper submission

May 12th, 2017: Acceptance decisions announced

May 29th, 2017: Camera-ready submission due

June 24-26, 2017: Workshop held at ICCBR-2017