IEEE Task Force on Process Mining

The task force was established in 2009 in the context of the Data Mining Technical Committee (DMTC) of the Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). The current task force has members representing software vendors (e.g., Perceptive Software, Software AG, Futura Process Intelligence, HP, IBM, Infosys, Fluxicon, Businesscape, Iontas/Verint, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Laboratories, Business Process Mining), consultancy firms/end users (e.g., ProcessGold, Business Process Trends, Gartner, Deloitte, Process Sphere, Siav SpA, BPM Chili, BWI Systeme GmbH, Excellentia BPM, Rabobank), and research institutes (e.g., TU/e, University of Padua, Universitat Politècni ca de Catalunya, New Mexico State University, Technical University of Lisbon, University of Calabria, Penn State University, University of Bari, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Queensland University of Technology, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Haifa, University of Bologna, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Cranfield University, K.U. Leuven, Tsinghua University, University of Innsbruck, University of Tartu).

Concrete objectives of the task force are:

  • to make end-users, developers, consultants, business managers, and researchers aware of the state-of-the-art in process mining,
  • to promote the use of process mining techniques and tools and stimulate new applications,
  • to play a role in standardization efforts for logging event data,
  • to organize tutorials, special sessions, workshops, panels, and
  • to publish articles, books, videos, and special issues of journals.

Since its establishment in 2009 there have been various activities related to the above objectives. For example, several workshops and special tracks were (co-)organized by the task force, e.g., the workshops on Business Process Intelligence (BPI'09, BPI'10, BPI'11, BPI'12) and special tracks at main IEEE conferences (e.g. CIDM'11, WCCI 2012). Knowledge was disseminated via tutorials (e.g. WCCI'10 and PMPM’09), summer schools (ESSCaSS’09, ACPN’10, CICH'10, etc.), videos (cf. www.processmining.org), and several publications including the first book on process mining recently published by Springer. The task force also (co-)organized the first Business Process Intelligence Challenge (BPIC'11, BPIC'12): a competition where participants had to extract meaningful knowledge from a large and complex event log. In 2010, the task force also standardized XES (www.xes-standard.org), a standard logging format that is extensible and supported by the OpenXES library (www.openxes.org) and by tools such as ProM, XESame, Nitro, etc.

The reader is invited to visit www.win.tue.nl/ieeetfpm for more information about the activities of the task force.