• 42218 Citations
1990 …2020

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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

Case notion discovery and recommendation: automated event log building on databases

de Murillas, E. G. L., Reijers, H. A. & van der Aalst, W. M. P., 1 Jul 2020, In : Knowledge and Information Systems. 62, 7, p. 2539-2575 37 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
  • 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
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)

    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. Brodsky, A., Filipe, J., 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
  • A tour in process mining: from practice to algorithmic challenges

    van der Aalst, W., Carmona, J., Chatain, T. & van Dongen, B., 1 Jan 2019, Transactions on Petri Nets and Other Models of Concurrency XIV. Koutny, M., Pomello, L. & Kristensen, L. M. (eds.). Springer, p. 1-35 35 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 11790 LNCS).

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

  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    Connecting databases with process mining: a meta model and toolset

    González López de Murillas, E., Reijers, H. A. & van der Aalst, W. M. P., 4 Apr 2019, In : Software and Systems Modeling. 18, 2, p. 1209-1247 39 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
    126 Downloads (Pure)

    Prizes

    Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

    Wil van der Aalst (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: 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), W.M.P. van der Aalst (Recipient), P.M. Dixit (Recipient) & Hans Buurman (Recipient), 11 Dec 2015

    Prize: 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), W.M.P. van der Aalst (Recipient), R. Haakma (Recipient) & N. Sidorova (Recipient), 28 Jun 2018

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

    doctor honoris causa

    Wil van der Aalst (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: OtherHonorary degreesScientific

  • Activities

    • 5 Editorial activity
    • 3 Contributed talk

    IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (Journal)

    Wil van der Aalst (Editorial board member)
    2007

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    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

    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

    Press / Media

    Introduction to Process Mining

    Wil M.P. van der Aalst

    22/06/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    The Journey from Process Mining to Process Intelligence

    Wil M.P. van der Aalst

    28/05/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    AI Is Coming for Your Most Mind-Numbing Office Tasks

    Wil M.P. van der Aalst

    1/04/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    AI is coming for your most mind-numbing office tasks

    Wil M.P. van der Aalst

    17/03/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    JC Bose, a world-renowned process mining researcher, joins Skan.AI

    Wil M.P. van der Aalst

    26/02/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

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

    Student thesis: Master

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