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Adela del Río Ortega

  • PhD
  • Associate Professor
  • Universidad de Sevilla
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I was born in Seville, Spain in 1983. I studied Software Engineering at Universidad de Sevilla from 2001 to 2007, receiving my Bachelor's degree. As part of that I spent two semesters at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, Germany. Then, I graduated as a M.Sc. on Software Engineering and Technology in 2008. From June 2008 to September 2012 I worked as research assistant and PhD candidate at the University of Seville, obtaining then my International Ph.D. with honours. Several research visits, pre- and postdoctoral, led me to the HPI in Potsdam with Pr. Mathias Weske, VU University in Amsterdam with Pr. Hajo A. Reijers, UNIRIO in Rio de Janeiro with Pr. Flavia M. Santoro and UCLM in Ciudad Real with Pr. Félix García. My Ph.D thesis dealt with the definition and automated analysis of process performance indicators (PPIs), with which I opened the BPM research line in my group. Other research interests I have are defining and analyzing the allocation of resources in business processes (BPs) as well as PPIs related to those resources; modeling SLAs using PPIs in outsourced processes as services; proposing threshold values for PPIs based on execution data and expert knowledge; applying natural language processing and machine learning techniques to automate the calculation of PPIs; defining PPIs over knowledge-intensive processes and analyzing and defining the relationship between decisions and process performance. I account for more than 20 scientific publications, most in top journals and conferences like BISE, Inf. Systs, EIS, ACM ToIT, CAiSE, BPM or CooPIS. According to SCOPUS, 46.2% of these publications are foreign collaborations, and 23.1% are in the top 10 of the most cited publications worldwide. I am PC member of several Top Conferences, senior PC member of the BPM conference and act as reviewer for top international Journals. I developed 2 registered software tools: PPINOT and CRISTAL, that generated a value in the industry of more than 60k €. I took part in more than 10 R&D&I projects, a couple of them European ones. Now, I continue working as an Associate professor at Universidad de Sevilla.

Recent publications

  • Narrowing the business-IT gap in process performance measurement

    • Van Der Aa H
    • Del-Río-Ortega A
    • Resinas M
    • et al.
  • KPIshare: A collaborative space for BPM practitioners for full definitions and discussions on process KPIs

    • Resinas M
    • Del-Río-Ortega A
    • Ruiz-Cortés A
    • et al.

Professional experience

Associate Professor

Universidad de Sevilla

July 2016 - Present

Assitant professor

Universidad de Sevilla

November 2013 - July 2016(3 years)

Postdoctoral Researcher

Universidad de Sevilla

March 2013 - October 2013(7 months)

Research Assistant

Computing languages and Systems Department at University of Seville

September 2012 - February 2013(5 months)

PhD Student

Computing languages and Systems Department at University of Seville

January 2008 - September 2012(5 years)

Teaching Assistant

Computing languages and Systems Department at University of Seville

January 2012 - June 2012(5 months)

Visiting PhD Student

Hasso Plattner Institute, University of Potsdam, Germany

September 2009 - December 2009(3 months)


Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío. Servicio Andaluz de Salud

September 2007 - December 2007(3 months)


International PhD Degree, Computer Science

ETSII - Universidad de Sevilla - University of Sevilla

June 2008 - September 2012(4 years)

MSc Software Engineering & Technology

ETSII - Universidad de Sevilla - University of Sevilla

October 2007 - September 2008(a year)

Software Engineer-Geschäftsprozessmodellierung

Humboldt University of Berlin

September 2006 - July 2007(10 months)

Computer Science

ETSII - Universidad de Sevilla - University of Sevilla

September 2001 - June 2007(6 years)

Co-authors (44)