Next Generation Modeling Environments
Conceptual models play an important role in many organizations. They serve as tools for communication and documentation, are often a central part in process improvement initiatives, and are key to the development and evolution of information systems. Existing modeling tools typically support end users in a rather generic and non-personalized manner. However, users not only differ in their modeling expertise and the challenges they encounter while modeling, but also in their preferences. Therefore, they would benefit from a new generation of modeling environments that are highly personalized and adapt themselves to users’ needs. This keynote presents a vision of such modeling environments with a focus on process modeling. It highlights this potential with several examples from our research and touches upon challenges that come with the development of next generation modeling environments.
Barbara Weber is Professor for Software Systems Programming and Development at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. She is Chair for Software Systems Programming and Development and Director of the Institute of Computer Science. In addition, she holds a part-time full professor position at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science with the Technical University of Denmark. Barbara’s research interests include process model understandability, process of process modeling, process flexibility, and user support in flexible process-aware systems as well as neuro-adaptive information systems. Barbara has published more than 150 refereed papers, for example, in Nature Scientific Reports, Information and Software Technology, Information Systems, Data and Knowledge Engineering, Software and System Modeling, and Journal of Management Information systems and is co-author of the book “Enabling Flexibility in Process-aware Information Systems: Challenges, Methods, Technologies” by Springer.