Internship | Process mining for a transparent manufacturing

Make better decisions based on facts. Help TNO provide actionable insights into factory data by collecting real-time machine data and create process mining algorithms.


Den Haag

Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Nowadays companies are collecting more and more data about their high-level processes and production machines. The purpose is to get real-time insights into the company’s overall performance, production process, supply chain status, etc. In manufacturing companies the production process often does not follow the high-level process linearly, due to various reasons. To improve existing processes, it’s essential that the high-level process can be compared with the real production process. Extracting/discovering (business) processes based on event-log data can be done with a technique called process mining. The challenge lies in applying this technique on a stream of continuous data from many machines with varying data models, and potentially matching this with a high-level process definition.

The goal of this assignment is to extract the real production process from machine data and visualize this in an understandable manner. Your project will start with collecting data at one of our customers using our internal framework. Next you need to pre-process the data and get a basic understanding of the domain. Using this knowledge you will design and integrate a process mining algorithm, and test it on the obtained data. Next it should be possible to compare the mined process to the high-level plan of the production. To enhance the comparison, it should be possible to manipulate the extracted model manually, e.g. combine sub-process into one.

What do we require of you?

We are looking for someone who enjoys solving real-life problems with software. The ideal candidate(s) like digging into large data sets, learning new programming languages, building cloud software and getting it production ready.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With approximately 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness. 

We, at Monitoring & Control Services (MCS) prove the feasibility as well as the added value of innovative applications of information technology for industry and government through an approach of first-time engineering of large scale monitoring & control systems. We view such systems from an Internet-of-Things perspective, where large amounts of heterogeneous data are generated by internet-connected infrastructures. These data need to be stored, processed and analyzed to build useable information for decision-making or autonomous control.
Our research group deals with the information technology challenges involved in:
1.Automatic acquisition, storage and retrieval of large volumes of data across organizations.
2.The continuous processing of large distributed sets of data into information using adaptive (machine-learning) algorithms from multiple parties involved in Big Data analysis.
3.Predictive analytics and large scale simulation of complex model chains for decision support in different phases (from planning/design to maintenance) of the innovation cycle.
4.Humans interacting with the processing of data into information within complex systems.
By developing future-proof, adaptable and scalable IT solutions, we cooperate with government bodies, enterprises, service providers and non-governmental organizations in three focus domains - Industry & Infrastructure, Sustainable Energy, and Defense to create a more efficient, greener and safer tomorrow.
We are a fun and very social group of applied researchers, consultants in IT systems and processes, as well as a number of System Integration experts, located in Groningen and the Hague.

What can TNO offer you?

You want to work on the precursor of your career; an internship gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your internship and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable internship compensation.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

* Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an internship or graduation project at TNO.

Contact: Robert Wilterdink
Phone number: +31618240657

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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