The Usi4Biz Framework is the result of a 3-year long research and verification on the corporate environment. The research activities run to follow the state of the art and contribute with innovative ideas to the field. After the feedback from the scientific community, the research results are consolidated through the improvement of the framework core, which is composed of methodology and platform. Once consolidated, the framework core is finally presented for the industry and general public.

The goal of this section is to show you the evolution of the research process as well as the scientific publications authorized to be widely available. The publications are categorized per year and per type.



SOUSA, Kenia Soares; MENDONÇA, Hildeberto; LIEVYNS, Amandine; VANDERDONCKT, Jean. Getting Users Involved in Aligning their Needs with Business Processes Models and Systems. Business Process Management Journal. Vol. 17. No. 5, 2011, pp.748 – 786.



This PhD thesis is the consolidation of the research done in the past four years that presents an innovative strategy that integrates researches on interaction design and business process management with practical implications.

SOUSA, Kenia Soares. A Model-Driven Approach for User Interface-Business Process Alignment. Ph.D. thesis, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 24 June 2010.


This paper presents the strategy used by Usi4Biz to manage the user interface (UI) models. UI models are written using the UsiXML language and they are stored in a centralized server. A catalog of web services allows the management of the models by remote clients, which is the case of Usi4Biz. There are services to insert, update, delete, move, transform, merge and control version of files.

MENDONÇA, Hildeberto; SOUSA, Kenia Soares; VANDERDONCKT, Jean. Service-Oriented Architecture for Supporting Collaborative User Interface Development. In Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on User Interface Extensible Markup Language UsiXML’2010, Berlin, Germany. June, 2010. pp 99 – 109.



The TAMODIA’09 paper presents the rules we have defined to transform business process into task models and to analyze the impact of changes made on the models, for instance, the list of suggested changes on screens after task models have been updated.

SOUSA, Kenia Soares; MENDONÇA, Hildeberto; VANDERDONCKT, Jean. A Rule-Based Approach for Model Management in a User Interface – Business Alignment Framework. In: TASK MODEL AND DIAGRAMS FOR USER INTERFACE DESIGN, TAMODIA’2009, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2009.

The EICS’09 doctoral consortium paper presents an overview of our main contribution on User Interface – Business Alignment.

SOUSA, Kenia Soares. Model-Driven Approach for User Interface – Business Alignment. Proc. of 1st ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems EICS’2009, ACM Press, New York, 2009, pp. 325-328



The JUCS paper extends the transformation of business process models into task models and considers the perspective of UI developers in the model-driven User Interface development lifecycle.

SOUSA, Kenia Soares; MENDONÇA, Hildeberto; VANDERDONCKT, Jean. A Model-Driven Approach to Align Business Processes with User Interfaces. International Journal of Universal Computer Science, Special issue on Human-Computer Interaction. Vol. 14. No. 19, 2008, pp. 3236-3249.


The IHC’08 short paper analyzes how software requirements can be treated in the traceability between business processes and user interfaces.

SOUSA, Kenia Soares; MENDONÇA, Hildeberto; VANDERDONCKT, Jean; PIMENTA, Marcelo. S. Supporting Requirements in a Traceability Approach between Business Processes and User Interfaces. Short Paper on the 8th Symposium on Human Factors in Computer Systems IHC’08, 2008. pp. 272-275.

In the CADUI’08 paper, more attention is dedicated to transforming business process models into task models by specifying a set of mappings between elements from BPMN and task models.

SOUSA, Kenia Soares; MENDONÇA, Hildeberto; VANDERDONCKT, Jean. User Interface Development Lifecycle for Business-Driven Enterprise Applications. 7th International Conference on Computer-Aided Design of User Interfaces CADUI’08, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2008, pp. 23-34.

In the BDIM’08 paper, the research is further detailed on how to apply the traceability methodology throughout a model-driven User Interface development lifecycle.

SOUSA, Kenia Soares; MENDONÇA, Hildeberto; VANDERDONCKT, Jean. Addressing the Impact of Business Process Changes on Software User Interfaces. Proc. of 3rd IEEE/IFIP International Workshop on Business-Driven IT Management (BDIM 2008), 2008, pp. 11-20

In the SAC’08 paper, the methodology proposed in the thesis is presented in details and the experience of applying the methodology through a case study in a large bank and insurance company is explained.

SOUSA, Kenia Soares; MENDONÇA, Hildeberto; VANDERDONCKT, Jean; ROGIER, Els; VANDERMEULEN, Joannes. User Interface Derivation from Business Processes: A Model-Driven Approach for Organizational Engineering. Proc. of 23rd Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing SAC’2008, ACM Press, New York, 2008, pp. 553-560.