Prof. dr. Amy Van Looy is one of the ‘inspiring Fifty Belgium 2020’

Our UGentMIS colleague, associate professor Amy Van Looy, was selected as one of 50 most inspiring female tech professionals. The entire team congratulates Amy for this fine achievement. We are so proud to have Amy as one of our UGentMIS members!



Steven Mertens wins the CAiSE 2020 PhD Award

Congratulations to Dr. Steven Mertens for winning this year’s CAiSE PhD award. This is a prize for the best PhD dissertation in advanced information systems engineering. Candidates have participated at least once in a CAiSE PhD consortium.

Call for papers news

Call for papers: EMMSAD 2020

UGentMIS is involved in the organisation of this year’s EMMSAD, more specifically the Evaluation of Modelling Approaches track with Prof. Poels as co-chair. The EMMSAD working conference is a satellite event of CAiSE, which wil run in Grenoble in the week of June 8, 2020 (with EMMSAD on June 8-9).

This a warm invitation to consider submitting your best work to EMMSAD. Also this year, the best completed research papers will be invited for submitting enhanced versions to a special issue of SoSyM, which is a Quartile 1 – ranked journal indexed in Web of Science.

Other submission categories include research-in-progress papers, idea papers, experience reports, and tool demonstration papers.

Deadline for paper submission is March 9, with abstracts due on March 2. You can find the CfP and other information on the EMMSAD web pages

Feel free to discuss your submissions intentions beforehand with me (Geert Poels).


CfP VMBO 2020 in Brussels

  • Call for Papers – 14th International Workshop on Value Modelling and Business Ontologies – VMBO 2020
  • January 16-17, 2020, Brussels, Belgium
  • Submission deadline: November 24, 2019


It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a paper to the 14th International Workshop on Value Modelling and Business Ontologies (VMBO 2020) on January 16th to 17th, 2020. This workshop will be held in the Université Saint-Louis in Brussels, Belgium.

The importance of modeling the essence of enterprises on a level that abstracts from operational details is increasingly recognized. Two established enterprise modeling approaches are value modeling and business ontology. Business ontology provides abstract descriptions of enterprises in their business context, focusing on what is needed to create and transfer value. Value modeling is a business modeling approach that focuses on the value objects exchanged in business networks. Business ontology and value modeling research is conducted using instruments like REA (Resources, Events, Agents), the Business Model Canvas, the e3value tool set, VDML and the Enterprise Engineering framework.

The goals of the VMBO workshop series are to bring together researchers with an interest in value modeling and business ontology in order to present and discuss the current state of enterprise or business modeling and to identify key areas for further research, including, specifically but not exclusively, innovative business model design, service design, systemic trust for value exchanges, ontologies for modelling economic concepts and institutions, and value-aware systems design.

Important dates:

  • Paper submission: November 24, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: December 8, 2019
  • VMBO 2020: January 16-17, 2020

Instructions for submissions:

If you are interested in joining, please submit a paper in the following categories:

  • Full paper (maximum of eight pages): describes original research contributions, presents problems or challenges encountered in practice or reports on industrial cases and practices.
  • Short paper (maximum of four pages): describes your main ideas. We encourage you to focus on ideas in progress for which you would like to get feedback from other workshop participants.

If wanted, the accepted papers can be published with CEUR online proceedings. We support the submission of VMBO papers afterwards to a special issue of a journal, e.g. Journal of Applied Ontology (JAO) or Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting (JETA), if possible. Note that submitted papers will be reviewed only marginally. The program committee will use the papers to put together a final program; the aim is to accommodate all relevant papers with sufficient quality.

Submit your short paper preferably in PDF format and following the (Proceedings) style of Springer LNCS to

Program Committee:

  • Wim Laurier (chair)
  • Geert Poels (chair)
  • Ben Roelens (chair)
  • Hans Weigand (chair)
  • Birger Andersson
  • Jaap Gordijn
  • Nicola Guarino
  • Giancarlo Guizzardi
  • Pavel Hruby
  • Christian Huemer
  • Joris Hulstijn
  • Paul Johannesson
  • Bill McCarthy
  • Erik Proper
  • Ivan Razo-Zapata
  • Walter Schwaiger
  • Yao-Hua Tan


Aygun Shafagatova wins BPM 2019 best PhD student paper award

UGentMIS PhD student Aygun Shafagatova and her supervisor/co-author Amy Van Looy have won the prestigious PhD student best paper award of the BPM 2019 conference for their paper ‘Understanding the Alignment of Employee Appraisals and Rewards with Business Processes’.

UGentMIS congratulates the winning team for this excellent achievement!


Two Phd positions available

Ghent University (Belgium) is hiring two PhD students in the domain of Business Process Management: one technical profile and one management-related profile.

Start date: October 1, 2019 (or sooner, if possible)

4-year project grants are already obtained. The topics are to be discussed with the supervisor, within certain project limitations.

* For the technical profile: The focus lies on the discovery, analyses and support of knowledge intensive business processes. Sectors where these processes typically can be situated are the health care sector and legal sector.

* For the management-related profile: We particularly intend to continue working on the managerial and organizational aspects involved in the broad domain of Business Process Management, and the link with digital innovation and new technologies.

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Nominee for BPM 2018 best paper award

The paper ‘On the synergies between Business Process Management and Digital Innovation’ by Amy Van Looy is nominated for the BPM 2018 best paper award. BPM is the premier conference on Business Process Management and is held this year in Sidney, Australia.

UGentMIS congratulates Amy and her Master of Science in Business Administration students taking the course Research Methods in Management and Informatics, who helped with collecting the data for this paper.


UGentMIS in 2019

Ghent University’s Management Information Systems (UGentMIS) research group realised in 2019

  • 8 journal papers
  • 16 conference proceedings papers
  • 1 book as author (dr. Renata Petrevska Nechkoska)
  • 1 PhD dissertation (dr. Steven Mertens)
  • 1 book as editor (prof. dr. Frederik Gailly)


Student Job Dodona

For the first semester of the academic year 2018-2019 we are looking for a student who wants to help us in developing program exercises for the online learning environment More information can be found here: vacature_eb


Geert Poels chairs EMMSAD++ Panel @CAiSE2018, Tallinn, Estland — IoT, Blockchain, Big Data and Intelligent Process Automation: Analysing their impact through modelling

Slides can be consulted by clicking this LINK