Object-centric processes from A to Z

2nd International Workshop (co-located with BPM 2024)
Krakow, Poland 


Traditionally, processes are modelled and discovered primarily considering their control-flow dimension, while disregarding other key dimensions that affect the control flow, such as the data dimension. Consequently, the resulting models are unable to suitably represent real-life, widespread processes where behaviour arises from the complex interplay among multiple business objects and their one-to-many/many-to-many relationships. ​New paradigms that combine data and processes, such as object-centric processes, present new perspectives to the field of business process management, but also bring new challenges. 

On the one hand, object-centric processes toned to be correctly specified and modelled. Such multi-perspective models are intrinsically difficult to analyse. This calls for a suitable trade-off between expressiveness and feasibility of analytic techniques. In addition, object-centric models can span a complex network containing many processes and objects. Thus, they bring great potential to create models that cross process and organisational boundaries that current modelling techniques impose. 

On the other hand, process mining focus on the discovery and analysis of object-centric models from event data, which poses a twofold challenge. First, the current notion of event logs fail in representing event data for object-centric processes. Conventional event logs contain isolated traces, whereas object-centric processes require richer, relational and graph-structured representations of the event data. Second, novel process mining techniques and suitable event data/log formats have to be studied so as to operate over such complex data and fully unleash the insights hidden therein. This also brings the need to ensure that modelling constructs in object-centric process notations can be effectively and efficiently discovered and analysed. 

The main objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers from the fields of BPM and PM who work on object-centric process to share their ideas and current research and to discuss challenges and future directions of the field. 


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • object-centric process modelling (formal and conceptual foundations, best practices etc)
  • extensions of object-centric formalisms
  • syntactic and semantic properties, correctness criteria
  • object-centric process composition
  • collaborating object-centric processes
  • formal techniques for object-centric process analysis
  • object-centric event log formats
  • data preparation for object-centric log extraction
  • discovery, conformance checking and monitoring
  • conceptual foundations of object-centric process representation
  • object-awareness vs. object-centricity
  • experience reports on teaching object-centric processes
  • insightful surveys and case studies on adoption and application of object-centric approaches  
  • visionary papers 

Special issue

Authors of the high voted papers will be invited to submit their extended works to a special issue in the TBD journal. 

Importnat dates

Submission: June 7, 2024
Notification: July 5, 2024
Final version: July 19, 2024




Marco Montali , Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Andrey Rivkin, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Jan Martijn van der Werf, Utrecht University, The Netherlands