International Honor for Wil van der Aalst


Professor Wil van der Aalst, chair of Process and Data Science (PADS) at RWTH Aachen University and head of the Process Mining Group at Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT), has been appointed Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in recognition of his achievements in process mining and workflow processes. IEEE is the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology for humanity.


Wil van der Aalst is one of the most cited computer scientists in the world. The professor has published groundbreaking works in the area of process mining and developed the first process mining techniques, such as process discovery, conformance checking, and predictive algorithms. At present, there are more than thirty commercially marketed process mining tools based on his research from the last two decades and many software companies were founded on the basis of his ideas. Furthermore, van der Aalst is a leading researcher in workflow management and laid the foundation for the area of business process management.

Until December 2017 he was Scientific Director of the Data Science Center Eindhoven and Head of the Architecture of Information Systems group at Eindhoven University of Technology. The professor has already received honorary doctorates from Moscow School of Economics, Tsinghua University, and Hasselt University. He is also an honorary member of the International Federation for Information Processing IFIP and elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities, The Academy of Europe, and the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts. Professor van der Aalst came to RWTH Aachen University in 2018 on an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship.

Source: Press and Communications