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OMILAB@UBB FSEGA

"Knowledge Graphs for Digital Innovation and Process Automation"

The OMiLAB Node at Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca (UBB), Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (FSEGA), focuses on the operationalization of Purpose-Specificity Framework using domain-specific Knowledge Graphs as a technological enabler for digital innovation and automation.

About the OMILAB Node

The OMiLAB Node at Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca (UBB), Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (FSEGA), focuses on the operationalization of Purpose-Specificity Framework using domain-specific Knowledge Graphs as a technological enabler for digital innovation and automation.

Instead of working within the traditional dichotomy of general purpose vs domain specific, we treat purpose and specificity as orthogonal dimensions. This generates a design space for modeling methods allowing them to shift agilely according to (possibly evolving) modeling method requirements that must be explicitly managed as a distinct category of requirements.

Knowledge Graphs can act as a mediator between the human oriented representations captured in diagrammatic models and machine behavior that becomes aware of those models.

Competences

  • Knowledge Graphs & Graph Databases
  • Domain-specific Conceptual Modeling
  • Agile Modeling Method Engineering
  • Semantic Process Automation
  • About the Hosting Organisation

    Babeș-Bolyai University is the largest and best ranked among Romanian universities, with the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration being the leading faculty of the country in the Business and Economics domain, with the most diverse network of international collaborations. We are committed to provide outstanding workforce as our university operates in one of the most vivid and dynamic region of Romania, from both a cultural and economic point of view.

    The organization hosts the Business Information Systems Department and the Business Informatics Research Center, whose members are involved in the activities of OMiLAB@UBB-FSEGA.

    Have a virtual look at the OMiLAB!

    Get an overview what this OMiLAB has accomplised! Selected results are presented below as a contribution to the global community:

    MM for Agile Software Projects and Backlogs

    Result: MM for Agile Software Projects and Backlogs

    Node.js Projects Mgmt Dependencies

    Result: Node.js Projects Mgmt Dependencies

    User Experience MM (Modeling Method)

    Result: User Experience MM (Modeling Method)

    Data ETL Process MM

    Result: Data ETL Process MM

    MM for Low-code PHP Development

    Result: MM for Low-code PHP Development

    Diagrammatic Tool RDF Graphs Creation

    Result: Diagrammatic Tool RDF Graphs Creation

    BPMN Extension Multi-Protocol Data Orchestration

    Result: BPMN Extension Multi-Protocol Data Orchestration

    EnterKnow

    Result: EnterKnow

    Cooking MM

    Result: Cooking MM

    All further results of the OMiLAB Node are available at the portal provided and maintained by the organizer.

    The following, selected activities are organized by the OMiLAB.

    Business Modeling and Distributed Computing (master program with OMiLAB-focused educational activities)

    Our English-language master program aims to consolidate the Digital Innovator educational profile discussed in the literature by including dedicated modules on Design Thinking, Business Process Modeling, Process Automation, Semantic Technology and IoT. These are complemented by other topics taught by our colleagues, (e.g. Data Science, Machine Learning, Distributed Systems) towards ensuring that students gain both a data-focused and a conceptual abstraction-focused perspective, extended with academic writing skills that enabled the publication of papers based on the most original student projects.

     https://econ.ubbcluj.ro/programe/bmdc/index.php

    NEMO Summer School contributions (educational)

    Since its initiation in 2014, the NEMO Summer School series has attracted a diverse international participation focusing on the value and application areas of Conceptual Modeling, covering topics such as Digital Twins, Business Process Management, Enterprise Architecture, Model-driven Engineering, Knowledge Graphs, Requirements Engineering etc. Prof. Buchmann has been involved since the first edition, with Dr. Ghiran joining in 2017 for offering lectures and exercises typically focusing on the interplay between knowledge graphs and diagrammatic models.

     https://nemo.omilab.org

    European Researcher's Night (Cluj Napoca, September 30, 2022)

    This Europe-wide event aimed to popularize science for the general public and included a presentation space for us to promote the node's work on knowledge driven automation and the Digital Innovator educational profile fostered by our master program.

     https://www.facebook.com/reel/3418414771771826

    ISD 2022 - the 30th International Conference on Information Systems Development (Cluj Napoca, August 31-September 2, 2022)

    The AIS-affilitated 30th International Conference on Information Systems Development was organized by the host organization of the OMiLAB@UBB-FSEGA and provided a formal occasion for the inauguration of the node. The conference included a keynote and a tutorial in collaboration with the University of Vienna node, as well as several OMiLAB-powered research papers presented during the conference.

     https://isd2022.conference.ubbcluj.ro/program.php#tutorial

    ECIS 2022 - the 30th European Conference on Information Systems (Timișoara, June 18-24, 2022)

    The first AIS conference to be held in Romania included, besides the now traditional Enterprise Modeling track at ECIS (co-chaired by Prof. Buchmann), a Conceptual Modeling tutorial in collaboration with the University of Vienna node, focusing on the research support provided by the BEE-UP tool.

     https://ecis2022.eu/tutorial-bee-up-research-support-tool/

    ICEIS 2022 - the 24th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (Virtual, June 18-24, 2022)

    Prof. Buchmann contributed to the preparation of a Conceptual Modeling tutorial included in the ICEIS program and presented by the University of Vienna node.

     https://iceis.scitevents.org/Tutorials.aspx?y=2022

    PoEM 2021 - the 14th IFIP Conference on the Practice of Enterprise Modeling (Riga/Virtual, November 24-26, 2021)

    Prof. Buchmann contributed to the Conceptual Modeling tutorial focusing on the BEE-UP tool, in collaboration with the University of Vienna node. The conference also traditionally includes research papers on the OMiLAB topics of interest and from various OMiLAB network members.

     https://poem2021.rtu.lv/workshop/tutorial-how-develop-and-realize-conceptual-models-bee-case

    BIR 2020/2021 - the 19th and 20th International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research (Vienna/Virtual, September 22-24, 2021)

    Prof. Buchmann collaborated with the nodes at University of Vienna and University of Camerino in organizing the joint 2020-2021 BIR conference, which included the ILOG workshop managed by the node at University of Rostock, a BEE-UP tutorial presented by Prof. Buchmann and research papers on OMiLAB's topics of interest.

     https://bir2021.omilab.org/home

    PoEM 2018 - the 11th IFIP Conference on the Practice of Enterprise Modeling (Vienna, October 31-November 2, 2018)

    Prof. Buchmann collaborated with the node at University of Vienna in organizing PoEM 2018 which included research papers on OMiLAB's topics of interest as well as the OMiLAB-focused PrOse workshop.

     https://poem2018.omilab.org/workshops#

    The following cyber-physical resources are available at the OMILAB node:

    Dobot Magician

    Robot arm for educational purposes

    Makeblock mBot

    Coding robot to practice model driven IoT

    OMiLAB software

    BEE-UP, Scene2Model, ADOxx, CoChaCo

    Various Raspberry Pis and webcams

    Access to HPC Cluster @ UBB

    http://isumadecip.institute.ubbcluj.ro/

    GraphDB Standard Edition available at UBB

    https://graphdb.ontotext.com/

    Research space offered at Cluj Innovation Park

    https://clujinnovationpark.ro/

    Relevant publications of the OMILAB node:

    Publications derived from our students' projects

    Floruț, C.I. and Buchmann, R.A., 2022. Semantic Bridging between Conceptual Modeling Standards and Agile Software Projects Conceptualizations. In Proceedings of ISD 2022, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    Lixandru, B., Buchmann, R.A. and Ghiran, A.M., 2022. Towards a Modeling Method for Managing Node. js Projects and Dependencies. In Proceedings of ISD 2022, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    Uifălean, Ș., Ghiran, A. M. and Buchmann, R. A., 2022. User Experience Modeling Method for a Vision of Knowledge Graph-based Process Automation. In Proceedings of ISD 2022, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    Chiș, A. and Ghiran, A. M., 2022. A Suite of Modelling Tools for Developing Cyber-Physical Systems and Digital Twins Implementations. In Proceedings of ISD 2022, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    Floruț, C. and Buchmann, R.A., 2022. Modeling Tool for Managing Requirements and Backlogs in Agile Software Development. Joint Proceedings of REFSQ 2022 Workshops, Doctoral Symposium, and Poster & Tools Track, Birmingham, UK
    Chiș, A. and Ghiran, A. M., 2022. BPMN Extension for Multi-Protocol Data Orchestration. In Domain-Specific Conceptual Modeling. Springer
    Deme, A. and Buchmann, R. A., 2021. A Technology-Specific Modeling Method for Data ETL Processes. In Proceedings of AMCIS 2021, Montreal, Canada
    Chiș, A. 2020. A Modeling Method for Model-Driven API Management. Complex Systems Informatics and Modeling Quarterly, No 25 (2020)
    Gog, C.I. 2020. Agile Development of PHP Websites. A Model-Aware Approach. Complex Systems Informatics and Modeling Quarterly, No 25 (2020)
    Cinpoeru, M., Ghiran, AM., Harkai, A., Buchmann, R.A. and Karagiannis, D., 2019. Model-Driven Context Configuration in Business Process Management Systems. An Approach Based on Knowledge Graphs. In Proceedings of BIR 2019, Katowice, Poland
    Harkai, A., Cinpoeru, M. and Buchmann, R.A., 2018. The “What” Facet of the Zachman Framework – A Linked Data-Driven Interpretation. In Proceedings of CAISE 2018 Workshops, Tallinn, Estonia
    Harkai, A., Cinpoeru, M. and Buchmann, R.A., 2018. Repurposing Zachman Framework Principles for "Enterprise Model"-Driven Engineering. In Proceedings of ICEIS 2018, Madeira, Portugal
    Chiș-Rațiu A. and Buchmann, R.A., 2018. Design and Implementation of a Diagrammatic Tool for Creating RDF graphs. In Proceedings of PrOse workshop at PoEM 2018, Vienna, Austria

    Joint works with other OMiLAB nodes

    Karagiannis, D., Buchmann, R.A., Boucher, X., Cavalieri, S., Florea, A., Kiritsis, D. and Lee, M., 2020. OMiLAB - a smart innovation environment for digital engineers. In Proceedings of PRO-VE 2020, Valencia, Spain
    Utz, W., Buchmann, R.A., Bork, D. and Karagiannis, D. 2020. A BPM Lifecycle Plug-in for Modeling Methods Agility. In Proceedings of AMCIS 2020, Salt Lake City, USA
    Buchmann, R.A., Ghiran, A.M., Döller V. and Karagiannis, D., 2019. Conceptual Modeling Education as a Design Problem. Complex Systems Informatics and Modeling Quarterly, No 21
    Karagiannis, D., Burzynski, P., Utz, W. and Buchmann, R.A. 2019. A Metamodeling Approach to Support the Engineering of Modeling Method Requirements. In Proceedings of RE 2019, Jeju Island, South Korea
    Bork, D., Buchmann, R.A., Karagiannis, D., Lee, M., Miron E.T. 2019. An Open Platform for Modeling Method Conceptualization - The OMiLAB Digital Ecosystem. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 44
    Karagiannis, D. and Buchmann, R.A., 2018. A Proposal for Deploying Hybrid Knowledge Bases - the ADOxx-to-GraphDB Interoperability Case. In Proceedings of HICSS 2018, Hawaii, USA
    Buchmann, R.A., Cinpoeru, M., Harkai, A. and Karagiannis, D., 2018. Model-Aware Software Engineering. In Proceedings of ENASE 2018, Madeira, Portugal
    Buchmann, R.A., Ghiran, A.M., Osman, C.C. and Karagiannis D., 2018. Streamlining Semantics from Requirements to Implementation Through Agile Mind Mapping Methods. In Proceedings of REFSQ 2018, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Ghiran AM., Buchmann RA., Karagiannis, D. 2018. Towards a Framework of Techniques for Enabling Semantics-Driven Secondary Notation in Conceptual Models. In Proceedings of RCIS 2018, Nantes, France
    Moser, C., Buchmann, R.A., Utz, W. and Karagiannis, D., 2017. CE-SIB - A Modelling Method Plug-in for Managing Standards in Enterprise Architectures. In Proceedings of ER 2017, Valencia, Spain
    Karagiannis D., Buchmann RA., Walch M. 2017. How Can Diagramatic Conceptual Modelling Support Knowledge Management? In Proceedings of ECIS 2017, Guimarães, Portugal.
    Buchmann RA., Karagiannis D. 2017. A Semantic Approach to Deploying Product-Service Systems. International Journal of Information System Modeling and Design 8(1)
    Ghiran, A.M., Buchmann, R.A., Osman, C.C. and Karagiannis D., 2017. Streamlining Structured Data Markup and Agile Modelling Methods. In Proceedings of PoEM 2017, Leuven, Belgium
    Buchmann, R.A., Karagiannis, D. 2017. Domain-specific Diagrammatic Modelling - a Source of Machine-readable Semantics for the Internet of Things. Cloud Computing 20(1), 895-908
    Bork, D., Buchmann, R.A., Hawryszkiewycz, I., Karagiannis, D., Tantouris, N. and Walch, M., 2016. Using Conceptual Modeling to Support Innovation Challenges in Smart Cities. In Proceedings of HPCC/SmartCity/DSS 2016, Sydney, Australia
    Karagiannis, D., Buchmann, R.A., Bork, D., Managing Consistency in Multit-view Enterprise Models - an Approach based on Semantic Queries. In Proceedings of ECIS 2016, Istanbul, Turkey
    Buchmann, R.A., Karagiannis, D., 2016. Enterprise Modelling for the Internet of Things - the ComVantage Method. In Proceedings of ICISA 2016, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
    Karagiannis, D., Buchmann, R.A., Burzynski, P., Reimer, U. and Walch, M., 2016. Fundamental Conceptual Modeling Languages in OMiLAB. Domain-Specific Conceptual Modeling. Springer
    Buchmann, R.A. and Karagiannis, D., 2016. Enriching Linked Data with Semantics from Domain-Specific Diagrammatic Models. Business Information Systems Engingeering 58, 341–353
    Karagiannis, D. and Buchmann, R.A., 2016. Linked Open Models - Extending Linked Open Data with conceptual model information. Information Systems 56, 174-197
    Visik, N., Fill, H.G., Buchmann, R.A. and Karagiannis, D., 2015. A domain-specific language for modeling method definition. From requirements to grammar. In Proceedings of RCIS 2015, Athens, Greece
    Buchmann, R.A. and Karagiannis, D., 2015. Modelling mobile app requirements for semantic traceability. Requirements Engineering 22, 41–75
    Bork, D., Buchmann, R.A. and Karagiannis, D., 2015. Preserving Multi-view Consistency in Diagrammatic Knowledge Representation. In Proceedings of KSEM 2015, Chongqing, China
    Buchmann, R.A. and Karagiannis, D., 2015. Pattern-based Transformation of Diagrammatic Conceptual Models for Semantic Enrichment in the Web of Data. Proceedings of KES 2015, Singapore
    Buchmann, R.A. and Karagiannis D., 2015. Agile Modelling Method Engineering Lessons Learned in the ComVantage Research Project. In Proceedings of PoEM 2015, Valencia, Spain