We follow a design-oriented paradigm for research on business information systems. We develop and evaluate new methods and systems in the areas of agile workflow management, business process management, case-based reasoning, cloud computing, and knowledge management.

Our research activities include cooperations with partners from industry, public administration, and other universities.

Current projects

EVER - Extraction and Case-Based Processing of Experiential Knowledge from Internet Communities

Today’s Social Web allows people in a community of practice to post their own experiences in a diversity of content repositories such as blogs, forums, Q&A websites, etc. However, today there is no real support in finding and reusing these rich collections of personal experience. Current search functions available merely consider experience as text to be indexed as any other text and searched and found as any other document.
The objective of the project cluster Extraction and Case-Based Processing of Experiential Knowledge from Internet Communities is the analysis, the development, and the experimental application and evaluation of new knowledge-based methods, particularly from case-based reasoning (CBR), information extraction, and machine learning to extract and process experiences in Internet communities.

The project cluster consists of three projects led by the University of Marburg, the University of Trier, and the Goethe University Frankfurt. All have chosen the field of cooking as a joint application domain to demonstrate and to empirically evaluate the developed methods.

The EVER project is funded by the 'Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft' (DFG) from 2011 to 2014.


CAKE (Collaborative Agile Knowledge Engine) is a software system for workflow reasoning. Originating from the University of Trier, CAKE is developed further on in close cooperation with the University of Trier. The main components are a Web-based workflow design tool called CAKEflow, a workflow enactment service for the execution of agile workflows that might be changed during run-time, and a case-based reasoning component for the retrieval and adaptation of workflows.

CAKE serves as a platform for design-oriented research on business information systems, especially for experiments and further prototyping. 

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