Wil van der Aalst

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Wil M.P. van der Aalst
Born (1966-01-29) January 29, 1966 (age 48)
Eersel, North Brabant
Nationality Dutch
Fields Information systems, Workflow management, Petri nets, Process mining, Specification languages, and Simulation.
Institutions Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Thesis "Timed colored Petri nets and their application to logistics" (1992)
Doctoral advisor Jaap Wessels and Kees van Hee
Known for Workflow patterns, ProM framework, YAWL, software tools such as Declare, Woflan, XRL,
Website
http://wwwis.win.tue.nl/~wvdaalst/

Wil M.P. van der Aalst (born 29 January 1966 in Eersel, North Brabant) is a Dutch computer scientist, and professor at the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science of the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, where he chairs the Architecture of Information Systems group. His research and teaching interests include information systems, workflow management, Petri nets, process mining, specification languages, and simulation.[1] He is also known for his work on workflow patterns.

Biography[edit]

Van der Aalst was born on 29 January 1966, in Eersel, Netherlands. He received a MSc in computing science in 1988 at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e), and a PhD in mathematics in 1992 with the thesis "Timed colored Petri nets and their application to logistics" under supervision of Jaap Wessels and Kees van Hee.[2]

In 1992 he started working at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven as an assistant professor for the department of Mathematics and Computing Science, where he headed the Specification and Modeling of Information systems (SMIS) research group. 2000 to 2003 he became a part-time full professor at the Computing Science department. And from 2000 to 2006 he was head of the Information Systems department at the Technology Management department of TU/e. Since 2006 he is full professor at the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science of the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, where he chairs the Architecture of Information Systems (AIS) group. He also has a part-time appointment in the BPM group of Queensland University of Technology (QUT).[1]

He has been a visiting professor on at Karlsruhe University (AIFB), the University of Georgia (LSDIS), Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (WI-II), the University of Colorado (CTRG), Queensland University of Technology (CITI), and the Aarhus University (DAIMI).[2]

He is associate editor for several journals, including "IEEE Transactions on Services Computing", "IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics", "International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management", "International Journal on Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures", "Computers in Industry", and "Transactions on Petri Nets and Other Models of Concurrency".[2]

He is series editor of "Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing" (LNBIP) by Springer, member of the editorial board of "Distributed and Parallel Databases" and "Business and Information Systems Engineering", and member of several steering committees, including "International Conference Series on Business Process Management" (chair), "International Conference Series on Application and Theory of Petri nets" and "International Workshop Series on Web Services and Formal Methods". He is also a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen) and the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea).[2]

Work[edit]

Van der Aalst's research interest is in the fields of information systems, business process management, simulation, Petri nets, process models, workflow management systems, verification techniques, process mining, enterprise resource planning systems, computer supported cooperative work, web services, business process redesign, resource allocation and interorganizational business processes.[2]

He is a strong supporter of open-source software. He initiated and led the development of:

  • the ProM framework, a process mining tool
  • YAWL, a workflow management system
  • and several other software tools including Declare, Woflan, XRL, etc.

He also initiated the workflow patterns initiative. This work influenced industry standards such as the Business Process Execution Language (BPEL), the Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), etc. Van der Aalst's ideas have also influenced various widely used commercial software tools such as Flower, Protos, Futura Reflect, Staffware, WebSphere, and ARIS.

Other scientific contributions of Van der Aalst are in the fields of Business Process Discovery, event-driven process chains, the Workflow Management Coalition and XPDL.

Van der Aalst is an ISI Highly Cited researcher. According to Google Scholar he is the highest ranked European computer scientist. See H-index for computer science.

Publications[edit]

Van der Aalst has published in total more than 400 books, journal papers, book chapters, conference papers, and reports on these topics.[3][4] Books, a selection:

  • 2000. Business Process Management: Models, Techniques, and Empirical Studies. With J. Desel, and A. Oberweis ed. Vol 1806 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2000.
  • 2002. Workflow Management: Models, Methods, and Systems. With K.M. van Hee. MIT press, Cambridge, MA, 2002.
  • 2003. Petri Net Approaches for Modelling and Validation. With J-M. Colom, F. Kordon, G. Kotsis, and D. Moldt. Volume 1 of LINCOM Studies in Computer Science. Lincom, München, Germany, 2003.
  • 2005. Process-Aware Information Systems: Bridging People and Software through Process Technology. With Marlon Dumas, and A.H.M. ter Hofstede. Wiley & Sons.
  • 2009. Handbook of Research on Business Process Modeling. With J. Cardoso. Information Science Publishing, Hershey, PA, USA, 2009.
  • 2010. Modern Business Process Automation: YAWL and its Support Environment. With A.H.M. ter Hofstede, M. Adams, and N. Russell. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2010.
  • 2011. Modeling Business Processes: A Petri Net Oriented Approach. With C. Stahl. MIT press, Cambridge, MA, 2011.
  • 2011. Process Mining: Discovery, Conformance and Enhancement of Business Processes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2011.

Articles, a selection:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b About Wil van der Aalst at tue.nl. Accessed May 26, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e Curriculum vitae Wil van der Aalst. Accessed May 26, 2009.
  3. ^ Wil M. P. van der Aalst List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server. Accessed May 26, 2009.
  4. ^ Wil van der Aalst Google Scholar profile.

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