Master Thesis - Leveraging Object-Centric Event Logs in Predictive Process Monitoring (Joint project with FBK in Trento, Italy)

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Chiara Di Francescomarino

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Chiara Di Francescomarino

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Chiara Ghidini

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Chiara Ghidini

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Note: This thesis project involves working at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), one of the top research institutes in ICT in Italy (located in Trento)

Description

Predictive monitoring of business processes aims at learning from past process execution data, collected in event logs, to predict how an ongoing (uncompleted) process execution (a case) will unfold up to its completion. State-of-the-art predictive process monitoring approaches focus and leverage event logs with a single case notion (e.g., the history of a customer or of an order). In real-life processes, however, different case notions are often intertwined, due to the existence of one-to-many and many-to-many relations. For example, events of the same order handling process may refer to customers, orders, order lines, deliveries, and payments. Object-centric events logs, as described, for example, in the paper “Object-Centric Process Mining: Dealing with Divergence and Convergence in Event Data” https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-30446-1_1 do not force the selection of a single case notion. Object-centric events logs can be seen as an intermediate format sitting in-between real-life databases involving related tables (e.g., SAP) and the standard XES logging format.

The purpose of the internship/thesis is exploring (i) the different types of predictions that can be provided by exploiting the information contained in object-centric event logs; (ii) the impact that special encodings leveraging the relational information contained in object-centric event logs can have on the accuracy of the provided predictions. The goal is to provide better predictions closer to the actual processes and data in systems like SAP (and avoid flatting event data and straight-jacketing processes using the single case notion).

The project aims to combine the expertise at RWTH on object-centric process mining and the expertise at FBK on predictive process mining. The idea is to spend at least half of the time in Trento using an Erasmus+ scholarship.

About FBK

PDI (Process & Data Intelligence) is a Research Unit of the Information Technology Center, at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK). Dr. Chiara Ghidini and Dr. Chiara Di Francescomarino are experts in predictive process mining. PDI provides master projects supported through Erasmus+. FBK is located in Trento, Italy. FBK has over 400 permanent researchers, 140 doctoral students, 200 visiting fellows and thesis students. FBK is very strong in the field Information and Communication Technology, also specializing in topics such as AI and Data Science.

Erasmus+ traineeship program

This thesis project is offered in the context of the Erasmus+ traineeship program. This means that students needs to apply her/himself. Some basic information:

Time period:

  • To be eligible for funding, the internship must last at least 60 days (preferably 3-6 months).
  • Students can be funded by Erasmus for a total of twelve months per academic cycle.

Who can Participate:

  • German and international students in any course of study can apply as long as they are enrolled in a degree program at RWTH Aachen and have an internship place.

Target Countries by Country Group

  • Country Group 1, 555 Euros funding per month: Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Italy, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Austria, Sweden

Which internships are funded?

  • Erasmus+ funds qualified industry internships from two months (60 days) to twelve months. Eligible host companies include businesses in the public and private sector, regardless of size, legal form, or industrial sector, including social economy. Research internships at universities, including as part of a final project or thesis, can also be funded through the current Erasmus+ partial program. FBK is considered to be in the first category.

How can you apply?

  • First make sure there is an agreement with the supervisors on both the RWTH and FBK side.
  • After the commitment is there from the supervisors, the student should apply online https://rwthaachen.moveon4.de/locallogin/5b97aec185fb96c949d78223/eng# and upload the requested documents – as listed below – as PDF files. Please have the enterprise that you'll be visiting – the receiving organization – and your faculty – the sending institution – fill out or sign the Learning Agreement for Traineeships. (Please note, Sufficient language skills in the working language must be documented - at least Level B1 of the European Framework of Reference.) The best option is to use English.
  • The application will only be successful if it is properly motivated. The motivation should be content-related (why this project and why visit FBK), show how this adds to your study program, explain why you want to do this, and tell why you are the right person to do this.
  • You must sign a contract stating that you are not receiving double funding.

Required Documents and Learning Agreement for Traineeships to Provide when applying.

  • Learning Agreement for Traineeships
  • Current transcript of records
  • Certificate of enrollment
  • Resume
  • Proof of language skills
  • Statement of motivation, maximum of two DIN A4 pages
  • You are personally responsible for sufficient insurance coverage, that is health, accident, and liability insurance, during your stay abroad. Check early on to make sure whether or not your insurance is valid abroad and for what.
  • DAAD offers Erasmus+ funded students affordable group insurance tailored towards internships abroad. Here you can find more information about the DAAD group insurance Tarif 720.
  • You are personally responsible for sufficient insurance coverage, that is health, accident, and liability insurance, during your stay abroad. Check early on to make sure whether or not your insurance is valid abroad and for what.
  • DAAD offers Erasmus+ funded students affordable group insurance tailored towards internships abroad. Here you can find more information about the DAAD group insurance Tarif 720.

Please check the most current information. The above information is just to provide an idea of the require materials and constraints.

For more information please use the following link: https://www.rwth-aachen.de/go/id/bwyt/lidx/1. Study the information carefully. If you get stuck, contact . is the coordinator of the Erasmus+ traineeship program for Informatik, RWTH Aachen.

Supervisors

Prof.Dr.ir. Wil van der Aalst (RWTH), Dr. Chiara Ghidini, and Dr. Chiara Di Francescomarino (FBK)