Engineering knowledge-intensive business processes


About this course

The course introduces students to Knowledge-intensive Processes (KiPs), which are business processes performed by knowledge workers who need to perform interconnected decision-making tasks. KiPs are data-driven, semi-structured business processes that require substantial flexibility to deal with uncertainty in their environment. The course first elaborates the conceptual foundations of KiPs and BPM solutions for KiPs. Next, different AI-based techniques for improving BPM support of KiPs are discussed, based on recent scientific papers in this field.

The taught concepts are applied in a project, in which groups of students (4-5 persons) have to do two assignments

  • In the first assignment, students analyze a case study KiP by elaborating the organizational context and structure of the KiP.
  • In the second assignment, students analyze a publicly available data set of a KiP using AI-based techniques. Based upon the analysis, they indicate improvements for the KiP.

Learning outcomes

General objective of this course is to introduce students to Knowledge-intensive Processes (KiPs), and to show how techniques from AI and BPM can be used in concert to model and analyze KiPs. For doing the project assignments, programming skills are essential.

After finishing this course, a student can

  • Explain the concepts of knowledge-intensive BPM and the differences with classical BPM.
  • Explain the application of AI-based techniques in knowledge-intensive BPM.
  • Analyse a KiP by applying AI-based techniques.
  • (Re)design a KiP based on these analysis results.

Required prior knowledge

You must meet one of the following collections of requirements

  • Collection 1
  • Completed Final examination Bsc program
  • Collection 2
  • Completed Pre-Master

Link to more information

  • Credits
    ECTS 5
  • Level
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  • Start date

    2 September 2024

    • Ends
      27 October 2024
    • Term *
      Block GS1
    • Location
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    • Register between
      15 Jun, 00:00 - 25 Aug 2024
These offerings are valid for students of Utrecht University