Business Process Management lecture series at Stevens

November 11, 2005

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- The Center of Excellence in Business Process Innovation (CEBPI) at Stevens Institute of Technology will present a four-part Business Process Management (BPM) Lecture Series. BPM is a collection of analytical, design, and management techniques that allow companies to streamline and manage their critical business processes. It helps organizations reduce expenses, improve revenue margins, and enhance service quality and delivery to customers.

The first lecture, Process Discovery and Conformance: New challenges for process-aware information systems, is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the McLean Building, room 104. Wil van der Aalst, a Professor from Technische Universiteit Eindhoven in the Netherlands, will provide a brief overview of the research done in the IS group in Eindhoven in the BPM area (e.g., workflow patterns and verification) and then discuss the topic of process discovery and conformance. He will also show the ProM framework for supporting process mining efforts and discuss applications in the web services domain. Van der Aalst is a full Professor and head of the Information Systems subdepartment of the department of Technology Management at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He is also an adjunct professor at Queensland University of Technology, directs the Eindhoven Digital Laboratory for Business Processes (EDL-BP), and is a fellow and management team member of the research institute BETA.

Marlon Dumas, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, will present From Collaboration Models to Service Models on Friday, Nov. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Peirce Building, room 120. This talk will summarize the state of the art related to applying Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs) to enable collaborative processes, with an emphasis on adaptation issues raised by mismatches between existing services and the collaborative process in which these services are required to engage.

Dumas holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Grenoble, France. He is currently senior lecturer at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, visiting researcher at SAP Research, and fellow of the Queensland Government. He conducts research in the areas of service-oriented architectures, application integration and business process management. He is co-editor of the book Process-Aware Information Systems (John Wiley & Sons, 2005) and has published extensively in academic and professional journals, magazines and conferences.

The next lecture will be given by Hajo A. Reijers, Assistant Professor in Business Process Management at TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands, who will discuss Process and Service Design on Monday, Nov. 21 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Peirce Building, room 218. Reijers will present an overview on research that is being conducted on more structured approaches to process design. One of these methods aims to derive a favorable design for a process from a deeper analysis of the services it delivers, an approach similar to the use of a "bill of materials" to derive optimal assembly lines in manufacturing. Another method that will be presented draws from the identification of a set of some 30 best practices in process design. The talk will also cover the progress that is being made on incorporating these methods in concrete tools.

Reijers is a member of the Beta Research school of Operations Management and Logistics. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science (2002), an M.Sc. in Computer Science (1994), and an M.Sc. in Technology and Society (1994). He wrote his Ph.D. thesis while he was a manager for Deloitte Consulting. Previously, he also worked for Bakkenist Management Consultants and Accenture.

The fourth lecture in the series, Business Process Management and Standardization, will take place on Monday, Nov. 28, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Peirce Building, room 220. Michael zur Muehlen, Assistant Professor for Information Systems at Stevens, will shed light on the alphabet soup that characterizes much of the BPM standardization efforts currently underway. Different concepts for the classification of standards will be introduced, and the overall process of standardization will be analyzed, both from a theoretical and a practitioner's perspective.

Prior to joining Stevens, zur Muehlen was a senior lecturer at the Department of Information Systems, University of Muenster, Germany, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Tartu, Estonia. He has managed and conducted various reengineering projects in the utility, financial services industrial, and telecommunications sectors both in Germany and the US. He has advised several workflow vendors and is an active contributor to the workflow standards community. Dr. zur Muehlen holds a Ph.D. (Dr. rer. pol.) and an MSc in Information Systems from the University of Muenster, Germany. About the Center of Excellence in Business Process Innovation

Business Process Innovation addresses the definition, implementation, execution and improvement of corporate processes. It ranges from the graphical capturing and modeling of business processes to their automation using information technology. As a Center of Excellence, Stevens is a founding member of the collaborative SAP/IDS Scheer Business Process Innovation Institute, a joint effort that includes Queensland University of Technology (Australia), George Mason University, Widener University, École Polytechniques Montréal, and the University of Saarbruecken (Germany).

CEBPI promotes research into next-generation business solutions to better prepare tomorrow's workforce. The research project at CEBPI focus on how new technology can facilitate the redesign of processes, and how these processes can be managed using new technology. Most of CEBPI's research projects are industry collaborations and are sponsored by organizations such as SAP Research, the US Army, and the Australian Research Council. For more information please refer to
About Stevens Institute of Technology
Established in 1870, Stevens offers baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science, management and technology management, as well as a baccalaureate in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. Located directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan, the university has enrollments of approximately 1,780 undergraduates and 2,700 graduate students, and a current enrollment of 2,250 online-learning students worldwide. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at
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