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Volume 4803 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 131-149

Data-Driven Modeling and Coordination of Large Process Structures

  • Dominic MüllerAffiliated withInformation Systems Group, University of TwenteDept. GR/EPD, DaimlerChrysler AG, Group Research & Advanced Engineering
  • , Manfred ReichertAffiliated withInformation Systems Group, University of Twente
  • , Joachim HerbstAffiliated withDept. GR/EPD, DaimlerChrysler AG, Group Research & Advanced Engineering

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In the engineering domain, the development of complex products (e.g., cars) necessitates the coordination of thousands of (sub-) processes. One of the biggest challenges for process management systems is to support the modeling, monitoring and maintenance of the many interdependencies between these sub-processes. The resulting process structures are large and can be characterized by a strong relationship with the assembly of the product; i.e., the sub-processes to be coordinated can be related to the different product components. So far, sub-process coordination has been mainly accomplished manually, resulting in high efforts and inconsistencies. IT support is required to utilize the information about the product and its structure for deriving, coordinating and maintaining such data-driven process structures. In this paper, we introduce the COREPRO framework for the data-driven modeling of large process structures. The approach reduces modeling efforts significantly and provides mechanisms for maintaining data-driven process structures.