EMISA 2018 - May 24-25, 2018
Rostock, Germany

9th International Workshop on
Enterprise Modeling and Information Systems Architectures


Proceeding is online. The CEUR-WS Proceeding is now availabe here.

30 Submissions received. We are happy that we received in total 30 submissions from you, the EMISA community.

Moreover, we are very pleased to announce Mathias Weske and Janis Stirna as the keynote speakers at EMISA 2018.
For a short introduction to the keynote topics, see below.

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Registration and Venue

Registration Information

Registration fee
  • 95 Euro for members of EMISA
  • 120 Euro for all others
Registration is done by transferring the amount of money (see above) to the banking account of the University of Rostock:
IBAN: DE26 1300 0000 0014 0015 18


IMPORTANT : Please specify as purpose of your payment the following:
7115180003354 your name and institution
(e.g. 7115180003354 Michael Fellmann University of Rostock)
We will hand over a receipt to each participant at the registration desk during EMISA 2018.


Please understand that without a payment visible on our banking account or at least a credible document supporting your argument that payment has been made, on-site registration is required. Thank you very much for your kind cooperation.


Venue Information

How to travel to Rostock

By Plane: There is a small airport (RLG) near Rostock, but most flights are rather expensive. However, there are some affordable connections, e.g. to Stuttgart. So try your luck on any major flight search engine such as Skyscanner. It is however probably much easier and cheaper to fly to Hamburg (HAM) or Berlin airports (SXF, TXL) and take a train to Rostock. Have a look at www.bahn.de and search for a connection to Rostock. You can also hire a rental car at the airport.


Workshop venue

The meeting will be held on 24th and 25th of May 2018 in the building of the Institute of Computer Science in Albert Einstein-Straße 22, 18059 Rostock.
You can reach us by Bus (line 28) or Tram (line 4 and 6) getting off at station Campus Südstadt. Tram line 6 is the best choice if you arrive in Rostock by train (central station). Bus and tram schedules to station Campus Südstadt and fares can be found at www.rsag-online.com. When getting off at station Campus Südstadt, you just have to follow down Albert-Einstein-Straße passing by the University Library and main student canteen. If you see the large paved area, turn left and go straight on where you will already see the Institute of Computer Science – a dark red square shaped building.
To order a Taxi in Rostock call +49 381 685-858 (Taxigenossenschaft Rostock eG).
If you want to reach us by Car, our parking directly at the institute is free for you. However, you will need to consider a construction site due to which the parking is only accessible from one side of the Albert-Einstein-Straße. Please use this route to get to our parking. To gain access at the parking barrier, please press the call button and say that you are attending the EMISA conference.



Social event venue

We will meet for dinner in the Braugasthaus zum alten Fritz.
Address: Warnowufer 65, 18057 Rostock.


To directly reach the social event venue, take the tram line 6 from Campus Südstadt and get off at Doberaner Platz (see Map below). From there you walk about 10 minutes. You just have to follow down Neue Werderstraße and then turn right at the harbor to find the social event venue Braugasthaus zum alten Fritz.


If you are interested in a little walk through the beautiful pedestrian zone of the city, you can take the tram line 4 or 6 from Campus Südstadt and get off at Neuer Markt (see Map below). The city hall is directly located at this tram station. At the northernmost entrance columns of the town hall porch you will find a bronze snake. It should bring good luck to stroke the snake’s head. Nearby you can also find St. Marien Church, where you can admire an astronomical clock built in 1472. Walking through the pedestrian zone you will see the impressive University’s main building. The University of Rostock is one of the ten oldest universities in Germany. The landmarked main building of the University of Rostock is a representative of the Mecklenburg neo-renaissance and was built in 1867. The four founding faculties medicine, theology, jurisprudence and philosophy are depicted as emblematic figures on four pillars on the front facade. To the left side of the building you will find a nice cloister garden. This is just a small selection of interesting things to see in the city. Walking through the pedestrian zone you will discover further wonderful places. In order to reach the social event venue from the city just turn right and walk towards the harbor. Then turn left and follow the big street near the water to find the social event venue Braugasthaus zum alten Fritz.


Hotel list

Motel One, Schröderplatz 2, 18057 Rostock
Tel.: +49 381 666919-0, E-Mail: rostock@motel-one.com
2,2 km walking distance. Stylish atmosphere and appearance of the rooms.


Hotel an der Stadthalle, Platz der Freundschaft 3 18059 Rostock
Tel.: +49 381 444 5 666, E-Mail: info@hotel-stadthalle-rostock.de
1,6 km walking distance. Rather simple rooms, but the closest hotel to the conference venue.


Intercity Hotel, Herweghstraße 51, 18055 Rostock
Tel.: +49 381 4950-0, E-Mail: rostock@intercityhotel.de
2,2 km walking distance. Directly located near the train station. Tram ticket included in the room rate.


Hotel am Hopfenmarkt, Buchbinderstraße 10, 18055 Rostock
Tel.: +49 381 4583443, Fax: 0381 4031082, E-Mail: info@am-hopfenmarkt.dem
Located directly in the beautiful inner city area and the pedestrian zone, many restaurants near the hotel. Simple rooms, but good breakfast.


Stadtperle Rostock, Rosa Luxemburg Str. 32, 18055 Rostock
Tel.: +49 381 46123770, E-Mail: kontakt@stadtperle-rostock.de
Charming "Jugendstil"-villa, highly rated on major booking platforms.


Trihotel, Tessiner Strasse 103, 18055 Rostock
Tel.:+49 381 6597-0, Fax: +49 381 6597-600, E-Mail: info@trihotel.de
4**** star hotel yet affordable, but a bit in the suburbs.


The Programme is downloadable as PDF-file here.

Wednesday, May 23

18.30 – 20.30    Get Together at “Burwitz Legendär” (Address: Neuer Markt 16, 18055 Rostock. Map)

Thursday, May 24

08.00 – 09.15    Registration at Konrad-Zuse-Haus (Address: Albert-Einstein-Str. 22, 18059 Rostock. Map)

09.15 – 09.20    Welcome Address from Local Organizers 

09.20 – 10.10    Keynote 1: Rethinking BPM Concepts for Cases and Decisions – Mathias Weske

10.10 – 10.30    Coffee Break

10.30 – 11.00    Session 1a: Model-based Software and Systems Engineering

H.C. Mayr, Judith Michael, Suneth Ranasinghe, Vladimir A. Shekhovtsov and Claudia Steinberger
A Model Centered Perspective on Software-intensive Systems [Novel]

11.00 – 10.10    Short Break

11.10 – 12.30    Parallel Sessions

Session 2: Empirical Studies in Conceptual Modelling

  • Isaac Da Silva Torres
    The Role of Process Representations in Business Process Redesign Projects [PhD]

  • Anne Gutschmidt
    Empirical Insights into the Appraisal of Tool Support for Participative Enterprise Modeling – An Experimental Comparison between Whiteboard and Multi-Touch Table [Novel]

  • Kathrin Figl, Jan Mendling, Gül Tokdemir and Jan Vanthienen
    What we know and what we do not know about DMN [Current]

  • Jan Mendling, Jan Recker, Hajo A. Reijers and Henrik Leopold
    An Empirical Review of the Connection between Model Viewer Characteristics and the Comprehension of Conceptual Process Models [Current]

Session 3 (Room 110): Models and Systems for Smarter Working and Living

  • Claudia Steinberger and Judith Michael
    Towards Cognitive Assisted Living 3.0 [Current]

  • Fabienne Lambusch
    Smart Self-Management for Better Working [PhD]

  • Jannis Vogel, Sven Jannaber, Benedikt Zobel and Oliver Thomas
    Design and Development of a process modelling environment for business process utilization within Smart Glasses [Novel]

  • Benedikt Zobel, Lisa Berkemeier, Sebastian Werning, Jannis Vogel, Ingmar Ickerott and Oliver Thomas
    Towards a Modular Reference Architecture for Smart Glasses-based Systems in the Logistics Domain [Novel]


12.30 – 13.45    Lunch

13.45 – 14.45    Parallel Sessions

Session 4: Dynamic and Runtime Aspects of Business Processes

  • Luise Pufahl and Niels Martin
    Batching vs. Non-batching in Business Processes [Novel]

  • Sankalita Mandal
    A Flexible Event Handling Model for Using Events in Business Processes [PhD]

  • Dirk Fahland and Hagen Völzer
    Dynamic Skipping and Blocking and Dead Path Elimination for Cyclic Workflows [Current]

Session 5 (Room 110): Methods for Process and Service Engineering

  • Simon Hagen, Sven Jannaber and Oliver Thomas
    Towards practical applicability of Service Engineering: A literature review as starting point for SE method design [Novel]

  • Steven Groß
    About the selection of a business process improvement methodology [PhD]

  • Florian Baer, Kurt Sandkuhl and Michael Leyer
    Towards a Method for Designing IT Self-Services from an IT Operations perspective [Current]

14.45 – 15.00    Coffee Break

15.00 – 16.00    Session 6: Blockchain and Enterprise Modelling

  • Hans-Georg Fill and Felix Härer
    The Concept of Knowledge Blockchains in Enterprise Modeling [Current]

  • Jan Mendling and Ingo Weber
    Blockchains for Business Process Management – Challenges and Opportunities [Current]

  • Nils Neidhardt, Markus Nüttgens and Carsten Köhler
    Cloud Service Billing and Service Level Agreement Monitoring based on Blockchain [Novel]

16.00 – 17.30    EMISA Steering Committee Meeting

18.00 – 19.00    Guided Tour: Rostock City (Starting point: Fountain at Neumarkt in Rostock. Map)

19.00     Dinner at “Braugasthaus zum Alten Fritz” (Address: Warnowufer 65, 18057 Rostock. Map)


Friday, May 25

09.30 – 10.30    Keynote 2: Lessons from Facilitating Participatory Enterprise Modelling – Janis Stirna

10.50 – 11.10    Coffee Break

11.10 – 12.10    Parallel Sessions  

Session 7: Event Logs and Process Mining

  • Guangming Li, Renata Medeiros de Carvalho and Wil M.P. van der Aalst
    Automatic Discovery of Object-Centric Behavioral Constraint Models (Best Paper Award of BIS'18) [Current]

  • Agnes Koschmider
    Clustering Event Logs based on Behavioral Similarity [Current]

  • Guangming Li and Renata Medeiros de Carvalho
    Dealing with Artifact-Centric Systems: A Process Mining Approach [Novel]

Session 1b (Room 110): Model-based Software and Systems Engineering

  • Kai Adam, Lukas Netz, Simon Varga, Judith Michael, Bernhard Rumpe, Patricia Heuser and Peter Letmathe
    Model-Based Generation of Enterprise Information Systems [Novel]

  • Bastian Wurm
    Patterns of Stability and Change in Business Processes: Using Process Mining to Capture Reality in Flight [PhD]

  • Tomas Jonsson and Håkan Enquist
    Semantic Consistency – Through Seamless Modelling and Execution Support [Current]


12.10 – 13.30    Lunch

13.30 – 14.50    Session 8: Principles and Frameworks for Enterprise Modelling

  • Robert Winter and Michael Blaschke
    Same Same But Different - Federating Enterprise Modelling for the Digitalized and Data-driven Enterprise [Novel]

  • Thorsten Schoormann and Ralf Knackstedt
    Towards Tool-supported Reflection of Sustainability in Business Models [PhD]

  • Simon Hacks and Felix Timm
    Towards a Quality Framework for Enterprise Architecture Models [Current]

  • Dominik Bork and Steven Alter
    Relaxing Modeling Criteria to Produce Genuinely Flexible, Controllable, and Usable Enterprise Modeling Methods [Novel]

14.50 – 15.00 Closing Ceremony

Keynotes: Mathias Weske and Janis Stirna

Mathias Weske: Rethinking BPM Concepts for Cases and Decisions

Recently, the scope of research in business process management has widened considerably. In this talk, two key areas will be investigated, case management and decision management. While case management has been discussed for a while, it has not yet found its way into practice, the lack of an established syntax and of a concise semantics being among the reasons. This talk sketches a novel approach to case management, which is based on dynamically combining process fragments as required by knowledge workers. The conceptual results are prototypically implemented in the Chimera platform. Decision management is a recent research area with massive interest by the financial industry in its quest to support compliance and auditing requirements. While the principles of combining process and decision models are well understood and even standardized, a number of conceptual issues remain open. We have investigated the classic soundness property of processes in presence of decision models . With decision soundness, a novel correctness criterion is introduced, which takes into account decision logic when analysing behavioural properties of business processes. The talk concludes with thoughts on research in business process management and the role of the BPM conference.

Janis Stirna: Lessons from Facilitating Participatory Enterprise Modeling

Enterprise Modeling (EM) has become a widespread activity in enterprises. Strategy development, business process mapping, requirements engineering, product development, enterprise architecture management, information system design are just a few examples of organizational activities that benefit from a model-based way of working and knowledge representation in the form of models. EM helps addressing organizational development from a number of perspectives, such, strategy (goals, challenges, opportunities, capabilities), business operations (processes, actors, resources), information (business concepts, products), information technology (requirements, components), etc. However, to develop efficient solutions and to ensure their fit in the organization all of these perspectives need to be analyzed in an integrated way. Furthermore, EM activities often require involving groups of people, i.e. the models are created in a participatory way. To be efficient, such participatory EM sessions need the support of dedicated persons who know how to organize a modeling project and modeling sessions, how to manage discussions during a modeling session, and what aspects influence the success and efficiency of modeling in practice. This talk will address a number of lessons learned from managing modeling projects and facilitating participatory EM sessions. More specifically, we will focus on the critical success aspects of the EM process, stereotypes of actor behavior in modeling sessions and modeling projects, as well as, patterns and anti-patterns of EM project management.



The strategic importance of enterprise modelling has been recognized by an increasing number of companies and public agencies. Enterprise modelling delivers the ‘blueprints’ for co-designing and aligning business and enterprise information systems such that they complement each other in an optimal way. As example consider the support of business processes by process-aware information systems. Achieving such interplay requires a multi-perspective approach taking organizational, economic, and technical aspects into account. In a world of cloud, social and big data, additional challenges for enterprise modelling and the design of information systems architectures are introduced, e.g., in respect to the design of data-driven processes or processes enabling cross-enterprise collaboration. To deal with these challenges, a close cooperation of researchers from different disciplines such as information systems, business informatics, and computer science will be required.

Subject and Topics

EMISA 2018 is the ninth international workshop in a series that provides a key forum for researchers and practitioners in the fields of enterprise modelling and the design of information system (IS) architectures. The workshop series emphasizes a holistic view on these fields, fostering integrated approaches that address and relate business processes, business people and information technology. The workshop is open for a broad range of subjects. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Enterprise modelling: languages, methods, tools
  • Patterns for enterprise modelling
  • Patterns for information systems architectures
  • Model life cycle management
  • Model evolution
  • Model configuration and model variants
  • Model quality: metrics, case studies, experiments
  • Process modelling and process-aware information systems
  • Collaborative enterprise modelling
  • Model-driven architectures
  • Model-driven IS development
  • Component- and service-oriented software architectures
  • Service engineering and evolution
  • Service composition, orchestration and choreography
  • Complex event processing and event-driven architectures
  • Human aspects in enterprise modelling
  • Modelling social information and innovation networks
  • Information systems in the cloud
  • Mobile enterprise services


The workshop is organized by the GI Special Interest Group on Design Methods for Information Systems (GI-SIG EMISA www.emisa.org), which provides a forum for researchers from various disciplines who develop and apply methods to support the analysis and design of information systems..


Submission types

EMISA 2018 calls for submissions in the following categories:
  1. PhD Research Proposals:

    EMISA 2018 invites PhD students to submit research proposals. There will be a dedicated slot in the program to discuss PhD research proposals including the current status and the further plan of the research work. PhD research proposals shall be submitted as a short paper of 5 pages.
  2. Current Research Talk Proposals:

    EMISA 2018 invites proposals for scientific talks of international excellence. Eligible are proposal submissions that are based on published or accepted papers from international conferences or journals. Proposals for research talks shall be submitted as an extended abstract of up to 2 pages.
  3. Novel Directions Talk Proposals:

    EMISA 2018 invites proposals for talks that motivate a novel research direction, outline the research gaps to address, and carve out major challenges. These talks shall serve as a stimulus for discussions as part of a dedicated slot in the workshop program. Novel directions talk proposals shall be submitted as a short paper of 5 pages.

All accepted submissions (PhD Research, Current Research Talk, Novel Directions Talk) will be published in the next print edition of EMISA Forum. The short papers proposing PhD Research or a Novel Directions Talk will also be published as an electronic CEUR proceedings volume.

All submissions have to strictly follow the formatting guidelines of LNI. Template and explanations can be found at the GI website. Submissions have to be made via easychair.org.

Submit your Proposal

Important dates

Submission of proposals

Notification of acceptance

Final version of extended abstracts (LNI 2 pages) and short papers (LNI 5 pages) due



Program Committee Co-Chairs

Program Committee

  • Patrick Delfmann, University of Koblenz-Landau
  • Jörg Desel, University of Hagen
  • Dirk Fahland, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Peter Fettke, Saarland University
  • Hans-Georg Fill, University of Bamberg
  • Agnes Koschmider, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Horst Kremers, CODATA-Germany
  • Ralf Laue, University of Applied Sciences Zwickau
  • Heinrich C. Mayr, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
  • Jan Mendling, Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Judith Michael, RWTH Aachen
  • Daniel Moldt, University of Hamburg
  • Markus Nüttgens, University of Hamburg
  • Andreas Oberweis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Hansjuergen Paul, Institute for Work and Technology
  • Manfred Reichert, University of Ulm
  • Ulrich Reimer, University of Applied Sciences St. Gallen
  • Stefanie Rinderle-Ma, University of Vienna
  • Ulf Seigerroth, Jönköping University
  • Janis Stirna, Stockholm University
  • Stefan Strecker, University of Hagen
  • Oliver Thomas, Osnabrück University
  • Barbara Weber, Technical University of Denmark
  • Matthias Weidlich, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Mathias Weske, Hasso Plattner Institute, University of Potsdam