A warm welcome to the 26th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE 2014), held in Thessaloniki, Greece, June 16-20, 2014!
The theme for this year's conference is "Information Systems Engineering in Times of Crisis". We live in a world where crises of one sort or another - economic, political, social, or geophysical - are becoming the norm. We are delighted to have lined up three outstanding keynote speakers whose presentations speak to the point. Eric Dubois (Public Research Centre Tudor, Luxembourg) focuses on governance models for service systems. Bartel van de Walle (Tilburg University), a founding member and president of the international community on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM), investigates risk accelerators in natural disasters such as the recent typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. As Secretary General for Information Systems (CIO) in the Greek Ministry of Finance, Diomidis Spinellis (Athens University of Economics and Business) was right in the middle of arguably one of the deepest and longest national economic crises ever experienced.
CAiSE 2014 received 226 research paper submissions. The 18% accepted papers showcase ground-breaking research on a rich variety of topics: Clouds and services; Databases; Data mining and streaming; Mining event logs; Models; Processes; Process models; Process mining; Product lines; Requirements; Requirements elicitation; Risk and security; Social computing; and Software engineering. In addition, the conference program includes four tutorials, an industrial panel, and the CAiSE Forum which shows exciting research-in-progress. The main conference is preceded by two days of working conferences and workshops, as well as a doctoral symposium.