PhD defense Shaya Pourmirza: “Runtime Party Switch in an Inter-Organizational Collaboration”

cover-2016-10-05On Tuesday, November 8th @4PM Auditorium 4, Shaya Pourmirza will defend his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Runtime Party Switch in an Inter-Organizational Collaboration”

Supervisor(s): prof.dr.ir. P.W.P.J. Grefen and dr.ir. R.M. Dijkman
Chair: prof.dr. I.E.J. Heynderickx

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Summary

During the execution of an inter-organizational business-to-business (B2B) collaboration, a collaborating party may drop out for technical reasons or for business reasons. In such a case, the leaving party must be replaced, at runtime, by a new party. Ideally, the new party can pick up where the old party left off.

Currently, algorithms exist that can help with the runtime selection of the new party in order to incorporate it in the collaboration. Also, several studies have investigated the theoretical foundations of dynamic business process changes within a single enterprise. However, very few attempts have been made which can help a new party in a collaboration to pick up where the old party left off. Designing such techniques constitutes a challenge due to each party’s autonomy and to privacy policies that emerge in the context of a collaboration.

This PhD study aims to address this challenge by providing an overview of the components, algorithms, operations and techniques that are necessary to enable a party in a collaboration to be replaced by another party at runtime. Accordingly, this study consists of the following three research activities.

Firstly, it presents a descriptive reference architecture for Business Process Management Systems (BPMS) that facilitates switching parties in inter-organizational collaborations. This reference architecture, called BPMS-RA, has been designed based on a systematic literature survey of existing BPMS architectures. The main purpose of the development of BPMS-RA is twofold: (i) it can be employed as an architectural template for developing a new BPMS by offering two distinct levels of aggregation for the components that comprise a BPMS architecture, and (ii) it enables the analysis and comparison of existing BPMS in terms of their functionalities.

Secondly, it introduces a strategy for adapting an inter-organizational collaboration when a global view on the collaboration exists. In this strategy we assume that it is possible to have a central party, called the global controller, that can observe all communication and be the intermediary between all collaborating parties when one party is replaced by another. In this case there is also a model that describes all communications, which is called the choreography model. This research contributes to the body of knowledge by proposing a set of algorithms, operations and techniques (such as rollback and compensation) that facilitate the party switch in the case where a global controller and a choreography model exist.

Finally, it describes a strategy for adapting an inter-organizational collaboration when a global view on the collaboration does not exist. In this strategy, we assume that there is no global controller in a collaboration and no choreography model of the collaboration. The main challenge in this case is to capture the choreography model by relating the past communications among the collaborating parties that belong to the same thread of collaboration. This challenge is also known as the correlation challenge. This study addresses this challenge by introducing a new process discovery algorithm, called the correlation miner, that facilitates discovery when events (i.e., messages) are not associated with a case identifier.

In order to demonstrate the feasibility of these studies, we have developed prototype tools that implement our solutions and we evaluated them in a practical setting. Additional experiments were performed on both synthetic and real-world process models in order to determine the extent to which our proposed solutions are applicable.

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Guest Speaker in the BPM Cluster (11 Nov): Dr. Bill Curtis

We are pleased to invite you to our next BPM Cluster Meeting that will take place on Friday, Nov.11, 2016 — 12:30 – 13:30. 
Our guest speaker is Dr. Bill Curtis –  an eminent software and organizational scientist.
Please find below the details about Dr. Curtis and his talk.

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DateFriday, November 11th, 12.30 – 13.30
Location:  Auditorium 2 (https://goo.gl/maps/12vWpRU21hx). Eindhoven University of Technology, Building: Auditorium, Room: 1.02, 5612 Eindhoven.
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SpeakerDr. Bill Curtis
TitleBusiness Process Maturity, Improvement, and Technology
Abstract:
Implementers of business process re-engineering, process improvement, and process technology too often make incorrect assumptions about their organizations.  First, they assume the organization has a business process.  Second, they assume there is one such process, rather than many.  When viewed from a process maturity perspective both of these assumptions are frequently wrong.  To avoid pitfalls that have caused as many as 70% of re-engineering and improvement programs to underperform, process re-engineering, improvement, and technology must be matched to the process maturity of the organization.  The Business Process Maturity Model (BPMM), an international standard of the Object Management Group (OMG), will be described from an organizational development and improvement perspective.  The characteristics of each maturity level explain many of the lessons that process improvement programs such as Six Sigma have had to learn to be successful, as well as why many implementations of process re-engineering and technology did not achieve their promised benefits.  These observations will illustrate with industrial examples, and will suggest one path for integrating IT with organizational science.

Bio:
bill curtisDr. Bill Curtis is best known for leading the development of the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) and People CMM while directing the Software Process Program in the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. CMM has become the global standard for evaluating the capability of organizations developing software. He later led the development of the Business Process Maturity Model (BPMM), now an OMG standard. Dr. Bill Curtis is currently SVP and Chief Scientist with CAST, which markets software analysis and measurement technology, where he heads CAST Research Labs.  He is also the Executive Director of the Consortium for IT Software Quality, a special interest group associated with the Object Management Group (OMG) chartered to produce international standards for measuring the size and quality of software from source code analysis. He has worked at GE Space Division, ITT, MCC, and co-founded a CMM-consultancy, TeraQuest, which was sold to Borland in 2005.  He taught behavioral statistics and conducted research on organizational leadership and sports psychology while in the Organizational Research Unit at the University of Washington.  He has published 4 books, over 150 papers, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to software process improvement and measurement.

 

 

Data Science Seminar by Joao Paulo Carvalho – University of Lisbon

You are cordially invited to the Data Science Seminar that will take place on Friday, 28th October 2016 (TU/e AUD2).

Participation is free of charge, but please register by sending an email to is@tue.nl before 26th October 2016.

Speaker: Joao Paulo Carvalho, INESC ID’s Spoken Language Systems Laboratory
Title: Fuzzy Fingerprints: Identification and classification in Big data using top-k values

Information about the event is as follows:

Abstract: Fuzzy Fingerprints are a recently introduced technique inspired by the fact that many types of data studied in the physical and social sciences can be approximated with a Zipfian distribution. I.e., the frequency of an item is inversely proportional to its rank in the frequency table. Fuzzy Fingerprints efficiently use the implicit information contained in top-k most frequent data values to perform identification in large datasets. The term “fingerprint” is used in the sense that fingerprints are unique, and are usually left unintentionally, allowing us to identify their “owners”. The fingerprint concept can be extended from single users to categories, topics or classes, allowing us to perform tasks such as classification and recommendation.

In this talk I will approach the ideas behind Fuzzy Fingerprints and show case studies and applications involving: identification of anonymous users based on their phone and web usage habits; text author identification based on their writing habits; classification and identification in social data (e.g. detecting tweets related to a given trending topic); classification based on medical text data; movie recommendation; etc.

This event is technically co-sponsored by the Benelux Chapter of IEEE
Computational Intelligence Society.

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BPM Cluster meeting – Presentation by Rob Kusters: Risks and problems on the intersection of Agile and traditional development methods in hybrid organizations

Speaker: Rob Kusters

Title: Risks and problems on the intersection of Agile and traditional development methods in hybrid organizations

Abstract: This research aims to identify the risks and problems experienced in the alignment and collaboration between Agile and traditional development methods within hybrid organizations. A literature search was executed looking at evidence from combinations of Agile, traditional development methods and hybrid organizations. The analysis focuses on risks, problems and challenges to scope the research area. Classification workshops were used to group the results from literature into a coherent whole. The result was tested in a single embedded case study.

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Colloquium IS Irene Vanderfeesten: End-to-end process management in high tech manufacturing – an introduction to the HORSE project

Speaker:
Irene Vanderfeesten

Title:
End-to-end process management in high tech manufacturing – an introduction to the HORSE project

Abstract:
The HORSE project is a EU Horizon 2020 research and development project in the area of “factories of the future”. It aims to develop a framework for smart factories that increases efficiency and effectiveness of manufacturing processes by applying and extending process management technology and by integrating human and robotic activities on the workfloor while ensuring a safe and healthy work environment.  In this presentation I will introduce the HORSE project, its goals, its applications, and the contribution  of the TU/e HORSE team to the framework as a whole. I will report on the progress we have made so far in the requirements analysis, complete system design and development of manufacturing process management.

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Inaugural lecture Prof.dr.ir. Jos J.M. Trienekens Friday October 28, 2016

Prof.dr.ir. Jos J.M. Trienekens was appointed October 1st 2015 as endowed professor of Information Management in Educational Value Networks ” at the Open University. The chair at the Faculty of Management, Science and Technology funded by DEKRA Certification BV in Arnhem.

He will deliver his inaugural lecture:

Date: 28 October 2016
Location: Aula from the Vergadercentrum Pretoria from the Open University. Address: Valkenburgerweg, 177, 6419 AT Heerlen
Time: Reception from 15.30h, Inaugural Lecture: 16:00h (precisely)

Registration: Mandatory until 21 October 2016, via www.ou.nl/uitnodiging.

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Colloquium IS Xudong Lu: september (Exceptional date this time: WEDNESDAY this time)

Speaker:
Xudong Lu

Title: Utilizing Electronic Heath Records to Support Risk Prediction of Cardiovascular Diseases

Abstract: The presentation will introduce the recent research in Zhejiang University of China on Risk Assessment of Cardiovascular Diseases based on data mining techniques. The research are based on 15000 patient records collected from the hospital. The features are retrieved through Medical NLP techniques, the different risk prediction models have been used on the data, and the results have been evaluated and compared to the GRACE model which has been used in clinical practice now.

About the speaker:

Xudong Lu is a professor of medical informatics at BMI lab of Zhejiang University in China, and a visiting research professor at Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands this week. Before his employment in ZJU, he has the industrial experience of working at Nihon Kohden Corporation in Japan (a well-known corporation on its physiology examination devices and information systems) from 2002-2003. His research focuses are on electronic medical record and clinical decision support. He is the project leader of the National “863” project of “Research on High-end EMR-S and its pilot implementations” initiated since 2011. Besides, he has also involved in several national projects on clinical decision support system.

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Colloquium IS Rodrigo Gonçalves: Obtaining, analyzing and manipulating traffic data for a vehicle routing application

Speaker:
Rodrigo Gonçalves

Title:
Obtaining, analyzing and manipulating traffic data for a vehicle routing application.

Abstract:
Vehicle routing problem concerns the service of a logistics company. How things are delivered from one or more depots in a given set of vehicles which move on a given road network to a set of customers. The solution is a set of routes which minimizes global transportation costs. Solutions are obtained based on known characteristics of routes such as travel times or distances between customers. Even though distances are fixed, travel times fluctuate. They are heavily dependent on punctual occurrences, like weather related events or traffic accidents, but also on the period of the year, month and day. In this talk, I will discuss how travel time data was obtained from a TomTom API, how we overcame API limitations by manipulating data and I’ll provide an analysis of how travel time changes with the period of the year, month and day.

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Colloquium IS Arthur ter Hofstede: Patterns: A Personal Reflection

Speaker:
Arthur ter Hofstede

Title:
Patterns: A Personal Reflection

Abstract:
In the (very) late nineties, I became involved in the Workflow Patterns Initiative. My first foray into patterns-related research. Over time, a number of different patterns collections would be defined and pattern-based evaluations conducted. In this talk I would like to reflect on my experiences with this type of research and discuss the use of patterns, the challenges in defining them, methodological considerations, and typical criticisms.

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Colloquium Jos Trienekens, april: “Information Quality, framing an evolving information management concept”

Speaker:
Jos Trienekens

Title:
Information Quality, framing an evolving information management concept

Abstract:
Over the years information quality has been subject to many Ph.D research and MSc. projects in the information/software management research group of our capacity group Information Systems.

This presentation will position the information quality concept in a three-level framework, and will clarify characteristics of various research projects (in our group). On each level the focus areas of specification, metrication, standardisation and continuous improvement will be discussed.

In recent years the concept of information quality has evolved towards an IT Governance subject in inter-organisational networks.  Some examples of this evolution will be presented with reference to current Ph.D projects in our research group.

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