After over 10 years of research, process mining has now developed into a mature research field with an established research community and a strong presence (in terms of publications) in top information systems conferences such as BPM and CAiSE. Aside from a clear presence in terms of publications, process mining courses are taught around the world, books are available, and dedicated process mining MOOCs have been created. For example, the Coursera MOOC “Process Mining: Data Science in Action” had well over 100.000 participants.

These developments in research and teaching have been mirrored by a strong industry uptake, mainly in Europe but now also spreading to other continents. For example, Gartner released a market guide on process mining in April this year, describing the various categories of process mining techniques and how these are supported by various software vendors, while MarketsAndMarkets has predicted that the process analytics market will be worth USD 1,422 million by 2023, with conformance checking (a category of process mining techniques) expected to be the fastest-growing segment of process analytics market during the forecast period.

Based on the above observations, we decided that it is now time to consolidate all these efforts into a dedicated International Conference on Process Mining (ICPM) to be held for the first time June 24-26, 2019 in Aachen Germany.

Wil van der Aalst,
Josep Carmona,
Boudewijn van Dongen,
Mieke Jans,
Marcello La Rosa.