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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Process Management and Information Systems



Please consider the following hints and guidelines for working on your thesis:

  • The thesis has to be written using the \documentclass[preprint,review,12pt]{elsarticle} Latex template. You can use the overleaf template for writing your thesis.
  • A bachelor thesis has a page limit of 40 pages text (not including cover, table of content, references, appendices).

  • A master thesis has a page limit of 80 pages text (not including cover, table of content, references, appendices).


The candidate is expected to be familiar with the general rules of writing a scientific paper. Some general references are helpful for framing any thesis, no matter which topic:


The grading of the thesis takes various criteria into account, relating both to the thesis as a product and the process of establishing its content. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Correctness of spelling and grammar

  • Aesthetic appeal of document and figures

  • Compliance with formal rules

  • Appropriateness of thesis structure

  • Coverage of relevant literature

  • Appropriateness of research question and method

  • Diligence of own research work

  • Significance of research results

  • Punctuality of work progress

  • Proactiveness of handling research progress

Recent Topics

If you are interested in one of the following topics, please send an email expressing your interest to Prof. Dr. Jan Mendling. Please explain why this topic is interesting for you and how it fits your prior studies. The next deadline is 15 September 2021.

Topic 1: Review of Process Models before the end of World War I

Process modeling has its roots in the scientific management of the late 19th and the early 20th century. So far, research publications around that time has never been analyzed systematically for process models and related visualizations. The goal of this thesis is to conduct a systematic review of the literature, identify different categories of models and visualizations, and compare them with contemporary concepts.


Topic 2: Visual Analytics of Waiting Times for Process Mining

Process mining is a family of analysis techniques that takes event sequence data as input and generates meaningful visual representations for analysts. So far, the analysis of waiting times has been limited in prior research. The goal of this thesis is to review contributions that explicitly show the timeline of event, identify opportunities for improvement and implement and evaluate a new visualization technique.


Topic 3: Process Improvement at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Various processes at HU Berlin are currently executed with only partial IT or workflow support. It is at this stage not clear, which methods and tools are best suited to implemented an end-to-end support for such processes. The goal of this thesis is to evaluate methods and tools for their suitability, to design and implement a prototypical solution, and to evaluate its benefits.