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Wil van der Aalst, RWTH Aachen University, leading the Process and Data Science (PADS) group, ONLINE

Event Date: December 16, 2021 16:15

AI for Processes: Powered by Process Mining

Abstract - Process mining has quickly become a standard way to analyze performance and compliance issues in organizations. Professor Wil van der Aalst, also known as “the godfather of process mining”, will explain what process mining is and reflect on recent developments in process and data science. The abundance of event data and the availability of powerful process mining tools make it possible to remove operational friction in organizations. Process mining reveals how processes behave "in the wild". Seemingly simple processes like Order-to-Cash (OTC) and Purchase-to-Pay (P2P), turn out to be much more complex than anticipated, and process mining software can be used to dramatically improve such processes. This requires a different kind of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). Germany is world-leading in process mining with the research done at RWTH and software companies such as Celonis. Process mining is also a beautiful illustration how scientific research can lead to innovations and new economic activity.

Biographie - Prof.dr.ir. Wil van der Aalst is a full professor at RWTH Aachen University, leading the Process and Data Science (PADS) group. He is also the Chief Scientist at Celonis, part-time affiliated with the Fraunhofer FIT, and a member of the Board of Governors of Tilburg University. He also has unpaid professorship positions at Queensland University of Technology (since 2003) and the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e). Currently, he is also a distinguished fellow of Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) in Trento, deputy CEO of the Internet of Production (IoP) Cluster of Excellence, co-director of the RWTH Center for Artificial Intelligence. His research interests include process mining, Petri nets, business process management, workflow automation, simulation, process modeling, and model-based analysis. Many of his papers are highly cited (he is one of the most-cited computer scientists in the world and has an H-index of 159 according to Google Scholar with over 119,000 citations), and his ideas have influenced researchers, software developers, and standardization committees working on process support. He previously served on the advisory boards of several organizations, including Fluxicon, Celonis, ProcessGold/UiPath, and aiConomix. Van der Aalst received honorary degrees from the Moscow Higher School of Economics (Prof. h.c.), Tsinghua University, and Hasselt University (Dr. h.c.). He is also an IFIP Fellow, IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow, and an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Ho


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