Call for Contributions to Doctoral Consortium

Current PhD students working in the area of Business Process Management (BPM) are invited to submit their proposals for participation in a Doctoral Consortium, which will be held on Sunday, 25 August 2013, on the eve of the 11th International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2013) in Beijing, China.

The Doctoral Consortium has the following objectives:

  • To provide valuable feedback on students’ research methods and plans
  • To provide helpful guidance on students’ research directions and topics
  • To promote the development of a community of scholars that will help students in their future careers
  • To provide students with opportunities to meet and interact with other researchers in the area of BPM

The PhD candidates of the accepted proposals are expected to present their research at the Doctoral Consortium. We welcome submissions representing a broad spectrum of research topics related to BPM and stemming from a variety of disciplines ranging from Computer Science to Behavioural and Organisational Science. Participants of the consortium will benefit from the advice of senior researchers in the field and from the interaction with peers being at a similar stage of their careers.

This year’s BPM Doctoral consortium is again sponsored by IBM Research Service Science Professional Interest Community.

PhD students interested in engaging in detailed discussions on their research at the Doctoral Consortium should submit an extended abstract, which describes their thesis work and in particular provides clear discussions on:

  • The research problem being addressed
  • The research methodology and techniques being applied
  • The solution being proposed and its validity
  • The relation of the work to the state of the art in BPM (research)
  • The expected contribution of the work to the field of BPM

The extended abstract should be discussed with the respective PhD supervisor/s before submission. It should be written in English using 11pt font and 1.5 line space in maximum 4 (A4) pages. It should be submitted (as a single PDF file) by midnight (EST) by 10 June 2013 via the BPM 2013 Doctoral Consortium EasyChair Submission Website

Review Process
The submitted proposals will be reviewed by the Doctoral Consortium Committee. The review of the reported research work in each proposal will take into account its originality, its potential for advancing the BPM field, and whether the work is at a stage where the PhD candidate of the proposal can benefit from participating in the consortium. Rejected submissions will receive written feedback. Confidentiality of submissions will be maintained throughout the review process.

Authors will be notified of the result of their submission on 1 July 2013. Accepted doctoral candidates will receive instructions on how to submit a camera-ready copy of their proposal, and will receive information on the preparation of the presentation and poster (see “At the Conference” next).

Acceptance to the Doctoral Consortium is an honour, in turn, accepted candidates are expected to fully commit themselves to the success of the consortium by being open to new ideas and suggestions and providing ideas and suggestions to other participants. All accepted contributions will be circulated among the participants about one week before the consortium.

At the Conference
Accepted submissions will be presented both at the Doctoral Consortium, which is a venue open only to participants, and as a poster at the conference. All participants are expected to attend every session of the consortium. Each student will present his or her work to the group with substantial time provided for discussions and questions by participating researchers and other students.

Thanks to a donation from IBM Research Service Science Professional Interest Community , attendance to the Doctoral Consortium is free of charge for all students admitted to the consortium. We invite participants to register the main conference, the BPM workshops, demos and other satellite events of BPM2013.

Important Dates
Extended abstract submission: 10 June 2013
Notification of acceptance: 1 July 2013
Camera-ready copy: 1 August 2013

Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs
Chun Ouyang, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Jianxun Liu, Hunan University of Science and Technology, China
Jianwen Su, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA