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Special Topics: Process-Aware Information Systems (PAIS)

Course is canceled for this semester.

Key Data

  • Combination of lectures and exercises (KV)
  • CourseNo.: 351.039
  • Hours: 2; ECTS: 3
  • blocked
  • Language: English (ev. lectures in German)


  • A. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Josef Küng
  • Dr. Dagmar Auer




The course is blocked.


Students increase and deepen their knowledge and experience in building Process-Aware Information Systems (PAIS). They are able to model selected views on a PAIS, i.e. process view with BPMN 2.0. Furthermore they get experience and insight in how to build such an application.
Thus, this course covers theoretical aspects as well as practical work with an open source BPM system.



  • Process-Aware Information System (PAIS) – an overview: Basic definitions and concepts in the area of PAIS and Business Process Management (BPM) are discussed.
  • BPMN 2.0 (Business Process Model and Notation): BPMN 2.0, a well-established industry standard by the OMG (Object Management Group), provides a meta model of how to describe activity-centric business processes (BP), also including the execution semantics.
  • Implementing a PAIS: rudimentary ideas and technologies


Exercise means working a home, preparing solutions, handing them in (due to defined date), and presenting and discussing the solutions in the course.

  • Modelling of selected aspects of a PAIS (individual work): Modelling experience will be built via practical work (individual modelling homework) and discussions within the course and by homework.
  • Implementing an example on top of an open source BPM system (ev. camunda BPM) (group work): Depending on the availability of the infrastructure in SS2014, the needed infrastructure will be provided via a cloud solution.

Qualification Requirements

Basic knowledge and experience in software development (requirements analysis, modeling, implementation (Java)), as well as interest in information systems with focus on business processes, software architectures and integration aspects are recommended.
Target audience: Master students in Computer Science and Business Informatics.

Performance measurement & Grading

Performance measurement and grading is based on three parts (all of them are obligatory):

  • Modeling exercise (individual work) [20%]
  • Implementation exercise (team work)[30%]
  • Oral exam [50%]

Furthermore participation in the course influences grading, esp. when decision between two grads is needed.


  • Mathias Weske: Business Process Management: Concepts, Languages, Architectures. 2nd ed. 2012, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012, available at: University Library and
  • Manfred Reichert, Barbara Weber: Enabling Flexibility in Process-Aware Information Systems - Challenges, Methods, Technologies. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012, available at: University Library and
  • BPMN 2.0 Specification:, available at:

Additional references will be given within the course.