Best PhD Thesis

Call for Best Process Mining PhD Dissertation Award 2022

The IEEE Task Force for Process Mining is happy to announce the 2022 edition of the Best Process Mining PhD Dissertation Award.

The award will be delivered during the 4th International Conference on Process Mining (ICPM 2022).

Eligibility – updated criteria

Eligible candidates are those who officially obtained a PhD degree defended in 2020 or 2021 after January 1st 2020, with a dissertation focused on process mining. Those who applied for the 2021 edition of the prize, can reapply for the 2022 edition as well.

We welcome theses that contributed to advancing the state of the art in the foundations, engineering, and on-field application of process mining techniques. In this context, the term “process mining” has to be understood in a broad sense: using event data produced during the execution of business, software, or system processes, in order to extract fact-based knowledge and insights on such processes and manage future processes in innovative ways.

For a thesis to be eligible, we also require that thesis-related results have been published in at least one flagship conference/journal for process mining, for example ICPM, BPM, CAiSE, EDOC, Petri Nets, ICDM, Information Systems, IEEE TKDE, DKE, ACM TOSEM, IEEE TSC, IEEE TSE, ToPNoC, Decision Support Systems, BISE.

We remark that applications to other dissertation award initiatives are permitted.


The winner will receive the award at the ICPM 2022 Conference.

The award comes with a free registration to the ICPM conference, and with the option of publishing the thesis with Springer, in the LNBIP series. There may also be a monetary prize.


Nomination and Submission

Candidates are nominated by their primary supervisor via a nomination letter. Each supervisor is only allowed to nominate one candidate. The candidate is responsible for submitting the application via Easychair (selecting the “Best Process Mining PhD Dissertation Award” track).

The application consists of the following parts, which have all to be concatenated in a single PDF file (respecting the order):

  1. An extended abstract of the thesis, positioning the work in the state of the art and highlighting its main results, novelty, and (potential) impact [3-5 pages]
  2. A nomination letter by the supervisor [1-2 pages]
  3. The PhD evaluation report, including the reviews of the dissertation
  4. Full CV of the candidate, including the list of publications
  5. The dissertation itself

Questions and enquiries can be directed to the chairs of the jury: Mieke Jans & Artem Polyvyanyy.

Selection Process

The selection process consists of two steps:

  1. The jury evaluates the applications and identifies a shortlist of three candidates.
  2. The three candidates are invited to give a presentation to the jury in an online session. The jury then selects the winner.

The selection is based on the following criteria:

  • originality and depth of contribution;
  • methodological soundness;
  • form and quality of presentation;
  • significance and potential impact for the research field;
  • implemented techniques and software availability in case of algorithmic nature of the contribution.

Key Dates – extended

Application submission deadline July 15, 2022  July 29, 2022
Notification of short-listing September 16, 2022
Online presentations by shortlisted candidates End of September –  beginning of October 2022

Evaluation Panel

  • Moe Wynn, Queensland University of Technology
  • Wil van der Aalst, RWTH Aachen University
  • Hajo Reijers, Utrecht University
  • Boudewijn van Dongen, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Chiara Di Francescomarino, Fondazione Bruno Kessler
  • Pnina Soffer, University of Haifa
  • Arik Senderovich, York University
  • Tijs Slaats, University of Copenhagen
  • Agnes Koschmider, University of Kiel