IEEE CIS Task Force on Process Mining

Trace: minutes_of_the_annual_meeting_ieee_task_force_on_process_mining_at_bpm_2018_in_sydney


|

This is an old revision of the document!


Minutes of the Annual Meeting IEEE Task Force on Process Mining at BPM 2018 in Sydney

Monday September 10th 2017, University of Technology in Sydney (UTS), Building 11, Room CB11.04.205 (Address: 83-117 Broadway, Ultimo NSW 2007)

The annual meeting of the task force was, as usual, co-located with the BPM conference following the workshops (BPI, PODS4H, etc.) and the BPI Challenge. The focus of the meeting was on the new International Conference on Process Mining (ICPM) taking place in Aachen in the last week of June 2019.

(1) Overview of Activities and Developments in the Process Mining Space in 2017-2018

Over 75 organizations are supporting the IEEE Task Force on Process Mining. The main activates of the task force can be summarized by the following diagram.

Because of time constraints, Wil van der Aalst (chair of the Task Force), could highlight only few of the activities of the task force and its members (to leave room for the ICPM conference discussion).

The LinkedIn Group on PM (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1915049, managed by George Varvaressos) now has 7323 members. As was already mentioned previous year, TF members are encouraged to continue triggering discussions and sharing news, provide more case studies or war stories from users, and consider highlighting research outcomes interesting for a non-technical audience.

[Action Point: All – Contribute to the LinkedIn Group on PM]

The @processmining page at Facebook has 577 followers, mostly students and younger researchers. The level of activity seems limited.

[Action Point: Wil – Ask Joos Buijs and Dirk Fahland whether they want to continue.]

The team in Hasselt created the process-mining.blog that should serve as a “meta blog”. The idea is to link to existing blogs like https://fluxicon.com/blog/, https://blog.celonis.com/, etc. and to ensure a broad coverage. Currently, this is not yet the case.

[Action Point: All – Contribute to blog]

[Action Point: Benoît Depaire – Ensure that it functions more like a “meta blog”, i.e., pointers to other blogs]

[Action Point: Eric Verbeek – add pointer to blog and linked group on webpage]

A short overview of related and endorsed events was give, with special attention for the activities of the Scientific Research Community (SRC) (see slides and srcprocessmining.com).

The various contests and the process mining camp have demonstrated to be important means to improve knowledge of process mining and contributed to the maturity of the field.

The new data sets were mentioned (see slides). It would be good to have a better geographic distribution of the data sets.

[Action Point: All – Share data sets, e.g., via 4TUdatacenter. Contact Boudewijn van Dongen for assistance if needed (but process is simple).]

Several new case studies were added (thanks to Celonis and Fluxicon).

[Action Point: All – Share case studies and success stories. See http://www.win.tue.nl/ieeetfpm/doku.php?id=shared:process_mining_case_studies for examples]

Two new books have been written (one for practitioners and one on conformance checking, see slides). New MOOC by Celonis is under development.

Wil van der Aalst also showed the continued growing interest in process mining. Examples are the growing number of process mining papers, the Gartner Market Guide on Process Mining, the Unicorn status of Celonis, etc.

(2) XES Standardization and Certification (Eric Verbeek)

In 2016, the IEEE Standards Association officially published the XES Standard as IEEE Std 1849TM-2016: IEEE Standard for eXtensible Event Stream (XES) for Achieving Interoperability in Event Logs and Event Streams. There is working group of 25 people. In 2018 two new extensions were introduced (software related, see slides). However, there was little activity on the tool certification front. In 2017, the XES WG accepted the XES Certification proposal distinguishing different levels of XES support for import and export. This was also supported by the Task Force. However, only two tools were certified. ProM 6.7 (Import A-D, X, Export A-D, X) and Celonis 4.2 (Import: A1-D1, Export: none).

See http://www.win.tue.nl/ieeetfpm/doku.php?id=shared:xeswg:certificates for the standardization process. Key question is where are the other tools and vendors? Vendors and researchers tend to say that they support XES but seem to be afraid of the certification process. For the process mining market as a whole, it is vital to ensure consistency.

[Action Point: All tool vendors/developers– Have your tool certified.]

[Action Point: Wil and Eric – Contact vendors again.]

(3) International Conference on Process Mining (ICPM)

The main point on the agenda was the new International Conference on Process Mining (ICPM) as one of the focal points of the Task Force. The attention for process mining has been increasing over recent years and a lot of process mining work is being presented at various workshops and conferences. Therefore, it is time to establish the International Conference on Process Mining (ICPM).

The first ICPM conference will take place in the last week of June 2019 in Aachen. ICPM will be co-located with the 40th International Conference on Application and Theory of Petri Nets and Concurrency (Petri Nets 2019), and the 19th International Conference on Application of Concurrency to System Design (ACSD 2019). The three events will take place in the conference area of the Tivoli football stadium close to the city center of Aachen. The co-location simplifies the organization the events and will be organized and financially sponsored by the new PADS group. The IEEE is technical sponsor of the conference. See http://icpmconference.org for the conference website.

The event unifies activities done within the context of the IEEE Task Force on Process Mining. The task force was established in 2009 to promote process mining activities and to create awareness, therefore we are happy that the IEEE also supports the conference and serve as publisher.

General Chair will be Wil van der Aalst and PC Chairs for 2019 will be Josep Carmona, Marcello La Rosa, Mieke Jans. Also Boudewijn van Dongen played a key role in establishing this initiative. Wil, Josep, Marcello, Mieke, and Boudewijn formed a small working group to prepare the first version of the conference. They will involve more

Future of BPI

The goal is to keep BPI as a “regular” BPM workshop. There was some discussion about this. In later years, the distance between BPM/BPI and ICPM will be longer, making it likely that both events are not competing.

[Action Point: current BPI organizers – ensure a smooth transitions to the new style BPI workshop, i.e., select chairs and think about the governance in the new context involving the task force, BPM, and ICPM]

Merger of ICPM and IEEE Task Force & Governance

The governance of ICPM is something that still needs to be addressed. This will be the main topics at the next meeting of the task force in Aachen. A steering committee and bylaws are needed.

[Action Point: Wil – propose a governance structure for ICPM and the task force]

[Action Point: Wil – organize a meeting to discuss proposal at ICPM in June 2019]

[Action Point: All – provide input to Wil regarding the positioning of the task force and the conference, bylaws, steering committee, and attend meeting]

Additional events

The possibility of additional events was discussed. The discussion led to the following conclusions:

  • There will be no workshops except for ATAED that is already scheduled to be co-located with Petri nets and ICPM. In later years, there will be several workshops (BPM model), but this will depend on the growth rate.
  • The possibility of a forum was discussed. This could be possible in later years. For 2019, it is better to consider poster papers and presentations.
  • There should be an industry track and ways to involve software vendors and users.
  • There will be various contests. Most likely (to be decided):
    • ICPM Business Process Intelligence Challenge
    • ICPM Process Discovery Contest
    • ICPM Conformance Checking Contest
    • ICPM Best PhD Award
  • Jan Claes volunteered to co-organize the Doctoral Consortium.

[Action Point: Wil, Josep, Marcello, Mieke, and Boudewijn – further develop and organize the activities discussed]

Timing in future years

The timing of the conference was discussed. The goal is not to compete with conferences like BPM. The goal is to have the conference late in the year (October-December) and a submission deadline in the period July-Sept. Submissions to organize the conference are welcomed.

[Action Point: All – Submit proposals for organizing ICPM 2020]

As discussed it is vital that the Task Force and the scientific process mining community now supports the conference by submitting papers, participate, organize, etc. The motto is “Don’t ask what ICPM can do for you, but what you can do for ICPM.”

(4) Closing

The next meeting will take place in the week of 23-28 June 2018. The meeting was followed by a dinner and tour at the Harbor Spirit catamaran in the Sydney harbor.