BIR2024

23rd International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research
Prague 11.- 13. 9. 2024


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About the Conference

The 23rd installment of the International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research (BIR 2024) upholds the legacy of yearly gatherings aimed at broadening perspectives and inspiring fresh pathways for Business Informatics, Business Information Systems, and Information Systems Engineering. This event encompasses essential research as well as critical application domains and aims to cultivate an intellectually vibrant environment conducive to the scholarly exchange of research findings and ideas among academics, practitioners, and doctoral scholars.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) plays an increasingly important role in organizations, inter-organizational networks, society and individuals' daily life. Business operations rely extensively on intricate, dispersed software systems that function within dynamic and frequently erratic business landscapes. In this context, the research discipline of Business Informatics holds paramount importance.

In order to produce and supply products and services more efficiently organizations must be able to adapt and quickly exchange information with internal and external collaborators and customers. Demand for increasing interoperability exists at technological, business process, and knowledge levels. Methods, theories, and tools that maintain change and adaptation of business processes, organizations, and their supporting software are needed. Furthermore, recent challenges are directed to more human-oriented, highly personalized and trustworthy, high-quality systems enabling their users to cope with the large variety of frameworks, technologies and tools needed to accommodate emerging business applications.

Research contributions for the conference will be on aspects of and future directions in Business Informatics Research with respect to the above-mentioned theme of interoperability and adaptation, as well as on exploring scientifically the practical aspects and establishing empirically grounded analyses of business cases in order to provide a better evaluation to the applications of ICT in industry. Contributions from both ongoing research and implications for future directions are welcome.

The BIR conference series create a forum where researchers in business informatics, seniors as well as juniors, could meet and discuss with each other. The main theme of BIR 2024 is Artificial Intelligence in Business Informatics: Opportunities and Challenges. BIR 2024 welcomes papers from all over the world. We accept original papers of the following types: full research papers, research-in-progress papers, industrial papers. Doctoral Consortium and workshops will also take place at BIR 2024.


Main topics

The conference papers should be focused on but not limited by following topics:

AI Opportunities and Challenges in Business Informatics

• Ethical and responsible AI use • AI model performance and tuning for business • Ontology modelling languages and AI • Data quality and integration • Algorithm selection and optimization • Model validation and evaluation • Predictive analytics • Privacy and security • Explainability and Interpretability of AI Models


Business, people and systems interoperability

• Philosophical and social perspectives of interoperability • Ontological foundations of Business Informatics • Systems theory and principles • Conceptual modelling • Human oriented systems • Emerging technologies and paradigms • Methods, architectures and communication technologies supporting interoperability • Enterprise modelling and virtual organisations • ERP, CRM and SCM systems • e-commerce, e-business, e-government


Business intelligence

• Business intelligence systems • Data warehousing • Decision support systems • Databases for business • Competing on analytics • Healthcare/Medical Informatics


Openness in business informatics

• Open source development and deployment tools • Interoperability of open source communities • Integrating open source technology with commercial and proprietary products • Open innovation • Open data • Web and social computing


Business and information systems development

• Business process modelling and Workflow management • Model Driven and Service Oriented architecture architecture (MDA, SOA) • Requirements engineering and Business rules • Object oriented techniques and methodologies • Quality of business software ans IS security issues


Knowledge Management and Semantic Web

• Knowledge management in interconnected world • Linked data • Semantic Web methods and languages • Ontology modelling languages and tools • Ontology applications in business • E-learning and learning organizations


Contextualized evaluation of business informatics

• Feasibility of existing techniques and languages • Contextualized value and quality • User acceptance of new technology • Curriculum design and implementation issues • Case studies and experience reports • Project and risk management issues

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Keynotes


Thursday, 12.9.2024

DEMOCRATIZATION OF AI TOOLS: Bridging the Gap between Business Informatics and Accessible AI Innovation

Jan Romportl, CEO of Elin.ai, AI researcher, entrepreneur, and consultant

In recent years, the landscape of business informatics and artificial intelligence (AI) has undergone a significant transformation, particularly in the context of democratizing advanced AI tools for businesses. This keynote presentation delves into the evolution of AI integration within business processes, highlighting the pivotal shift from the necessity of in-house expert data science teams to the accessible, cost-effective implementation of Foundation Models, including Large Language Models (LLMs) and diffusion models. The talk underscores the profound impact of the rapid development of the AI ecosystem, cloud tools, ML/LLM libraries, and no-code/low-code platforms on lowering the entry barriers for companies aiming to innovate within the realms of business intelligence (BI), data science, and machine learning (ML). The presentation explores the paradigm shift in software engineering, propelled by AI-driven tools like GitHub Copilot, which poses both a challenge and an opportunity for the software development profession. This technological evolution not only necessitates a transformation in the skill set and roles of software engineers but also significantly impacts the cost dynamics and availability of skilled professionals. The democratization of AI tools, as discussed, is not merely a technological advancement but a catalyst for organizational innovation, enabling companies to swiftly develop and deploy AI-driven products and services by leveraging existing AI technologies and benefiting from reduced human capital expenses. In line with the main theme of BIR 2024, "Artificial Intelligence in Business Informatics: Opportunities and Challenges," this talk aims to bridge the theoretical and practical aspects of business informatics research with the latest trends in AI development. It emphasizes the importance of adaptability, interoperability, and the need for a human-oriented approach in designing high-quality, trustworthy AI systems that cater to the evolving needs of businesses and consumers alike. The session will provide valuable insights for academics, practitioners, and doctoral scholars interested in the intersection of AI and business informatics, offering a comprehensive overview of the current state and future directions of AI tools in business innovation. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges posed by AI in business informatics, fostering an intellectually stimulating environment conducive to the exchange of ideas and advancements in the field.

Jan Romportl



Jan Romportl is the CEO of Elin.ai, AI researcher, entrepreneur, consultant, and executive with more than 20 years of experience in the field. Before fully moving to the startup and freelance world in 2022, Jan worked for seven years as the Chief Data Scientist at O2 Czech Republic and was the founder and CEO of Dataclair.ai – Centre for Artificial Intelligence of O2 and PPF, the largest corporate finance group in the region. He holds Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence, master’s degree in cybernetics and control engineering, and another master’s degree in philosophy. Before moving to the commercial space back in 2015, Jan had already had 12 years of academic research and teaching experience in AI, man-machine interaction, speech technologies and philosophy under his belt. He served as the Head of Department of Man-Machine Interaction at New Technologies Research Centre, University of West Bohemia, and a senior researcher at Department of Cybernetics. Jan is still a member of the Department of Philosophy at the same university and cooperates with the Centre for Theoretical Study of Charles University and with Czech Effective Altruism Group. Jan organizes Prague AI Safety Meetup, tries to be useful in the Czech AI Safety and Alignment community, and he’s involved in the global movement for minimization of existential risks. Jan is a taekwondo practitioner, runner, PADI divemaster, private pilot and a hobby-philosopher. He’s also a lifelong Atari enthusiast and vintage computer collector.

Friday, 13.9.2024

A Meaningful Road to Explanation

Prof. Giancarlo Guizzardi, University of Twente,
The Netherlands

Cyber-human systems are systems formed by the coordinated interaction of human and computational components. The latter can only be justified in these systems to the extent that they are meaningful to humans – in both senses of ‘meaning’, i.e., in the sense of semantics as well as in the sense of purpose or significance. On one hand, the data these components manipulate only acquire meaning when mapped to shared human conceptualizations of the world. On the other hand, they can only be justified if ethically designed. Ultimately, we can only build trustworthy cyber-human systems if the interoperation of their components is meaning preserving, i.e., if we are able to: semantically interoperate these components; transparently demonstrate (i.e., explain) how their interoperation positively contributes to human values and goals. To meet these requirements, we must be able to explicitly reveal and safely relate the different theories of the world (i.e., ontologies) embedded in these components. In this talk, I discuss the strong relation between the notions of semantics, ontology, and explanation under certain interpretations. Specifically, I will present a notion of explanation termed Ontological Unpacking, which aims at explaining symbolic domain descriptions (conceptual models, knowledge graphs, logical specifications). I show that the models produced by Ontological Unpacking differ from their traditional counterparts not only in their expressivity but also in their nature: while the latter typically merely have a descriptive nature, the former have an explanatory one. Moreover, I show that it is exactly this explanatory nature that is required for semantic interoperability and, hence, trustworthiness. Finally, I discuss the relation between Ontological Unpacking and other forms of explanation in philosophy and science, as well as in Artificial Intelligence. I will argue that the current trend in XAI (Explainable AI) in which “to explain is to produce a symbolic artifact” (e.g., a decision tree or a counterfactual description) is an incomplete project resting on a false assumption, that these artifacts are not “inherently interpretable”, and that they should be taken as the beginning of the road to explanation, not the end.

Giancarlo Guizzardi



Giancarlo Guizzardi is a Full Professor of Software Science and Evolution as well as Chair and Department Head of Semantics, Cybersecurity & Services (SCS) at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He is also an Affiliated/Guest Professor at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV) at Stockholm University, in Sweden. He has been active for nearly three decades in the areas of Formal and Applied Ontology, Conceptual Modelling, Business Informatics, and Information Systems Engineering, working with a multi-disciplinary approach in Computer Science that aggregates results from Philosophy, Cognitive Science, Logics and Linguistics. Over the years, he has delivered keynote speeches in several key international conferences in these fields (e.g., ER, BPM, CAiSE, IEEE ICSC). He is currently an associate editor of a number of journals including Applied Ontology and Data & Knowledge Engineering, a co-editor of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing series, and a member of several international journal editorial boards. He is a member of the Steering Committees of ER, EDOC, and IEEE CBI, and of the Advisory Board of the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA). Finally, he is an ER Fellow.


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People and Committees


BIR Steering Committee

Mārīte Kirikova, Riga Technical University, Latvia (Chair)
Björn Johansson, Linkoping University, Sweden (Co-Chair)
Kurt Sandkuhl, Rostock University, Germany
Robert Buchmann, University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Rimantas Butleris, Kaunas Technical University, Lithuania
Sven Carlsson, Lund University, Sweden
Peter Forbrig, Rostock University, Germany
Dimitris Karagiannis, University of Vienna, Austria
Andrzej Kobyliñski, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland
Raimundas Matulevičius, University of Tartu, Estonia
Lina Nemuraitė, Kaunas Technical University, Lithuania
Jyrki Nummenmaa, University of Tampere, Finland
Malgorzata Paňkowska, University of Economics, Katowice, Poland
Andrea Polini, University of Camerino, Italy
Václav Řepa, Prague University of Economics and Business, Czech Republic
Janis Stirna, Stockholm University, Sweden
Benkt Wangler, University of Skövde, Sweden

General Conference Chair

Václav Řepa, Prague University of Economics, Czech Republic

Program Committee Co-chairs

Raimundas Matulevicius, University of Tartu, Estonia.
Emanuele Laurenzi FHNW, Switzerland.

Workshops Co-chairs

Anne Gutschmidt, The University of Rostock, Germany.
Ana-Maria Ghiran, University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Doctoral Consortium Co-chairs

Bjorn Johansson, Linköping University, Sweden.
Filip Vencovský, Prague University of Economic and Business, Czech Republic.


Program Committee

Gundars Alksnis, Riga Technical University, Latvia
Said Assar, Institut Mines-Telecom Business School, France
Per Backlund, University of Skövde, Sweden
Peter Bellström, Karlstad University, Sweden
Catalin Boja, Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania
Dominik Bork, TU Wien, Austria
Tomáš,Bruckner, Prague University of Economics and Business, Czechia
Robert Andrei Buchmann, Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj Napoca, Romania
Chiara Di Francescomarino, DISI - University of Trento, Italy
Antinisca Di Marco, University of L'Aquila, Italy
Peter Forbrig, University of Rostock, Germany
Ana-Maria Ghiran, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Jānis Grabis, Riga Technical University, Latvia
Anne Gutschmidt, The University of Rostock, Germany
Knut Hinkelmann FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Switzerland
Mubashar Iqbal, University of Tartu, Estonia
Amin Jalali, Stockholm University, Sweden
Dimitris Karagiannis, University of Vienna, Austria
Michael Alexander Kaufmann, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland
Marite Kirikova, Riga Technical University, Latvia
Emanuele Laurenzi, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland
Michael Le Duc, Mälardalen University, Sweden
Moonkun Lee, Chonbuk National University, South Korea
Francisco J Lopez-Pellicer, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Ginta Majore, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Latvia
Andreas Martin, FHNW University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland
Raimundas Matulevicius, University of Tartu, Estonia
Andrea Morichetta, University of Camerino, Italy
Anastasija Nikiforova, University of Tartu, Estonia
Jacob Nørbjerg, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Jyrki Nummenmaa, Tampere University, Finland
Victoria Paulsson, Linköping University, Sweden
Jens Myrup Pedersen, Aalborg University, Dept. of Electronic Systems, Denmark
Pierluigi Plebani, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Paul Pocatilu, Bucarest University of Economic Studies, Romania
Andrea Polini, University of Camerino, Italy
Barbara Re, university of Camerino, Italy
Ben Roelens, Open Universiteit, Ghent University, Netherlands
Christian Sacarea, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
Kurt Sandkuhl, The University of Rostock, Germany
Hanlie Smuts, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, South Africa
Ann Svensson, University West, Sweden
Torben Tambo, Aarhus University, Denmark
Pedro Valderas, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
Gianluigi Viscusi, Linköping University, Sweden
Anna Wingkvist, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Hans-Frieder Witschel, FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland
Endri Xhina, University of Tirana, Albania
Jelena Zdravkovic, Stockholm University, Sweden
Alfred Zimmermann, Reutlingen University, Germany

Publicity Chair

Dana Malcová, Prague University of Economics and Business, Czech Republic.

Organization Chair

Oleg Svatoš, Prague University of Economics and Business, Czech Republic.

Organization Committee

Veronika Kostrouchová, Prague University of Economics and Business.
Dana Malcová, Prague University of Economics and Business.





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Important dates

Conference papers

Paper submissions deadline: April 20, 2024
Paper submissions extended deadline: May 5, 2024
Notification of acceptance: May 30, 2024
Camera ready: June 20, 2024

Workshops

Workshop papers submissions: June 2024
Workshop papers notification of acceptance: July 2024
(for details see the workshops page)

Doctoral Consortium

Doctoral Consortium paper submissions: June 24, 2024
Notification of doctoral papers acceptance: July 24, 2024
Doctoral papers camera ready: August 21, 2024

Workshops and Doctoral Consortium: September 11, 2024
Main conference: September 12-13, 2024


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Papers and Proceedings

Papers to be submitted by
Springer EquinOCS Submissions platform

Paper can be submited as Full paper (up to 15 pages of report on novel research results) or Research in progress paper (up to 8 pages of preliminary results of ongoing research).

Papers must be written in English and should follow Springer Instruction for LNBIP authors.

The submission must be an original work that has not been published elsewhere. Accepted papers will be published in the series Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP, Springer, volume number TBD)



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Call for Workshops

IMPORTANT DATES
Workshop proposals: March 15th, 2024
Workshop notification: March 30th, 2024


The workshops will take place on 11 September 2024.
Please see details on the Workshop pages.
TBD


Download Call for Workshops poster


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Doctoral Consortium

The BIR 2024 Doctoral Consortium provides doctoral students an opportunity to present and discuss their research on topics of BIR 2024 under the guidance of a panel of experienced researchers. We invite doctoral students share their work with fellow students and senior researchers in the field by submitting an article of 8 pages by June 24th 2024.

The Doctoral Consortium has the following objectives:

  • Provide an open forum where students can present their work and meet other students.
  • Provide feedback on current research and guidance on future research directions.
  • Promote a spirit of collaborative research.


  • Structure of the Doctoral Consortium submission

  • Clearly formulated research question,
  • Identification of a significant problem in the field of research,
  • Literature review of the problem domain and related solutions,
  • Preliminary ideas of the proposed approach and the initial results,
  • Description of the research methodology,
  • Applicant's contribution to the problem domain, and its uniqueness.

  • Each submitted paper will be reviewed by at least two members of the Doctoral Consortium Programme Committee (to be defined). The main evaluation criteria are: originality, significance, technical soundness and presentation.

    Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs

    Björn Johansson, Linkoping University, Sweden
    Filip Vencovský, Prague University of Economics, Czech Republic


    Submission and Publication

    Doctoral Consortium papers of 8 pages in English, formatted according to the Springer Instructions for LNBIP authors, should be submitted by
    Submissions platform

    Accepted Doctoral Consortium papers will be published in the CEUR proceedings, presented at the Doctoral Consortium track and as posters at the conference.

    Important dates

    Paper submissions: June 24, 2024
    Notification of acceptance: July 24, 2024
    Camera ready: August 21, 2024

    Doctoral Consortium date: September 11, 2024



    Download Doctoral Consortium CFP

    Venue

    Prague University of Economics and Business

    6 faculties, 14000 students, Ranked 18th in Financial Times Masters in Management and 62nd in European Business School Ranking.

    Faculty of Informatics and Statistics, dpt. of information technologies. Placed at náměstí W. Churchilla 4, 130 67 Praha 3 (W. Churchill Sq. 4, 130 67 Prague 3, Czech Rep.)

    Near tram stop: Viktoria Žižkov, 300m, bus stop: Náměstí Winstona Churchilla, 100m, Metro station: Hlavní nádraží, 900m.

    Building

    University campus

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    Registration

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