A methodology for designing and managing context-aware workflows

S. Modafferi, B. Benatallah, F. Casati, B. Pernici

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The increased availability of context information and the widespread adoption of more and moi-e powerful devices creates the opportunity and desire for context-aware appUcations. In this paper we focus on a specific but important type of applications: workflow applications. Just like other applications, workflows too require context-aware capabilities, that is, require the capability of modeling business logic that is sensitive and varies depending on the users' context. In this paper, we propose a methodology for context-sensitive business processes development. We extend existing process modeling languages to allow modelling context sensitive regions (i.e, parts of the business process that may have different behaviours depending on context). We also introduce context change patterns as a mean to identify the contextual situations (and in particular context change situations) that may have an impact on the behaviour of a business process. Finally, we propose a set of transformation rules that allow generating a BPEL-based business process from a context sensitive business process. This allows using existing process engines to support context-sensitive business processes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobile Information Systems II - IFIP International Working Conference on Mobile Information Systems, MOBIS 2005
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780387295510
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd IFIP TC8 Working Conference on Mobile Information Systems, MOBIS 2005 - Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Dec 20057 Dec 2005

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238


Conference2nd IFIP TC8 Working Conference on Mobile Information Systems, MOBIS 2005
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • Adaptive workflow
  • Context sensitive regions
  • Context-aware workflow
  • Dynamic workflow execution
  • User context

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management

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