Automatic Support for Product Based Workflow Design: Generation of Process Models from a Product Data Model

  • Irene Vanderfeesten
  • Hajo A. Reijers
  • Wil M. P. van der Aalst
  • Jan Vogelaar
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6428)


Product Based Workflow Design (PBWD) is one of the few scientific methodologies for the (re)design of workflow processes. It is based on an analysis of the product that is produced in the workflow process and derives a process model from the product structure. Until now this derivation has been a manual task and is therefore a time-consuming and error-prone exercise. Automatic support would enhance the use of the PBWD methodology. In this paper we propose several algorithms to automatically generate process models from a product structure and we present a software tool (implemented in ProM) to support this. Finally, the properties of the resulting process models are analysed and discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irene Vanderfeesten
    • 1
  • Hajo A. Reijers
    • 1
  • Wil M. P. van der Aalst
    • 1
  • Jan Vogelaar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences, School of Industrial EngineeringTechnische Universiteit EindhovenEindhovenThe Netherlands

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