IEEE CIS Task Force on Process Mining

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Minutes of the Annual Meeting IEEE Task Force on Process Mining at BPM 2013

Monday August 26th, 2013, 15.30 - 17.00 hours. Xijiao Hotel, Haidian District, Beijing, China

About 30 people attended the task force's meeting. See also slides attached.

taskforceonprocessmining-meeting-at-bpm2013.pdf

1) Introduction of participants and IEEE Task Force on Process Mining

Wil van der Aalst introduces the objectives and composition of the task force and the participants introduce themselves. The task force has again grown (see website).

2) Overview of activities 2012-2013 (movies, LinkedIn, workshops, journals, presentations, etc.)

See the slides for a complete overview. Some highlights:
- Process Mining Movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=7oat7MatU_U
- Various other process mining movies (see slides)
- Linkedin group 870 members http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Process-Mining-1915049
- Workshop on Business Process Intelligence BPI 2012/2013
- International Business Process Intelligence Challenge BPIC’12 and BPIC’13
- Special Session on Process Mining at 2012 IEEE World Congress On Computational Intelligence
- Special Session on Process Mining at the 2013 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence
- Process Mining Camp http://fluxicon.com/camp/2012/ and http://fluxicon.com/camp/2013/
- Special issue on Business Process Intelligence/Process Mining of ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, 2013, http://tmis.acm.org/TMIS-SI-BPI-CFP.pdf
- IEEE Transactions on Service-Oriented Computing, special issue on “Processes meet Big Data”, 2013, http://www.informatik.uni-freiburg.de/~accorsi/CFP-TSC-Processes_meet_Big_Data.pdf.
- 116 academic partners in Fluxicon academic partner program http://goo.gl/maps/vbpPr

AP1 [WvdA+All]: Put links to process mining movies on webpage.

AP2 [All]: Embed the process mining movie by including the following html code: <iframe width=“640” height=“360” src=“http://www.youtube.com/embed/7oat7MatU_U?feature=player_detailpage” frameborder=“0” allowfullscreen></iframe>

AP3 [All]: For countries where it is not easy to access youtube: upload the movie to local sides in your country. Send an e-mail to Wil van der Aalst w.m.p.v.d.aalstATtue.nl for the .mov file.

AP4 [All]: Check whether major events are missing. If so, send an e-mail to Wil van der Aalst w.m.p.v.d.aalstATtue.nl. Events can also be posted on the website.

3) Restructuring the Task Force's Website

Structural change of Task Force's Website has been implemented (see slides and website). As agreed last year, there can be multiple members per organization and the main index is per organization.

AP5 [All]: Check information on website and let us know whether information is missing.

AP6 [All]: Are we missing organizations that play a major role in process mining? If so approach, them.

4) Standardization process of XES

See slides. The working group consisting of Eric Verbeek, Christian Günther, Wil van der Aalst, Keith Swenson, Moe Wynn, Lijie Wenn, and Michael zur Muehlen reached agreement on the technical issues raised last year. During the meeting nobody opposes the proposal and hence it is agreed that the proposal will be sent around for last comments.

AP7 [EV + All]: Eric Verbeek will pass round the last proposal (see e-mail to working group) to all task force members for final (minor) comments. Send input to Eric Verbeek h.m.w.verbeekATtue.nl.

On the political front things did not run as smooth and progress has been disappointing. The Dec 2012 AdCom meeting was missed, the proposal was postponed during the Jun 2013 AdCom meeting, and the Dec 2013 AdCom meeting has been cancelled. The next AdCom meeting is in Jun 2014. In any case there will be a delay of at least one year. Moreover, the process seems to be rather political and difficult to predict.

AP8 [EV]: Eric Verbeek will drive the standardization process and trigger/massage the different standardization layers to try and be more successful in 2014.

5) Sharing event logs

Wil gives an overview of the datasets available (see slides). Despite the available data he still gets multiple requests per week for event data. Moreover, there are still many authors that publish papers without sharing the event data, thus making comparison difficult.

AP9 [All]: If you have an event log collection (possibly including models or other artifacts) that is publically available, send a link and short description to Wil van der Aalst w.m.p.v.d.aalstATtue.nl. He can add a pointer from the task force's website.

Boudewijn van Dongen explains the advantages of the 3TU.Datacenter (see slides and http://data.3tu.nl/repository/collection:event_logs). The event logs can be accessed via a so-called DOI (e.g., doi:10.4121/500573e6-accc-4b0c-9576-aa5468b10cee) and these then will have the same status as published papers. This makes it easy and rewarding to share and use event logs.

AP10 [All]: Send event logs to Boudewijn van Dongen (b.f.v.dongenATtue.nl). He will take care of the formalities of uploading the event logs onto http://data.3tu.nl/repository/collection:event_logs. Make sure the logs can be shared before sending them.

AP11 [All]: bpmcenter.org now lists tools. Is there a volunteer to manage and implement a similar initiative for data sets? This is not restricted to event data, but also includes model collections, etc.

6) Process Mining in China

Lijie Wen (School of Software, Tsinghua University) gives an overview of process mining activities in China. He does this by showing three case studies:
- Panguso (mining search engine logs)
- China Mobile Communication Corporation
- SANY (mining sensor data)
These case studies show the need for “process mining in the large” (e.g., distributed process mining and more efficient techniques/tools).

7) Development of new activities for 2013-2014

A list of planned activities is discussed (see slides). Major activities are:
- Continuation of IEEE Standardization of XES.
- Dagstuhl Seminar “Unleashing Operational Process Mining” in 2013 (Rafael Accorsi, Malu Castellanos, Ernesto Damiani, Wil van der Aalst) http://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/calendar/semhp/?semnr=13481
- BPI 2014 at BPM 2014 in Haifa
- Business Process Intelligence Challenge 2014
- Special session on process mining @ WCCI'2014 (slides and http://www.ieee-wcci2014.org/) Thanks to volunteers Luciano García-Bañuelos, Massimiliano de Leoni, Lijie Wen, and Minseok Song (joined later).
- Process Mining Camp 2014
- Best PhD thesis on BPI topics (suggestion Antonella Guzzo). Thanks to Dirk Fahland for his willingness to co-organize this with Antonella.
- BPTrends articles on BPIC 2013 and the process mining camp (http://www.bptrends.com).
- Unordered List ItemPromoting process mining in India (e.g., summerschool).
AP12 [All]: Task Force members interested in joining the Dagstuhl Seminar http://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/calendar/semhp/?semnr=13481 should contact Wil van der Aalst (w.m.p.v.d.aalstATtue.nl) as soon as possible (almost full).
AP13 [Organizers BPI&BPIC]: Organize Business Process Intelligence Challenge 2014 and BPI 2014 at BPM 2014 in Haifa.
AP14 [Luciano García-Bañuelos, Massimiliano de Leoni, Lijie Wen, and Minseok Song] Submit proposal before deadline November 15th 2013. See http://www.ieee-wcci2014.org/files/WCCI2014-CFP.pdf.
AP15 [Antonella Guzzo and Dirk Fahland]: Propose and implement a structure for the best PhD thesis in process mining/BPI.
AP16 [Anne Rozinat and Boudewijn van Dongen]: BPTrends articles on BPIC 2013 (BvD) and the process mining camp (AR).
AP17 [Sukriti Goel and colleagues]: Further develop process mining events (e.g., a summer school or industry events) in India.
AP18 [All]: Think of new events and articles to promote the topic of process mining. Also announce these via the Task Force’s website and mailing list.

8) Closing

Wil closes the Annual Meeting of the IEEE Task Force on Process Mining.

Action Points

AP1 [WvdA+All]: Put links to process mining movies on webpage.

AP2 [All]: Embed the process mining movie by including the following html code: <iframe width=“640” height=“360” src=“http://www.youtube.com/embed/7oat7MatU_U?feature=player_detailpage” frameborder=“0” allowfullscreen></iframe>

AP3 [All] For countries where it is not easy to access youtube: upload the movie to local sides in your country. Send an e-mail to Wil van der Aalst w.m.p.v.d.aalstATtue.nl for the .mov file.

AP4 [All]: Check whether major events are missing. If so, send an e-mail to Wil van der Aalst w.m.p.v.d.aalstATtue.nl. Events can also be posted on the website.

AP5 [All]: Check information on website and let us know whether information is missing.

AP6 [All]: Are we missing organizations that play a major role in process mining? If so approach, them.

AP7 [EV + All]: Eric Verbeek will pass round the last proposal (see e-mail to working group) to all task force members for final (minor) comments. Send input to Eric Verbeek h.m.w.verbeekATtue.nl.

AP8 [EV]: Eric Verbeek will drive the standardization process and trigger/massage the different standardization layers to try and be more successful in 2014.

AP9 [All]: If you have an event log collection (possibly including models or other artifacts) that is publically available, send a link and short description to Wil van der Aalst w.m.p.v.d.aalstATtue.nl. He can add a pointer from the task force's website.

AP10 [All]: Send event logs to Boudewijn van Dongen (b.f.v.dongenATtue.nl). He will take care of the formalities of uploading the event logs onto http://data.3tu.nl/repository/collection:event_logs. Make sure the logs can be shared before sending them.

AP11 [All]: bpmcenter.org now lists tools. Is there a volunteer to manage and implement a similar initiative for data sets? This is not restricted to event data, but also includes model collections, etc.

AP12 [All]: Task Force members interested in joining the Dagstuhl Seminar http://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/calendar/semhp/?semnr=13481 should contact Wil van der Aalst (w.m.p.v.d.aalstATtue.nl) as soon as possible (almost full).

AP13 [Organizers BPI&BPIC]: Organize Business Process Intelligence Challenge 2014 and BPI 2014 at BPM 2014 in Haifa.

AP14 [Luciano García-Bañuelos, Massimiliano de Leoni, Lijie Wen, and Minseok Song] Submit proposal before deadline November 15th 2013. See http://www.ieee-wcci2014.org/files/WCCI2014-CFP.pdf.

AP15 [Antonella Guzzo and Dirk Fahland]: Propose and implement a structure for the best PhD thesis in process mining/BPI.

AP16 [Anne Rozinat and Boudewijn van Dongen]: BPTrends articles on BPIC 2013 (BvD) and the process mining camp (AR).

AP17 [Sukriti Goel and colleagues]: Further develop process mining events (e.g., a summer school or industry events) in India.

AP18 [All]: Think of new events and articles to promote the topic of process mining. Also announce these via the Task Force’s website and mailing list.