PhD students working in the area of Business Process Management (BPM) are invited to submit their proposals for participation in the BPM Doctoral Consortium, which will be held on Sunday, 1 September, 2019, in conjunction with the 17th International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2019) in Vienna, Austria.

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 experienced researchers in the area of Business Process Management

The PhD candidates of the accepted proposals are expected to present their research at the Doctoral Consortium and to discuss their plans with other PhD candidates and senior researchers. We welcome submissions representing a broad spectrum of research topics related to BPM which already have a well-defined research topic and still benefit from open discussions on continuing their research. Participants 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.

Submission
PhD students interested in engaging in detailed discussions on their research at the Doctoral Consortium are invited to submit an extended abstract that describes their thesis work and clearly describes:

  • The well-defined research problem being addressed
  • The research methodology and techniques being applied
  • The (intended) solution being proposed and its validity
  • The relation of the work to the state of the art in BPM research
  • The overall state of the project, open points, and problems identified threatening the method, results, or ambition

The extended abstract should be discussed with the respective PhD supervisor before submission. It should be written in English using maximum 4 pages (excluding the bibliography) in Springer’s LNBIP format https://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/conference-proceedings-guidelines. It should be submitted (as a single PDF file) by midnight (AoE) by 14 June 2019 via the BPM 2019 Doctoral Consortium EasyChair Submission Website: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bpm2019

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

Notification
Authors will be notified of the result of their submission by 1 July 2019. 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 (see “At the Conference” next).

Acceptance to the Doctoral Consortium is an honor. 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
Attendance of the Doctoral Consortium for accepted students is free of charge. Accepted submissions will be presented at the Doctoral Consortium, which is a venue open only to participants.

The Doctoral Consortium will provide a full-day program centered around helping PhD students find their path through their PhD project.

  • PhD students will be working in smaller groups together with senior researchers. 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. Attention: Please present your work using whiteboard and pen (not through slides and projector). This allows the other participants to discuss the essential parts of your thesis. Please prepare for not more than 20 minutes of presentation. The remainder of the sessions will leave plenty of time and room for discussions on the project, methodology, and also allow for break-outs for discussing more detailed or technical aspects of a project.
  • Also, PhD students and senior researchers join together to discuss experiences of doing a PhD project, share challenges faces, and to learn from each other about lessons, tricks, and tips learned.

All participants are expected to attend every session of the consortium. Additionally, participants are encouraged to attend the main conference (registration fee for the main conference has to be covered by the participants).

Key Dates (Deadlines correspond to anywhere on earth (‘AoE’ or ‘UTC-12′) )

  • Extended abstract submission: 14 June 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 1 July, 2019
  • Camera-ready copy: 12 July, 2019
  • Consortium: 1 September, 2019

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

  • Dirk Fahland (Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands)
  • Henrik Leopold (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • Stefan Seidel (University of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein)

Doctoral Consortium Committee
tbd

Contact bpm.dc.2019@gmail.com if you need any further information.