Important Dates

The workshop WiVS "Flexible Workflows in Distributed Systems" will be held as part of the 17th Conference on "Communication in Distributed Systems 2011" (KiVS'11) in Kiel, Germany (March, 8-11, 2011). More information on KiVS is available at


Management of business processes is of major importance for today's enterprises, operating in increasingly dynamic environments. The technical support for business processes remains a complex challenge, due to their manifold characteristics, and requires a workflow-based execution infrastructure at the IT side. Besides traditional aspects like distribution, concurrency and resource management, especially the dynamics of the execution context has to be taken care of. In this respect, the current research in this area more and more dismisses the initial assumptions of traditional process-based approaches that processes - once deployed and instantiated - are kept basically unchanged and are executed always as planned. Instead the flexibility of workflows gains considerable attention, whereby the dynamics to be supported ranges from properties of the technical environment (e.g. in the area of mobile applications) up to completely dynamic ad-hoc processes of knowledge workers.

The area of flexible workflow management represents an interesting overlap for research approaches from different disciplines of distributed systems, such as service oriented architecture (SOA) / web services, mobile computing, multi-agent systems, and enterprise application integration. Thus, the workshop WiVS is as an integrating forum for researchers from the named areas and fosters the discussion and knowledge transfer among participants by the common incitement of flexible workflows. Moreover, the workshop targets technologies as well as applications in order to bring current research and practice closer together.

Workshop Topics

The workshop covers topics from the area of workflows and distributed systems. A special focus of the workshop is on flexibility and on systems deployed in dynamic contexts. Topics for contributions include (but are not necessarily limited to) the following:

Flexibility and Dynamics in Workflows

Applications of Flexible Workflow-based Systems


We invite submissions of high quality, original papers, which are not simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers should be formatted according to the style of the Electronic Communications of the EASST (European Association of Software Science and Technology) journal and not exceed 12 pages including figures, references, etc.

Papers should be submitted using the EasyChair conference management system.

The accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the KiVS 2011 conference as a special issue of the ECEASST Journal (ISSN 1863-2122).

Workshop Programme

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
14:00-15:30Session 1
  Concurrent Workflow Evolution
Mirko Sonntag and Dimka Karastoyanova
  Towards NFC-Aware Process Execution for Dynamic Environments
Kristof Hamann, Sebastian Steenbuck and Sonja Zaplata
  Beyond Flexibility — Workflows in the Perioperative Sector of the Healthcare Domain
Robert Kühn, Markus Bandt, Sebastian Schick and Holger Meyer
15:30-16:00Coffee Break
16:00-17:30Session 2
  Flexible Behaviour of Human Actors in Distributed Workflows
Adwoa Donyina and Reiko Heckel
  GPMN-Edit: High-level and Goal-oriented Workflow Modeling
Kai Jander and Winfried Lamersdorf
  Modeling Process-Related Duties with Extended UML Activity and Interaction Diagrams
Sigrid Schefer and Mark Strembeck
17:30-18:00Open Discussion


Lars Braubach, Universität Hamburg
Peter Dadam, Universität Ulm
Mirjam Minor, Universität Trier
Alexander Pokahr, Universität Hamburg

Questions to the workshop organizers should be directed to .

Program Committee