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Frontiers of Process Aware Systems

FoPAS Workshop 2020

Emerging Trends in the research and development of PAS

In conjunction with EDOC 2020

The international Frontiers of Process Aware Systems (FoPAS) 2020 workshop, organised in conjunction with IEEE EDOC 2020, brings together researchers and practitioners working within the process definition and execution phases of modern process aware systems and their wider enterprise environments.

Process Aware Systems (PAS) are software systems that manage and orchestrate operational processes involving human and non-human resources, applications, tools and information sources through the execution of process models. Processes and their executions can be considered as the ‘glue’ that binds PAS to enterprise systems, providing support for, and delivering insights into, enterprise-wide business processes. New ways to express and execute processes, and new software tools, methods, techniques and algorithms that extend current capabilities, are needed to project PAS into the new and emerging organisational challenges.

The ever-widening scope of PAS applicability has lately come to the forefront of PAS research. Explorations into integrations of PAS with blockchain networks, Internet of Things cloud computing platforms, and robotics (both software and hardware) is of great interest to business and research alike.

The workshop will comprise a keynote speech, paper presentations and an open panel discussion. The goals of this workshop are to bring together active researchers and industry analysts, architects and engineers to discover and discuss emerging trends in PAS research and development, and to create synergies for future directions.



This workshop seeks quality technical and position papers covering the fundamental and developmental aspects at the leading edge of research integrating and extending PAS within the enterprise. It is targeted at both active researchers in the areas discussed above, and at industry analysts, architects and engineers.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • PAS & Cloud Technologies
  • PAS intergration with Blockchain
  • PAS & the Internet of Things
  • Process Modelling languages and semantics, particularly as they apply to the improved execution of models expressed in those languages (architectures and algorithms)
  • The role of Robotic Process Automation within business process automation
  • The application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to process automation, particularly to the fields of process flexibility, exception handling, resilience and robustness
  • Event streams, real-time data mining of process events for improved decision making capabilities
  • Performance comparisons and improvements in responsiveness, adaptability, security, etc.
  • Emerging architectures, particularly those developed for the better integration of PAS and ERP systems
  • Novel approaches to human-robot orchestrations, including the definition and development of blended workforce, work handover to robotic technologies (both software and hardware), shared workforce, management of human and non-human resources, definitions for richer work profiles.
  • Approaches to the monitoring of process executions, including dashboarding for systems involving a blended workforce.

Important Dates (extended)

  • Workshop paper submission: 16 August 2020
  • Workshop papers acceptance notification: 6 September 2020
  • Workshop camera-ready papers due: 13 September 2020
  • Author registration: 13 September 2020
  • Workshops sessions: 5 October 2020

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