CIAO! Enterprise Engineering Network

Call for Papers

Eleventh Enterprise Engineering Working Conference

November 11th – 12th and December 16th – 17th 2021 (online)

Important new Dates (2nd submission window):

November8th: Abstract submission deadline (not mandatory)*

November 22nd: Submission deadline for initial versions of papers

December 6th: Notification of acceptance

The 2021 Enterprise Engineering Working Conference (EEWC 2021) will be the 11th working conference addressing the field of Enterprise Engineering. It will be a special conference, as the CIAO! network, the, and the EE Institute will join forces to become an integrated network, concerned with the development of theory-based and practice-proven methods, techniques, and tools for enterprise engineering. 

The new network will provide a platform to further strengthen our activities, such as:

  • academic events, and the EEWC working conference in particular,
  • the development of an EE body of knowledge,
  • joint research projects,
  • outreach events such as EE Insights,
  • a doctoral consortium and joint PhD training and supervision,
  • courses and certification for practitioners.
The formal kick-off of the new network will take place during this year’s EEWC.

Due to Covid-19 and related travel restrictions, it has been decided that EEWC 2021 will take place, as in 2020, in an on-line format.

Nevertheless, the goal remains to gather academics and practitioners in order to share innovative research issues and practical experiences, balancing rigour and relevance, as well as to facilitate profound discussions on the discipline of enterprise engineering. Furthermore, as in earlier years, the proceedings of EEWC 2021 will be published as post-conference proceedings in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP). The use of post-conference proceedings enables the authors to update their submissions based on the feedback from reviewers, as well as the discussions during the conference, which truly underlines the working conference character of EEWC.

In maintaining the online format, we will take this opportunity to keep our EEWC conference in a community-driven working event.

More specifically, the plan is to have each paper go through the following process:

  1. Each submitted paper (via EasyChair) will be reviewed by three reviewers. The reviewers will be asked if the current version of the paper is good enough to be presented at the discussion sessions.
  2. With sufficient time before conference paper presentation/discussion rounds, PC-chairs will, based on reviews, make a selection of papers that are to be presented. Some of these papers will already obtain confirmation of publication in Springer proceedings, some will be conditionally accepted and, after the conference, might be accepted.
  3. The authors will then have the option to provide an updated version of their papers to be presented at the online conference. In addition, they will be requested to provide a 15 minute pre-recorded video with a presentation as a fallback solution in case the online presentation fails due to bandwidth problems. These should be provided before the actual conference presentations will take place, according to the dates below.
  4. Close to the conference days, the community will be able to read the updated version of the paper watch the pre-recorded video and initiate discussions on an online forum.
  5. During the actual conference days, video-meetings will be organised in which the papers (and presentations) will be discussed in more detail.
  6. After the conference, authors are required to submit an updated version of their paper taking into account the discussions and chairs’ feedback. The latter will be re-assessed by the chairs and, eventually, by some reviewers. Based on this, the final selection of papers to be included in the post-proceedings will be made.

The above structure also allows us to be rather flexible in terms of submission deadlines as per the dates specified below.


The proceedings of the working conference will, as always, be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP).

As in the previous years, the EEWC working conference will use post-conference proceedings. This enables the authors to update their submissions based on the feedback from reviewers, as well as the discussions during the working conference. Additionally, it provides us with more flexibility regarding the submission and reviewing process.

Relevant Topics

Topics of interest to for the EEWC include, but are not limited to:

  • Specific aspects of enterprises:
    • Business processes
    • Business rules
    • Information systems
    • Software architectures
  • Cross cutting concerns for enterprises:
    • FAIR principles on good data management
    • Regulatory compliance
    • Sustainability
    • Cyber risks
    • Governance
    • Coherence
    • Resilience & antifragility 
  • Specific activities within enterprise engineering:
    • Architecture
    • Design
    • Transformation
    • Creation & use of reference models
    • Tool support for enterprise engineering
  • Foundations of enterprise engineering:
    • Cybernetics
    • Complex adaptive systems
    • Foundations of (conceptual) modelling
    • Fact-based thinking & modelling
    • Enterprise ontology
    • Normalised systems theory
    • Foundational ontologies
    • Collaborative & participatory modelling & design
  • Application of enterprise engineering:
    • Case studies in enterprise engineering
    • Application of enterprise engineering in specific sectors / industries


Papers should be submitted in PDF format. The results described must be unpublished and must not be under review elsewhere. Submissions must conform to Springer’s LNBIP format and should not exceed 15 pages, including all text, figures, references and appendices. Submissions not conforming to the LNBIP format or exceeding 15 pages will be rejected without review. Information about the Springer LNBIP format can be found at Springer LNBIP web page mentioned above.

For the actual submission, please go to our Easychair conference web page.

Important Dates

First window of submissions 
Deadline for submission of abstracts:04-10-2021
Submission deadline for initial versions of papers:18-10-2021
Notification of acceptance (full or conditional):01-11-2021
Paper presentation/discussion – first round 
Presentation & updated paper available for viewing: 08-11-2021
Conference & video call based discussions:12-11-2021
Second window of submissions 
Deadline for submission of abstracts:08-11-2021*
Deadline for initial versions of papers: 22-11-2021
Notification of acceptance (full or conditional): 06-12-2021
Paper presentation/discussion – second round 
Presentation & updated paper available for viewing: 13-12-2021
Conference & video call based discussions:16,17-12-2021
Post-conference versions of papers due:17-01-2022
Final notification of acceptance to post-proceedings: 24-01-2022
Camera ready: 14-03-2022

* not mandatory, but please submit an abstract as soon as possible so we can better organize the review process


Program Co-Chairs

  • David Aveiro, University of Madeira, Portugal
  • Henderik A. Proper, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg
  • Sérgio Guerreiro, IST / INESC ID, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Marne De Vries, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Program Committee (to be confirmed/updated)

  • Alberto Silva, INESC and University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Carlos Mendes, INESC and University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Carlos Páscoa, Portuguese Air Force Academy, Portugal
  • Duarte Gouveia, University of Madeira, Portugal
  • Eduard Babkin, Higher School of Economics, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
  • Florian Matthes, Technical University Munich, Germany
  • Fernanda Baião, Pontifical Catholic University, Brazil
  • Frederick Gailly, Ghent University
  • Geert Poels, University of Gent, Belgium
  • Giancarlo Guizzardi, University of Bolzano / Bozen, Italy
  • Gil Regev, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Graham McLeod, McLeod,, South Africa and University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Hans Mulder, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Jaap Gordijn, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands
  • Jan Dietz, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Jan Verelst, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Jens Gulden, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Jorge Sanz, Computing and Business School, National University of Singapore
  • João Paulo Almeida, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil
  • José Tribolet, INESC and University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Joseph Barjis, San Jose State University, USA
  • Julio Nardi, NEMO/IFES, Brazil
  • Junichi Iijima, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Maria-Eugenia Iacob, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Marcela Vegeti, CONICET, Argentina
  • Marcello Bax, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Martin Op ‘t Land, Capgemini, The Netherlands and University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Marten van Sinderen, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Maurício Almeida, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Miguel Mira da Silva, INESC and University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Peter Loos, University of Saarland, Germany
  • Petr Kremen, Babylon Health, UK and Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Philip Huysmans, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Pnina Soffer, MIS department, Haifa University, Israel
  • Pontus Johnson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Robert Lagerström, KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Robert Pergl, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Robert Winter, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Rony Flatscher, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria
  • Sanetake Nagayoshi, Shizuoka University, Japan
  • Stefan Strecker, University of Hagen, Germany
  • Stephan Aier, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Steven van Kervel, Formetis, The Netherlands
  • Stijn Hoppenbrouwers, HAN University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
  • Sybren de Kinderen, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Tatyana Poletaeva, INSA/LITIS, France
  • Tiago Prince Sales, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
  • Ulrich Frank, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Ulrik Franke, Swedish Defense Research Agency, Sweden