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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 2018

2 Citations

A framework to support behavioral design pattern detection from software execution data

Liu, C., van Dongen, B., Assy, N. & van der Aalst, W. M. P., 1 Jan 2018, ENASE 2018 - Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering. SCITEPRESS-Science and Technology Publications, Lda., p. 65-76 12 p.

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

Open Access
Open source software
1 Citations

A general framework to detect behavioral design patterns

Liu, C., van Dongen, B., Assy, N. & van der Aalst, W. M. P., 27 May 2018, Proceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering. IEEE Computer Society, p. 234-235 2 p.

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

Open Access
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learning behavior
learning success
student
constructivism
learning

Analysis of Images, Social Networks and Texts, 6th International Conference, AIST 2017, Moscow, Russia, July 27-29, 2017 : revised selected papers

van der Aalst, W. M. P. (ed.), Ignatov, D. I. (ed.), Khachay, M. (ed.), Kuznetsov, S. O. (ed.), Lempitsky, V. (ed.), Lomazova, I. A. (ed.), Loukachevitch, N. (ed.), Napoli, A. (ed.), Panchenko, A. (ed.), Pardalos, P. M. (ed.), Savchenko, A. V. (ed.) & Wasserman, S. (ed.), 1 Jan 2018, Berlin: Springer. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)

Research output: Book/ReportBook editingAcademicpeer-review

Auditing of user behavior: identification, analysis and understanding of deviations

Alizadeh, M., 19 Nov 2018, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 170 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Open Access
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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), Joos 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

doctor honoris causa

Wil van der Aalst (Recipient), 2012

Recognition: OtherHonorary degreesScientific

Belgium
The Netherlands
Art and Science

Activities 1997 2007

  • 5 Editorial activity
  • 3 Contributed talk

IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (Journal)

van der Aalst, W. (Editorial board member)
2007

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

Data & Knowledge Engineering (Journal)

van der Aalst, W. (Editorial board member)
2007

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management (Journal)

van der Aalst, W. (Editorial board member)
2007

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management (Journal)

van der Aalst, W. (Editorial board member)
2007

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

Computers in Industry (Journal)

van der Aalst, W. (Editorial board member)
2004

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial 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

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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

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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

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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) & Toorn, van der, R. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

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