Colloquia Patavina: Process Mining: From Process Discovery to Replay

Giovedi' 17 Giugno 2010 - prof. Wil van der Aalst


Martedi' 17 Giugno 2010 alle ore 16:00 in aula 1C/150 della
Torre Archimede il Professor Wil van der Aalst (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven) terra' una conferenza della serie Colloquia Patavina.

La Commissione Colloquia
M.A. Garuti, M. Pavon, M. Pitteri, F. Rossi

Process Mining: From Process Discovery to Replay

Wil van der Aalst (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven)

The availability of process models and event logs is steadily increasing as more and more business processes are supported by IT. Process mining techniques allow for the discovery of process models. The techniques developed by the process mining group at TU/e have been embedded in all kinds of tools ranging from the open-source system ProM to various commercial products such as BPM|one, Futura Reflect, etc. From a scientific point of view, process discovery is an interesting and challenging problem. From an application point of view, these techniques provide spectacular results immediately leading to process innovations. Although it is possible to extract event logs from today's systems, the relation between process models and event logs is seldom investigated. Yet, the availability of event logs on the one hand and models on the other hand enables conformance checking, i.e., investigating whether reality deviates from a priori defined models. This is useful for a variety of reasons, e.g., to show compliance or to improve process support. Moreover, the logs can be used to extend and repair process models. In particular, the process models may be automatically augmented with performance information showing, for example, bottlenecks. Process mining techniques that replay history can be used to check conformance and enhance models (cf.

-Breve curriculum Wil van der Aalst is a full professor of Information Systems at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) having a position in both the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Department of Technology Management. 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 115 journal papers, 15 books (as author or editor), 230 refereed conference/workshop publications, and 40 book chapters. Many of his papers are highly cited (he has an H-index of more than 70 according to Google Scholar, making him the Dutch 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. He is also a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen).
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