On February 9, the Government of Estonia approved this year’s laureates of the National Research Award. The award in the field of technical sciences was awarded to STACC’s head of strategic development area, Marlon Dumas for his research on “Foundations of Process Mining”. Dumas’ research is focused on using event logs for optimizing business processes. He developed new theoretical techniques for automatically detecting business process models in use, diagnosing the adequacy of their performance, identifying the abnormalities, and forecasting the functioning of processes.