Vacancies at Neways – Thesis Writers


The Information Systems group is often contacted by industrial organizations with assignments that could lead to student projects at various levels (master thesis project, bachelor completion project, etc.) Through this website we make these topics available to our students. In this post, we announce one such project, involving company Neways.

Primary Contact within TU/e: Remco Dijkman

Please, see below a short overview of the master thesis projects.

Improving the Customer Service Process at Neways
As soon as possible
Neways has multiple demanding OEM customers (e.g. ASML, Thermo Fisher). The company wants to improve its service structurally. Towards this end a thorough analysis is required from which a business intelligence tool can be developed to support a sustainable high customer service.

Automatically Detecting Master Data Problems at Neways
As soon as possible
Like all companies Neways is faced with the challenge of ensuring high master data quality in a dynamic environment. Master data concerns, amongst others, data on prices, lot sizes and lead times. It may happen that erroneous data is entered into the system, which obviously can lead to undesirable situations, for example, when the wrong price is entered. Therefore, the objective of this assignment is to develop a tool that supports master data quality assessment and maintenance.

Colloquium IS (June 2, 2017) – ISO 20000 adoption challenges – A Delphi study

Dear all,

We are pleased to invite you to our next Colloquium IS that will take place on Friday,

June 2, 2017, 12:30 – 13:30 (Paviljoen K.16).

Speaker: Barış Özkan

Title: ISO 20000 adoption challenges – A Delphi study

The traditional resource and technology centered relationship between IT organizations and its clients is undergoing a transformation worldwide. On one end, both internal users and external clients demand cost-effective and high performance IT services which can be aligned to their changing business goals, needs and environments instantly. On the other end, IT organizations are shifting their focus from technology management to service management striving to deliver IT value by provision of IT services and to maintain their complex IT infrastructures at the same time. IT organizations are leaving their monopolistic role in the provision of IT services and the relationship is evolving into customer/provider relationships in which customers’ role change from service recipients to value co-creating stakeholders in service design and innovation.
Information technology service management (ITSM) has developed and expanded as a discipline that aims the systemic study of IT service systems throughout service life cycles and from strategic to operational levels. Various ITSM frameworks, practices and models have been proposed for establishing ITSM systems such as ITIL, Microsoft MOF, CMMI-SVC. ISO/IEC 20000 is the first international standard which sets out formal requirements and related guidance for an ITSM system whereby ITSM processes of an organization can be established and assessed. ISO 20000 has achieved an international recognition, yet there is a high potential and market push for ITSM certification at an international level.
In this talk after a brief introduction to ITSM and ISO 20000, an ongoing Delphi study that explores and investigates the challenges of ISO 20000 adoption will be explained and then preliminary results will be discussed.

Barış Özkan received his Ph.D. in Information Systems at Informatics Institute, Middle East Technical University, Turkey. Since 2013 he is an assistant professor in Department of Information Systems Engineering Atılım University, Turkey. His research and teaching interests include software measurement and estimation, software quality, IT and Software process assessment and improvement, business process management and IT governance and process audit.

Colloquium IS (April 7, 2017) – Pieter Van Gorp: Towards Unified Health Gamification

Dear all,

We are pleased to invite you to our next Colloquium IS that will take place on Friday,

April 7, 2017, 12:30 – 13:30 (Paviljoen K.16).

Speaker: Pieter Van Gorp

Title: Towards Unified Health Gamification

Abstract: There is a multitude of mobile Health (mHealth) applications that aim to solve societal health problems by stimulating specific types of physical activities via gamification. However, physical healthactivities cover just one of the three World Health Organization (WHO) dimensions of health. This talk introduces the novel notion of Unified Health Gamification (UHG), which covers besides physical health also social and cognitive health and well-being. Instead of rewarding separate activities in the three WHO dimensions using different mHealth competitions, UHG combines the scores for such activities on unified leaderboards and lets people interact in social circles beyond personal interests. This approach is promising in corporate environments since UHG can connect the employees with intrinsic motivation for physical health with those who have quite different interests. In this talk, we motivate the relevance of UHG and we showcase GameBus, a UHG prototype that we have applied successfully in various case studies in companies and municipalities. Preliminary results demonstrate significant improvements in self reported mental well-being.  The talk is scheduled while two larger scale pilots are ongoing so we will share recents insights too. We also foresee time to discuss business model considerations as well as technical aspects such as the GameBus REST APIs, the data model, etc.

Bio: Pieter Van Gorp has obtained his Ph.D. degree in Software Engineering at the University of Antwerp. Since 2008, he is an assistant professor in Information Systems at Eindhoven University of Technology. His research focuses on personal health data as an economic asset. In 2016, he has launched GameBus, a data-driven platform that rewards you for performing healthy activities in a social manner. He had previously designed an execution platform for securely analyzing Personal Health Records in the cloud. Van Gorp is also known for his work on reproducible research and model transformations for UML, BPMN and Petri-Nets.

Colloquium IS (March 3, 2017) – Remco Dijkman: Linguistic Summarization of Event Logs

Dear all,

We are pleased to invite you to our next Colloquium IS that will take place on Friday,

March 3, 2017, 12:30 – 13:30 (Paviljoen K.16).

Speaker: Remco Dijkman

Title: Linguistic Summarization of Event Logs

Abstract: The amount of data that is generated during the execution of a business process is growing. As a consequence it is increasingly hard to extract useful information from the large amount of data that is produced. Linguistic summarization helps to point business analysts in the direction of useful information, by verbalizing interesting patterns that exist in the data. In previous work we showed how linguistic summarization can be used to automatically generate diagnostic statements about event logs, such as `for most cases that contained the sequence ABC, the throughput time was long’. However, we also showed that our technique produced too many of these statements to be useful in a practical setting. Therefore we present a novel technique for linguistic summarization of event logs, which generates linguistic summaries that are concise enough to be used in a practical setting, while at the same time enriching the summaries that are produced by also enabling conjunctive statements. The improved technique is based on pruning and clustering of linguistic summaries. We show that it can be used to reduce the number of summary statements 80-100% compared to previous work. In a survey among 51 practitioners, we found that practitioners consider linguistic summarization useful and easy to use and intend to use it if it were commercially available.


Colloquium IS Rob Kusters: Decision Criteria for Software Component Sourcing Steps towards a Framework

Rob Kusters

Decision Criteria for Software Component Sourcing Steps towards a Framework

Software developing organizations nowadays have a wide choice when it comes to sourcing software components. This choice ranges from developing or adapting in-house developed components via buying closed source components to utilizing open source components. This study seeks to determine criteria that software developers can use to make this choice. Answering this question will result in a list of criteria that can, after further validation, be used to develop structured decision support in this type of decision. A first step is a literature search resulting in an initial list. Since the literature used was not specifically targeted at the question at hand, it was decided to separately conduct interviews to obtain an independently derived list of criteria. In a second part of the interview the respondents were confronted with the list resulting from literature. Together this resulted in a preliminary proposal for decision criteria for software sourcing

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

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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.


PhD defense Mohammad Rasouli: “Information Governance in Service-Oriented Business Networking”

cover pageOn Tuesday, October 25th @4PM Auditorium 4, Mohammad Rasouli will defend his Ph.D. thesis entitled  “Information governance in service-oriented business networking

Supervisor(s): P.W.P.J. Grefen en prof.dr. R.J. Kusters
Chair: G.P.J. Verbong

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Information Governance in Service-Oriented Business Networking

Competition in current business environments forces organizations to focus on their core competencies and outsource other activities. Organizations focusing on their core competencies collaborate with globally distributed business parties to provide products and services for customers. This highlights the importance of business networking for achieving competitive advantages. In this way, nowadays competition is between business networks (BNs) rather than between single organizations.

On the other hand, customers’ empowerment in globalized markets necessitates service orientation in BNs. Service orientation in BNs points out deep interactions with customers for value co-creation as well as dynamic and agile collaboration with suppliers to deliver mass-customized products and services. In this way, a service-oriented business network (SBN) is described as a collaborative network of independent parties within a market that co-create mass-customized packages of products and services in the form of integrated solutions.

Service orientation in BNs requires sensing of environmental changes (e.g. customer needs) and responding to these needs rapidly through agile orchestration of resources distributed among parties. Orchestration of distributed resources within a BN is realized by networked business processes. Service orientation in BNs highlights information-intensive networked business processes. The information-intensity implies dynamic evolution of networked business processes in order to respond to environmental requirements. The property of information-intensity is further increased by emerging paradigms like big data, cloud computing, and internet of things that enable to generate, store, access, and use globally distributed information. However, this situation results in emerging issues such as unsecured information access and low quality information products. These issues strongly threaten performance of BNs. So, they need to be recognized and countered by information governance (IG) mechanisms in an appropriate way. IG in the context of BNs can be characterized as a holistic approach to enable high quality and secure information exchanges among collaborating parties.

This dissertation concentrates on IG in SBNs. To do so, the dissertation is organized within the three main parts. The first part of the thesis characterizes SBNs within an integrated framework in the form of three-two dimensional matrices. The applicability and usefulness of the developed framework to characterize service orientation in real-life BNs is evaluated by a multiple-case study.

The second part of the dissertation concentrates on the identification of the IG issues resulting from service orientation in BNs. To do so, a systematic literature review is conducted that results in the identification of the 28 IG issues. These issues are categorized within information quality, information security, and metadata domains. The practical relevance of the theoretically identified IG issues is evaluated by a case study.

The third part of the dissertation describes synthesizing an architectural solution to deal with the identified IG issues. The designed architecture specifies components that support governing information assets that are exchanged to manage dynamic networked business processes in SBNs.




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 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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New Employee Juntao Gao

JuntaoI am a visiting scholar in the Information Systems group at Eindhoven University of Technology and an associate professor of School of Computer and Information Technology, Northeast Petroleum University, Heilongjiang Province, China.

I graduated from Beihang University in 2009 with Doctor of Science Degree. I have been working in Northeast Petroleum University for 6 years. I have done more than 11 projects of Business Process Modeling, Data Integration and Quality Management.
My current research and work focuses on (1) Business Process Intelligence (2)Business Process Management (3)Big Data.





New Employee Sander Peters

Foto SPFAs a not so new employee to the group (I did a lot of student-assistantships and my master thesis research within the group), but still a new employee I would like to introduce myself.  I received my Bachelor’s degree and both my Master’s degrees whilst studying at the Eindhoven University of Technology: In 2013 I completed my Bachelor in Industrial Engineering, whereas I recently completed my Masters in Operations, Management & Logistics and Business Information Systems in September of 2016. My main interests are in the area of business process analysis and optimization, especially the combination of logistical processes and the use of data to improve the efficiency of these processes.

I will participate within the Information Systems department as PhD student on the DATAS project, which is aimed to improve processes in the logistical sector by using (real-time) data and statistics combined with improved models for scheduling and planning. I look forward to the coming years and hope to further develop my skills and engage in interesting collaborations!