After four years of work, I now submitted my Ph.D. thesis entitled "Semantic Business Process Modeling - Principles, Design Support and Realization" to the University of Augsburg, Germany.
In this thesis I describe how ideas and technologies of the Semantic Web can be transferred to the modeling area and how business process models can be semantically annotated.
These semantic annotations are used to compute proposals for process models that only need to be checked and maybe refined by the modeler, reducing the amount of manual work. Furthermore, the thesis shows how existing process models can automatically be adapted when requirements have changed.
As part of a developed methodology, the thesis also outlines the realization of process models using model-driven technologies and their execution using semantic web services.
Thanks for the excellent mentoring and support to my supervisor and advisors (Prof Dr. Bernhard Bauer, Prof. Dr. Dragan Gasevic and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Reif). In addition, I would like to thank my project colleagues (e.g. from the Eclipse project Java Workflow Tooling or the DFG-project SEMPRO)! Each of them contributed in their own way to this thesis, by working together on projects and also by discussing joint research ideas.
In the next weeks and months, I will probably find more time again to work on the project JWT. Several feature requests are waiting...