Sergey Smirnov

Sergey Smirnov Business Process Technology Group
Hasso Plattner Institute for IT-Systems Engineering
at the University of Potsdam
Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Str. 2-3
D-14482 Potsdam, Germany

Phone:+49(0)331-5509-194
Fax:+49(0)331-5509-189
Room:C-2.8
eMail: Sergey..Smirnov (at) hpi..uni-potsdam..de

Research Interests

  • Business process modeling
  • Abstraction of business process models
  • Creation of customized business process views
  • Information filtering and retrieval

Research Project

Business process analysis requires multiple perspectives of one business process, varying in the level of details. On one hand there are process executors, who want to know every single detail about the process; on the other – managers, who are interested in the “big picture”. This demand results in a necessity to maintain several models for one business process, which is a laborious and error prone task. Meanwhile, companies often possess detailed models, capturing all the peculiarities of the processes. Given this, it is possible to abstract these models and derive high level process overviews.

In my thesis I would like to analyze several aspects of the business process abstraction task. The first question which arises is which model elements are insignificant. To answer this question analysis of nonfunctional properties of a model and model elements can be used. Semantic annotation of process model elements can be another option. Within the work algorithms for identification of insignificant elements using this information will be developed.

When insignificant elements are identified, they should be abstracted. This task assumes that there is a model transformation that results in a correct abstracted model. Furthermore, extra requirements can be imposed, e.g., the ordering constraints of the initial model should be preserved and the abstraction should have minimal side effects. Model transformation is based on decomposition of a model into fragments and subsequent replacement of fragments with nodes. This part of the work assumes improvement of existing model decomposition techniques (PST, RPST, SPQR) and introduction of new algorithms for model decomposition.

The theoretical results of this work have to be validated by means of implementation in Oryx – a Web 2.0 application for modeling business processes.

Publications

Book Chapters

  • Artem Polyvyanyy, Sergey Smirnov, and Mathias Weske. Business Process Model Abstraction. In: International Handbook on Business Process Management, Springer, 2009. order

Journal Articles

  • Sergey Smirnov, Matthias Weidlich, and Jan Mendling: Business Process Model Abstraction based on Synthesis from Consistent Behavioural Profiles. Special Issue of ICSOC 2010 Best Papers. International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems. 2012. World Scientific Publishing. (to appear)
  • Sergey Smirnov, Hajo. A. Reijers, and Mathias Weske. Business Process Model Abstraction: a Definition, Catalog, and Survey. Distributed and Parallel Databases. 30(1), 2012, pp. 63–99. Springer. read online
  • Henrik Leopold, Sergey Smirnov, and Jan Mendling: On the Refactoring of Activity Labels in Business Process Models. Information Systems. 2012. Elsevier. read online
  • Sergey Smirnov, Matthias Weidlich, Jan Mendling, and Mathias Weske. Action Patterns in Business Process Model Repositories. Computers in Industry, 2011. Elsevier. (to appear)
  • Henrik Leopold, Sergey Smirnov, and Jan Mendling. Recognising Activity Labeling Styles in Business Process Models. Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures (EMISA), 6 (1), 2011, pp. 16–29.

Conference Papers

  • Sergey Smirnov, Armin Zamani Farahani, and Mathias Weske. State Propagation in Abstracted Business Processes. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing, Paphos, Cyprus, December 2011. Springer Verlag.
  • Sergey Smirnov, Hajo A. Reijers, and Mathias Weske. A Semantic Approach for Business Process Model Abstraction. Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, London, UK, June 2011. Springer Verlag. pdf
  • Sergey Smirnov, Matthias Weidlich, and Jan Mendling. Business Process Model Abstraction based on Behavioral Profiles. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing, San Francisco, CA, USA, December 2010. Springer Verlag. pdf BibTeX
  • Sergey Smirnov, Remco Dijkman, Jan Mendling, and Mathias Weske. Meronymy-based Aggregation of Activities in Business Process Models. Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 2010. Springer Verlag. pdf BibTeX
  • Henrik Leopold, Sergey Smirnov, and Jan Mendling. Refactoring of Process Model Activity Labels. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems, Cardiff, UK, June 2010. Springer Verlag. pdf BibTeX
  • Sergey Smirnov, Matthias Weidlich, Jan Mendling, and Mathias Weske. Action Patterns in Business Process Models. Proceedings of the 7th International Joint Conference on Service Oriented Computing, Stockholm, Sweden, November 2009. Springer Verlag. pdf BibTeX
  • Ahmed Awad, Sergey Smirnov, and Mathias Weske. Resolution of Compliance Violation in Business Process Models: A Planning-based Approach. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems, Algarve, Portugal, November 2009. Springer Verlag. pdf BibTeX
  • Artem Polyvyanyy, Sergey Smirnov, and Mathias Weske. The Triconnected Abstraction of Process Models. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Business Process Management, Ulm, Germany, September 2009. Springer Verlag. pdf BibTeX
  • Artem Polyvyanyy, Sergey Smirnov, and Mathias Weske. On Application of Structural Decomposition for Process Model Abstraction. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Business Process and Services Computing, Leipzig, Germany, March 2009. pdf BibTeX
  • Artem Polyvyanyy, Sergey Smirnov, and Mathias Weske. Process Model Abstraction: A Slider Approach. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Enterprise Distributed Object Computing (EDOC), München, Germany, September 2008. IEEE Computer Society. pdf BibTeX

Workshop Papers and Demo Papers

  • Matthias Weidlich, Sergey Smirnov, Christian Wiggert, and Mathias Weske. FLEXAB - Flexible Business Process Model Abstraction. Proceedings of the Forum of the 23rd International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, London, UK, June 2011. pdf
  • Sergey Smirnov, Matthias Weidlich, Jan Mendling, and Mathias Weske. Object-Sensitive Action Patterns in Process Model Repositories. Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Reuse in Business Process Management (rBPM 2010), Hoboken, NJ, USA, September 2010. pdf
  • Henrik Leopold, Sergey Smirnov, and Jan Mendling. On Labeling Quality in Business Process Models. Proceedings of the 8th GI-Workshop Geschäftsprozessmanagement mit Ereignisgesteuerten Prozessketten (EPK), Berlin, Germany, November 2009. pdf
  • Sergey Smirnov. Structural Aspects of Business Process Diagram Abstraction. Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on BPMN, Vienna, Austria, July 2009. pdf BibTeX
  • Ahmed Awad, Sergey Smirnov, and Mathias Weske. Towards Resolving Compliance Violations in Business Process Models. Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Governance, Risk and Compliance - Applications in Information Systems, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 2009. pdf BibTeX
  • Artem Polyvyanyy, Sergey Smirnov, and Mathias Weske. Reducing Complexity of Large EPCs. Proceedings of the 7th GI-Workshop Geschäftsprozessmanagement mit Ereignisgesteuerten Prozessketten (EPK), Saarbrücken, Germany, November 2008. pdf BibTeX

Technical Reports

  • Sergey Smirnov, Armin Zamani Farahani, and Mathias Weske. State Propagation in Abstracted Business Processes. Technical Report of Hasso Plattner Institute, 47 (2011).
  • Mathias Weske, Sergey Smirnov, Matthias Weidlich, and Artem Polyvyanyy. Business Process Model Intelligence. In Proceedings of the Fall 2010 Future SOC Lab Day, Technical Report of Hasso Plattner Institute, 42 (2010).
  • Sergey Smirnov, Hajo A. Reijers, Thijs Nugteren, and Mathias Weske. Business Process Model Abstraction: Theory and Practice. Technical Report of Hasso Plattner Institute, 35 (2010). pdf
  • Artem Polyvyanyy, Sergey Smirnov, and Mathias Weske. The Triconnected Abstraction of Process Models. Technical Report of Hasso Plattner Institute, 26 (2008), ISBN 978-3-940793-65-2, ISSN 1613-5652.
  • Artem Polyvyanyy, Sergey Smirnov, and Mathias Weske. Reducing the Complexity of Large EPCs. Technical Report of Hasso Plattner Institute, 22 (2008). pdf BibTeX

Scientific Talks View sergey.smirnov's profile on slideshare

  • Business Process Model Abstraction based on Behavioral Profiles. 8th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC 2010), December 8th, 2010, San Francisco, CA, USA. slides
  • Meronymy-based Aggregation of Activities in Business Process Models. 29th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2010), November 1st, 2010, Vancouver, BC, Canada. slides
  • Object-Sensitive Action Patterns in Process Model Repositories. 1st International Workshop on Reuse in Business Process Management (rBPM 2010), September 13th, 2010, Hoboken, NJ, USA.
  • Action Patterns in Business Process Models. 7th International Joint Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC 2009), November 24th, 2009, Stockholm, Sweden. slides
  • On Application of Structural Decomposition for Process Model Abstraction. 2nd International Conference on Business Process and Services Computing (BPSC 2009), March 24th, 2009, Leipzig, Germany. slides
  • Reducing Complexity of Large EPCs. 7th GI-Workshop Geschäftsprozessmanagement mit Ereignisgesteuerten Prozessketten (EPK 2008), November 27th, 2008, Saarbrücken, Germany slides
  • Process Model Abstraction: A Slider Approach. 12th International Conference on Enterprise Distributed Object Computing (EDOC 2008), September 16th, 2008, München, Germany

Scientific Activities

Research Projects with Industry

  • Abstraction of Business Process Models - a joint research project with AOK Brandenburg

Research Projects

  • Business Process Model Intelligence - a research project at Future SOC Lab

Scientific Services

Teaching Activities

Awards and Scholarships

  • Best paper award at the 8th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC) 2010
  • Grant from DAAD and Hasso Plattner Institute for IT Systems Engineering, 2005-2007
  • Fellowship of Potanin Foundation Federal Program, 2004