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"Organizations that are unable to use (big) data in a smart way will not survive. However, it is not sufficient to focus on data storage and data analysis. The data scientist also needs to relate data to process analysis."

Research profile

Wil van der Aalst is a part-time Full Professor of Information Systems at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He is also a professor Full Professor RWTH Aachen University. Before, he was scientific director at Data Science Center Eindhoven (DSC/e). His research interests include workflow management, process mining, Petri nets, business process management, process modeling, and process analysis. Another key interest is process mining, a new scientific discipline on the interface between process models and event data. Process mining aims to bridge the gap between Business Process Management and Workflow Management on the one hand and Data Mining, Business Intelligence, and Machine Learning on the other hand.

In Wil’s view, data science aims to answer questions in the following four categories:

Reporting: What happened?

Diagnosis: Why did it happen?

Prediction: What will happen?

Recommendation: What is the best that can happen?

To adequately answer such questions there is not just a need for raw data and computing power. Expertise in data/process mining, probability/statistics/stochastics, and visualization are vital.

Academic background

Wil van der Aalst obtained his PhD in Mathematics from TU/e. He holds a part-time position at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), is a visiting researcher at Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Trento and member of the Board of Governors of Tilburg University. He is an honorary guest professor at Tsinghua University and the National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, where he also served as scientific director of the International Laboratory of Process-Aware Information Systems. In 2012, he received the doctor honoris causa degree from Hasselt University, Belgium.

Wil is a Distinguished University Professor of TU/e, a member of the Council for Physics and Technical Sciences of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KNAW) and the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea). He has published more than 200 journal papers, 20 books (as author or editor), 450 refereed conference/workshop publications, and 65 book chapters. He has been co-chair of many conferences, is an editor/member of the editorial board of several journals and serves on the advisory boards of several organizations. In 2017 he was awarded a Humboldt Professorship, Germany’s most valuable research award (€5m). Since January 2018 he is leading the Process and Data Science (PADS) group at RWTH Aachen University.

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Research Output 1990 2019

A general framework to identify software components from execution data

Liu, C., van Dongen, B. F., Assy, N. & van der Aalst, W. M. P., 5 May 2019, ENASE 2019 - Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering. Spanoudakis, G., Damiani, E., Maciaszek, L. & Maciaszek, L. (eds.). SCITEPRESS-Science and Technology Publications, Lda., p. 234-241 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Reverse engineering
Software architecture
Recovery

A model-based framework to automatically generate semi-real data for evaluating data analysis techniques

Li, G., de Carvalho, R. M. & van der Aalst, W. M. P., 5 May 2019, ICEIS 2019 - Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems. Filipe, J., Brodsky, A., Smialek, M. & Hammoudi, S. (eds.). SCITEPRESS-Science and Technology Publications, Lda., p. 213-220 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Information systems
Acoustic waves
Industry
Confidentiality
Evaluation
2 Citations (Scopus)

Connecting databases with process mining: a meta model and toolset

González López de Murillas, E., Reijers, H. A. & van der Aalst, W. M. P., Apr 2019, In : Software and Systems Modeling. 18, 2, p. 1209-1247 39 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Process Mining
Metamodel
Domain Knowledge
Business Process
Trivial

Data-driven usability test scenario creation

van Eck, M. L., Markslag, E., Sidorova, N., Brosens-Kessels, A. & van der Aalst, W. M. P., 1 Jan 2019, Human-Centered Software Engineering - 7th IFIP WG 13.2 International Working Conference, HCSE 2018, Revised Selected Papers. Lárusdóttir, M. K., Winckler, M., Kuusinen, K., Palanque, P. & Bogdan, C. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 88-108 21 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 11262 LNCS)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Usability Test
Data-driven
Scenarios
Usability
Product development

Detecting behavioral design patterns from software execution data

Liu, C., van Dongen, B. F., Assy, N. & van der Aalst, W. M. P., 29 Jun 2019, Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering - 13th International Conference, ENASE 2018, Revised Selected Papers. Damiani, E., Spanoudakis, G. & Maciaszek, L. A. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 137-164 28 p. (Communications in Computer and Information Science; vol. 1023)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Design Patterns
Software System
Software
Process Mining
State Observer

Prizes

Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

Wil van der Aalst (Recipient), 2017

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Best paper award SIMPDA 2015

Bart Hompes (Recipient), J.C.A.M. Buijs (Recipient), Wil van der Aalst (Recipient), Alok Dixit (Recipient) & Hans Buurman (Recipient), 11 Dec 2015

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Best paper full paper award at the 14th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE 2018)

Niek Tax (Recipient), Wil van der Aalst (Recipient), Reinder Haakma (Recipient) & Natalia Sidorova (Recipient), 28 Jun 2018

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

doctor honoris causa

Wil van der Aalst (Recipient), 2012

Recognition: OtherHonorary degreesScientific

Belgium

Activities 1997 2007

  • 5 Editorial activity
  • 3 Contributed talk

Data & Knowledge Engineering (Journal)

Wil van der Aalst (Editorial board member)
2007

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management (Journal)

Wil van der Aalst (Editorial board member)
2007

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (Journal)

Wil van der Aalst (Editorial board member)
2007

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management (Journal)

Wil van der Aalst (Editorial board member)
2007

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Computers in Industry (Journal)

Wil van der Aalst (Editorial board member)
2004

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Student theses

Analysis of scheduling problems by means of INA/ExSpect

Author: Peters, N., 30 Nov 1994

Supervisor: Somers, L. (Supervisor 1), van der Aalst, W. (Supervisor 2) & Voorhoeve, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Automatic determination of graph simplification parameter values for fuzzy miner

Author: Xia, J., 30 Nov 2010

Supervisor: van der Aalst, W. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

File

BPM in the cloud

Author: van der Avoort, T., 31 Mar 2013

Supervisor: van der Aalst, W. (Supervisor 1), Schunselaar, D. (Supervisor 2) & Mak, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

File

Business process analysis with semantic dotted chart: extracting X-Ray usage information from log files using semantic process mining

Author: Bozkaya, M., 5 Oct 2011

Supervisor: van der Aalst, W. (Supervisor 1) & van Rooij, W. (External person) (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

File

Business process hierarchies: analysis of hierarchical information in path-based event logs

Author: Pennekamp, K., 31 Oct 2016

Supervisor: van der Aalst, W. (Supervisor 1), Dijkman, R. (Supervisor 2) & van der Toorn, R. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

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