Process mining is the missing link between model-based process analysis and data-oriented analysis techniques. Through concrete data sets and easy to use software the course provides data science knowledge that can be applied directly to analyze and improve processes in a variety of domains.
Data science is the profession of the future, because organizations that are unable to use (big) data in a smart way will not survive. It is not sufficient to focus on data storage and data analysis. The data scientist also needs to relate data to process analysis. Process mining bridges the gap between traditional model-based process analysis (e.g., simulation and other business process management techniques) and data-centric analysis techniques such as machine learning and data mining. Process mining seeks the confrontation between event data (i.e., observed behavior) and process models (hand-made or discovered automatically). This technology has become available only recently, but it can be applied to any type of operational processes (organizations and systems). Example applications include: analyzing treatment processes in hospitals, improving customer service processes in a multinational, understanding the browsing behavior of customers using booking site, analyzing failures of a baggage handling system, and improving the user interface of an X-ray machine. All of these applications have in common that dynamic behavior needs to be related to process models. Hence, we refer to this as "data science in action".
The course explains the key analysis techniques in process mining. Participants will learn various process discovery algorithms. These can be used to automatically learn process models from raw event data. Various other process analysis techniques that use event data will be presented. Moreover, the course will provide easy-to-use software, real-life data sets, and practical skills to directly apply the theory in a variety of application domains.
This course starts with an overview of approaches and technologies that use event data to support decision making and business process (re)design. Then the course focuses on process mining as a bridge between data mining and business process modeling. The course is at an introductory level with various practical assignments.
The course covers the three main types of process mining.
1. The first type of process mining is discovery. A discovery technique takes an event log and produces a process model without using any a-priori information. An example is the Alpha-algorithm that takes an event log and produces a process model (a Petri net) explaining the behavior recorded in the log.
2. The second type of process mining is conformance. Here, an existing process model is compared with an event log of the same process. Conformance checking can be used to check if reality, as recorded in the log, conforms to the model and vice versa.
3. The third type of process mining is enhancement. Here, the idea is to extend or improve an existing process model using information about the actual process recorded in some event log. Whereas conformance checking measures the alignment between model and reality, this third type of process mining aims at changing or extending the a-priori model. An example is the extension of a process model with performance information, e.g., showing bottlenecks. Process mining techniques can be used in an offline, but also online setting. The latter is known as operational support. An example is the detection of non-conformance at the moment the deviation actually takes place. Another example is time prediction for running cases, i.e., given a partially executed case the remaining processing time is estimated based on historic information of similar cases.
Process mining provides not only a bridge between data mining and business process management; it also helps to address the classical divide between "business" and "IT". Evidence-based business process management based on process mining helps to create a common ground for business process improvement and information systems development.
The course uses many examples using real-life event logs to illustrate the concepts and algorithms. After taking this course, one is able to run process mining projects and have a good understanding of the Business Process Intelligence field.
After taking this course you should:
- have a good understanding of Business Process Intelligence techniques (in particular process mining),
- understand the role of Big Data in today’s society,
- be able to relate process mining techniques to other analysis techniques such as simulation, business intelligence, data mining, machine learning, and verification,
- be able to apply basic process discovery techniques to learn a process model from an event log (both manually and using tools),
- be able to apply basic conformance checking techniques to compare event logs and process models (both manually and using tools),
- be able to extend a process model with information extracted from the event log (e.g., show bottlenecks),
- have a good understanding of the data needed to start a process mining project,
- be able to characterize the questions that can be answered based on such event data,
- explain how process mining can also be used for operational support (prediction and recommendation), and
- be able to conduct process mining projects in a structured manner.
Introduction and Data Mining
This first module contains general course information (syllabus, grading information) as well as the first lectures introducing data mining and process mining.
Process Models and Process Discovery
In this module we introduce process models and the key feature of process mining: discovering process models from event data.
Different Types of Process Models
Now that you know the basics of process mining, it is time to dive a little bit deeper and show you other ways of discovering a process model from event data.
Process Discovery Techniques and Conformance Checking
In this module we conclude process discovery by discussing alternative approaches. We also introduce how to check the conformance of the event data and the process model.
Enrichment of Process Models
In this module we focus on enriching process models. We can for instance add the data aspect to process models, show bottlenecks on the process model and analyse the social aspects of the process.
Operational Support and Conclusion
In this final module we discuss how process mining can be applied on running processes. We also address how to get the (right) event data, process mining software, and how to get from data to results.
Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I was a bit late with this course, and it seemed boring, but it got my attention when I tried the tool quiz. Then I went over all the lectures again, and tried to see the applications of the theoretical models. There was a lot of Petrie net stuff going...
I was a bit late with this course, and it seemed boring, but it got my attention when I tried the tool quiz. Then I went over all the lectures again, and tried to see the applications of the theoretical models. There was a lot of Petrie net stuff going on, so if you're looking for practice mostly, this won't be fun. However, I did enjoy real-life examples, but sometimes I was a bit lost in the quizzes with all the complicated networks. Nevertheless, I always recommend this course to everyone who wants to learn about a bit neglected discipline, and I'm strongly recommending it to learn awesome new tools. The instructor was nice, and the TA Joos pretty much single-handedly answered every possible doubt in the forums, and I was hugely impressed by that. The course also features the Process Mining group on LinkedIn, and that's a nice way to stay in touch. All in all, a recommendation, but with a caveat if you're expecting more practice rather than theory.
Masterclass... I really recomend this course. The Quizes are very challenging and the instructor gives you very good examples. This course makes me very disciplinate to achieve the grade, and the book its a great complement (but not necessary to pass)
Anonymous completed this course.
An excellent course. Sets you on a path where you can learn more Process Mining on your own using free internet resources and experimentation.