International Workshop co-located with ICCBR-2012 September 3rd, 2012, Lyon, France

Date 4 September 2012 afternoon

Room Batiment Nautibus, Pink Room

The detailed schedule of this workshop is available on the door of the room.

The second workshop on Process-oriented Case-based Reasoning (PO-CBR) is dedicated to address the challenges of integrating Case-Based Reasoning (CBR) with process-oriented research areas like Business Process Management, Workflow Management and Planning. Consequently, several types of processes are in the interest of this workshop, mainly business processes, software processes, planning processes, and search processes.

Business Process Management (BPM) is a set of activities aimed at defining, executing, monitoring and optimizing BP, with the objective of making the business of an enterprise as effective and efficient as possible, and of increasing its economic success. Such activities are highly automated, typically by means of the workflow technology. BPM activities, and BP optimization in particular, may ask the enterprise to be able to flexibly change and adapt the predefined process schema, in response to expected situations (e.g. new laws, reengineering efforts) as well as to unanticipated exceptions and problems in the operating environment (e.g. emergencies).

The agile workflow technology is the technical solution which has been invoked to deal with such adaptation and overriding needs. In order to provide an effective and quick workflow change support, many agile workflow systems share the idea of recalling and reusing concrete examples of changes adopted in the past. To this end, Case-based Reasoning (CBR) has been proposed as a natural methodological solution.

Software Processes can be studied from different points of view. In the Software Engineering field, artifacts like models, diagrams, etc. define Software Development Processes that can be reused to generate new applications. There is also a significant trend on reusing different software components to compose a workflow that models the behavior of a system. Web Services, Scientific Software or Product Lines are some examples of such approaches. In this topic we cannot forget a closely related domain like Planning. All these areas are related to Software Processes and can take advantage of the CBR paradigm to reuse existing solutions, components, compositions or plans. As a matter of fact, in recent years many examples of CBR-based process change reuse and workflow adaptation support have been proposed in the literature. The workshop should serve as a means for exchanging novel as well as more consolidated ideas and examples in the field, and to identify promising research lines and challenges for the future.

The workshop on Process-oriented Case-based Reasoning intends to encourage the exchange of information and ideas about Process-oriented Case-based Reasoning (PO-CBR) by contributions in areas that include, but are not limited to, the following:

Methodological issues
  • Case-based representation of process knowledge (by workflows, traces, plans, etc.)
  • Case-based retrieval for process optimization
  • Similarity measures for process optimization
  • Experience reuse in PO-CBR
  • Case-based adaptation for process optimization
  • Extraction of process knowledge
  • Visualization and explanation of process knowledge
Applications, systems and tools
  • PO-CBR applications in Business Process Management, Software Processes, E-Science, Web Science, E-Governance, E-Health, product development, search, games, cooking, and further application domains
  • Evaluating CBR tools for PO-CBR
  • Agile workflow technology with CBR components
  • CBR in (commercial) workflow management tools
  • Lessons learned in PO-CBR investigations
  • Challenge tasks for CBR systems in the context of business processes, software processes, planning processes, search processes


This workshop will be held on September 3rd, 2012 as part of the ICCBR 2012 workshop series in Lyon, France. This workshop is open to all interested conference participants, but may be limited by available room facilities.

The Organizing Committee will select a subset of the submitted papers for oral presentation. Moreover, time will be reserved for a session where some participants can demonstrate their tools and illustrate the contributions of CBR technology to the field.


We invite submissions of two types:

  • Research and application papers: a maximum of 10 pages describing original contributions.
  • Demonstration of process-related CBR systems: shorter papers will be admitted to this track, describing the CBR system/component designed/developed to deal with a specific process-related problem.

Papers must be submitted in electronic form as PDF. Springer LNCS is the format required for the final camera-ready copy. Authors' instructions along with LaTeX and Word macro files are available on the web at Springer. Selected papers, after further revisions, will be published in a special issue of an international journal.


  • Mirjam Minor, University of Trier, Germany
  • Stefania Montani, University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy


  • David Aha, Naval Research Lab, USA
  • Pedro A. González-Calero, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
  • David Leake, Indiana University, USA
  • Hector Muñoz-Ávila, Lehigh University, USA
  • Ashwin Ram, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Juan A. Recio-Garcia, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
  • Barry Smyth, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Barbara Weber, University of Innsbruck, Austria


  • May 30, 2012 Deadline for workshop paper submission
  • June 25, 2012 Notification of acceptance for workshop papers
  • July 15, 2012 Camera ready copy due
  • September 4, 2012 Workshop held at ICCBR-2012

Schedule (4th September 2012)

14:00 - 14:10 - Introduction
Mirjam Minor and Stefania Montani

14:10 - 14:55 - Invited Talk: Case-based Optimization of Medical Processes
Stefania Montani

14:55 - 15:20 - Scaling Similarity-based Retrieval of Semantic Workflows
Ralph Bergmann, Mirjam Minor, Mohd. Siblee Islam, Pol Schumacher, and Alexander Stromer

15:20 - 15:45 - On Tuning Two-Phase Retrieval for Structured Cases
Joseph Kendall-Morwick and David Leake

15.45 - 16:00 - Discussion

16:00 - 16:30 - Coffee Break

16:30 - 16:55 - Reasoning with Organizational Case Bases in the Absence Negative Exemplars
Sidath Gunawardena, Rosina O. Weber

16:55 - 17:20 - An Evaluation of the CBR-WIMS Architecture for the Intelligent Monitoring of Business Workflows using Case-Based Reasoning
Stelios Kapetanakis, Miltos Petridis

17:20 - 17:30 - Conclusions