INFO-H-420: Business Process Management

Version 2012 BPM Edition 2013

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  • Theory 24 h - Exercises 24h - Project 12h
  • 5 ECTS

Study Programme

  • Master in Computer Science and Engineering [MA-IRIF]
  • Master in Computer Sciences [INFO]
  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Programme in Big Data Management and Analytics (BDMA)


The grade for the course will be composed of:

Course Summary

This course introduces basic concepts for modelling and implementing business processes using contemporary information technologies. We start by the introduction of Petri nets. Because of their simple, yet rigorously mathematical formulation, Petri nets are very suitable to unambiguously define typical workflow patterns, and to reason about important notions such as soundness and completeness of workflows. Then we will move our attention to more practical workflow modelling languages. We will study the academic language YAWL (Yet Another Workflow Language) and the industrial standard BPMN 2.0 (Business Process Model and Notation) in detail, and touch the main characteristics of BPeL (Business Process Execution Language) and EPCs (Event-driven Process Chains). The second part of the course then goes into the analysis, simulation, verification, and induction (process mining) of workflow models.

In the exercises the YAWL system will be used to enact YAWL models, and the free software BonitaSoft for BPMN modeling and enactment. Furthermore, during the course a “proof of technology” and a case study will be offered by affiliated partner IBM at their premises in Evere (Next to the NATO complex).

Books and other lecture material

  1. Of the following three books, several chapters serve as background reading supporting the lectures.
  2. Regarding YAWL, it could be interesting to inspect some of the chapters of the YAWL reference book
    Available for download through VLink@ULB
    (Slides for this book)
  3. Lecture slides: will be made available on this site before the lectures; in the detailed schedule below, the entries for the individual lectures will link to a page specifically about that lecture.
    Many of the slides that will be used in this course are based upon slides by prof. Wil van der Aalst of the Eindhoven University of Technology (Acknowledgement BPM)


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