prof.dr. A.H.M. (Arthur) ter Hofstede - Expertise

Hofstede, prof.dr. A.H.M. ter
Address :
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
P.O. Box 513
Chair :
Business Process Suport Applications
Department :
Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences
Section :
Information Systems IE&IS
Positioncategory :
Professor (HGL)
Position :
Full Professor
Room :
Pav D.03
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In 1989 Ter Hofstede received his Master's degree in Computer Science with high distinction (cum laude) from the University of Nijmegen (in Dutch: Radboud Universiteit) in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. In 1993, he received his PhD in Mathematics and Computer Science from the same university. During his PhD research he worked at the Software Engineering Research Centre (SERC) in Utrecht and at the University of Nijmegen. From April 1993 till August 1995 inclusive he worked as an assistant professor at this university.

In January 1996 Ter Hofstede started working as a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science from the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia. In January 1997, he started working as a lecturer at the School of Information Systems of the Queensland University of Technology. In August 1999 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer (backdated to August 1998), in August 2000 he was appointed Associate Professor, and in August 2008 he was promoted to Professor. In 2012, he became Head of Discipline of Business Process Management in the School of Information Systems of the Science and Engineering Faculty at Queensland University of Technology and in April 2017 he became Head of the School of Information Systems in that faculty.

Ter Hofstede is a Visiting Professor of Sun Yat-sen University (1/1/2016-31/12/2018). In 2010-2011, he was a Senior Visiting Scholar of Tsinghua University. 

Ter Hofstede is a Full Professor in the Information Systems Group of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. This part-time position started in 2010.

A main focus of Ter Hofstede’s research activities has been the conceptual, formal and technological foundations of business process automation. This research led to the well-known workflow patterns and the development of the open source workflow management system YAWL. In recent years, process mining has become an area of increasing research interest.

Ter Hofstede was Program co-chair of the International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM) in 2003 and Workshop co-chair of BPM 2007. He has been a member of the steering committee (2003 -2013/8) and a member of its program committee (2003-2017 with 2008-2013 a member of the senior program committee). He presented a keynote speech at the first Chinese BPM conference in 2011 and has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Chinese BPM conference series (2011-2015). He was also a member of the steering committee of the Asia Pacific Conference on Business Process Management (2012-2015). In June 2015 he gave a keynote speech (through video link) at the third edition of this conference.

In May 2006 and in May 2007, he was labelled a "Rising Star" in Computer Science by This means that among the top 1% of Computer Scientists (in terms of total number of citations) he had, on two occasions, the highest percentage increase in total citations during a certain bimonthly period.

In 2011, with Marlon Dumas, he won the “Ten-Year Most Influential Paper Award” at MODELS 2011 for their paper “UML Activity Diagrams as a Workflow Specification Language”. In 2015, with Alistair Barros and Marlon Dumas, he won the “BPM Test of Time Award 2015” for their paper “Service Interaction Patterns” published in the BPM 2005 proceedings.