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Special Sessions

Special sessions are very small and specialized events to be held during the conference as a set of oral and poster presentations that are highly specialized in some particular theme or consisting of the works of some particular international project. The goal of special sessions (minimum 4 papers; maximum 9) is to provide a focused discussion on innovative topics. All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book, under an ISBN reference, and on digital support. All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library. SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). The proceedings are submitted for indexation by Conference Proceedings Citation Index, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, The DBLP Computer Science Bibliography, Engineering Index (EI), SCOPUS and SCOPUS.


RDBPM 2013Special Session on Research and Development on Business Process Management
Chair(s): Nuno Gonçalves

ISI–BDM 2013Special Session on Information Security Intelligence for Business Decision Makers
Chair(s): Henrique Santos and Teresa Pereira

Special Session on Research and Development on Business Process Management - RDBPM 2013


Nuno Gonçalves
Superior School of Technology, Polithecnical Institute of Setúbal

Business process management (BPM) is a holistic management approach focused on aligning all aspects of an organization with the wants and needs of clients. BPM and SOA are key to obtain higher levels of coordination across the enterprise and increase efficiency. This special session provides a forum for researchers and practitioners in all aspects of BPM including theory, frameworks, methods, techniques, architectures, systems, and empirical findings, attracting innovative contributions from several disciplines such as Computer Science, Management, Services Computing, and Information Technology Management. The main topics addressed include Business Process Design, Business Process Modeling, Business Analytics and Process Optimization, Business Process Execution and Monitoring. It also aims at discussing practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted.

Special Session on Information Security Intelligence for Business Decision Makers - ISI–BDM 2013


Henrique Santos
University of Minho
Teresa Pereira
Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo

Information Security Management is an issue that managers and decision makers have to deal with, especially when the organization's activity deeply depends on IT resources. Speed and flexible operations promoted by information and communication technologies leads organizations to become heavily dependent on the performance of their information systems to enhance business operations, facilitate management decision-­-making, and deploy business strategies. However, all these benefits come with the cost of increasing threats, even with the ability to shut down the organization. Caring about information security is no more an option, but a management objective. The use of new technologies, the increase use of the Internet and the emergence of the Internet-­-enabled services has promoted a growing interest in the continuously deployment of information security management, in order to ensure the reliability of the organizational information systems.
Currently Security Managers are mainly focused on the management and interpretative techniques to help decision-­-makers, governments, security consultants and researchers to correctly evaluate the massive amounts of data generated by security controls. The analysis of these massive and complex data is extremely difficult, but essential to achieve new discoveries and make efficient business decisions.