Call for Research Papers, Workshops and Tool Demonstrations

The IEEE International Conference on Process Mining (ICPM) aims to become the premium forum for researchers, practitioners and developers in process mining. The objective is to explore and exchange knowledge in this field through scientific talks, industry discussions, contests, technical tutorials and panels. The conference covers all aspects of process mining research and practice, including theory, algorithmic challenges, applications and the connection with other fields.

Process mining is an innovative research field which focuses on extracting business process insights from transactional data commonly recorded by IT systems, with the ultimate goal of analyzing and improving organizational productivity along performance dimensions such as efficiency, quality, compliance and risk. By relying on data rather than perceptions gained from interviews and workshops, process mining shifts the way of thinking from “confidence-based” to “evidence-based” business process management. Thus, process mining distinguishes itself within the information systems domain by its fundamental, evidence-based focus on understanding, analyzing, and improving business processes. Compared with other data-driven research areas such as machine learning or data mining, process mining differs in the fundamental assumptions that data is generated in the context of more or less structured processes, and that the data contains explicit references to instances of these processes. Another key difference with other data-analysis techniques is that analysis results have to be explained in the context of these (interacting) processes.

Current process mining challenges include scalability, i.e., dealing with volume, velocity and variability of input data, especially in real-time/online settings using event streams; approximation, i.e., balancing computation time with accuracy; understandability and explainability, i.e., providing easy-to-understand and explainable analytics; multi-perspective analysis, i.e., considering data, resources and time beyond the process control flow; measurability, e.g., providing a comprehensive framework for measuring differences between observed and modelled process behavior, and ethical and confidential aspects of process mining, i.e., how to ensure that process mining procedures and results do not violate ethical and privacy principles.

ICPM 2020 will take place in Padua, Italy, and organized by the University of Padua, the fifth oldest university in the world, being founded in 1222. The conference will be supported by the IEEE Task Force on Process Mining. The city of Padua is located in the north-east of the country with a population of around 214000 inhabitants, 40 kilometers west of Venice. The city is picturesque, with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal squares, and many bridges on the Bacchiglione river. It is very rich in terms of signs, of which the most prominent are the Giotto’s Scrovegni chapel, the Basilica of Saint Anthony and the 90,000-sqm square of Prato della Valle.  ICPM 2020 will be hosted at the Padua’s Botanic Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The garden was founded in 1545, making it the oldest garden of its type, and is still situated at its original location, within an area of 22000 square meters.


ICPM 2020 encourages papers on new techniques and applications for process mining, as well as case studies coming from industrial scenarios. Also, papers describing novel process mining tools are expected. For new techniques, the availability of an implementation (which has to be accessible by the reviewers) is essential. Authors are expected to provide insights into the performance of new techniques on established, publicly-available benchmark datasets, or to release their datasets for replicability purposes. Empirical papers should build, where possible, on novel datasets previously unpublished, while research on existing datasets must clearly explain the novelty of the applied analysis.

The thematic areas in which contributions are sought to include, but are not limited to, those listed below.

Process mining techniques:

  •  Automated Discovery of Process models
  • Conformance/compliance analysis
  • Construction of Event Logs
  • Improving quality of Event Logs
  • Decision Mining for Processes
  • Mining from non-process-aware systems / event streams
  • Multi-perspective Process Mining
  • Simulation/optimization and Process Mining
  • Predictive Process Analytics
  • Prescriptive Process Analytics and Recommender Systems
  • Responsible Process Mining
  • Privacy-preserving Process Mining
  • Comparative Process Mining
  • Process Model Repair
  • Process Performance Mining
  • Process mining Quality Measures
  • Variants/deviance Analysis and Root-cause Analysis
  • Visual Process Analytics

Applications and case studies in:

  • Blockchain Technologies
  • Business Activity Monitoring and Business Intelligence
  • Business Process Management
  • (Cyber) Security and Privacy
  • Operations Management and Lean Six Sigma
  • Process Performance Measurement
  • Process Reengineering
  • Resource Management
  • Risk Management
  • Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
  • Sensors, Internet-of-Things (IoT) and wearable devices
  • Specific domains such as accounting, finance, government, healthcare, manufacturing


In addition to regular submissions, there will be a number of co-located workshops. The workshops will take place on October 26th, and the conference seeks for proposals of workshop topics that cover emerging topics currently gaining momentum, according to the deadlines below.


This demonstration track is intended to present innovative Process Mining tools and applications, originating from research initiatives or from industry. To be considered for the demonstration track, tools will be evaluated on the basis of relevance, novelty, and innovativeness to the Process Mining community.

Submission Instructions

Submissions must be original contributions that have not been published previously, nor submitted elsewhere while being submitted to ICPM 2020.  All files must be prepared using the latest IEEE Computational Intelligence Society conference proceedings guidelines (8.5″ × 11″ two-column format). The page limit depends on the type of papers:

  • The limit of research papers is 8 pages.
  • The limit of workshop papers is 6 pages
  • The limit of demonstration papers is 4 pages

All papers must be in English. Selected research papers will be considered for publication in extended and revised form in a special issue of an international journal.

Independently of the type, every paper will be included in the conference proceedings. At least one author of each accepted contribution is expected to present the paper or tool at the conference, and required to sign a copyright release form.

Key Dates
Organizing Committee