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ALBCOM Seminar on Algorithms and Theory of Computation
February 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
Where: S210 (floor -2), Omega Building, Campus Nord, UPC
Speaker: Han van der Aa, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Title: Comparing Textual Process Descriptions to Process Models
Abstract: In order to make process-related information accessible to a wide variety of stakeholders, many organizations capture their processes using multiple representation formats. A classic example of this is the use of textual process descriptions alongside graphical process models. The idea behind this is that each of these formats serves a different audience. Process models can be used to express the complex execution logic underlying a process and its implementation. By contrast, textual process descriptions represent an easy way to provide information to those stakeholders who are not familiar with reading and interpreting graphical notations. Despite this merit, the use of multiple representation formats also poses a considerable treat to an organization. Specifically, there is a risk that model and text do not describe the process in the same manner. As a result, users may develop different expectations about how the process should be executed, which can have potentially disastrous implications. For organizations with hundreds of different processes, the effort required to manually identify and clean up such conflicts is considerable. In this talk, we will consider how to overcome this by automating the detection of inconsistencies between textual descriptions and process models.