Thursday, March 21, 2013

Paper: A theoretical basis for using virtual worlds as a personalised process visualisation approach

Have just had a paper written with my PhD student Hanwen Guo, "A theoretical basis for using virtual worlds as a personalised process visualisation approach," accepted for the Human Centred Information Systems (HCIS) workshop at CaISE, 2013.

QUT eprints version is available here.

Abstract: Communication processes are vital in the lifecycle of BPM projects. With this in mind, much research has been performed into facilitating this key component between stakeholders. Amongst the methods used to support this process are personalized process visualisations. In this paper, we review the development of this visualization trend, then, we propose a theoretical analysis framework based upon communication theory. We use this framework to provide theoretical support to the conjecture that 3D virtual worlds are powerful tools for communicating personalised visualisations of processes within a workplace. Meta requirements are then derived and applied, via 3D virtual world functionalities, to generate example visualisations containing personalized aspects, which we believe enhance the process of communcation between analysts and stakeholders in BPM process (re)design activities.

Well done Hanwen!


CFP: International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC'13)


9th International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC'13)
July 29-31, 2013
Aquila Rithymna Beach Hotel
Rethymnon, Crete Island, Greece


ST1: Computational Bioimaging

        Tavares Jo√£o Manuel R. S., University of Porto, Portugal
        Natal Jorge Renato, University of Porto, Portugal
        Cunha Alexandre, Caltech, USA

ST2: 3D Mapping, Modeling and Surface Reconstruction

        Nefian Ara, Carnegie Mellon University/NASA Ames Research Center,
        Edwards Laurence, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
        Huertas Andres, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, USA
        Visentin Gianfranco, ESA European Space Research and Technology
        Centre, The Netherlands
        Lourakis Manolis, Foundation for Research and Technology . Hellas,
        Chliveros Georgios, Foundation for Research and Technology .
        Hellas, Greece,

ST3: Visual Computing in Digital Cultural Heritage

        Doulamis Anastasios D., Technical University of Crete, Greece
        Doulamis Nikolaos D., National Technical University of Athens,
        Ioannides Marinos, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
        Georgopoulos Andreas, National Technical University of Athens,

ST4: Graphical Model Inference and Learning for Visual Computing

        Komodakis Nikos, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, France
        Kohli Pushmeet, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK
        Kumar Pawan, Ecole Centrale de Paris, France
        Blaschko Matthew, Ecole Centrale de Paris, France
        Carsten Rother, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK

ST5: Sparse Methods for Computer Vision, Graphics and Medical Imaging

        Metaxas Dimitris, Rutgers University USA
        Axel Leon, New York University, USA
        Zhang Shaoting, Rutgers University, USA

ST6: Visual Computing Applied to Geosciences

        Brazil Emilio Vital , University of Calgary, Canada
        Patel Daniel, CMR, Norway
        Sousa Mario Costa, University of Calgary, Canada

ST7: Visual Computing with Multimodal Data Streams

        Zhang Hui, Indiana University, USA
        Du Yingzi, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis,
        Indianapolis, USA
        Boyles Mike, Indiana University, USA
        Wernert Eric, Indiana University, USA
        Thakur Sidharth, Renaissance Computing Institute, USA
        Ruan Guangchen, Indiana University, USA

ST8: Intelligent Environments: Algorithms and Applications

        Bebis George, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
        Nicolescu Mircea, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
        Bourbakis Nikolaos, Wright State University, USA
        Tavakkoli Alireza, University of Houston, Victoria, USA

ISVC provides a common forum for researchers, scientists, engineers and
practitioners to present their latest research findings, ideas,
developments and applications in visual computing. We seek papers
contributing to the state of the art and practice in any of the four
central areas of visual computing: (1) computer vision, (2) computer
graphics, (3) virtual reality, and (4) visualization.  Of particular
interest are papers that combine technologies from two or more areas. For
a list of topics, see

ISVC'13 will consist of invited and contributed presentations dealing with
all aspects of visual computing. In addition to the main program, the
symposium will include several keynote presentations, special tracks, and
a poster session. Significantly extended and revised versions of selected
papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the
International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools (IJAIT) (ISI/SCIE
indexed) and the Computers and Graphics journal(ISI/SCIE indexed). Also, a
"best paper" award ($500) is sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric Research
Labs (MERL). The symposium's proceedings will be published by
Springer-Verlag in Lecture Notes in Computer Science.

*****Keynote Speakers

            Thomas Ertl, University of Stuttgart, Germany
            Mel Slater, University College London, UK
            Serge Belongie University of California, San Diego, USA
            Anthony Hoogs, Kitware, USA
            Fei-Fei Li, Stanford University, USA
            Dennis Zorin, New York University, USA

*****Important Dates

Special track proposals:    February 1, 2013
Paper submissions        May 10, 2013
Notification of acceptance    June 10, 2013
Final camera ready paper    June 28, 2013
Advance Registration        June 28, 2013
ISVC'13 Symposium        July 29-31, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

CFP: (CPSM 2013) Communicating Business Process and Software Models Quality, Understandability, and Maintainability

Please consider submitting a paper to the following workshop being chaired by my colleague and collaborator Irene Vanderfeesten.


1st IEEE International Workshop on Communicating Business Process and Software Models Quality, Understandability, and Maintainability (CPSM 2013)

held in conjunction with the 29th International Conference on Software
Maintenance (ICSM) Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 22-28 September 2013.

About the workshop

In recent years, the fact that models are a means for communication gained
more attention in research on process modeling and software modeling. Both
communities discuss issues related to models, modeling languages, and their
use and perception, such as model understandability, complexity of modeling
languages, actual usage of language features, cognitive aspects, human
perception and subjective perspectives on models, and related issues. These
topics are extremely important for the adaption of modeling languages in
practice, yet the attention from the research community is still limited. The
CPSM 2013 workshop shall provide a forum for researchers and practitioners
actively working on quality, usability and maintainability of software and
process models.

The workshop supports the exchange of ideas, challenges, and insights from
two similar domains with the aim of raising awareness of the important "soft
skills" of modeling languages. The workshop will give room to present
research results, position papers, case studies and share experiences and
ideas in panel discussions. Relevant topics are

-              Business process model quality metrics
-              Business process maintainability
-              Business process evolution
-              Business process modeling styles
-              Business process modeling patterns and anti-patterns
-              Business process comprehension
-              Relation between business process models and software / system models
-              Software model maintainability
-              Software model evolution and tracking
-              Software model and implementation alignment
-              Software model comprehension
-              Roles and expertise different modeling activities
-              Empirical studies on understandability of business processes and
    software models
-              Empirical studies on quality of business process and software models
-              Industrial cases on communication and understandability of process
    and software models

We invite full papers that describe consolidated research results or case
studies, as well as short papers outlining researches still in progress or
position papers. Submissions will be assessed based on their novelty,
relevance, empirical evidence, scientific quality, readability, comparison
with existing and related works, and the extent to which the paper allows to
build bridges between the different domains of process modeling and software
engineering. We specifically want to encourage early results.

Format of the Workshop and Proceedings
The workshop will comprise presentations of accepted papers and keynotes from
experienced researchers and practitioners. Moreover, we will organize
moderated discussions on hot topics that were raised in the different
communities and emerged from the workshop submissions. All accepted papers
will be published as IEEE Workshop Proceedings. As this volume will appear
after the conference, there will be informal proceedings during the workshop.
At least one author for each accepted paper must register for the workshop
and present the paper.

Paper Submission
Prospective authors are invited to submit papers for presentation in any of
the areas listed above. Only papers in English will be accepted. Different
paper types are distinguished. Length of full papers (completed research or
case study) must not exceed 10 pages. Short papers (work in progress or
positions paper) should be no longer than 4 pages. Papers should be submitted
in the IEEE style in PDF format, templates are available at

Papers have to present original research contributions not concurrently
submitted elsewhere. The title page must contain a short abstract, a
classification of the topics covered, preferably using the list of topics
above, and an indication of the submission category (full paper | case study
| work in progress | position paper).

Papers should be submitted via EasyChair:

Important Dates
Submission: Monday, June 10th, 2013
Notification: Friday, July 12th, 2013
Camera-ready: Friday, July 26th, 2013
Workshop: September 23rd, 2013

Workshop Website

-  Marco Brambilla, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
-  Irene Vanderfeesten, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
-  Dirk Fahland, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands

Program Committee
-  Marco Brambilla, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
-  Ross Brown, Queensland Univeristy of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
-  Jordi Cabot, INRIA and Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France
-  Pete Dolog, Aalborg University, Denmark
-  Suzanne Embury, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
-  Dirk Fahland, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
-  Kathrin Figl, Vienna University of Economics, Austria
-  Flavius Frasincar, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands
-  Simone Kriglstein, Secure Business Austria, Vienna, Austria
-  Ralf Laue, University Leipzig, Germany
-  Jan Mendling, University of Vienna, Austria
-  Geert Poels, Ghent University, Belgium
-  Gianna Reggio, University of Genoa, Italy
-  Manfred Reichert, Ulm University, Germany
-  Hajo Reijers, Perceptive Software & Eindhoven University of Technology,
   the Netherlands
-  Gustavo Rossi, UNLP, Buenos Aires, Argentina
-  Davide Di Ruscio, Universit√† dell'Aquila, Italy
-  Bruce Silver, Silver Associates, USA
-  Antonio Vallecillo, Universidad de Malaga, Spain
-  Irene Vanderfeesten, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
-  Juan M. Vara, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain
-  Barbara Weber, University of Innsbruck, Austria
-  Matthias Weidlich, Technion, Haifa, Israel
-  Manuel Wimmer, Technical University of Vienna. Austria
-  Marco Winckler, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France

CPSM 2013 is supported by IEEE Computer Society (

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Paper: The BPMVE Wunderkammer

Have just had a BPTrends column, "The BPMVE Wunderkammer,"  published with my colleague, Prof. Jan Recker.  QUT ePrint is available here.  Thanks for the opportunity Jan!