IEEE CIS Task Force on Process Mining

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Minutes and slides of the IEEE Task Force on Process Mining Meeting at BPM 2012

The slides, used in this meeting, can be found on taskforceinfo-meeting-at-bpm2012-final.pdf

Minutes Annual Meeting IEEE Task Force on Process Mining at BPM 2012

Monday September 3rd 2012, 16:30-18.00

In total 26 people attended the task force's meeting.

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.

2) Overview of activities 2011-2012

- Process mining manifesto
- Promotion of Process Mining and the Task Force based on the manifesto: IEEE Computer, Communications of the ACM, Informatica, Informatik Spektrum, Information Systems, Mondo Digitale, Communication of China Computer Federation, Institute for Internal Auditors, Computing Now, Computable, BPTrends, Automatiseringsgids, KDD, etc. etc.
- Various publications and presentations of group members (list is endless).
- Promotional videos, e.g.,:,,,,
- Special Session on Process Mining at 2012 IEEE World Congress On Computational Intelligence (June 10-15, Brisbane, Australia), Moe Wynn, Jan Vanthienen, Zbigniew Michalewicz, Adam Ghandar.
- 8th International Workshop on Business Process Intelligence 2012 (Boudewijn van Dongen, Diogo R. Ferreira, Barbara Weber).
- Second International Business Process Intelligence Challenge (BPIC’12) (Boudewijn van Dongen, Diogo R. Ferreira, Barbara Weber).
- Process Mining Camp (, Fluxicon, Anne Rozinat, Christian W. Günther, June 4th 2012.

3) Standardization process of XES

XES was adopted as the Task Force's standard at the 2010 annual meeting, see Eric Verbeek explains the current standard. To move the standardization process to the next level, problems and workarounds are identified and the proposal is to engage in a formal IEEE standardization process to become a “real” IEEE standard The main goal is to increase exposure.

Proposed timeline:

- Sep 2012 Form Working Group
- Nov 2012 Proposal
Short PowerPoint presentation, focus on problem to solve, not too detailed or too technical
- Jan 2013 Project Authorization Request
Small, structured, and highly detailed document that essentially states the reason why the project exists and what it intends to do
Permission to move forward
- Apr 2013 Proposal
actual XES standard

Proposal working group:

- Chair Wil van der Aalst
- Vice-chair Christian Günther
- Technical Editor Eric Verbeek
- Industrial liaison Keith Swenson
- Additional members Moe Wynn
Lijie Wenn
Michael zur Muehlen

The group is open, i.e., people interested can join if they want to put effort into the standardization process.

Eric also presents a work around (see slides). This triggers the discussion whether the XES standard should not be revised. This will be further discussed in the working group and task force members will be asked to provide input. There is plenty of time to incorporate changes are a careful cost/benefit analysis.

The extension mechanism is introduced by Eric, using the cost extension proposed by QUT (Moe Wynn). Extensions will not be a formal part of the standard, but will be mentioned on the website. Based on the discussion at the Task Force's meeting, an extension can be “in progress” (period, e.g., 6 months where all task force members are invited to provide comments) or “adopted” (implying that after a review period the working group approved the extension).

There is consensus on moving the standardization process forward according to the suggested timeline. However, several participants suggest re-evaluating some of the design choices related to frequent workarounds.

4) Restructuring the Task Force

Wil van der Aalst invites attendees to provide suggestions for new members, preferably more people from industry and academics that are interested in promoting the topic also outside academic world. The task force is about disseminating and progressing the topic and not a scientific workshop. For this there are workshops like BPI.

All attendees agree with Wil's proposal to change the membership structure. The website will be listing organizations rather than individuals. The structure is that per country there are organizations and that there is one contact person per organization and possibly several additional active members.

5) Development of new activities for 2012-2013

The following plans were discussed:

- IEEE Standardization of XES
- Dagstuhl Seminar “Unleashing Operational Process Mining” in 2013 (Rafael Accorsi, Malu Castellanos, Ernesto Damiani, Wil van der Aalst)
- 2nd Belgian Process Mining Research Day, Gent, Sept. 2012,
- Process Mining Programming Workshop, September 28, 2012 Hasselt University, Belgium (Benoît Depaire)
- Special Session Proposal on Process Mining at the 2013 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, (IEEE SSCI 2013), 15-19 April 2013, Singapore. (Andrea Burattin, Fabrizio Maggi)
- Special issue on Business Process Intelligence/Process Mining of ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems
- Creation of regional chapters (suggestion Rafael Accorsi)
- Novel track at the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing? (Rafael)
- Summer school on process mining? (Rafael Accorsi)
- Special issue on in the journal “Business & Information Systems Engineering”? (Rafael)
- Process Mining Winter Camp (Jan Claes)
- BPI 2013 (exploit Chinese interest in topic)
- Business Process Intelligence Challenge 2013

All members are encouraged to join existing initiatives or initiate new ones.

6) Closing

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