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Ranking of the most useful Flux Capacitor articles for a Process Mining Data Scientist


Flux Capacitor is the blog of Fluxicon, the company behind Disco, one of the most widely used comercial tools for Process Mining. Since 2009, Flux Capacitor has published dozens of articles of high usefulness for both practitioners and researchers in Process Mining: practical tips, discussions, tutorials, case studies, interviews, …  But, what is the most useful article for a process mining data scientist?

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 20.43.42In order to answer this question, the ProcessMiningUC group, the research group in Process Mining of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC), has elaborated a ranking based on the opinion of 15 business process management and process mining experts. Each expert evaluated (from 1 to 15 points) the 15 most useful articles for a process scientist according to their criteria, among all the articles published in 7 years.

According to the ranking the most useful article is Why Process Mining is Ideal for Data Scientists. The article, with 136 points and a considerable distance with the second position,  presents a brief description of the field and provides pointers to additional material. The second article, Change in Perspective with Process Mining, presents the capacities of process mining to obtain a process perspective on your data,  while the third, How is Process Mining different from,  highlights the differences between process mining and other areas such as Data Mining, BPM, Lean Six Sigma, Business Intelligence, or Simulation.

The complete ranking is the following:

Ranking Article Points
1 136
2 106
3  89
4  74
5  71
6  70
7  68
8  57
9  52
10  47
11  47
12  40
13  38
14  37
15  34
16  33
17  31
18  30
19  30
20  29
21  28
22  28
23  27
24  27
25  26
26  25
27  23
28  22
29  21
30  20
31  19
32  19
33  18
34  18
35  16
36  16
37  16
38  16
39  15
40  15
41  15
42  14
43  14
44  14
45  13
46  13
47  13
48  12
49  12
50  11
51  11
52  9
53  9
54  9
55  8
56  7
57  7
58  6
59  6
60  6
61  5
62  5
63  5
64  4
65  4
66  4
67  4
68  4
69  3
70  3
71  3
72  2
73  2
74  1
75  1

IEEE Best Process Mining Dissertation winner, Andrea Burattin, visits DCC UC


With the aim to provide feedback on three process mining projects related to healthcare and higher education, postdoctoral research assistant in Computer Science at the BPM Research Cluster of the University of Innsbruck, Andrea Burattin, visited UC Department of Computer Science at Catholic University of Chile (DCC UC).


Andrea Burattin was invited by DCC UC academics, Marcos Sepúlveda, Valeria Herskovic and Jorge Munoz-Gama, in the context of the project, “Analysis of multidisciplinary collaboration in primary healthcare using process mining”, funded by the Chilean National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development, Fondecyt.

“The idea is to see whether we can use process mining techniques to provide useful insights on these different domains. We saw some several techniques than can already be applied to these logs and we are expecting good outcomes that would be a contribution, not for Process Mining as a discipline, but for domains as higher education and healthcare”, said Andrea Burattin about the projects he will work on: “Process Mining in Higher Education” and “Answering Frequently Posed Questions in Emergency Room through Process Mining”.

During his visit, Andrea Burattin, who was awarded in 2014 by IEEE Task Force on Process Mining with the Best Process Mining Dissertation for the doctoral thesis, “Applicability of Process Mining Techniques in Business Environments”, offered the presentation “Process Mining Techniques in Business Environments” to explain the ideas behind his research area in Computer Science.

“Applied science open problems are different from the theoretical ones. In fact, they only partially overlap each other. With this work I tried to demonstrate that if you want a technique to be successful you need this technique to be also applicable in the real world”, said postdoctoral researcher, Andrea Burattin.

After his talk at UC Department of Computer Science at Catholic University of Chile (DCC UC), Andrea Burattin attended presentations by doctoral researchers and answered questions from first and second year students. “Their doubts were less technical, but reflected a lot of interest. The impression I had from them was positive and it was nice to give this talk”, assured Andrea Burattin.

In addition to his doctoral thesis developed into the Springer book “Process Mining Techniques in Business Environments”, Andrea Burattin has published 27 articles about Process Mining, Business Process Randomization and Simulation; and Declare Models (analysis and discovery) techniques and methodologies. He is a member of IEEE Task Force on Process Mining since 2009, and of IEEE since 2010.

Read more  in here.


“Process Mining in Healthcare: A Literature Review” published at JBI


The article “Process Mining in Healthcare: A Literature Review”  by Eric Rojas, Jorge Munoz-Gama, Marcos Sepúlveda and Daniel Capurro has been published in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics. The paper includes an analysis of the case studies according to eleven main aspects, including: process and data types; frequently posed questions; process mining techniques, perspectives and tools; methodologies; implementation and analysis strategies; geographical analysis; and medical fields. It also includes emerging topics and future trends in this field.

JBI2016This review can provide a useful overview of the current work being undertaken in this field; help researchers to choose process mining algorithms, techniques, tools, methodologies, and approaches for their own applications; identify accomplishments and limitations in the case studies; and highlight the use of process mining to improve healthcare processes.

The full paper is available in the here.
A pre-print version of the paper is available in here.


“A Framework for Recommending Resource Allocation based on Process Mining” presented at DeMiMoP 2015


Our Ph.D. student, Michael Arias, presented the work “A Framework for Recommending Resource Allocation based on Process Mining” by Michael Arias, Eric Rojas, Jorge Munoz-Gama, and Marcos Sepúlveda at the International Workshop on Decision Mining & Modeling for Business Processes (DeMiMoP 2015), organized in conjunction with the International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2015).


This article proposes a multi-criteria mechanism based on historical and contextual information to automatically recommend a ranking of the most suitable resources to execute a a process  (or sub-process).

A pre-print versión of the paper is available here.


Student Michael Arias presented at Doctoral Consortium BPM 2015


Our Ph.D. student Michael Arias presented his research at the Doctoral Consortium of the International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2015) in Innsbruck, Austria.


The consortium, sponsored by IBM,  provided the opportunity for students to meet and interact with experienced researchers in the area of BPM,  and to receive valuable feedback and guidance on students’ research methods and plans. Additionally, Michael Arias  present his work as a poster in the main conference.

The poster is available here.