The representation of business process models has been a continuing research topic for many years now.However, many process model representations have not developed beyond minimally interactive 2D icon-based representations of directed graphs and networks, with little or no annotation for information overlays.In addition, very few of these representations have undergone a thorough analysis or design process with reference to psychological theories on data and process visualization.This dearth of visualization research, we believe, has led to problems with BPM uptake in some organizations, as the representations can be difficult for stakeholders to understand, and thus remains an open research question for the BPM community.In addition, business analysts and process modeling experts themselves need visual representations that are able to assist with key BPM life cycle tasks in the process of generating optimal solutions.
With the rise of desktop computers and commodity mobile devices capable of supporting rich interactive 3D environments, we believe that much of the research performed in computer human interaction, virtual reality, games and interactive entertainment have much potential in areas of BPM; to engage, provide insight, and to promote collaboration amongst analysts and stakeholders alike.We believe this is a timely topic, with research emerging in a number of places around the globe, relevant to this workshop.
This visualization workshop seeks to develop into a high quality international forum to present and discuss research in this field.Via this workshop, we intend to create a community to unify and nurture the development of process visualization topics as a continuing research area.Furthermore, this workshop will seek to strengthen and provide diversity to the BPM conference and collaboration with other researchers in the field, as such visualization approaches have many domains of application.
Visualizations can make the structure and dependencies between elements in processes accessible in order to support users who need to analyze process models and their instances. However, effectively visualizing processes in a user-friendly way is often a big challenge, especially for complex process models, which can consist of hundreds of process components (e.g., process activities, data flows, and resources) and thousands of running process instances in different execution states.
Many challenges remain to be addressed within the broad area of process visualization, human interaction and user led design such as: scalability, human-computer interaction, cognitive aspects, applicability of different approaches, collaboration, process evolution, run-time requirements of process instances and applications, user-engagement etc.
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
•Visual Metaphors in Processes
•Visual Design and Aesthetics for Processes
•Visualization of Dynamic Data in Processes
•Change Visualization for Processes
•Interface and Interaction Techniques for Process Visualization
•Visualization Techniques for Collaboration and Distributed Processes
•Visualization of Large-scale Processes
•Cognition and Perception in Process Visualization
•Evaluation and User Studies of Process Visualization
•Evaluation Methods for Human Aspects in PAIS
•Visual Modeling Languages
•Analysis Techniques and Visualization for Processes