ICCBR 2013

EXPPORT Workshop

EXperience reuse: Provenance, Process-ORientation and Traces

July 9th, Saratoga Springs, USA

Workshop Description

EXPPORT : EXperience reuse: Provenance, Process-ORientation and Traces, is a workshop aiming to provide a medium of exchange for information in CBR for Processes, Traces, and Workflows research. Provenance, process-oriented CBR, and traces are all strong areas of current interest in the CBR community, and have close relationships. Process-oriented CBR focuses largely on workflows, which define sequences of actions for use and reuse. Provenance captures the results of such sequences, providing a resource for capturing workflow cases and for analyzing how action sequences may be refined. Traces capture the results of action sequences generated “on the fly,” for example, as performed by the user of a computer system, and traces research must contend with how to generate useful cases from execution information.

Consequently, several types of contributions are of interest of this workshop, related to a spectrum of areas such as Business Process Management, Software Process reuse, reproducibility, learning by observation/demonstration, trace-based reasoning, opponent modeling in games.

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). Agile workflow technology is the technical solution 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, and we cannot forget the closely related task of 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.

In many complex domains such as automobile driving, for example, there is no explicit model of any process, or process models are not well known. Moreover, processes as well as knowledge evolve over time and their dynamic nature must be taken into account. This has given rise to significant interest in artificial intelligence approaches based on traces.

An important part of users’ experience can be stored in traces that record human activity supported by computer systems. Such traces can record user interactions with a computer system through an application, a game, etc. Traces take the form of sequences of temporally situated actions and may be collected either from log files, text files or from sensors in applications programs. The opportunity to collect user experience as traces enables reusing them by CBR. Thus they constitute a knowledge container from which a CBR process may build and reuse cases. Traces may also be used to discover or refine an underlying process model, or to study how actual usage fits a recommended process model, good practices, etc.. The exploitation of these containers for various purposes presents opportunities for many facets of AI: reuse traces, dynamic users assistance, activity analysis, workflow mining and more generally cases and knowledge acquisition.

Aims and Scope

The aim of the EXPPORT workshop is to provide a forum for the discussion of trends, research issues and practical experiences in all the areas illustrated above, to understand the commonalities and differences, and advance the state of the art in all of them, ideally, to forge shared goals and benefit from shared experiences. Research contributions submitted to the workshop will be related to areas that include, but are not limited to, the following:

Depending on the submissions received, we anticipate pursuing a journal special issue based on extended versions of the best papers from the workshop.

Participation in the Workshop

This workshop will be held on July 9, 2013 as part of the ICCBR 2013 workshop program in Saratoga Springs, USA. This workshop is open to all interested conference participants, but size may be limited by available room facilities.

The Organizing Committee will select a subset of the submitted papers for oral presentation. We invite submissions both of short position papers (4 pages) and long papers on research results (10 pages).

Moreover, time will be reserved for ample discussion, and for a panel representing a sampling of areas.

Submission Procedure and Format

We invite submissions of two types: Papers must be submitted in electronic form as PDF via EasyChair: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iccbr2013 and selecting "Workshop 3: EXPPORT: EXperience reuse: Provenance, Process-ORientation and Traces".

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 http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0

Workshop Chairs

David Leake, Indiana University
Béatrice Fuchs, LIRIS, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3
Stefania Montani, University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy
Juan A. Recio García, University Complutense of Madrid

Program Committee

Pierre-Antoine Champin, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France
Amélie Cordier, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France
Pedro A. González-Calero, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
Joseph Kendall-Morwick, Indiana University, USA
Mirjam Minor, Frankfurt University, Germany
Hector Muñoz-Ávila, Lehigh University, USA
Thomas Roth-Berghofer, University of West London, UK
Barbara Weber, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Important Dates

April 10, 2013 Extended: April 17, 2013. Deadline for workshop paper submission
May 10, 2013 Notification of acceptance for workshop papers
May 31, 2013 Camera ready copy due
July 9, 2013 Workshop held at ICCBR-2013