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Workshop on Process Oriented Case-Based Reasoning

Important Notice:

Due to the limited number of submissions received, this workshop is not taking place as an independent workshop.

Papers submitted to this workshop were passed to the more general RATIC (Reasoning about Time in CBR) workshop.

Many thanks are due to the organisers, programme committee and submitting authors to this workshop.

Miltos Petridis,

October 2016

Workshop on Process Oriented Case-Based Reasoning

DEADLINE: August 23rd

Submission page here: EasyChair



October 31st, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

The second 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.

The workshop on Process-oriented Case-based Reasoning intends to encourage the exchange of information and ideas about Process-oriented Case-based Reasoning (PO-CBR) by contributions in areas that include, but are not limited to, the following:

        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

        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

        Lessons learned in PO-CBR investigations

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


This workshop will be held on October 31st, 2016 as part of the ICCBR 2016 workshop series in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. 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. 



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: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=pocbriccbr2016 . 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 Brighton

Mirjam Minor, University of Trier, Germany

Stefania Montani, University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy


David Aha, Naval Research Lab, USA

Ralph Bergmann Uninersity of Trier, Germany

Pedro A. González-Calero, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

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


August 17th August 23rd, 2016 Deadline for workshop paper submission

August 31st, September 8th, 2016: Acceptance decisions announced

September 10th, September 22, 2016: Camera-ready submission due

October 31st, 2016 Workshop held at ICCBR-2016