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Marcello La Rosa

I am Marcello La Rosa, Professor of Information Systems with the Business Process Management Discipline of the Information Systems School, Science & Engineering Faculty, at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia.


I have an engineering approach to information systems (IS) research, meaning that my research leads to the design, implementation and validation of IS artifacts such as models, methods and techniques, with a focus on technology. I strive to implement the results of my research via open-source software tools to maximize community outreach.


The area of application of my research is the management of business processes. Business Process Management (BPM) puts forward the idea of analyzing organizational performance through a "process lens", starting from the understanding that organizational performance is a function of process performance. My research interests span different BPM topics, with a focus on process consolidation, mining, configuration and automation. Given the multidisciplinary nature of BPM, in my research I borrow approaches and techniques from a number of fields beyond IS engineering, including IS management, enterprise architecture, conceptual modeling, software engineering, data mining, operations research and formal methods.


The results of my research appeared in major journals and conferences (e.g. ACM TOSEM, IEEE TKDE, IS, FAOC, BPM, FASE, ER, CAiSE). My research is also showcased on BPMCenter, a collaborative virtual research center on BPM funded by QUT and the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), which I co-manage, and on QUT ePrints, a public repository of scientific papers.


I have been serving as Acting Head of the BPM Discipline since March 2016, and as the Academic Director for corporate engagements for my school since 2012. As Head of Discipline, I manage the research and teaching performance of a very cohesive multicultural group strongly focused on delivering BPM excellence both in teaching and research. In my capacity as Academic Director for corporate engagements, I manage the school's offering of professional training and consultancy services in Information Systems, with a focus on BPM (see BPMTraining).


In terms of software development, I lead the Apromore initiative - a strategic research collaboration between various universities, which received government and private funds for the development of an advanced process model repository, combining techniques for managing large process model collections with process mining techniques. I'm also the coordinator of the Process Configuration website, which collects research efforts on the management of variability in process-aware information systems. In the past, I also contributed to the design and development of the YAWL environment for process automation, one of the most-mature community-based open-source BPM systems.


I have been teaching various aspects of the BPM field, from operational ones such as process modeling, analysis, improvement, automation and mining, through to managerial aspects of the discipline such as strategic alignment and governance, both to undergraduate and postgraduate students in my university and overseas. I have also trained hundreds of managers, analysts and solution architects in the area of BPM in Australia and overseas.


Together with Marlon Dumas, Jan Mendling and Hajo Reijers, I co-authored "Fundamentals of Business Process Management", the first comprehensive textbook on BPM, published by Springer in 2013. This book has influenced the curricum of over 150 universites and teaching institutions in the world, and has been used as the textbook of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on "Fundamentals of Business Process Management", a free course which we launched in 2015, attracting over 7,400 participants in its first incarnation. This year we have expanded the course (now structured in three parts) and added a verified exam with certification pathways. Moreover, we have launched a "taster" MOOC on BPM, of introductory nature, called "BPM: An Introduction to Process Thinking" on the FutureLearn platform. This latter course attracted nearly 10,000 participants.



  • 9/12/2016: I got a QUT Vice-Chancellor's Performance Award for Best Leadership and Engagement in 2016
  • 8/12/2016: Our textbook on "Fundamentals of BPM" has attracted 500 citations!
  • 5/12/2016: Our 6-year-in-the-making survey on business process variability modeling has finally been accepted in ACM Computing Surveys
  • 21/11/2016: I released an interview to BPMTips on how to implement BPM in organisations, where I also report our MOOC experience
  • 20/11/2016: ABPMP (the International Association of BPM Professionals) has recognized our MOOC on "Fundamentals of BPM" as equivalent to their CBPA (Level A - Associate) certification requirements. So if you pass our MOOC's verified exam, you will also be entitled to get the CBPA certificate from ABPMP!
  • 17/11/2016: Our paper on Automated Discovery of Structured Process Models: Discover Structured vs. Discover and Structure won the best paper award at ER 2016!
  • 16/11/2016: Part 2 ("Process analysis and redesign") of our MOOC "Fundamentals of BPM" is about to start (21 Nov). Still in time to enrol
  • 10/10/2016: Part 1 ("Process identification and discovery") of our MOOC "Fundamentals of BPM" has just started. You can still join in
  • 25/09/2016: our 3-week introductory MOOC on "BPM: An introduction to Process Thinking" has just completed, attracting 9,845 participants!
  • 25/09/2016: the 14th Int. Conference on BPM has just finished in Rio de Janerio. The proceedings are available from the link on the left menu. Next year: Barcelona
  • 12/09/2016: our filtering technique for process event logs has been accepted in IEEE TKDE
  • 7/6/2016: new 3-week "taster" MOOC on "BPM: An introduction to Process Thinking" to start on 5 September in FutureLearn
  • 15/6/2016: two papers of mine accepted at ER'16 - see Publications
  • 17/2/2016: two papers of mine accepted at CAiSE'16 - see Publications
  • 16/2/2016: with over 4.2K copies sold and nearly 90K chapter downloads in 3 years, our textbook is the 32nd best seller of all Springer books, and the first one on BPM.


Professor Marcello La Rosa
Acting Head of the BPM Discipline
IS School Academic Director
(corporate engagements)
BPM Discipline, IS School
Science & Engineering Faculty
Queensland University of Technology

GPO Box 2434,
Brisbane QLD 4001, Australia
m.larosa AT qut.edu.au
tel. +61 (0)7 3138 9482

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