BPIC 2014 Student Challenge

BPIC 2014 Student Challenge

Do you think that process mining was one of the most interesting things you learned in your studies this year? Are you thinking about doing your Bachelor or Master project on a process mining topic? Could you see yourself as a process mining analyst at a big company, or in a consultancy, after you graduate? Then the BPIC 2014 Student Challenge is the perfect opportunity for you to see how a real-life process mining project looks like.

Every year, the BPI Challenge brings the top process mining professionals and researchers around the world together, as they compare their data analysis skills and innovative approaches. This public process mining competition is based on a real life data set, provided by a large company together with relevant analysis questions, so we are not talking about a theoretical exercise here.

Everyone is welcome to participate – You can take a look at the reports from 2013 and 2012 to get more of an idea of what the challenge is about.

This year, for the first time, there is a special student competition. As a student, this means that, while you will analyze the same data as the professional business analysts and process mining researchers in the main track, your submission will be judged only in comparison to other students to give you a more level playing field.

Mentorship program

But there’s even more than that. You can get exclusive access and support from one of the most experienced professional business analysts around the world (many of them participating themselves in the BPI Challenge) through our mentorship program:

Fluxicon is organizing a mentorship program, where each student team will be matched with a professional with process mining experience to get support in preparing their submission. You will see that domain knowledge and an understanding of the process are very important to draw the right conclusions from your analysis, and your mentor will be able to help you if you get stuck.

You can apply until 31 May, and we will match your student group to a mentor in your region, on a first-come first-serve basis.

Get matched with a mentor now!

We explicitly try to match you to a professional in your region, so that you can more easily communicate and - who knows - maybe even get a chance to meet up. But don’t wait too long, there are only a limited number of mentors available!

Why you should participate

Are you ready to find a fellow student to form a team for the competition? Here is why we think you should participate:

  • Build your skills. Data scientists are one of the most sought after talent today. Start sharpening your skills early, add valuable and unique assets to your profile, and open up a whole new world of interesting job opportunities.

  • Build relationships. Having a mentor will help you to produce a better submission for the competition, but on top of that you might learn a thing or two from your mentor besides the challenge itself.

  • Because it’s fun. Process mining is one of the most interesting data analysis techniques today. It’s data-based and visual, and with the BPIC 2014 Student Challenge you get the chance for a deep-dive into how a process mining project looks like in real life.

  • There are also prizes. The winning team will receive one iPad, sponsored by Eindhoven University of Technology. Also, for one member of the best Dutch team the Process Mining SIG of the Dutch industry association Ngi-NGN will sponsor the trip to the BPM conference and award ceremony in Haifa, Israel, in September.

We recommend that you form teams of 2-4 people. You can of course also participate just by yourself, but we think that working on the challenge as a team will be much more fun.

Submission details

Deadline: July 12, 2014, 23:59 CET

Where: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bpic2014

A submission should contain a pdf report of at most 30 pages, including figures, using the LNCS/LNBIP format specified by Springer (available both as a Word and as LaTeX template). Appendices may be included, but should only support the main text.

Further details can be found at the BPI Challenge website and this previous blog post.

Help Us Spread the Word!

Are you not a student, but do you know students who could be interested? Or do you know someone who knows students?

Please help us spread the word about the student competition in this year’s BPI Challenge and forward this announcement. Thank you!

The BPIC 2014 Student Challenge is supported by the Rabobank, Fluxicon, Eindhoven University of Technology, the IEEE Task Force for Process Mining, and the SIG Process Mining of the Ngi-NGN.

Anne Rozinat

Anne Rozinat

Market, customers, and everything else

Anne knows how to mine a process like no other. She has conducted a large number of process mining projects with companies such as Philips Healthcare, Océ, ASML, Philips Consumer Lifestyle, and many others.