Petri Nets 2018 Call for Papers

39th International Conference on Applications and Theory of Petri Nets and Concurrency

Bratislava, Slovakia, June 24-29, 2018


The conference will be co-located with the 18th International Conference on Application of Concurrency to System Design (ACSD 2018).

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Important Dates:

Abstract submission January 10, 2018 (*)
Submission of Papers January 15, 2018 (*)
Notification March 1, 2018
Final Version Due March 15, 2018 (*)
Participation in Tool Exhibition June 1, 2018
Workshops & Tutorials June 24-26, 2018
Main Conference June 27-29, 2018

(*) The deadline is end of day Anywhere on Earth (AoE)

The 39th annual international Petri Nets conference will be organized by the Interes.Institute in Bratislava in cooperation with Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and Faculty of Informatics and Information Technologies, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. The conference will take place at Hotel Austria Trend, Vysoka street 2A, 811 06 Bratislava, Slovak Republic. The language of the conference is English, and its proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Papers presenting original research on application or theory of Petri nets, as well as contributions addressing topics relevant to the general field of distributed and concurrent systems are sought. All accepted regular papers will be considered for an “Outstanding Paper” award. Some of the best papers will be invited, in an extended form, as submissions to a special issue of a well-established computer science journal.

General topics related to concurrency
● Model checking and verification of distributed systems
● Verification of infinite-state or parametric systems
● Causality/partial order theory of concurrency
● Educational issues related to concurrency
● New developments in the theory of concurrency
● Modelling of hardware and biological systems

Topics specific to Petri nets
● System design using nets
● Analysis and synthesis, structure and behaviour of nets
● Relationships between Petri nets and other approaches
● Net-based semantical, logical and algebraic calculi
● Symbolic net representation (graphical or textual)
● Computer tools for nets
● Experience with using nets, case studies
● Higher-level net models
● Timed and stochastic nets
● Standardisation of nets
● Experience reports describing applications of nets to different kinds of systems and application fields, e.g.:

  • flexible manufacturing systems
  • real-time systems
  • embedded systems
  • biological systems
  • health and medical systems
  • environmental systems
  • hardware
  • telecommunications
  • railway networks
  • component-based development
  • office automation
  • workflows
  • process mining
  • supervisory control
  • protocols and networks
  • Internet and web services
  • e-commerce and trading
  • programming languages
  • performance evaluation
  • operations research

Paper Submission:

Two kinds of papers can be submitted:

  • Regular papers(max 20 pages) describing original results pertaining to the development of the theory of Petri nets and distributed and concurrent systems in general, new results extending the applicability of Petri Nets, or case studies, application and experience reports pertinent to the practical use of Petri nets and concurrency.
  • Tool papers(max 10 pages) describing a computer tool based on Petri nets (not an application of the tool or the theory behind the tool). The tool should be available for use by other groups (but not necessarily for free). The submission should indicate how the reviewers can get access to the tool (this must be for free). The tool will be demonstrated in the Tool Exhibition, in addition to being presented in a conference talk.

Submitted papers must:

  • be contributions that have not been published elsewhere or submitted to other conferences/journals in parallel with this conference.
  • clearly state the problem being addressed, the goal of the work, the results achieved, and the relation to other work.
  • be in English and in the Springer LNCS format:
  • adhere to the page limit for the relevant category (see above).
  • be submitted electronically (as a PDF file) by the deadline indicated at the top of this Call for Papers using EasyChair:

The title page must:

  • contain a short abstract and a classification of the topics covered, preferably using the list of topics above.
  • clearly indicate whether the paper is submitted as a regular paper or tool paper.

Submissions violating the above requirements may be immediately rejected by the PC Chairs.

Tool Exhibition:

An exhibition of Petri net tools will take place on Wednesday. It consists of informal demonstrations for small groups/individuals, and there are no scheduled talks. Requests for participation in the tool exhibition must be sent to the Tool Exhibition Chair by the deadline stated at the top of this Call for Papers. They should include a link to the web pages for the tool (or a short description of the tool). The demonstrators should bring their own laptops, while the organizers may be requested to give access to the Internet.

Courses, Workshops and Tutorials:

The main conference takes place from Wednesday to Friday. The three days before the main conference also offer a wide range of activities.
The Petri Net Course takes place from Sunday to Tuesday. It offers a thorough introduction to Petri nets in four half–day modules on Sunday and Monday, and a full–day tutorial module on Tuesday. For successful participation in the entire course, including preparation and examination, three credit points (ECTS) will be awarded. Each module of the course can also be taken separately, without any credit.

Workshops take place on Monday and Tuesday. On Tuesday there will be two tutorials on applications of Petri nets and/or new developments presented by experts in the area. These tutorials can be followed independently or in combination with the Petri Net Course. Detailed descriptions of Workshops and Tutorials will be made available via the conference web pages.

It is also possible to arrange Meetings and Courses related to Petri Nets. Submissions for such activities must contain a 2–5 page description. They must be received by the PC chairs via email no later than January 10, 2018.

History of the Conference:

The aim of the conference is to create a forum for discussing progress in the application and theory of Petri nets. Typically, the conferences have 100–150 participants – some of them coming from industry, the rest from universities and research institutions. The conference takes place at the end of June, in such a way that the last Friday in June closes the conference. The proceedings are published by Springer-Verlag as Lecture Notes in Computer Science (

1. 1980 Strasbourg, France
2. 1981 Bad Honnef, Germany
3. 1982 Varenna, Italy
4. 1983 Toulouse, France
5. 1984 Aarhus, Denmark
6. 1985 Espoo, Finland
7. 1986 Oxford, UK
8. 1987 Zaragoza, Spain
9. 1988 Venice, Italy
10. 1989 Bonn, Germany
11. 1990 Paris, France
12. 1991 Aarhus, Denmark
13. 1992 Sheffield, UK
14. 1993 Chicago, USA
15. 1994 Zaragoza, Spain
16. 1995 Torino, Italy
17. 1996 Osaka, Japan
18. 1997 Toulouse, France
19. 1998 Lisbon, Portugal
20. 1999 Williamsburg, USA
21. 2000 Aarhus, Denmark
22. 2001 Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
23. 2002 Adelaide, Australia
24. 2003 Eindhoven, The Netherlands
25. 2004 Bologna, Italy
26. 2005 Miami, USA
27. 2006 Turku, Finland
28. 2007 Siedlce, Poland
29. 2008 Xi’an, China
30. 2009 Paris, France
31. 2010 Braga, Portugal
32. 2011 Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
33. 2012 Hamburg, Germany
34. 2013 Milano, Italy
35. 2014 Tunis, Tunisia
36. 2015 Brussels, Belgium
37. 2016 Toruń, Poland
38. 2017 Zaragoza, Spain

Other Major Activities of the Petri Net Community

Petri Net Newsletter

The newsletter is published twice a year by the Special Interest Group on Petri Nets and Related System Models of the Gesellschaft für Informatik. It contains articles, surveys and state-of-the-art reports. Also, it contains work-in-progress papers, all kinds of announcements, programs and reports on meetings and activities, information on theses and new books, and abstracts of recent publications.

The executive editor is Robert Lorenz ( Further information as well as subscribtions forms can be obtained from the Petri Net Newsletter website:

Transactions on Petri Nets and Other Models of Concurrency (ToPNoC)

ToPNoC ( is published by Springer-Verlag as a journal subline in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). ToPNoC contains revised versions of some of the best papers from workshops and tutorials at the annual Petri net conferences, special sections/issues within particular subareas, and papers submitted directly to ToPNoC. For more information about ToPNoC please contact the editor-in-chief: Maciej Koutny (


Advanced Courses on Petri Nets

These courses are organised periodically in order to present the progress in Petri net research and applications. The 5th Advanced Course took place in Rostock, Germany, September 13 –24, 2010. Previously there have been Advanced Courses in Hamburg 1979, Bad Honnef 1986, Dagstuhl 1996 and Eichstätt 2003. The material from the last course has been published by Springer-Verlag as a special volume of ToPNoC:

Petri Net WWW and Petri Net Mailing

These electronic services are used to disseminate announcements, questions, bibliographies, tool information, addresses, and all other kinds of Petri net related information. The services are maintained by the TGI group at University of Hamburg, Germany. More information can be obtained at the following addresses: