BPM: A New Frontier in CS Research

Friday, October 7, 2011 - 1:17pm


Wednesday, October 26, 2011
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Computer Science Conference Room, Harold Frank Hall Rm. 1132

SPEAKER: Jianwen Su
UCSB Computer Science


BPM: A New Frontier in CS Research


Successful CS research has been driven by either new technology that
became widely adopted or persistent demands from applications. Among the
research areas that may bring huge impact to economy and society in the
next 10 to 20 years is the field of “business process management” or
BPM. A business process (BP) is a collection of activities and tasks
(likely performed by human) assembled together to accomplish a goal
(e.g., admitting a student, treating a patient). BPM refers to
management of a collection of inter-related BPs in their lifecycle
(design, operation, and evolution). According to a 2007 Gartner’s
report, the world wide BPM software market
already exceeded $1 billion in 2007. Interestingly, considered as a CS
research area today BPM remains relatively unknown in much of the world
especially in North America. In this talk, we will (1) give a brief
overview of BPM and some of the challenges facing BPM applications, (2)
introduce a new and promising approach that has the potential to
address many of the challenging issues, and (3) summarize recent
research efforts at UCSB (and IBM TJ Watson) in collaboration with
researchers and practitioners in China, Europe, and Australia on this
new approach.


Jianwen Su is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of
California, Santa Barbara. He received both B.S. and M.S. degrees in
computer science from Fudan University and Ph.D. degree in computer
science from the University of Southern California. He held visiting
positions at INRIA and Bell Labs. His publications are in the areas of
databases, formal verification, web services and workflow management,
and recently BPM. In 2001, he brought and successfully organized the
SIGMOD/PODS 2001 conference with 700+ participants to Santa Barbara.