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Combi, Carlo ; Oliboni, Barbara ; Sala, Pietro

Customizing BPMN Diagrams Using Timelines

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BPMN (Business Process Model and Notation) is widely used standard modeling technique for representing Business Processes by using diagrams, but lacks in some aspects. Representing execution-dependent and time-dependent decisions in BPMN Diagrams may be a daunting challenge [Carlo Combi et al., 2017]. In many cases such constraints are omitted in order to preserve the simplicity and the readability of the process model. However, for purposes such as compliance checking, process mining, and verification, formalizing such constraints could be very useful. In this paper, we propose a novel approach for annotating BPMN Diagrams with Temporal Synchronization Rules borrowed from the timeline-based planning field. We discuss the expressivity of the proposed approach and show that it is able to capture a lot of complex temporally-related constraints without affecting the structure of BPMN diagrams. Finally, we provide a mapping from annotated BPMN diagrams to timeline-based planning problems that allows one to take advantage of the last twenty years of theoretical and practical developments in the field.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Carlo Combi and Barbara Oliboni and Pietro Sala},
  title =	{{Customizing BPMN Diagrams Using Timelines}},
  booktitle =	{26th International Symposium on Temporal Representation and Reasoning (TIME 2019)},
  pages =	{5:1--5:17},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-127-6},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2019},
  volume =	{147},
  editor =	{Johann Gamper and Sophie Pinchinat and Guido Sciavicco},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-113630},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.TIME.2019.5},
  annote =	{Keywords: Business Processes, BPMN, Timelines, Temporal Constraints}

Keywords: Business Processes, BPMN, Timelines, Temporal Constraints
Collection: 26th International Symposium on Temporal Representation and Reasoning (TIME 2019)
Issue Date: 2019
Date of publication: 07.10.2019

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