Haifa BPM Round Table


The Haifa BPM Round Table is organized by researchers from the Technion, University of Haifa, and Ort Braude College. These researchers have been involved in BPM research in a variety of topics including business models modeling and analysis, process mining, exception handling, optimization, and service composition. This research led to publications in leading conferences (e.g., BPM) and journals (e.g., Information Systems), and multiple European projects (e.g., NisB and MobiGuide).


  • Business Process Modeling (Languages)
  • Model-Based Analysis (Verification, Simulation, etc.)
  • Process Mining
  • Business Process Optimization
  • Exception Handling
  • Business Process Retrieval
  • Business Process Evolution and Learning

Key persons

Prof. Avigdor Gal is an associate professor at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He received his D.Sc. degree from the Technion in 1995 in the area of temporal active databases. He has published more than 100 papers in journals (e.g. Journal of the ACM (JACM), Information Systems, ACM Transactions on Database Systems (TODS), IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT), and the VLDB Journal), books (Schema Matching and Mapping) and conferences (BPM, ICDE, ER, CoopIS) on the topics of business process management, data integration, temporal databases, information systems architectures, and active databases. Avigdor Gal is the author of the book Uncertain schema Matching. He Avigdor is a member of CoopIS (Cooperative Information Systems) Advisory Board, a member of IFIP WG 2.6, and a recipient of the IBM Faculty Award for 2002-2004. He is a member of the ACM and a senior member of IEEE. Avigdor served as a Program co-Chair of BPM, DEBS, and CoopIS (where he also served as a General Chair), and in various roles in ER and CIKM. He served as a program committee member in SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDE and others. Avigdor is an Area Editor of the Encyclopedia of Database Systems.

Dr. Mati Golani is a Senior Lecturer at the department of Software Engineering, ORT Braude College, Israel, Since 2005. His B.Sc. (1991) is in Chemical Engineering,From the Technion, Israel. Both M.Sc. (1998) and Ph.D. (2005) are in Information Systems from the Technion, Israel. His M.Sc. thesis dealt with dynamic rules in active temporal databases. His Ph.D. thesis addresses issues in dynamic exception handling of business processes. His research overlaps topics such business process modeling, process exception handling, pattern recognition, and process mining, as published in book chapters (Handbook of Research on Complex Dynamic Process Management), journals such Journal of Pattern Recognition Research , Global Journal of Technology Optimization , International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics , Computers in Industry - special issue on process/workflow mining, and conferences (BPM, BPI, NGITS,CoopIS). Mati also served as a program committee member in NGITS, ProGility, and BPMI.

Dr. Arturo Gonzalez Ferrer currently holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship associated to the IP-FP7 EU project “MobiGuide”, in the Department of Information Systems of University of Haifa. He received his PhD in Computer Science in 2011 from the ETSII (University of Granada). During his PhD he completed a 3 months research stay in the “Knowledge Representation and Reasoning” Research Group, “Vrije University” of Amsterdam. He participated in several European, National and Regional projects and his research is related to Medical Informatics, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Representation, Artificial Intelligence and Business Process Management. He has been author/coauthor of more than ten peer-reviewed international publications, receiving the Award of Excellence in the international competition of Knowledge Engineering for Planning & Scheduling (ICKEPS'09). Arturo was a PC member in several editions of the KEPS workshop, reviewer of a special issue of the journal “Knowledge Engineering Review”, and he was selected for the Student Editorial Board 2012 of the journal “Methods of Information in Medicine”.

Prof. Mor Peleg is Assoc. Prof at the Dept. of Information Systems, University of Haifa, Israel, since 2003, and Department Head since 2009. Her BSc and MSc in Biology and PhD in Information Systems are from the Technion, Israel. She spent 6 years at Stanford BioMedical Research during her post-doctoral studies and Sabbatical. She was awarded the New Investigator Award by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Her research concerns knowledge representation, decision support systems, and process-aware information systems in healthcare, and appeared in journals such as JAMIA, International Journal of Medical Informatics, Journal of Biomedical Informatics, IEEE Transactions on Software Eng, TKDE, Bioinformatics. She is the coordinator of the FP7-ICT large-scale project MogiGuide. She has edited a number of special issues related to process support in healthcare and artificial intelligence in medicine. Mor has served in program committees of numerous conferences, including, among others, AI in Medicine (Where she chaired the scientific PC in 2011), Medinfo, ER. She has been co-chair of the BPM ProHealth Workshop five times and an organizing committee member of Knowledge Representation for Healthcare Workshop four times. She is a member of the editorial board of Journal of BioMedical Informatics and Methods of Information in Medicine.

Dr. Pnina Soffer is a senior lecturer in the Information Systems Department at the University of Haifa. She received her BSc (1991) and MSc (1993) in Industrial Engineering from the Technion, Ph.D in Information Systems Engineering from the Technion (2002). Her research deals with business process modelling and management, requirements engineering, and conceptual modelling, addressing issues such as goal orientation, flexibility, interoperability, and context-aware adaptation. Her research has appeared in journals such as Journal of the AIS, European J of IS, Requirements Engineering, Information Systems, and others. She has served as a guest editor of a number of special issues related to various business process topics such as business process flexibility, coordinated development of business processes and information systems, and business process design. Pnina has served in program committees of numerous conferences, including CAiSE, BPM, ER, and others. She is a member of the CAiSE steering committee and an organizer of the BPMDS working conference. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the AIS.

Dr. Matthias Weidlich is a research associate and adjunct lecturer at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. He studied software systems engineering at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) at the University of Potsdam and spent semesters at the EFREI in Paris, France, and SAP Research Brisbane, Australia. He received a MSc (2008) and PhD (2011) in Computer Science from the University of Potsdam. His research centers on formal analysis of business process models, data heterogeneity of information systems, and event processing systems. His research results have appeared in journals such as IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Information Systems, The Computer Journal, and Acta Informatica. He is one of the founders of the Berlin BPM Community of Practice.

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Arturo Gonzalez Ferrer
University of Haifa
Department of Information Systems
Education Building, Room 668
Haifa, Israel, 31905
Phone: 04-828-8355
Fax: 04-828-8522
E-mail: arturogf@decsai.ugr.es