Best full paper award: Jarosław Watróbski, University of Szczecin, Aleksandra Baczkiewicz, University of Szczecin, Ewa Ziemba, University of Economics in Katowice, Wojciech Sałabun, National Institute of Telecommunications - "Temporal VIKOR - A New MCDA Method Supporting Sustainability Assessment"

Runner-up for best full paper award: Vítor Hugo Machado Ribeiro, João Barata, Paulo Rupino da Cunha, University of Coimbra - "Modelling Inter-Organizational Business Processes Governance"

Best reviewer award: Dorina Rajanen, University of Oulu, Finland

The program can be consulted here.

Program ISD 2022

Keynote Speakers

Prof.Dr. Dimitris Karagiannis

University of Vienna
Vienna, Austria

OMiLAB: the role of model-driven Digital Innovation in Information Systems development

OMiLAB is a community of practice interested in the value of conceptual models and the role they play in Information Systems development or operation. One key value proposition of the OMiLAB is a Digital Innovation environment having conceptual modeling at its core, as a means for integrating a business-oriented view with a technical view. The business-oriented view is based on a Digital Design Thinking method, whereas the technical view benefits from a diverse set of model-driven IoT devices for cyber-physical experimentation. The semantic and functional integrator between the two views is the BEE-UP modeling tool, together with the Agile Modeling Method Engineering framework - which can be employed to expand the modeling tool's semantic space with domain-specific and technology-specific concepts or functionality.

Academic and industry partners are joining the OMiLAB ecosystem as OMiLAB Nodes, sharing knowledge assets and artifacts developed with the help of OMiLAB's Digital Innovation environment. These are disseminated via dedicated research streams and scientific events such as the NEMO summer school (initiated in 2014), the PROSE workshop (initiated in 2017) and a Springer book series on domain-specific conceptual modeling (initiated in 2016). Tool-specific tutorials have been held in recent Business Informatics and Information Systems conferences (e.g. HICSS, BIR, PoEM) to raise awareness on the value of conceptual models for such communities.

Recently, the OMiLAB-FSEGA node was established at Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. The thematic focus of the node is Digital Business Models, targeting topics such as semantics of Product-Service Systems, their dynamic pricing, supplying and automated delivery from a design-oriented research perspective. In relation to this thematic specificity, the talk will highlight the value of this node for both research and education.


Dimitris Karagiannis is a full professor for Business Informatics at the University of Vienna since 1993, leading the Research Group Knowledge Engineering ( He received his PhD degree from the Technical University Berlin in 1987. The same year he joined the Research Institute for Application-oriented Knowledge Processing in Ulm as division head for “Enterprise Information Systems”. He holds an honorary professorship from the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. His research interests include meta-modelling, knowledge engineering, business process management, enterprise architecture management and artificial intelligence techniques. The industrial application of his meta-modelling research was demonstrated within the BOC Group (, an international software- and consulting company, founded in 1995. The scientific applications of his research impacts the Open Models Laboratory—OMiLAB (, established as a non-profit organization since 2018, located in Berlin/Germany.

ISD2022 Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Omer Rana

Prof.Dr. Omer Rana

Cardiff University
Cardiff, UK

Data Privacy Re-visited During Covid19

The COVID19 Pandemic has highlighted our dependence on online services (from government, e-commerce/retail, and entertainment), often hosted over external cloud computing infrastructure. The users of these services interact with a web interface rather than the larger distributed service provisioning chain that can involve an interlinked group of cloud providers. The data and identity of users are often provided to service provider who may share it (or have automatic sharing agreement) with backend services (such as advertising and analytics). We propose the development of compliance-aware cloud application engineering, which is able to improve transparency of personal data use -- particularly with reference to the European GDPR regulation. Key compliance operations and the perceived implementation challenges for the realization of these operations in current cloud infrastructure are outlined. This talk will also explore how the convenience-vs-privacy challenges can be realised as users and service providers go on-line, and the economics behind delivering privacy services as part of cloud-based provision.


Omer F. Rana is a Professor of Performance Engineering at Cardiff University, with research interests in high performance distributed computing, data analysis/mining and multi-agent systems. He leads an EPSRC-funded project focusing on GDPR-compliance of cloud-hosted services (in collaboration with Newcastle University and UCL in the UK). He is also the Dean of International for the Physical Sciences and Engineering College. He was formerly the deputy director of the Welsh eScience Centre and had the opportunity to interact with a number of computational scientists across Cardiff University and the UK. Rana has contributed to specification and standardisation activities via the Open Grid Forum and worked as a software developer with London-based Marshall Bio-Technology Limited prior to joining Cardiff University, where he developed specialist software to support biotech instrumentation. He also contributed to public understanding of science, via the Wellcome Trust funded "Science Line", in collaboration with BBC and Channel 4. Rana holds a PhD in "Neural Computing and Parallel Architectures" from Imperial College (London Univ.), an MSc in Microelectronics (Univ. of Southampton) and a BEng in Information Systems Eng. from Imperial College (London Univ.).

ISD2022 Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Prof.Dr. Sjaak Brinkkemper

Utrecht University
Utrecht, the Netherlands

Reducing the Administrative Burden in Healthcare: Speech and Action Recognition for Automated Medical Reporting

The administrative burden in routine healthcare processes is high, but for communication among care providers the reporting about patient consultations is very essential. In order to reduce this burden we have started the Care2Report research program ( that aims at a automated medical reporting based on multimodal (audio, video, bleutooth) recording of a consultation, followed by knowledge representation, ontological conversation interpretation, and finally the generation and uploading of the report in the electronic medical record system.

In this keynote I will present the aims and goals of the Care2Report research program, the various linguistic intelligence pipelines, its current functional and technical architecture, and the achievements so far. The linguistic pipeline research will be illustrated by (i) a generic method for the design of trusted cloud pipelines in medical reporting, (ii) the generation of medical guideline ontologies for the matching of the consultation audio transcript, and (iii) the automated pseudonimisation of privacy related data by means of named entity recognition. We end with an outlook of the current research projects and experiments in healthcare institutions.


Prof. Sjaak Brinkkemper is full professor of Software Production at the Department of Information and Computing Sciences of Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He leads a group of about twenty-five researchers specialized in product software development and software entrepreneurship. The main research themes of the group are methodology of software production, implementation and adoption, and techno-economic aspects of the software industry. Brinkkemper has published about 10 books and over 200 papers in his research interests: medical informatics, healthcare software production, requirements engineering, software architecture, and method engineering.

Tutorial: How to develop and realize conceptual models? Introduction to the Bee-Up research & education support tool

Date: August 31 (check the program for more details)


Robert Buchmann, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania,

Wilfrid Utz, OMiLAB NPO, Germany,

Patrik Burzynski, OMiLAB NPO, Germany,

Tutorial Description

The research field of Conceptual Modelling identifies models as artefacts describing an existing or proposed system, on an abstraction level that is adequate for a given purpose. Traditionally, modelling purposes have been rather implicit – e.g. documentation and sense-making, functions that have been recently challenged by IS scholars (Recker et al., 2021). A growing diversity of modelling purposes in the digitally-driven world reclaims more agile modelling methods and tools that can expand the value of conceptual models, and this value must be enabled on the appropriate level of conceptual specificity – to ensure that the design space fits the diversifying purposes (Karagiannis et al., 2019). This diversity was recently showcased in (Karagiannis et al., 2022) and became the basis of the Purpose-Specificity framework – a theoretical lens for framing and classifying novel modelling methods and tools (Buchmann, 2022).

The tutorial departs from this theoretical lens and introduces, and facilitates the practical use of, the Bee-Up multi-language modelling environment. This environment includes key features that increase the value of models beyond their basic function (as diagrammatic documentation/ communication support). Bee-Up supports modelling with several established languages – BPMN, EPC, ER, UML, Petri Nets – further enriched with semantic links and modelling functionality that are enabled at metamodel level. Therefore, it is not limited to diagramming, but also facilitates “model value” through features for model analysis & simulation (e.g. interactive Petri Nets), transformation (e.g. to knowledge graphs or database schemas), execution and integration with external systems (e.g. cyber-physical systems). A selection of these will be demonstrated during the tutorial in tandem with theoretical aspects about what is under the hood of the Bee-Up model processing capabilities.

The theoretical part will highlight the CoChaCo method (Karagiannis et al., 2019) – a vocabulary and method for cataloguing relevant concepts and relating them to modelling purposes, to make conceptual structures available as a knowledge representation for both human and machine interpretation (Karagiannis et al., 2019b) thus expanding the role of models for the digital era.

Bee-Up is an educational and research support tool available at

Target Audience & Knowledge Prerequisites

The tutorial targets doctoral students, researchers, and practitioners in the area of Conceptual Modelling. On an introductory level, Bee-Up supports modelling with established notations and languages (e.g. BPMN, UML, Petri Nets, ER, EPC) for the purpose of documentation and sense-making of described systems/phenomena. However, researchers in fields such as digital engineering or digital innovation need to experiment with a variety of modelling purposes, to align a business-oriented view with a technological one. The tutorial was designed having in mind the needs of researchers employing Conceptual Modelling in their research toolkit – for empirical research (e.g. modeling for case studies), design-oriented research (e.g. conceptualizing new IS phenomena towards new design decisions) or artifact-building work (building new tools or functionality).

Basic background in computer science or business informatics is recommended. Basic familiarity with established modelling languages (e.g. BPMN, UML, ER, Petri Nets) is expected – to this, the tutorial will add insight about novel possibilities of processing such models, if treated as knowledge structures and not only as diagramming methods.

Learning Objectives

Attendees of the tutorial will be guided through a hands-on application of this tool in a selected scenario to:

  • Understand how to derive value from model artifacts, beyond the traditional goal of graphical documentation,
  • Gain insights about the possibility to convert visual models into RDF knowledge graphs,
  • Learn how to generate SQL schemas from the Bee-Up environment,
  • Understand the role of conceptual models in determining cyber-physical behavior,
  • Enrich theoretical knowledge about Conceptual Modelling and its new functions in the digital era.

The attendees of the tutorial are encouraged to follow hands-on and contribute actively to the outcomes of the tutorial, while being actively supported by the presenters. The results achieved during the tutorial will be shared with the attendees for further reflection on the applicability and potential of the proposed approach.

Tutorial Approach And Materials

The tutorial is designed for a 60-minute session. It has a strong hands-on focus, preceded by a brief theoretical introduction and an overview of the Bee-Up tool, its mission and design rationale, and followed by theoretical reflection of what is under the hood of the tool and how researchers can benefit – not only from using the tool but also from its underlying conceptualization.

The attendees of the tutorial are encouraged to follow hands-on and contribute actively to the outcomes of the tutorial, while being actively supported by the presenters. The results achieved during the tutorial will be shared with the attendees for further reflection on the applicability and potential of the proposed approach.

Attendees are advised to install the Bee-Up Toolkit ( and the CoChaCo4ADOxx ( on their laptop/notebook, in order to follow the hands-on session. Support for the installation is offered in case problems occur.

Both Bee-Up and CoChaCo4ADOxx are open-source and free of charge.

Attendees will receive a handout with the tutorial content and export files of pre-prepared models, to follow the practical session at a later point if desired.


  1. R. A. Buchmann (2022) “The Purpose-Specificity Framework for Domain-Specific Conceptual Modeling”, in Domain-specific conceptual modeling: Concepts, Methods and ADOxx Tools, Springer, pp. 67-92.
  2. D. Karagiannis, R. A. Buchmann, P. Burzynski, U. Reimer, and M. Walch (2016) “Fundamental Conceptual Modeling Languages in OMiLAB,” in Domain-Specific Conceptual Modeling, Springer Cham, pp. 3–30.
  3. D. Karagiannis, P. Burzynski, W. Utz, and R. A. Buchmann (2019) “A metamodeling approach to support the engineering of modeling method requirements,” in Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering, 2019, South Korea, pp. 199–210, IEEE, 2019.
  4. D. Karagiannis, M. Lee, K. Hinkelmann, and W. Utz (2022) Domain-specific conceptual modeling: Concepts, Methods and ADOxx Tools, Springer, 2022
  5. D. Karagiannis, D. Bork, and W. Utz (2019b) “Metamodels as a Conceptual Structure: Some Semantical and Syntactical Operations,” in The Art of Structuring, Springer, pp. 75-86.
  6. J. Recker, R. Lukyanenko, M. Jabbari, B. M. Samuel, and A. Castellanos (2021). From Representation to Mediation: A New Agenda for Conceptual Modeling Research in a Digital World. MIS Quarterly, 45(1), 269-300

Social Events

During the Conference you can expect interesting events which will offer you an opportunity to get to know Cluj-Napoca and tourist attractions in the surrounding region while enjoying the company of colleagues. The social events program includes:

  • Wednesday, August 31, 2022: Welcome reception

    Welcome reception at the Piramida UBB Restaurant (1, Emmanuel de Martonne Street).

    Situated in the heart of the Cluj-Napoca city, it offers Romanian tradition dish. If you come to our conference, you don’t want to miss this opportunity for networking experience.

    Piramida Piramida

  • Thursday, September 1, 2022: Gala dinner: 50 EUR for additional person

    Conference Gala dinner will take place at Panoramic Cetățuie Restaurant (1, Șerpuitoare Street). The picturesque view above the city combined with delicious food are the perfect ingredients for memorable farewell moments from Cluj-Napoca.

    UPDATE: A city center tour will start at the meeting point in front of the central Orthodox Cathedral, at 18:40

    2. The tour will end at Restaurant Panoramic Cetatutia for the dinner at 20:00.

    Panoramic panoramic

  • Friday, September 2, 2022: Guided trip in the Cluj region (Turda Salt Mines, Rimetea UNESCO village): 80 EUR for additional person

    The trip will include two main attractions in the surrounding area of Cluj-Napoca: the Salina Turda Salt Mine and the Rimetea village, part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

    Turda Salt Mine is one of the oldest salt mine in Europe and now has been transformed into a veritable salt mine museum and an underground amusement park. Due to its indisputable beauty, the Salina Mine was elected as the first attraction in the Business Insider article "10 Of The Coolest Underground Places In The World".

    After the Salt mine trip there will be a guided tour on the uniquely preserved traditional houses of Rimetea, which was included in the UNESCO World Heritage. Rimetea village is a living example of rural life as it was before the modern age. Build on a former Roman village, this medieval settlement includes approximately 200 houses, the oldest one from 1668, an 18th century still working water mill, family tombs and iron mines.

    In addition to the natural beauty of the landscape you might also want to discover the ruins of Trascau, a medieval citadel.

    Tour Tour

Please be aware that there may be short notice changes regarding social activities due to either any sanitary situation linked to the COVID-19 or other today unknown circumstances.

Information for Presenting Authors



ISD 2022 Conference Organising Committee
Babeș-Bolyai University