de Leoni, Massimiliano, Felli, Paolo & Montali, Marco (2018). A holistic approach for soundness verification of decision-aware process models. In Xiaoyong Du, Guoliang Li, Zhanhuai Li, Juan C. Trujillo, Tok Wang Ling, Karen C. Davis & Mong Li Lee (Eds.), Conceptual Modeling – 37th International Conference, ER 2018, Proceedings (pp. 219-235). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), No. 11157 LNCS). Springer.
The last decade has witnessed an increasing transformation in the design, engineering, and mining of processes, moving from a pure control-flow perspective to more integrated models where also data and decisions are explicitly considered. This calls for methods and techniques able to ascertain the correctness of such integrated models. Differently from previous approaches, which mainly focused on the local interplay between decisions and their corresponding outgoing branches, we introduce a holistic approach to verify the end-to-end soundness of a Petri net-based process model, enriched with case data and decisions. In addition, we present an effective, implemented technique that verifies soundness by translating the input net into a colored Petri net with bounded color sets, on which standard state space analysis techniques are subsequently applied. Experiments on real life illustrate the relevance and applicability in real settings.