18th Int. Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2020)

Call for Blockchain Forum

Blockchain Forum Format

The blockchain data structure is an immutable, ordered, back-linked list of blocks of transactions. Such a data structure opened up diverse opportunities to redesign business activities in a wide range of fields, including healthcare, supply chain, logistics, and finance, but is also accompanied by challenges related to security and privacy, in addition to scalability and performance.

Blockchains are suitable to be used in the context of the BPM lifecycle and several approaches exist exploiting the combination of BPM and blockchain like blockchain-based execution of DMN decisions, collaborative business process execution on blockchain and the use of process mining to validate smart contracts.

This forum aims to provide a platform for the discussion and introduction of new ideas related to research directions pertaining to blockchain and business process management. Conceptual, technical and application-oriented contributions are pursued within the scope of this theme.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Modelling paradigms for blockchain-based information systems
  • User-friendly specification and monitoring of smart contracts
  • Synthesis of smart contracts from high-level specifications of business collaborations
  • Verification and validation of blockchain-based collaborative information systems
  • Enforcing regulations and business rules with smart contracts
  • Collaborative business process optimisation on blockchains
  • Privacy models for blockchain-based collaborative information systems
  • Data provenance in blockchain-based cooperative processes
  • Security requirements engineering for blockchain-based collaborative information systems
  • Data management in blockchain-based information systems
  • Process auditing on blockchains
  • Integration of ubiquitous computing and blockchains for process monitoring
  • Novel paradigms for process design utilising the blockchain
  • Novel paradigms for information systems design utilising the blockchain
  • Linking blockchain platform properties with business and compliance goals
  • Novel business collaboration models enabled by blockchain
  • Blockchain and ethical business practices
  • Inter-organisational, cross-chain communications among parties in a collaborative process
  • Vertical applications of blockchain-based collaborative information systems (e.g. healthcare, supply chain, finance, logistics)

The format will be structured to be highly interactive and discussion-oriented. The talks will be fostering fruitful discussions and aimed at exchanging experiences and ideas.

Paper submission

Prospective authors are invited to submit original, unpublished papers on any of the topics of the forum. Papers must be written in English and must not simultaneously be submitted to another journal or conference. The maximum length of the paper is 15 pages. Shorter papers are also welcomed.

Submissions must be prepared according to the format of Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) specified by Springer. The title page must contain a short abstract and a list of keywords, preferably taking inspiration from the list of topics given above. Papers must be submitted electronically via EasyChair.

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission: 24 May 2020
  • Paper submission: 31 May 2020 7 June 2020 (extended)
  • Notification: 30 June 2020
  • Camera-ready submission: 12 July 2020
  • Forum: 15-17 September 2020


  • José María García, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
  • Agnes Koschmider, Kiel University, Germany
  • Jan Mendling, WU Vienna, Austria
  • Giovanni Meroni, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

PC members

  • Marco Comuzzi, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
  • Florian Daniel, Politecnico di Milano
  • Claudio Di Ciccio, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Alevtina Dubovitskaya, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU)
  • Luciano García-Bañuelos, Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Inma Hernández, University of Seville
  • Marko Hölbl, University of Maribor
  • Sabrina Kirrane, Vienna University of Economics and Business - WU Wien
  • Julius Köpke, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
  • Qinghua Lu, CSIRO
  • Raimundas Matulevicius, University of Tartu
  • Alex Norta, Tallinn University of Technology
  • Sooyong Park, Sogang University
  • Juan Pavón, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Stefanie Rinderle-Ma, University of Vienna
  • Matti Rossi, Aalto University
  • Stefan Schulte, Vienna University of Technology
  • Volker Skwarek, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Mark Staples, CSIRO
  • Ali Sunyaev, University of Cologne
  • Horst Treiblmaier, MODUL University Vienna
  • Shermin Voshmgir, Vienna University of Economics
  • Ingo Weber, TU Berlin
  • Kaiwen Zhang, École de technologie supérieure de Montréal