My current research interests focus on the areas of business process automation and process mining.
DP150103356 ARC Discovery Grant
Marcello La Rosa
Exposing Insurance Claims Processing Impediments
Queensland Accelerate Partnership Grant
Arthur ter Hofstede (Project Leader)
Awarded by the Scheme: AUD$240,000
End-user Partners: Motor Accident Insurance Commission and Nominal Defendant
Research Partner: Eindhoven University of Technology
Improving ED Patient Flows through Process-oriented Data Mining
AusHSI Stimulus grant
Cost-Aware Business Process Management
DP120101624 ARC Discovery Grant
Arthur ter Hofstede
Summary: The project aims to inform the field of business process management (BPM) with the latest insights from the field of management accounting in order to make BPM systems cost-aware. By incorporating the cost dimension in BPM systems, organisations can obtain a more accurate and immediate overview of the true cost of their processes, make cost-informed decisions, and use this as a basis for dynamic process improvement. The project will use sound theoretical foundations and empirical evaluations to deliver techniques, tools and practices for managing cost aspects of business processes. These outcomes will have broad applicability and uptake in a wide range of industries.
This collaboration with NICTA is in the area of business process management.
Workflow Patterns and Beyond
The research on workflow patterns has been applied in evaluating web service composition standards such as BPML and BPWEL4WS. This work has also been used in an analysis of UML activity diagrams (both versions 1.4 and 2.0), BML, a language used for Enterprise Application Integration, and BPMN, a proposed notation for business process modelling. In the context of the BABEL project, the patterns have been extended for the data and the resource perspectives. In addition, research has been conducted into exception handling patterns and into coupling patterns. More recently, a patterns-based evaluation of three scientific workflow management systems has been conducted and a collection of patterns for managing complexity in process models has been proposed.
The YAWL Initiative
The workflow patterns have given rise to YAWL: Yet Another Workflow Language, a powerful workflow language with a formal syntax and a formal semantics. The support environment for YAWL is an open source project, supported by industry partners, and a number of releases have been made available for download.
The Apromore Initiative
The Apromore Initiative is concerned with the development of an open source environment to support large process model repositories. This includes functionality such as version management, merging, and similarity search.