*****  Note Special Date and Venue *****



       Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management,

                    The Chinese University of Hong Kong


An Organisation Oriented Approach for Collaborative Business Processes

Prof. Chengfei LIU
Swinburne University of Technology
Melbourne, Australia.

Date : June 22, 2006 (Thursday)

Time : 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Venue : Room 602 (E-Service Lab), William M.W. Mong Engineering Building

(Engineering Building Complex Phase 2), CUHK

In today's business climate, many organisations, esp. SMEs, form dynamic
partnerships to effectively deal with market requirements. To enable business
collaboration, many inter-organisational workflow approaches have been
proposed to improve the traditional workflow technologies. Unlike an intra-
organisational workflow system, an inter-organisational workflow system is
required to support (1) the cooperation among participating organisations, (2)
the autonomy of participating organisations, (3) the openness of the
collaboration environment. While the first feature has been well supported by
existing inter-organisational workflow approaches, the support to the second
and third features is far from satisfactory. The autonomy feature brings
difficulty for collaboration in that participating organisations reserve the
right to reveal cooperation detail and the freedom to create and modify their
own business processes. The openness feature complicates the collaboration
with the requirements concerning privacy and security, and flexibility for
organisations to join and leave collaboration or to change partnerships. To
deal with these problems, it will be crucial that business collaboration is
perceived from the view of each individual organisation. In this talk, an
organisation oriented approach for collaborative business processes called
relative workflow model will be presented. This model provides insights and
design strategies for modeling and executing collaborative business processes
from the perspective of individual organisations. Supporting mechanisms for
relative workflow process modeling, enactment and tracking will also be

Chengfei Liu is an associate professor at the Faculty of Information and
Communication Technology, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne,
Australia. He is the theme coordinator of Service Oriented Computing and the
program leader of Web and Data Engineering group under the Swinburne Centre
for Information Technology Research. Before joining Swinburne University, he
was a senior lecturer at the University of South Australia, a lecturer at the
University of Technology Sydney, and a senior research scientist at the
Cooperative Research Centre for Distributed Systems Technology in University
of Queensland. He has also held visiting positions at the IBM Silicon Valley
Laboratory, and University of Aizu. Dr. Liu obtained his BSc, MEng, and PhD
all in Computer Science from Nanjing University in 1983, 1985, and 1988,
respectively. His current research interests include workflow management,
collaborative business process modelling, transactional workflows and web
service transactions, XML and Web information systems, advanced database
systems and data integration.


Note : Cookies and drinks will be available at 4:15 pm.



                       ***** ALL ARE WELCOME *****

Host : Prof. Jeffrey Yu
Tel : 2609 8309
Email : yu@se.cuhk.edu.hk

For more information please

refer to http://www.se.cuhk.edu.hk/~seg5810/