In the tradition of our conference series, BPM 2021 features three top-notch keynotes with different perspectives on business process management.

Giuseppe De Giacomo
Full Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at University of Roma La Sapienza
Title: TBD
Abstract: TBD
Bio: Giuseppe De Giacomo is full professor in Computer Science and Engineering at University of Roma La Sapienza. His research activity has concerned theoretical, methodological and practical aspects in different areas of AI and CS, most prominently Knowledge Representation, Reasoning about Actions, Generalized Planning, Autonomous Agents, Service Composition, Business Process Modeling, Data Management, and Integration. He is AAAI Fellow, ACM Fellow, and EurAI Fellow. He has got an ERC Advanced Grant for the project WhiteMech: White-box Self Programming Mechanisms (2019-2024). He was the Program Chair of ECAI 2020.

Giuseppe will talk about “Artificial Intelligence-based declarative process synthesis for BPM”.  
Artificial intelligence is recently studying processes that autonomously take decisions and re-program themselves to act strategically in reaction to unexpected outcomes in a nondeterministic partially controllable environment. These studies are developing synergies among AI planning and reactive synthesis and verification in Formal Methods, MDPs with non-Markovian rewards and dynamics, model learning, i.e., learning environment dynamics from traces and reinforcement learning. The talk will look into these studies and discuss their special relevance for BPM, building on the already established connections in declarative process management.
Hajo Reijers
Full Professor in the Department of Information and Computing Sciences of Utrecht University
Title: TBD
Abstract: TBD
Bio: Hajo Reijers is a full professor in the Department of Information and Computing Sciences of Utrecht University, where he leads the BPM & Analytics group. He is also a part-time professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. Previously, he worked for many years as a consultant for Accenture and Deloitte, and headed a research group at Lexmark. His interest in both the academic and the applied side of BPM is reflected in much of his work. His well-known redesign heuristics for process improvement are a case in point, just as his work on the practical application of process mining. More recently, he has been working on techniques that help streamline Robotic Process Automation projects. On these and other topics, he published more than 250 scientific papers, chapters in edited books, and articles in professional journals. Hajo’s keynote will provide a historic perspective on the discipline of BPM. Make sure to attend his talk if you like to learn how the ancient Egyptians organized their workforce, how the guilds in the Middle Ages perfected case management, and how the Duke of Wellington beat Napoleon’s forces by superior process management.
Stefanie Rinderle-Ma
Full Professor at the Department of Informatics, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Title: TBD
Abstract: TBD
Bio: Stefanie Rinderle-Ma is a full professor for Information Systems and BPM at the Department of Informatics, Technical University of Munich, Germany. Before Stefanie worked as full professor at the University of Vienna, Austria. Stefanie‘s research interests include flexible and distributed process technology and digitalized compliance management. She is area lead of the upcoming Austrian Center of Digital Production 2, focusing on smart processes and tangible data for SMEs. Stefanie will talk about “Bringing Process Technology from Lab to Factory”. Her keynote will share experiences and insights on her group’s journey starting from the EU project ADVENTURE and arriving at the actual adoption of process technology at the factory site. The keynote will reflect on possible roadblocks and pitfalls and elaborate on new research directions arising along the way, including sensor-aware process analysis and interactive process automation. The keynote will be illustrated by selected real-world use cases that demonstrate how process technology becomes the enabler of crucial industry needs such as interoperability, advanced production data analysis, and compliance management, particularly for SMEs.