colocated with The 19th International Conference on Business Process Management
6-10 September 2021, Rome, Italy

BPM 2021 is the 19th edition of the BPM conference series, which provides a premium forum for researchers and practitioners in the field of Business Process Management(BPM).
The conference, which offers innovative and rigorous research across the whole spectrum of BPM, will be hosted by Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica, Automatica e Gestionale Antonio Ruberti at Sapienza Universita` di Roma, Rome, Italy, from 6 to 10 September, 2021.
BPM 2021 will be complemented by three forums, covering different aspects of BPM.

The BPM Industry Forum serves to exchange experiences and to support networking among BPM experts around the world. The forum is the prime event for practitioners participating at the International Conference on Business Process Management - the leading global conference on BPM with 19 years of tradition. The target audience of the industry forum includes business analysts, process managers, chief information officers, chief operations officers, digital transformation managers, project managers, process consultants, process owners, industry researchers, and related service providers.
The forum focuses on cutting edge real-world experiences in leveraging BPM for both process improvement and innovation in all sectors. We welcome contributions from various angles to BPM, including technology, methods, governance, strategic alignment, people and culture. 
Each team of authors must include at least one representative from the organisation that has conducted or served as the BPM case. A suitable case study must show an authentic, unbiased, independent and detailed reflection on lessons learnt to be shared with the community. 

*** Important Dates ***
Submissions of case-study papers: 31 May 2021
Notifications of acceptance or rejection: 28 June 2021
Submissions of the camera-ready papers: 12 July 2021

*** Chairs *** 
Massimiliano de Leoni, University of Padova, Italy
Minseok Song, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea
Maximilian Roglinger, University of Bayreuth, Germany

The Blockchain Forum invites submissions of papers on both techniques for and applications of blockchains, DLTs,and related technologies. Papers should have relevance for contemporary organisations such as government, enterprises, healthcare, etc. We encourage contributions from both inside and outside the BPM community alike-the emphasis is on relevance for organisations, not membership of a community. Contributions of conceptual, technical and application-oriented natures are all welcome.
A blockchain is a distributed data structure providing guarantees of immutability and integrity protection, providing a practical solution to hard problems in coordination. Blockchain-based systems open up diverse opportunities in the context of the BPM lifecycle to redesign business activities in a wide range of fields, including healthcare, supply chain, logistics, and finance. However, these opportunities come with challenges to security and privacy, and to scalability and performance. 
Blockchain technology has already seen both academic interest and practical adoption, and several approaches exist which combine BPM and blockchain, e.g., blockchain-based execution of DMN decisions, collaborative business process execution on blockchain, and the use of process mining to analyse and validate smart contracts.
The Blockchain Forum provides a platform for discussion and introduction of new ideas related to research directions within techniques for and applications of blockchain and DLT. 

**** Important Dates ****
Paper submission (tentative): May 24, 2021
Notification (tentative): June 24, 2021
Camera-ready submission: July 12, 2021
Forum: September 6 2020

**** Chairs ****
Ingo Weber, TU Berlin, Germany
Pierluigi Plebani, Politecnico Milano, Italy
Soren Debois, ITU, Denmark

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a new technology, which is already widely being applied in practice. In essence, it relates to software agents called 'bots' that mimic how humans use computer applications when performing certain tasks in a business process. The tasks that bots perform are typically rule-based, well structured, and repetitive. Examples of tasks that bots perform include data transfer between applications through screen scraping, automated email query processing, and collation of payroll data from different sources.
RPA is drastically more than just a technological innovation. It enables a digital taskforce and, what is more important, a control mechanism over it. The objective for RPA also extends beyond cutting costs; it directly addresses the digital transformation of companies by creating new value, improving the quality of services and products, reducing and controlling takt times, and improving work satisfaction by liberating employees from repetitive and tedious tasks. Moreover, RPA has a generative capacity when combined with technologies such as OCR, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, among others, creating new 'smart' automation tools.
The capabilities and opportunities of RPA challenge a broad set of research communities. Computer scientists are attracted to its various technical aspects, while economists study the impact of RPA on labor and organizational effectiveness. Scholars in the field of information systems are drawn to the question of how to manage the interaction between people and software. Another question is how RPA fits within a corporate program of digital innovation. Finally, RPA has social implications since it may reduce work opportunities for those people who are carrying out simple, manual work.
This forum aims to bring together researchers from various communities and disciplines to discuss challenges, opportunities, and new ideas that relate to RPA and its application to business processes in private and public sectors. It is a unique setting where technical, business-oriented, and human-centered perspectives will come together. The forum will incorporate an exciting keynote, presentations of research papers, and a panel discussion

*** Important Dates ***
Paper submission: 24 May 2021
Notification to authors: 24 June 2021
Camera Ready submission: 12 July 2021
Conference/Forum: 6-10 September 2021

*** Chairs ***
Peter Fettke, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and Saarland University
Jose Gonzalez Enriquez, University of Sevilla
Inge van de Weerd, Utrecht University