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XES Certification for ProM 6.7 approved

On October 13, 2017, the XES WG has approved the requested XES Certification (Levels A-D and X for both import and export) for ProM 6.7. This makes ProM 6.7 the first tool that has received a XES Certification from the XES WG.

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XES software event extension approved

On September 22, 2017, the XES WG has approved the XES software event extension. This extension is now considered to be one of the standard XES extension.

XES Certification process approved by IEEE Task Force on Process Mining

On Monday September 11th, 2017, the IEEE Task Force on Process Mining has approved of the following process to use for obtaining a XES Certification for a tool.

  1. The vendor of the tool creates a report that (1) clearly states which certification level are requested by the vendor and (2) shows that the tool indeed supports these levels. A template for the report is available as PDF (PDF, 1,364 KB) and as Word file (DOCX, 3,497 KB). In this template, the TODOs need to be filled in by the vendor. To test the import of a tool, a set of XES logs (ZIP archive, 53,404 KB) is available. The tool should not crash when importing the real-life logs, and should show that the attributes are imported correctly for the artificial logs.
  2. When the report is finished, the vendor contacts the representative of the XES WG, which is typically the secretary, Eric Verbeek. Together, they make an appointment during which the vendor shows that the finished report is genuine. Preferrably, this is though a live demo, but a screencast is also acceptable.
  3. When the report indeed supports the requested XES certification levels, the representative of the XES WG starts a round for approval in the XES WG to have the report approved. This round takes two weeks.
  4. When the report has been approved by the XES WG, the report is published on this site, and the certification levels are granted to the tool. The representative of the WG will inform the vendor about this.

XES Certification proposal accepted by XES WG

On July 19, 2017, the XES WG has approved of the XES Certification proposal v2. As a result, we can now start checking the certification levels of the tools that support XES. Based on this certification, it will be clear whether XES files can be successfully transferred between these tools.

The figure above is the main figure in this proposal. It shows the four different levels of certification.

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Celonis Process Mining Thesis Award 2017

Dear Process Miners,

We would like to inform you about the Celonis Process Mining Thesis Award 2017. The award honors outstanding student theses (Bachelor, Master or PhD) on Process Mining. We are also pleased to announce that Wil van der Aalst will be joining the jury to pick the winners for the award!

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IEEE CIS Society Brief on the XES Standard

On April 10, 2017, the IEEE CIS has published a Society Brief on the XES Standard titled:

IEEE 1849TM: The XES Standard
The Second IEEE Standard Sponsored by IEEE Computational Intelligence Society

This Society Brief, which has been published in the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine of May 2017, introduces the XES Standard to the CIS community.

Business Process Intelligence Workshop @ BPM 2017

Traditionally, the Business Process Intelligence workshop has been the largest workshop at the conference. Over the years, the workshop grew and included the BPI Challenge, the Process Discovery contest and the IEEE Task force meeting. That combined with the large number of people in the audience, the organizers this year proposed a two day event for the 13th edition of the BPI workshop.

The workshop, sponsored by Siav, is aiming to attract the same high-quality papers as previous years, with sufficient space and time for the researchers to present their findings to a focused audience. The paper presentations will be alternated by presentations of the winners of the BPI Challenge and the PD contest. On Sunday evening, a BPI-reception will be hosted for the participants and the workshop closes with the annual meeting of the IEEE Task force on process mining.

The BPI Challenge, sponsored by Celonis and Minit, has become a tradition for the workshop, as well as the conference participants. The public real-life datasets made available through this challenge are used in many papers and serve as a validation baseline. One of the most successful datasets was the 2012 dataset from a Dutch financial institute and this year, we have found the same company willing to share data of the same process, five years later. The data is richer than before, the process has grown in intensity and while the supporting system was replaced, the process is largely comparable.

The Process Discovery contest, sponsored by Cognitive Technology, is dedicated to the assessment of tools and techniques that discover business process models from event logs. The objective is to compare the efficiency of techniques to discover process models. Com-pared with last year, this year the competition will not only consider the ability of discovering process models balancing “overfitting” and “underfitting”, but also the capacity of mining models that provide business value to stakeholders.

We hope to see many of you at the BPI Workshop in Barcelona. The workshop is included in the regular workshop participation fee and more information is available on http://www.win.tue.nl/bpi/

Boudewijn van Dongen, Andrea Burattin, Jan Claes, and Jochen De Weerdt
Chairs of BPI 2017

Press release: The XES Standard for Exchanging Event Logs Approved by IEEE SA

By Wil van der Aalst and Eric Verbeek
November 24, 2016

Eindhoven, The Netherlands – On November 11th, 2016, the IEEE Standards Association has officially published the XES Standard as IEEE Std 1849TM-2016: IEEE Standard for eXtensible Event Stream (XES) for Achieving Interopability in Event Logs and Event Streams. The IEEE Task Force on Process Mining has been driving the standardization process for over six years, because the standard allows for the exchange of event data between different process mining tools.

Through the XES Standard, event data can be transported from the location where it was generated to the location where it can be stored and analyzed, without losing semantics. The XES Standard enforces that this transport and storage is done in a standardized way, that is, in a way that is clear and well-understood. Next to providing a standardized syntax and semantics, the XES Standard also allows for extensions, e.g., adding cost information or domain specific attributes to events.

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Updated version of the Coursera course "Process Mining Data Science in Action"

A new version of the free Coursera course “Process Mining: Data Science in Action” will start on November 28th 2016. The course is highly relevant for anyone that wants to improve his/her analytical skills. The focus is on data science methods applied to event data, e.g., for BPM, CRM, ERP, CEP, and (Lean) Six Sigma. A data scientist without Process Mining training is ill-equipped to uncover the organization’s real processes, analyze compliance, diagnose bottlenecks and improve processes. The next generation of process analysts, managers and auditors will depend on this new technology!

Over 100.000 people have registered for earlier versions of the course in the last two years. Many participants of the “Process Mining: Data Science in Action” course got “hooked to the magic of analyzing event data”. Participants that completed the course learned to automatically discover real processes, check conformance, and analyze performance. Also the new course provides access to software and real-life data sets. Hence, there are many good reasons to join this new Process Mining course.

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