Nieuwe onderwerpen masterproeven 2017-2018

De beleidsinformatica onderzoeksgroep stelt een nieuwe reeks van onderwerpen voor masterproeven voor. Deze onderwerpen betreffen de toepassing van Information Systems theorieën, technologieën, methoden, modellen en concepten op actuele vraagstukken, problemen en opportuniteiten betreffende de inzet van ICT in bedrijven en andere typen organisaties. Elk onderwerp is praktijkrelevant en tegelijk vernieuwend met betrekking tot de beleidsinformatica discipline.

Elke collega van de onderzoeksgroep biedt onderwerpen aan omtrent één of meerdere thema’s. Extra onderwerpen en eventueel zelfs extra thema’s zullen in de komende weken/maanden toegevoegd worden. Onderwerpen die toegewezen zijn zullen uit de lijst gehaald worden. Onderstaand overzicht helpt om wegwijs te geraken uit de thematische clusters van de verschillende promotoren:

Dr. Ben Roelens: Strategische afstemming en waardecreatie binnen bedrijfsarchitecturen
Dr. Jan Claes: Cognitieve aspecten en kwaliteit van procesmodellering in het bijzonder en probleemoplossen in het algemeen
Prof. dr. Frederik Gailly: Business Process Modelling & Simulation en BPM toepassingen binnen de gezondheidszorg
Prof. dr. Geert Poels: Impact van emerging technologies en data-driven innovation op het business model en de bedrijfsprocessen en Trends en nieuwe toepassingen van enterprise modelling en Business Process Architecture en Enterprise Architecture

Het overzicht van aangeboden onderwerpen vind je HIER alsook op de Sharepoint site voor de FEB masterproeven (vanaf 5 juli 2017).

Public Defense Joint PhD Maria das Graças da Silva Teixeira

Thursday, 17 August Maria das Graças da Silva will defend her joint Phd with a title “Design Process of Conceptual Modeling Language’s concrete syntax based on ontological theories and visualization of information theories” in auditorium of the NTI (Information Technology Center) of the UFES’ campus of Goiabeiras (Vitória-ES).

Prof. dr. Frederik Gailly (Ghent University)
Prof. dr. Giancarlo Guizzardi (Federal University of Espirito Santo – Brazilië)
Prof. dr. Ricardo de Almeida Falbo (Federal University of Espirito Santo – Brazilië)


Prof. dr. Patrick Van Kenhove
Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (Ghent University)
Prof. dr. Frederik Gailly (Ghent University)
Prof. dr. Giancarlo Guizzardi (Federal University of Espirito Santo)
Prof. dr. Ricardo de Almeida Falbo (Federal University of Espirito Santo)
Prof. dr. Monalessa Perini Barcellos (Federal University of Espirito Santo)
Prof. dr. Maria Luiza Machado Campo (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
Prof. dr. Geert Poels (Ghent University)
Prof. dr. Amy Van Looy (Ghent University)

UGentMIS co-organises PoEM 2017

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Professors Frederik Gailly and Geert Poels are the program chairs of this years Practice of Enterprise Modeling (PoEM) conference, which is jointly organised with KULeuven. Dr. Ben Roelens is co-chair of the doctoral consortium. We will make something special out of PoEM 2017 as it is its 10th anniversary.

We warmly invite all our UGentMIS colleagues to submit a paper to:
– the main conference (deadline July 31, 2017)
– the doctoral consortium (deadline July 23, 2017)
– the Practicing Open Enterprise Modeling within OMiLAB (PrOse) workshop (deadline August 14, 2017)
– The industry track (deadline September 10, 2017)

For more information on the conference and the calls for papers, click HERE

The authors of the best papers will be invited to extend their paper for submission to a special issue in Business & Information Systems Engineering (2016 ISI Impact Factor 3.392).

We hope to welcome many of our colleagues in Leuven!

UGentMIS at BPM 2017 Barcelona, Spain. September 10-15, 2017


Congratulations to Prof. Amy Van Looy who will represent UGentMIS at the major conference on Business Process Management with two papers accepted for the BPM Forum:

A Quantitative Study Of The Link Between Business Process Management and Digital Innovation.

Elements for Tailoring a BPM Maturity Model to Simplify its Use (with Marie-Therese Christiansson)

For more information on BPM 2017, click HERE

New scientific research community on Process Mining

In September ’16 we applied together with researchers from UHasselt and KULeuven for Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) funding on supporting a scientific research community on Process Mining. Recently we received the good news that the FWO accepted our proposal. The grant will mainly leverage international mobility between the flemish and the international partners, to improve collaboration, and to organize symposia on post-doc level.

For your information, the involved partners are:

  • Hasselt University
  • LIRIS (KULeuven)
  • Ugent MIS (Ghent University)
  • BusI (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • Bozen (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
  • DTU (Technical University of Denmark)
  • Fondazione Bruno Kessler
  • Data61 | CSIRO, Australia
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Rutgers University
  • University of Tartu
  • Eindhoven University of Technology (2 groups)
  • Wirtschafstuniversität Wien

UGent MIS Research Group @ The 35th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling

The UGent MIS research group has three papers accepted at the 35th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling:

  • Main conference paper:
    • Michael Verdonck and Frederik Gailly: “Insights on the use and application of ontology and conceptual modeling languages in ontology-driven conceptual modeling”
  • QMMQ workshop papers:
    • Michael Verdonck and Frederik Gailly: An exploratory analysis on the comprehension of 3D and 4D ontology-driven conceptual models
    • Frederik Gailly, Ben Roelens and Giancarlo Guizzardi: The Design of a Core Value Ontology using Ontology Patterns

Design of Business Process Architecture Viewpoints in ArchiMate


This topic belongs to the cluster Business Process Architecture modelling, design and analysis. It is suitable for students in
– Business Engineering (all fields of study)
– Business Economics (MBE:BE) (background in computer science, ICT, information management or informatics)
– Business Administration (Management and Informatics field of study)

A duo master thesis is possible, though not a requirement.


ArchiMate​ is the standard modeling language for enterprise architecture. The enterprise architecture of an organisation refers to the structural and dynamic composition and properties of its ‘system’ of goals, strategies, business organisation (roles, responsibilities, processes, functions, services, products, ..), information systems (data and applications), information technology, other infrastructure (facilities, machinery), and implementation and migration plans (programs, projects, work packages). Enterprise architects are responsible for the coherence of all these organisational assets and knowledge items and help to steer the organisation in the right direction, supporting its strategic initiatives with their knowledge, skills and toolset. ArchiMate, as modeling language for describing, analysing, designing and evolving the organisational enterprise architecture is part of that toolset.​

ArchiMate is continuously further developing having reached version 3.0 in mid June 2016. As a powerful modeling and analysis language, it is also becoming increasingly more complex to use, and mechanisms are being developed to master this complexity. One mechanism is that of viewpoints, which specify for particular stakeholders (e.g., CIO, product line manager, software development team) and for the specific purposes they have, the relevant enterprise architecture concepts, relations and properties that should be described in what is called an architecture view (i.e., subset of the entire architecture, possibly depicted in a for the target audience adapted notation).​

The purpose of the thesis is to define a number of business process architecture viewpoints. Such viewpoints allow describing the system of business processes of an organisation, their components (i.e., elementary business processes and business process composites), relations, and properties, within the context of the overall enterprise architecture. The previous version of ArchiMate already includes one such viewpoint (i.e., the business process co-operation viewpoint), but other viewpoints need to be defined, depending on the purpose of use of business process architecture in different disciplines (e.g., Business Process Management, Goal-Oriented Requirements Engineering, Business/IT Alignment).

The following research activities are planned:

1. Literature study on viewpoints of business process architecture. What are the different uses of business process architecture? Who is using it? What are the essential concepts and properties of business process architecture for each of these uses/users?

2. Synthesize the results of the study in a number of viewpoints and map the relevant concepts and properties to ArchiMate 3.0. To test the design of the new viewpoints, a case-study approach will be taken (based on an existing documented case or a new case)

3. Implement the viewpoints in a modeling tool, e.g., Archi. The degree of implementation will depend on the programming skills and interests of the students, and more emphasis on this phase will be put in case of a duo master dissertation.


The master dissertation research will build on previous master dissertation research, which provides a good starting point:

Dehondt R. 2017. Business Process Architecture: Measuring and Improving Strategic Fit. Master dissertation Business Engineering, Ghent University.

Tool support PGA method online

The tool support and additional description of the PGA method is now available on the website of the Open Models Laboratory.

More information available via:

De tool support en beknopte beschrijving van de PGA methode is nu beschikbaar op de website van het Open Models Laboratory.

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