An Open Platform for Business Process Modeling and Verification

  • Antonio De Nicola
  • Michele Missikoff
  • Maurizio Proietti
  • Fabrizio Smith
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6261)

Abstract

In this paper we present the BPAL platform that includes a logicbased language for business process (BP) modeling and a reasoning mechanism providing support for several tasks. Firstly, the definition of a BP meta-model (MM) consisting of a set of rules that guide the BP designers in their work. Secondly, given a BP, the BPAL platform allows for the automatic verification of the compliance (well-formedness) of a given BP w.r.t. the defined MM. Finally, the execution semantics of a BP is given in term of its instances (referred to as traces) to provide services for i) checking if the actual execution of a BP has been carried out in accordance with the corresponding definition, ii) simulating executions by trace generation. The proposed platform is open since it can easily be enhanced by adding other logic-based modeling, reasoning, and querying functionalities.

Keywords

business process modeling language Horn logic BPAL 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio De Nicola
    • 1
  • Michele Missikoff
    • 1
  • Maurizio Proietti
    • 1
  • Fabrizio Smith
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.IASI-CNRRomeItaly
  2. 2.DIEI, Universita degli Studi de L.AquilaItaly

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