Researchers involved in the Process Configuration project

QUT's BPM Research Group

  • Marcello La Rosa: Marcello is the leader of this project and has been involved in it since his PhD studies.
  • Jan Mendling: Jan M. was Marcello's third supervisor. Before participating to this project, he authored a number of papers on Configurable Event-driven Process Chains (C-EPCs). In particular, Jan operationalized an algorithm to derive well-formed EPCs from configured C-EPCs and worked on a serialization of C-EPCs in XML, together with Jan Recher, Michael Rosemann and Wil van der Aalst.
  • Jan Recker: Jan R. was involved in the work on C-EPCs. Among others, he conducted an empirical evaluation of C-EPCs from the perspective of the ease of use and usefulness of the language for the user, together with Michael Rosemann and Wil van der Aalst.
  • Michael Rosemann: Michael authored the original article on C-EPCs with Wil van der Aalst. C-EPC is the first language to explicitly represent variation points in a process model and paved the way to the research on process configuration presented in this web-site.

TU/e's BPM Research Group

  • Wil van der Aalst: Wil is currently involved in this project. He authored the first paper on C-EPCs with Michael Rosemann and also wrote a number of papers on process configuration and related topics. An example is the study he conducted on mining configurable enterprise systems together with Monique Jansen-Vullers and Michael Rosemann.
  • Florian Gottschalk: Florian is actively involved in the topic of process configuration as part of his PhD. Among the others, he worked with Wil and Monique Jansen-Vullers on the theory of hiding & blocking for process configuration, which has been used in this project in the context of executable process models. Florian also explored the configuration and verification of Protos process models by using Coloured Petri Nets.
  • Monique Jansen-Vullers: Monique is currently involved in process configuration as part of Florian's supervision, together with Wil. She led the work on mining configurable enterprise systems together with Wil and Michael.

Popular reference process models

  • eTOM: the enhanced Telecom Operations Map is the most widely used and accepted set of standards for business processes in the telecommunications industry. The eTOM model describes the full scope of business processes required by a service provider and defines key elements and how they interact. eTOM is a common companion of ITIL.
  • ITIL: the Information Technology Infrastructure Library provides a systematic approach to the provisioning and management of IT services, from inception through design, implementation, operation and continual improvement.
  • SAP ERP: the SAP reference model for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is one of the most comprehensive reference models. Its data model includes more than 4000 entity types and the reference process models cover more than 1000 business processes and inter-organizational business scenarios and 27 alternative industry-specific solutions.
  • SCOR: the Supply Chain Operations Reference Model is developed and endorsed by the Supply-Chain Council (SCC). It enables users to address, improve, and communicate supply chain management practices within and between all interested parties.
  • VICS: the Voluntary Inter-industry Commerce Standard EDI Framework is an industry standard endorsed and used by various large companies that interact with suppliers and logistics providers by means of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) transactions.

Research on Business Process Management

  • BPM Center: the BPM Center is a collaborative virtual research centre in the area of BPM, founded in 2004 by the TU/e's BPM Resarch Group and the QUT's BPM Research Group. The research in the center aims to address aspects concerning all phases of the lifecycle of business processes including modeling, verification, configuration, enactment, monitoring, mining, and diagnosis.
  • Workflow Patterns Initiative: the Workflow Patterns Initiative is a joint effort of TU/e's BPM Resarch Group and QUT's BPM Research Group which started in 1999. The aim of this initiative is to provide a conceptual basis for process technology. In particular, the research provides a thorough examination of the various perspectives (control flow, data, resource, and exception handling) that need to be supported by a workflow language or a business process modelling language.
  • YAWL: Yet Another Workflow Language is an original and sophisticated workflow language developed at the QUT's BPM Research Group in collaboration with the TU/e's BPM Research Group.¬†YAWL builds on insights gained from the workflow patterns initiative and combines it with the powerful language of Petri-nets. YAWL is a very powerful, yet fundamentally simple language for process modellers to describe complex control flow relations between business processes. The YAWL Foundation is a non-profit organisation that acts as custodian of the intellectual property related to YAWL and its support environment.
  • Apromore: the Apromore Initiative is a collaboration among six academic institutions for the development of an Advanced Process Model Repository. Apromore will provide a platform to store and disclose business process models of a variety of types and languages, and beyond that, state-of-the-art features to work with large process model collections, such as filtering, querying, retrieaval and merging.

Standardization bodies on Business Process Management

  • BPI DTF: the Business Modeling & Integration Domain Task Force is a joint group of the Business Process Management Intiative (BPMI.org) - the original BPMN's standardization body, and of the Object Management Group (OMG). The purpose of BPI is to develop specifications of integrated models to support the management of an enterprise.

  • OASIS: the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards is focused on the standardization of specifications based on Web Services, e.g. WS-BPEL.

  • W3C: the World Wide Web Consortium has a working group concerned with Web Services Choreography, and is the forum for the WSCL, WSCI and WS-CDL drafts.
  • WfMC: the Workflow Management Coalition is the oldest standardization group focused on workflow management related issues. WfMC has defined a reference model for workflow management systems and standarized the XPDL specification and Wf-XML protocol.