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Over the years I have studied various aspects of workflow management such as modeling, analysis, verification and optimization, security and delegation, flexibility, monitoring, social BPM and temporal workflows for many years. In recent years I am studying healthcare IT from DSS perspective and developing ways to streamline patient care and empower them. Another stream of this research analyzed patient social forums and how patients can derive more benefits from them.

Sample recent publications:

 A. Kumar and P. Indradat, Optimizing process model redesign. 14th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (forthcoming October 2016).  (pdf)

A.Kumar and R.R.Barton. Controlled violation of temporal process constraints – Models, algorithms and results.  Information Systems ( forthcoming 2016). (pdf)

Rik Eshuis and Akhil Kumar. Converting Unstructured into Semi-Structured Process Models. Data and Knowledge Engineering (forthcoming 2015). (pdf)

Hsin-Jung Cheng and Akhil Kumar. Process Mining on Noisy Logs - Can log sanitization help to improve performance? Decision Support Systems (forthcoming 2015). (pdf)

Akhil Kumar, Sharat R. Sabbella, Russell R. Barton. Managing controlled violation of temporal process constraints. BPM 2015, Innsbruck, Austria, 280-296. (pdf)

David Knuplesch , Manfred Reichert , Akhil Kumar. Visually Monitoring Multiple Perspectives of Business. BPM 2015, Innsbruck, Austria, 263-279. (pdf)

Akhil Kumar, Jianrui Wang: A Framework for Resource-Based Workflow Management. Handbook on Business Process Management (1) 2015 : 507-529 .

Rong Liu , Akhil Kumar: Impact of socio-technical network on process performance. CollaborateCom 2014 : 243-252.

Akhil Kumar and Kang Zhao, Making sense of a healthcare forum – Smart keyword and user navigation graphs, ICIS 2013.

David Knuplesch , Manfred Reichert , Linh Thao Ly , Akhil Kumar , Stefanie Rinderle-Ma : Visual Modeling of Business Process Compliance Rules with the Support of Multiple Perspectives. ER 2013 : 106-120.

Jerry Rolia, Wen Yao, Sujoy Basu, Wei-Nchih Lee, Sharad Singhal, Akhil Kumar and Sharat Sabbella, Tell Me What I Don't Know - Making the most of Social Health Forums, IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI) , Philadephia, September 2013.

Akhil Kumar, R.M. Dijkman and Minseok Song, Optimal resource assignment in workflows for maximizing cooperation, International BPM Conference, Beijing, F. Daniel, J. Wang, and B. Weber (Eds.): BPM 2013, LNCS 8094, 235–250, 2013.

Wen Yao and Akhil Kumar, CONFlexFlow: Integrating Flexible Clinical Pathways into Clinical Decision Support Systems using Context and Rules , Decision Support System 55 (2): 499-515 (2013).

Akhil Kumar, Wen Yao, Chao-Hsien Chu, 'Ensuring Flexible Business Process Compliance with Semantic Constraints using Mixed-Integer Programming (MIP), INFORMS Journal on Computing Summer 2013; Vol. 25, No. 3.

Wen Yao ,  Jerome A. Rolia ,  Sujoy Basu ,  Sharad Singhal , Akhil Kumar: A Context-Aware framework for patient Navigation and Engagement (CANE).  CollaborateCom 2012 : 316-325.

Wen Yao , Akhil Kumar,  Jerome A. Rolia ,  Sujoy Basu ,  Sharad Singhal : Towards a Formal Process-driven Framework for Streamlining Patient-centric Care.  CAiSE Forum 2012 : 179-186.

Wen Yao and Akhil Kumar, Integrating Clinical Pathways into CDSS using Context and Rules – A Case Study in Heart Disease, 2nd ACM SIGHIT International Health Informatics Symposium (IHI 2012), Miami, FL, January 2012, 611-620.

The following older papers have been well cited in literature:

J. Wainer, A. Kumar and P. Barthelmess,  DW-RBAC: A Formal Security Model of Delegation and Revocation in Workflow Systems," Information Systems , Volume 32, Issue 3, May 2007, Pages 365-384.

R. Liu and A. Kumar, "An Analysis and Taxonomy of Unstructured Workflows," Third International Conference on Business Process Management
(BPM 2005),
Nancy, France, Springer-Verlag, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, September 2005.

J. Wang and A. Kumar , "A Framework for Document-Driven Workflow Systems," Third International Conference on Business Process Management   (BPM 2005) , Nancy, France, Springer-Verlag, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, September 2005.

W.M.P. van der Aalst and A. Kumar, “XML Based Schema Definition for Support of Inter-organizational Workflow,” Information Systems Research, Vol. 14, No. 1, 23-47, March 2003.

Amit Basu , Akhil Kumar : Research Commentary: Workflow Management Issues in e-Business. Information Systems Research 13 ( 1 ) : 1-14 ( 2002 )

Email akhil@psu.edu for a reprint of a paper