Researcher profile

I am a senior lecturer within the Information Systems School in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Queensland University of Technology. I completed my PhD studies in the area of workflows with cancellation regions and OR-joins in Nov 2006.

Please go to Publications page for a list of my publications. My publications listed on DBLP can be found from this link. Some of my publications (full-text) are also available from QUT e-prints archive. Some citations to my work can be found on Google Scholar.

Research interests

  • Cost-aware business process management
  • Cross-organisational process mining
  • Business Process Management
  • Business process modelling and automation
  • Business process analytics (simulation, monitoring, mining)
  • Workflow patterns
  • Yet Another Workflow Language
  • Web services and service oriented architectures
  • Petri nets and Reset nets
Students interested in carrying out research in these areas as an honours, master, or PhD project can contact me via email.

PhD research

My PhD research was carried out under the guidance of Dr. David Edmond, Prof. Arthur ter Hofstede and Prof. Wil van der Aalst.

Thesis Download: Moe Thandar Kyaw Wynn, Semantics, Verification, and Implementation of Workflows with Cancellation Regions and OR-joins, Queensland University of Technology, Nov 2006. (PDF, 9.18MB)

More information regarding the OR-join semantics and verification for YAWL can be found on the YAWL foundation website.

Research projects

Cost-aware Business Process Management (2010 - ) [supported by ARC Discovery Grant DP120101624 - AUD:320,000] (funding for 2012-2014)

Investigators: Arthur ter Hofstede, Michael Rosemann, Moe Thandar Wynn, Michael Adams, Chun Ouyang, Zahirul Hoque, Wil van der Aalst (Partner Investigator) and Hajo Reijers (Partner Investigator)

I am the lead researcher in this innovative research project to investigate the interrelationship between cost (environmental and economic) measures and business process activities. We propose to bring together insights from business and workflow communities to develop a sophisticated cost-aware business process management solution. Our aim is to develop a process-based approach to the management of environmental and economic costs of business activities by making workflow systems cost-aware. The outcomes of this research will enable businesses to make operational and strategic decisions with confidence based on accurate and real-time true cost information about its operations. We are looking at applying our findings in various domains, including rural industries, finance, health, and utilities. Organisations interested in participating in this research project are welcomed to contact me via email.

Risk-Aware Business Process Management (2011 - 2013) [supported by ARC Discovery Grant DP110100091 - AUD:450,000]

Investigators: Arthur ter Hofstede, Michael Rosemann, Colin Fidge, Moe Thandar Wynn, Marcello La Rosa, Michael Adams, Chun Ouyang, Wil van der Aalst (Partner Investigator)

Summary: This project will unify the fields of risk management and business process management, providing a conceptual foundation for risk-aware business processes and defining best practices in their design and deployment. This first-time integration of risk and process management will lead to profound impact in an important area, as recent risk control and process failures show (e.g., NAB trading scandal, Heathrow Terminal 5). The project will use sound theoretical foundations and empirical evaluations to deliver a range of techniques, tools and practices for recognising and managing risk in business processes. These outcomes will have broad applicability and uptake in a wide range of industries.

Offsite Fabrication andOffsite Fabrication and Links to Product and Process Innovation (2011 - 2012) [Supported by Sustainable Built Envinroment National Research Centre (SBEnrc) - AUD:57,000]

Investigators: Prof. Russell Kenley and Dr. Toby Harfield (Swinburne Uni) together with Prof. Arthur ter Hofstede, Dr. Chun Ouyang and Dr. Moe Wynn (QUT)

Summary: This study will explore how to improve stakeholder confidence in product and process innovation offered by Off-Site Manufacturing (OSM). The goal of this research is to provide national guidelines based on business process automation of OSM with the view of increasing competitive domestic OSM capacity. It is expected that increased capacity and skills in Australian will also increase stakeholder confidence for the OSM business case in sustainable commercial and infrastructure projects. This project aims to both develop optimised TO-Be business process models for OSM and to build associated prototype workflows.

Reducing variation in clinical practice: a twin track approach to support improved performance (2012 - 2014) [Supported by HCF Health and Medical Research Foundation - AUD:314,000]

Investigators: Professor Jonathan Karnon, Prof Derek Chew, Dr Moe Thandar Wynn, Prof David Ben-Tovim, Dr Shaowen Qin, Dr Glenis Crane, and Mr Andrew Partington

Summary: The study will assess the feasibility and value of using routinely collected data to assess the cost and health consequences of variation in clinical practice for patients presenting with chest pain across the four main public hospitals in South Australia, and to identify specific areas of variation between the four hospitals. Risk adjusted cost-effectiveness analyses and process mining analyses will be undertaken using data collected on the same cohorts of chest pain patients.The proposed study will use chest pain as a case study to further develop methods for using routinely collected data to compare patient processes across the four main public hospitals in South Australia.

YAWL research initiative (2004 - ongoing)

I am involved in the YAWL initiative headed by Professor Arthur ter Hofstede and Professor Wil van der Aalst. The YAWL initiative reflects a long-running collaborative research effort between Eindhoven University of Technology and the BPM group. The work is the result of earlier research collaborations on the workflow patterns where the control flow requirements of commercial workflow systems are studied in detail (

BPM simulation (2007 - 2010)

I carried out research in the area of BPM simulation as part of an ARC-Discovery project. We are interested in systematically identifying the control, the data and the resource requirements for business process simulation. This also presents collaborative efforts with researchers and students from the Eindhoven University of Technology and Macau University. We investigated how the current state data and historical data from workflow system logs could be used to enrich the input modelling aspect of a simulation study. To showcase how real-time data from the workflow system can be utilised in simulation experiments, we have developed a software that makes a link between the YAWL workflow system and the Process Mining framework (ProM). Our publications on this topic can be found on my publications page. A tutorial on how to use this feature can be found on ProM wiki.