Business Process Intelligence Workshop @ BPM 2017

Traditionally, the Business Process Intelligence workshop has been the largest workshop at the conference. Over the years, the workshop grew and included the BPI Challenge, the Process Discovery contest and the IEEE Task force meeting. That combined with the large number of people in the audience, the organizers this year proposed a two day event for the 13th edition of the BPI workshop.


The workshop, sponsored by Siav, is aiming to attract the same high-quality papers as previous years, with sufficient space and time for the researchers to present their findings to a focused audience. The paper presentations will be alternated by presentations of the winners of the BPI Challenge and the PD contest. On Sunday evening, a BPI-reception will be hosted for the participants and the workshop closes with the annual meeting of the IEEE Task force on process mining.

The BPI Challenge, sponsored by Celonis and Minit, has become a tradition for the workshop, as well as the conference participants. The public real-life datasets made available through this challenge are used in many papers and serve as a validation baseline. One of the most successful datasets was the 2012 dataset from a Dutch financial institute and this year, we have found the same company willing to share data of the same process, five years later. The data is richer than before, the process has grown in intensity and while the supporting system was replaced, the process is largely comparable.

The Process Discovery contest, sponsored by Cognitive Technology, is dedicated to the assessment of tools and techniques that discover business process models from event logs. The objective is to compare the efficiency of techniques to discover process models. Com-pared with last year, this year the competition will not only consider the ability of discovering process models balancing “overfitting” and “underfitting”, but also the capacity of mining models that provide business value to stakeholders.

We hope to see many of you at the BPI Workshop in Barcelona. The workshop is included in the regular workshop participation fee and more information is available on

Boudewijn van Dongen, Andrea Burattin, Jan Claes, and Jochen De Weerdt
Chairs of BPI 2017