Tutorial (22.09 12:20)

How to develop and use conceptual models? The BEE-UP case


Prof. Dr. Robert Buchmann

University Babes-Bolyai, Romania

Dr. Wilfrid Utz

OMiLAB NPO, Germany

Mag. Patrik Burzynski

OMiLAB NPO, Germany


The research field of Conceptual Modelling identifies models as artefacts describing a real or proposed system on an abstraction level that is adequate for a given purpose. Consequently, it is essential to consider how such conceptual representations are developed and used in relation to the purpose and with the help of appropriate tooling.

This tutorial focuses on the Bee-Up multi-language modeling environment and some key features that increase the value of models beyond their basic function (as diagrammatic documentation / communication support). Bee-Up supports modeling with a number of established languages - BPMN, EPC, ER, UML, Petri Nets - enriched with semantic links between various model types.

The goal of the tutorial is to highlight that the key value proposition of Bee-Up is not limited to diagramming with established languages, but also emerges from how models can be used - model analysis, transformation, execution, integration with other systems. A selection of these will be demonstrated during the tutorial: conversion of visual models to RDF knowledge graphs, generation of SQL schemas and interoperation with cyber-physical devices. Theoretical aspects about what is under the hood of Bee-Up's model processing capabilities will also be briefly brought into discussion.

Bee-Up is an educational tool that can obtained at

Panel Discussion (23.09 09:00)

20 Years of BIR and Beyond


Prof. Dr. Janis Grabis

Director of Institute of Information Technology, Riga Technical University, Latvia


Prof. Dr. Kurt Sandkuhl

University of Rostock, Germany

Prof. Dr. Björn Johansson

Linköping University, Sweden

Prof. Dr. Marite Kirikova

Riga Technical University, Latvia

Prof. Dr. Raimundas Matulevicius

University of Tartu, Estonia

Prof. Dr. Malgorzata Pankowska

University of Economics Katowice, Poland

Prof. Dr. Jyrki Nummenmaa

Tampere University, Finland


The Panel Discussion moderated by Prof. Janis Grabis will provide a retrospective look on the history of the BIR conferences and the evolution of Business Informatics as a research discipline.

The BIR series of conferences traces its origin back to a collaboration that took place between researchers at universities in Berlin, Rostock (Germany) and Växjö (Sweden) during the late nineties. The original idea was to have a series of seminars/workshops/conferences mainly for PhD students to make it possible for them to write papers, get them evaluated by senior researchers and to present the PhD students' work. The term Business Informatics was chosen as a translation of the German “Wirtschaftsinformatik”. It was decided that the conference should welcome contributions addressing immediate areas of concern (e.g., as stated in a conference´s theme), situational areas of concern (e.g., business-to-business commerce), and classical areas of concern (e.g., the systems development process).

Looking backwards, the conference has stayed in the Baltic Sea region, but on a few occasions it has also been organized outside this area. Nevertheless, the conference has always had a generous attitude towards letting junior researchers present their ideas, if so in some special forum or doctoral consortium session with its own separate proceedings.

Keynote presentation (24.09 09:00)

Industry Talk: Predict breakdowns before they appear to make a difference in customer experience


Dr. Gerald Bader

Head of AI, Automation & Analytics CEE, Global Lead ARAA TMT


The world's largest amusement parks attract an average of more than 40,000 visitors per day. Visitor satisfaction is a priority for operators. This depends mainly on the number of attractions open to the public, the waiting time, the quality of the attraction (scenery, enchantment, thrills etc.).

Today, about 11,000 sensors on each ride provide information on the condition of the engine, brakes and structure. When the motor of a roller-coaster starts to weaken, no one knows that a motor problem is occurring. This problem usually leads to a gradual stop of the motor, however the roller-coaster works until the motor stops completely.

At that moment, the sensors trigger an alert and the ride is closed to the public. When the roller-coaster breaks down, it must be immediately evacuated. Then, the maintenance teams can take over to repair the engine. On average, it takes 4 days from the beginning of engine weakening to failure. Maintenance operators deal with the dissatisfaction of visitors, who have a reduced choice of attractions for the same admission price regardless of the number of attractions open.

BIR 2021 schedule


BIR 2021 papers (accepted from the pool of BIR 2021 submissions)

Impact of the Pandemic on the Barriers to the Digital Transformation in Higher Education - Comparing Pre- and Intra-Covid-19 perceptions of Management Students
Sven Packmohr and Henning Brink

Understanding E-Learning Styles in Distance Learning in Times of the Covid-19 Pandemic – Towards a Taxonomy
Christin Voigt, Thuy Duong Oesterreich, Uwe Hoppe and Frank Teuteberg

Quality of OER from the Perspective of Lecturers – Online Survey of Quality Criteria for Quality Assurance
Carla Reinken, Paul Greiff, Nicole Draxler-Weber and Uwe Hoppe

Using Wearable Fitness Trackers to Fight COVID-19?!
Christina Gross, Wladimir Wenner and Richard Lackes

Towards Data Ecosystem Based Winter Roads Maintenance ERP System
Liva Deksne, Janis Grabis and Edzus Zeiris

Trends on the usage of BPMN 2.0 from publicly available repositories
Ivan Compagnucci, Flavio Corradini, Fabrizio Fornari and Barbara Re

Capabilities in Crisis: A Case Study using Enterprise Modeling for Change Analysis
Georgios Koutsopoulos

Post-Merger Integration Specific Requirements Engineering Model
Ksenija Lace and Marite Kirikova

itsVALUE - A Method supporting value-oriented ITSM
Henning Richter and Birger Lantow

Architecting Intelligent Service Ecosystems: Perspectives, Frameworks, and Practices
Alfred Zimmermann, Rainer Schmidt, Kurt Sandkuhl, Yoshimasa Masuda and Abdellah Chehri

Organizations Crisis Framework: Clasification Crisis Factors with Using Conceptual Modelling
Veronika Vasickova and Vaclav Repa

Towards Regulation Change Aware Warning System
Marite Kirikova, Zane Miltina, Arnis Stasko, Ilze Birzniece, Rinalds Viksna, Marina Jegermane and Daiga Kiopa

Comparative study of normative document modeling and monitoring
Rinalds Viksna, Marite Kirikova and Daiga Kiopa

The ‘right to be forgotten’ and algorithmic fairness
Julian Sengewald and Richard Lackes

How companies develop a culture for digital innovation: a multiple-case study
Patrizia Orth, Gunther Piller and Franz Rothlauf

Requirements for a Digital Business Ecosystem Modelling Method: an Interview Study with Experts and Practitioners
Chen Hsi Tsai, Jelena Zdravkovic and Janis Stirna

"BIR 2020 day" papers (accepted for the postponed BIR 2020 edition)

The Acceptance of Smart Home Technology
Christina Gross, Markus Siepermann, and Richard Lackes

Measuring the Barriers to the Digital Transformation in Management Courses – a Mixed Methods Study
Kristin Vogelsang, Henning Brink, and Sven Packmohr

Experiences of Applying the Second Step of the Digital Innovation and Transformation Process in Zoological Institutions
Johannes Wichmann, Matthias Wißotzki, and Patrick Goralski

Cyber Security Resilience in Business Informatics: An exploratory paper
Haralambos Mouratidis, Jelena Zdravkovic, Janis Stirna

The Model for Continuous IT Solution Engineering for Supporting Legal Entity Analysis
Marite Kirikova, Zane Miltina, Arnis Stasko, Marina Pincuka, Marina Jegermane, and Daiga Kiopa

Fields of Action to Advance the Digital Transformation of NPOs – Development of a Framework
Henning Brink, Sven Packmohr, and Kristin Vogelsang

Is Team Always Right: Producing Risk Aware Effort Estimates in Agile Development
Janis Grabis, Vineta Minkevica, Bohdan Haidabrus, Rolands Popovs

Design Decisions and their Implications: An Ontology Quality Perspective
Achim Reiz and Kurt Sandkuhl

Service Dependency Graph Analysis in Microservice Architecture
Edgars Gaidels and Marite Kirikova

Text Mining the Variety of Trends in the Field of Simulation Modeling Research
Mario Jadric, Tea Mijac, and Maja Cukusic

Service Quality Evaluation Using Text Mining: A systematic literature review
Filip Vencovsky

Making use of the Capability and Process Concepts – a Structured Comparison Method
Anders W. Tell and Martin Henkel

Designing Causal Inference Systems for Value-based Spare Parts Pricing: An ADR Study at MAN Energy Solutions
Tiemo Thiess and Oliver Müller

Organizational Change toward IT-supported Personal Advisory in Incumbent Banks
Maik Dehnert

Papers accepted at the ManComp workshop

Understanding the Impact of the Corona Pandemic on the Study Success at a German University
Christin Voigt and Jonas Kötter

Coping with the Complexity of Software for a Humanoid Robot Pepper
Peter Forbrig and Alexandru Bundea

Continuous Requirements Engineering for Digital Transformation
Konstantinos Michailidis, Renate Strazdina and Marite Kirikova

Enterprise Engineering for Business Opportunity Recognition - A Design Science Approach
Christian Stary, Manuel Mühlburger and Barbara Krumay

Towards Handling Complexity in Ensuring IT Based Business Process Reliability
Liene Kursisa and Marite Kirikova

Modelling the Alignment Between Agile Application Development and Business Strategies
Karolis Noreika and Saulius Gudas

Papers accepted at the ILOG workshop

Digital innovation in education: Perspectives, opportunities and challenges of educational open data and sensor data
Mubashrah Saddiqa, Rikke Magnussen, Birger Larsen and Jens Myrup Pedersen

The Adoption Of Artificial Intelligence In SMEs - A Cross-National Comparison In German And Chinese Healthcare
Philipp Dumbach, Ruining Liu, Max Jalowski and Björn Eskofier

SismaDL: an ontology to represent post-disaster regulation
Antinisca Di Marco, Giordano d'Aloisio, Damiano D'Agostino, Giovanni Stilo and Francesca Caroccia

Papers accepted at the B4TDS workshop

Covid-19 Data Sharing and Organization through Blockchain and Decentralized Models
Mario Casillo, Arcangelo Castiglione, Francesco Colace, Massimo De Santo, Francesco Marongiu and Domenico Santaniello

Blockchain Applicability for Securities Settlement
Janis Bauvars and Marite Kirikova

Papers accepted at the Doctoral Consortium

Improving Enterprise Application Software Development Management With MODAF
Karolis Noreika

Consent Withdrawal Processes in Information Systems
Gabriel Hogan

Strategic Alignment for Digital Transformation: Insights from the Public sector
Gideon Mekonnen Jonathan

Comparison of selected enterprise architecture modeling techniques from the perspective of IT services
Jan Burianek

The Human Resource Management challenge of predicting employee turnover using machine learning and system dynamics
Eya Meddeb

Ontology-based Validation of Enterprise Architecture Principles in Enterprise Models
Devid Montecchiari


BIR 2021 Springer proceedings

BIR 2021 Workshops and Doctoral Consortium proceedings

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