International Symposium on Data-Driven Process Discovery and Analysis


Data Mining & Analysis Databases & Information Systems Engineering & Computer Science (General)



In conjunction with the 25th European Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems – ADBIS 2021 – Tartu, Estonia, August 24-26, 2021



The increasing automation of business processes and the growing amounts of process data become available opens new research opportunities for business process data analysis, mining, and modeling. The aim of the IFIP W.G. 2.6 International Symposium on Data-Driven Process Discovery and Analysis is to offer a forum where researchers from different communities and the industry can share their insight in this hot new field.

The Symposium will feature a number of advanced research papers, shorter presentations on recent research, a competitive Ph.D. seminar and selected research and industrial demonstrations. This year the symposium will be held in Tartu, in cunjunction with the ADBIS conference.

Call for Papers

The IFIP W.G. 2.6 International Symposium on Data-Driven Process Discovery and Analysis (SIMPDA 2021) offers a unique opportunity to present new approaches and research results to researchers and practitioners working in business process data modelling, representation, and privacy-aware analysis. The symposium will bring together leading researchers, engineers, and scientists from around the world. Full papers must not exceed 12 pages. Short papers are limited to at most 6 pages. All papers must be original contributions, not previously published or under review for publication elsewhere. All contributions must be written in English and must follow the CCIS template and Springer paper preparation rules, see:

Call for post-Proceedings

The authors of the accepted papers will be invited to submit extended articles to a post-symposium proceedings volume which will be published in the LNBIP series (Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing), scheduled for early 2022 (extended papers length will be between 7000 and 9000 words). Around 5-8 papers will be selected for publication after a second round of review.


Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

* Business process modeling languages, notations, and methods

* Lightweight process model

* Data-aware and data-centric approaches

* Big Data process representation and management

* Online Process Mining

* Process mining with Big Data

* Variability and configuration of process models

* Process simulation and static analyses

* Process data query languages

* Process data mining

* Process data visualization and reporting

* Privacy-aware process data mining

* Process metadata and semantic reasoning

* Process patterns and standards

* Foundations of business process models

* Resource management in business process execution

* Process tracing and monitoring

* Process change management and evolution

* Business process lifecycle

* Case studies and experience 

* Social process discovery

* Crowdsourced process definition and discovery

Call for Ph.D. Research Plans

The SIMPDA Ph.D. Seminar is a workshop for Ph.D. students from all over the world. The goal of the Seminar is to help students with their thesis and research plans by providing feedback and general advice on how to use their research results. Students interested in participating in the Seminar should submit an extended abstract describing their research. Submissions can relate to any aspect of Process Data: technical advances, usage and impact studies, policy analyses, social and institutional implications, theoretical contributions, interaction and design advances, innovative applications, and social implications.

Research plans should be at most of 6 page long and should be organised following the following structure: 

* Abstract: summarises, in 5 line, the research aims and significance.

* Research Question: defines what will be accomplished by eliciting the relevant the research questions.

* Background: defines the background knowledge providing the 5 most relevant references (papers or books).

* Significance: explains the relevance of the general topic and of the specific contribution.

* Research design and methods: describes and motivates the method adopted focusing on: assumptions, solutions, data sources, validation of results, limitations of the approach.

* Research stage: describes what the student has done so far.

SIMPDA Ph.D. award

A doctoral award will be given by the SIMPDA Ph.D. Jury to the best research plan submitted.

CALL for Demonstrations

Demonstrations showcase innovative technology and applications, allowing for sharing research work directly with colleagues in a high-visibility setting. Demonstration proposals should consist of a title, an extended abstract, and contact information for the authors, and should not exceed 12 pages.

Submission Guidelines

Contributions to all calls should be submitted electronically to the Symposium management system connecting to At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to participate in the conference and present his/her work.

The papers submitted must be sent in PDF, following CCIS template and Springer paper preparation rules, see:

Important Dates

Paper Submission: April 9, 2021

Notification of Acceptance: May 14, 2021

Submission of Camera Ready Papers: June 11, 2021

Symposium: August 24, 2021

Post-proceeding submissions: 30 January, 2022



* Paolo Ceravolo, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

* Maurice van Keulen, University of Twente, The Netherlands

* Maria Teresa Gomez Lopez, University of Seville, Spain

Program Committee

Han van der Aa, University of Mannheim    

Edgar Weippl, University of Vienna    

Angel Jesus Varela Vaca, University of Seville

Wil Van der Aalst, RWTH Aachen University

Pnina Soffer, University of Haifa

Robert Singer, FH JOANNEUM    

Tamara Quaranta, Amazon Dublin

Mirjana Pejic-Bach, Faculty of Economics & Business    

Luisa Parody, Universidad Loyola Andalucía

Haralambos Mouratidis, University of Brighton

Raimundas Matulevicius, University of Tartu

Maria Leitner, University of Vienna & AIT Austrian Institute of Technology        

Carlos Fernandez-Llatas, Universitat Politècnica de València    

Chiara Di Francescomarino, Fondazione Bruno Kessler-IRST

Benoît Depaire, Hasselt University

Angelo Corallo, Università del Salento        

Faiza Allah Bukhsh, University of Twente

Karima Boudaoud, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis

Helen Balinsky, Hewlett Packard Laboratories

Chintan Amrit, University of Amsterdam