Dirk Fahland

Dirk is Associate Professor (UHD) in the PA group. He completed his PhD with summa cum laude at Humboldt-Univeristät zu Berlin and Eindhoven University of Technology in 2010. His research interests include distributed processes and systems built from distributed components for which he investigates modeling systems (using process modeling languages, Petri nets, or scenario-based techniques), analyzing systems for errors or misconformances (through verification or simulation), and process mining/specification mining techniques for discovering system models from event logs. He particularly focuses on distributed system with multi-instance characteristics and their synchronizing and interacting behaviors. Dirk published his research results in over 40 articles at international conferences and journals and implemented them in a number of software tools.

Position: UD
Room: MF 7.066
Tel (internal): 4804
Links: Courses
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External links: Personal home page
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Awards

  • Best Paper award at ICPM 2020 for Zahra Toosinezhad - Zahra Toosinezhad, Dirk Fahland, and Wil van der Aalst have won the Best Paper award at ICPM with her paper “Detecting System-Level Behavior Leading To Dynamic Bottlenecks“. Congratulations to Zahra , Dirk, and Wil!
  • Best PhD. Dissertation award at ICPM 2020 for Xixi Lu - Xixi Lu, a former PhD student of our group, has won the Best PhD. Dissertation award with her thesis “Using behavioral context in process mining: exploration, preprocessing and analysis of event data“. Her promotor was Wil van der Aalst, and Dirk Fahland was one of her copromotors.

Recent courses

  • 2AMR10 Responsible Data Challenge - Only for BDMA students. Links 2AMR10 / 2020Q1 @ Osiris Staff
  • 2IMC90 Data Sci & Engineering - In this meeting the student gets insight into the study program. Links 2IMC90 / 2020 @ Osiris Staff
  • 2AMI20 Advanced Process Mining - Understanding and predicting behavior of people and machines in a shared setting (task, project, factory, process, organization) is central to Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. Actions of people and machines can be recorded as discrete events in event sequences (logs), event databases (tables, graphs), and real-time event streams. Learning behavioral models of discrete event data Read More ...
  • 2IMI05 Capita selecta process analytics - People interested in the ‘process side’ of information systems can take the course ‘Capita selecta architecture of information systems’. This course will be organized in an ad-hoc manner taking into account the interests of the student. The focus will always be on a particular ‘hot topic’ in the information systems domain. The course can, in Read More ...
  • 2IMI00 Seminar AIS - In this seminar, a group of master students will get in touch with research in the area of Information Systems, where Process Mining and Process Analysis from Event Data are the central themes. We study recent publications in the area of process mining and practical applications on real-life examples, to provide a good insight into Read More ...
  • JBG060 Data Challenge 3 - The objective of the Data Challenge courses is to teach students how to perform large-scale data-driven analyses themselves, combining technical skills acquired earlier with insights gained in methodological courses. The focus of Data Challenge 3 is to take students through the entire life-cycle of a data analysis for public stakeholders, starting in a typical situation Read More ...

Recent assignments

  • Develop a Behavioral Event Data Query Language - Query languages are essential for exploring, working with data and directly answering questions from data. SQL is the prime example for answering questions on relational data. Behavioral data is recorded in the form of events with timestamps. Various techniques such as Process Mining use the data in the form of event logs to aggregate and Read More ...
  • Process Discovery using Generative Adversarial Neural Networks - Process Discovery is an unsupervised learning problem with the task of discovering a graph-based model from sequences (or graphs) of event data that describes the data best. Generative Adversarial Neural Networks (GANNs) are a type of neural networks used to learn structures in an unsupervised fashion. The objective of this project is to explore the Read More ...
  • Process Mining on Event Graph Databases (multiple projects) - Process mining assumes event data to be stored in an event log, which is technically either a relational table (attributes as columns) or a stream of events (attribute value pairs). Recently, we developed a new technique to store event data in a Graph database such as Neo4j. This allows to do process mining over various Read More ...
  • Mining processes, social networks, and queues (multiple projects) - A recent visual analytics technique called the “Performance Spectrum” https://github.com/processmining-in-logistics/psm allows us to gain more fine-grained insights into performance behavior and changes over time. A TU/e Master student showed that it is possible to mine synchronization of cases from the performance spectrum data showing that the behavior of a case depends on the mechanisms and Read More ...
  • Efficient unsupervised event context detection - for event log clustering, outlier detection, and pre-processing. We recently developed a technique to detect the context of events from an event log in an efficient way through sub-graph matching. This allows to identify events and parts of event logs which are similar or different to each other, allowing to cluster traces, detect outliers, and Read More ...
  • Smart event log pre-processing - The quality of process mining results highly depends on the quality of the input data where noise, infrequent behaviors, log incompleteness or many different variants undercut the assumptions of process discovery algorithms, and lead to low-quality results. ProM provides numerous event log pre-processing and filtering options, but they require expert knowledge to understand when which Read More ...

Recent external assignments

  • Process Mining and Process Prediction in Logistics (Vanderlande) - Summary In the context of the “Process Mining in Logistics” research project between Vanderlande Industries, we are offering multiple Master projects on process mining on event data of large-scale material handling systems. The fundamental challenges addressed are size (logistics processes are a factor 10-100 larger than business processes), reliable performance analysis and process prediction. We Read More ...
  • Advanced Process Mining techniques in Practice (several Master projects with ProcessGold) - ProcessGold is a software supplier bringing together Process Mining and Business Intelligence, driven by highly skilled ICT entrepreneurs and backed by a wealth of experience. ProcessGold recently released a new Process Mining platform, the ProcessGold Enterprise Platform, that combines data extraction, process mining techniques, and visual analytics in order to produce dynamic visual reports which Read More ...

Recent presentations

Recent projects

  • Process Mining in Logistics - Process Mining in Logistics is a joint project of the Data Science Center Eindhoven and Vanderlande industries. Description Logistics processes are notoriously difficult to design, analyze, and to improve. Where classical processes are scoped around the processing of information associated to a specific unique case, logistics deals with physical objects that are grouped and processed Read More ...

Recent publications

  • Process mining for six sigma: a guideline and tool support - Graafmans, T. L. F., Türetken, O., Poppelaars, J. J. G. H., & Fahland, D. (Accepted/In press). Process mining for six sigma: a guideline and tool support. Business & Information Systems Engineering. Abstract Process mining offers a set of techniques for gaining data-based insights into business processes from event logs. The literature acknowledges the potential benefits Read More ...
  • Storing and querying multi-dimensional process event logs using graph databases - Esser, S., & Fahland, D. (2019). Storing and querying multi-dimensional process event logs using graph databases. In 15th International Workshop on Business Process Intelligence Abstract Process event data is usually stored either in a sequential process event log or in a relational database. While the sequential, single-dimensional nature of event logs aids querying for event Read More ...
  • Predictive performance monitoring of material handling systems using the performance spectrum - Denisov, V., Fahland, D., & van der Aalst, W. M. P. (2019). Predictive performance monitoring of material handling systems using the performance spectrum. In Proceedings – 2019 International Conference on Process Mining, ICPM 2019 (pp. 137-144). [8786068] Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. DOI: 10.1109/ICPM.2019.00029 Abstract Predictive performance analysis is crucial for supporting operational Read More ...
  • Performance mining for batch processing using the performance spectrum - Klijn, E. L., & Fahland, D. (2019). Performance mining for batch processing using the performance spectrum. In 15th International Workshop on Business Process Intelligence Abstract Performance analysis from process event logs is a central element of business process management and improvement. Established performance analysis techniques aggregate time-stamped event data to identify bottlenecks or to visualize Read More ...
  • Describing behavior of processes with many-to-many interactions - Fahland, D. (2019). Describing behavior of processes with many-to-many interactions. In S. Haar, & S. Donatelli (Eds.), Application and Theory of Petri Nets and Concurrency – 40th International Conference, PETRI NETS 2019, Proceedings (pp. 3-24). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 11522 LNCS). Read More ...
  • Preface: Workshop on Petri Nets and Modeling 2018 - Fahland, D., Köhler-Bußmeier, M., & Moldt, D. (2018). Preface: Workshop on Petri Nets and Modeling 2018. In MOD-WS 2018 (CEUR Workshop Proceedings; Vol. 2060). CEUR-WS.org.  
  • Information-preserving abstractions of event data in process mining - Leemans, S. J. J., & Fahland, D. (2019). Information-preserving abstractions of event data in process mining. Knowledge and Information Systems. DOI: 10.1007/s10115-019-01376-9 Abstract Process mining aims at obtaining information about processes by analysing their past executions in event logs, event streams, or databases. Discovering a process model from a finite amount of event data thereby Read More ...
  • The performance spectrum miner : visual analytics for fine-grained performance analysis of processes - Denisov, Vadim, Belkina, Elena, Fahland, Dirk & van der Aalst, Wil M.P. (2018). The performance spectrum miner : visual analytics for fine-grained performance analysis of processes. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 2196, 96-100. Abstract We present the Performance Spectrum Miner, a ProM plugin, which implements a new technique for fine-grained performance analysis of processes. The technique uses Read More ...
  • Who is behind the model? classifying modelers based on pragmatic model features - Burattin, Andrea, Soffer, Pnina, Fahland, Dirk, Mendling, Jan, Reijers, Hajo A., Vanderfeesten, Irene, Weidlich, Matthias & Weber, Barbara (2018). Who is behind the model? classifying modelers based on pragmatic model features. In Ingo Weber, Jan vom Brocke, Marco Montali & Mathias Weske (Eds.), Business Process Management – 16th International Conference, BPM 2018, Proceedings (pp. 322-338). Read More ...
  • Unbiased, fine-grained description of processes performance from event data - Denisov, V.V., Fahland, D. & van der Aalst, W.M.P. (2018). Unbiased, fine-grained description of processes performance from event data. Business Process Management – 16th International Conference, BPM 2018, Sydney, NSW, Australia, September 9-14, 2018, Proceedings. (pp. 139-157). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science, No. 11080). Springer. Abstract Performance is central to processes management and event data Read More ...

 

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