MobIS-Challenge for Students and Doctoral Candidates: Model-Based Compliance in Information Systems

Nowadays, business processes are increasingly carried out digitally, with the help of IT systems. This not only allows for an easier reconstruction of processes based on the built-in logging mechanisms. It also facilitates to identify violations of internal or external compliance rules. In this context, new research streams have emerged to develop new methods and techniques to analyze the process data logged by an IT system and to use the gained insights for the benefit of the company. Against this backdrop, the participants of the MobIS-Challenge are supposed to identify different opportunities to use IT tools for analyzing and improving process compliance, for example by examining the compliance of an existing process and pointing out its weaknesses. The participants (students and doctoral candidates) shall analyze the data set provided below with IT tools of their choice (e.g. existing process mining tools, BPM solutions, but also self-developed programs) to identify compliance violations and problematic incidents and to provide solutions for securing the compliance of a future as-is-process. In addition, they are welcome to identify weaknesses in the process or the organization beyond conformance issues and make suggestion for their improvement. The challenge submissions will be examined and compared regarding their results and selected method for addressing the task on hand. The best solutions will be presented during the workshop.

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Datum und Uhrzeit

24.02.2019, 10:00 - 18:00 Uhr
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University Duisburg-Essen
Essen, Deutschland


Task and lead questions

In the MobIS-Challenge, participants shall analyze the provided process log data with any available methods or techniques to fulfill the following tasks or answer the following questions:

  1. Describe the process depicted in the log in detail, e.g. using graphical means. From this description, derive meaningful compliance rules that go beyond the above process description.
  2. Which compliance violations can be found in the data? How can these be prevented?
  3. Beyond compliance issues, which weaknesses in the process or the organization can be found in the data? How could these be improved?
  4. Which additional insights can be drawn from the data? You can use any tool to develop interesting additional insights in a creative way.

Presentation of Results

The results should be presented in written form (pdf document) using the general LNCS paper template ( and either English or German language.

  1. In the first step, extended abstracts describing the intended methods and tools to fulfill the above tasks and interesting preliminary results should be submitted. Extended abstracts should not exceed 3 pages of length.
  2. If the extended abstract was accepted, the authors should prepare a complete and more detailed work report which shall be presented at the MobIS-Challenge Workshop. The work report should not exceed 20 pages of length. The best solution will be awarded with the WI 2019 MobIS-Challenge Award.

Please submit your contributions to our contact address: mobis-challenge(at)

Accepted work reports shall be published in an edited volume.


Publication of data: until October 25th 2018

Submission of extended abstracts (max. 3 pages): until November 30th 2018

Author notification: December 15th 2018

Submission of complete work reports (max. 20 pages): until January 31th 2018

Workshop day: Sunday, February 24th 2019


Peter Fettke

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