Quotation van der Aa, Han, Di Ciccio, Claudio, Leopold, Henrik, Reijers, Hajo A. 2019. Extracting Declarative Process Models from Natural Language. In Advanced Information Systems Engineering - 31st International Conference, CAiSE, Hrsg. Paolo Giorgini, Barbara Weber, 365-382. Rome, Italy: Springer.




Process models are an important means to capture information on organizational operations and often represent the starting point for process analysis and improvement. Since the manual elicitation and creation of process models is a time-intensive endeavor, a variety of techniques have been developed that automatically derive process models from textual process descriptions. However, these techniques, so far, only focus on the extraction of traditional, imperative process models. The extraction of declarative process models, which allow to effectively capture complex process behavior in a compact fashion, has not been addressed. In this paper we close this gap by presenting the first automated approach for the extraction of declarative process models from natural language. To achieve this, we developed tailored Natural Language Processing techniques that identify activities and their inter-relations from textual constraint descriptions. A quantitative evaluation shows that our approach is able to generate constraints that closely resemble those established by humans. Therefore, our approach provides automated support for an otherwise tedious and complex manual endeavor.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Contribution to conference proceedings
Language English
Title Extracting Declarative Process Models from Natural Language
Title of whole publication Advanced Information Systems Engineering - 31st International Conference, CAiSE
Editor Paolo Giorgini, Barbara Weber
Page from 365
Page to 382
Location Rome, Italy
Publisher Springer
Year 2019
ISBN 978-3-030-21289-6
URL https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-21290-2_23
Open Access N


Di Ciccio, Claudio (Former researcher)
Leopold, Henrik (Kühne Logistics University, Germany)
Reijers, Hajo A. (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
van der Aa, Han (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany)
Institute for Data, Process and Knowledge Management (AE Sabou) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1105 Computer software (Details)
1108 Informatics (Details)
1109 Information and data processing (Details)
1112 Logistics (Details)
1122 Artificial intelligence (Details)
1161 Human-computer interaction (Details)
5306 Business data processing (Details)
5367 Management information systems (Details)
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