Professor Wil van der Aalst has been named a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)


Professor Wil van der Aalst is among 95 distinguished computer scientists named 2020 Fellows by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world's leading computing society. He is recognized for his "contributions to process mining, process management, and data science".


The ACM Fellows program recognizes the top 1% of the association's membership for outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community.

Van der Aalst is a full professor at RWTH Aachen University leading the Process and Data Science (PADS) group. He is also part-time affiliated with the Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Informationstechnik (FIT) and a member of the Board of Governors of Tilburg University. He also leads the IEEE Task Force on Process Mining.

In the last year, Professor Wil van der Aalst was elected as a fellow by the three main associations in the field of computer science and electrical engineering: the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), and now also the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

ACM Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is seen as a prestigious honor and a significant career achievement. Prof. Van der Aalst is one of the leading researchers in the fields of (1) process mining, (2) process management, and (3) data science. He laid the foundations for the Business Process Management (BPM) discipline. At a very early stage, he noted the importance of data-driven process analysis and created the first process mining techniques for process discovery, conformance checking, and predictive process analytics. Currently, there are over 35 commercially available process mining tools (Celonis, UiPath, Fluxicon, Mehrwerk Process Mining, Myinvenio, Minit, QPR, Lana, PAFnow, TimelinePI, Signavio, etc.) based on his work over the past two decades.

Commenting on this recognition, Wil said “It's a great honor to be elected a Fellow of the ACM. However, I would like to join my co-workers that helped to realize the scientific breakthroughs. I also thank the young entrepreneurs that have built process mining companies based on our research results. This has helped to make our work visible and used in industry.”

Additional information about the 2020 ACM Fellows, as well as previously named ACM Fellows, is available through the ACM Fellows site