Semantic Utilised for Process Management within and between Enterprises

The major objective of SUPER European Project is to raise Business Process Management (BPM) to the business level, where it belongs, from the IT level where it mostly resides now. This objective requires that BPM is accessible at the level of semantics of business experts.

In order to achieve this aim Semantic Web and Semantic Web Services (SWS) technology is utilized together with Business Process Management (BPM) expertise. Semantic Web and, in particular, SWS technology offer the promise of integrating applications at the semantic level. By combining SWS and BPM, and developing one consolidated technology SUPER creates horizontal ontologies which describe business processes and vertical telecommunications oriented ontologies to support domain-specific annotation.

Therefore this project aims at providing a semantic-based and context-aware tools and framework, based on Semantic Web Services technology that acquire, organise, share and use the knowledge embedded in business processes within existing IT systems and software, and within employees’ heads, in order to make companies more adaptive.

The project answers the two most urgent issues emerging from BPM:

  • shift in control of processes from IT professionals to business natives
  • carrying up business process management to a new complexity level

Department of Information Systems is an active participant of the project’s consortium and took part in several work packages. Apart from the dissemination of project’s results DIS was involved in the research conducted within several work packages. Specific tasks of DIS include:

  • WP1 Semantic BP Ontology and BP Operational Semantics: creation of several ontologies used for describing processes, services and business functions performed by industrial partners
  • WP3 Dynamic Semantic Process Composition: development of Semantic Business Process Library, extension of process composition algorithm with non-functional properties, implementation of Business Process Discoverer, research on choreography of semantically described process models
  • WP4 Business Process Mediation: translation from sBPMN and sEPC to BPMO that uses XPDL representation of business processes
  • WP7 Architecture, Interoperability and Integration: DIS was involved in preliminary tasks related to creation of conceptual model of SUPER architecture

Additionally, DIS coordinates SUPER PhD Programme, which goal is to help PhD students involved in the project to exchange their ideas with others and to get feedback from more experienced researchers.

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