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Process Mining: Making Sense of Processes Hidden in Big Event Data

Prof dr. ir. Wil van der Aalst - Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e)Tue, 29/01/2013 - 10:00
Prof Xiaofang Zhou

The two most prominent process mining tasks are process discovery (i.e., learning a process model from an event log) and conformance checking (i.e., diagnosing and quantifying differences between observed and modeled behavior). The increasing availability of event data makes these tasks highly relevant for process analysis and improvement. Therefore, process mining is considered to be one of the key technologies for Business Process Management (BPM). In recent years, we have applied process mining in over 100 organizations. However, as event logs and process models grow, process mining becomes more challenging. Therefore, we propose a fully generic approach to decompose process mining problems into smaller problems that can be analyzed more efficiently. As shown, process discovery and conformance checking can be done per process fragment and the results can be aggregated. This has advantages in terms of efficiency and diagnostics. Moreover, in his talk prof. Van der Aalst will also show additional challenges and solutions approaches related to "Big Event Data". For example, approaches for concept drift analysis and on-the-fly process mining will be sketched.

Biography: Wil van der Aalst is a full professor of Information Systems at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e). Currently he is also an adjunct professor at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) working within the BPM group there. His research interests include workflow management, process mining, Petri nets, business process management, process modeling, and process analysis. Wil van der Aalst has published more than 150 journal papers, 17 books (as author or editor), 300 refereed conference/workshop publications, and 50 book chapters. Many of his papers are highly cited (he has an H-index of more than 94 according to Google Scholar, making him the European computer scientist with the highest H-index) and his ideas have influenced researchers, software developers, and standardization committees working on process support. He has been a co-chair of many conferences including the Business Process Management conference, the International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems, the International conference on the Application and Theory of Petri Nets, and the IEEE International Conference on Services Computing. He is also editor/member of the editorial board of several journals, including the Distributed and Parallel Databases, the International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, the International Journal on Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures, Computers in Industry, Business & Information Systems Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, and Transactions on Petri Nets and Other Models of Concurrency. In 2012, he received the degree of doctor honoris causa from Hasselt University. He is also a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen) and the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea).

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Seminar Type: 

ITEE Research Seminar