Vienna is a vibrant hub in central Europe with strong industry and several universities working on the forefront of business process management. BPM research is conducted at the University of Vienna (UNIVIE), the Technical University of Vienna (TU Vienna) and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna). BPM Roundtables are organized within the frame of the Gesellschaft für Prozessmanagement ( with approximately 100 members from industry.

Key persons

Prof. Dr. Jan Mendling is a Full Professor and head of the Institute for Information Business at WU Vienna. His research areas include Business Process Management, Conceptual Modelling and Enterprise Systems. He studied Business Computer Science at University of Trier(Germany) and UFSIA Antwerpen (Belgium), received a PhD degree from WU Vienna (Austria). After being a postdoc with QUT Brisbane (Australia) and a junior professor at HU Berlin (Germany), we moved back to WU in 2011. He has published more than 200 research papers and articles, among others in ACM Transactions on Soft-ware Engineering and Methodology, IEEE Transaction on Software Engineering, Information Systems, Data & Knowledge Engineering, and Decision Support Systems.He is member of the editorial board of three international journals, one of the founders of the Berlin BPM Community of Practice (, organizer of several academic events on process management, member of the IEEE Task Force on Process Mining, and board member of the Austrian Gesellschaft für Prozessmanagement. His Ph.D.thesis has won the Heinz-Zemanek-Award of the Austrian Computer Society and the German Targion-Award for dissertations in the area of strategic information management.

Schahram Dustdar is Full Professor of Computer Science (Informatics) with a focus on Internet Technologies heading the Distributed Systems Group. From 2004-2010 he was Honorary Professor of Information Systems at the Department of Computing Science at the University of Groningen (RuG), The Netherlands. He is recipient of the ACM Distinguished Scientist award (2009) and the IBM Faculty Award (2012). He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, ACM Transactions on the Web, and ACM Transactions on Internet Technology and on the editorial board of IEEE Internet Computing. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Computing (an SCI-ranked journal of Springer).

He received his M.Sc. (1990) and PhD. degrees (1992) in Business Informatics (Wirtschaftsinformatik) from the University of Linz, Austria. In April 2003 he received his Habilitation degree (Venia Docendi) for his work on Process-aware Collaboration Systems - Architectures and Coordination Models for Virtual Teams. His work experience includes several years as the founding head of the Center for Informatics (ZID) at the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz (1991-1999), Austrian project manager of the MICE EU-project (1993 - 97), and director of Coordination Technologies at the Design Transfer Center in Linz (1999 - 2000). While on sabbatical leave he was a post-doctoral research scholar (Erwin-Schrödinger scholarship) at the London School of Economics (Information Systems Department) (1993 and 1994), and a visiting research scientist at NTT Multimedia Communications Labs in Palo Alto, USA during 1998. From 2007 - 2009 he was Chair of the IFIP Working Group 6.4 on Internet Applications Engineering and a founding member of the Scientific Academy of Service Technology.

From 1999 - 2007 he worked as the co-founder and chief scientist of Caramba Labs Software AG ( in Vienna (acquired by Engineering NetWorld AG), a venture capital co-funded software company focused on software for collaborative processes in teams. Caramba Labs was nominated for several (international and national) awards: World Technology Award in the category of Software (2001); Top-Startup companies in Austria (Cap Gemini Ernst & Young) (2002); MERCUR Innovationspreis der Wirtschaftskammer (2002). From 2006-2012, Prof. Dustdar was on the management board of the Association of the alumni of the TU Wien.

He is charter member of the Association of Information Systems (AIS), member of the IEEE Computer society, ACM, GI, and Austrian Computer Society. He was an invited expert evaluator for the IST 6th Framework (FP6) of the European Commission, an invited expert for the 7th Framework roadmap definitions for several working groups, as well as a Technical Expert for the roadmap definition for the European Commission's resarch on the Future Internet. He has been a scientific reviewer for the European Research Council (ERC) as well as a number of National Science Foundations (e.g., DFG (Germany), NWO (Netherlands), SNF (Switzerland), EPSRC (UK), SFI (Ireland), Czech Science Foundation (GA CR), NSERC (Canada), FWO (Research Foundation Flanders, Belgium), FCT (Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal), Einstein Foundation Berlin (Germany). On behalf of the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Development (CONICYT) and the Superior Council of the National Fund for Scientific & Technological Development (FONDECYT), Chile), Academy of Finland, Israel Science Foundation, EPSRC Peer Review College.

Stefanie Rinderle-Ma is a full professor and head of the Research Group Workflow Systems and Technology at the Faculty of Computer Science, University of Vienna. Further on, she serves as key researcher at the Secure Business Autria Competence Center in Vienna. Stefanie received her PhD and Habilitation degree from University of Ulm, Germany. She spent postdoc stays at the University of Twente, The Netherlands, the University of Ottawa, Canada, and the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. Currently, Stefanie is involved in several national and international projects such as the EU FP7 project ADVENTURE on virtual factories of the future, the FWF-funded project on Compliance and Change in Collaborative Processes, as well as the cluster project EBMC2 on skin cancer treatment funded by the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. The latter project was presented at the European BPM Round Table Meeting at the Eindhoven University of Technology in November 2012. Further application areas comprise the manufacturing domain (ADVENTURE project) and the care domain where Stefanie is working with a care center on individual patient treatment processes.

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Prof. Dr. Jan Mendling
WU Vienna
Institute for Information Business
Welthandelsplatz 1
1020 Vienna, Austria