I'm Roger Berkley, a first year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Amsterdam. On this page you find information about my research interests, what I'm looking for, and how to contact me.

Research interests

My research interests are rooted in the discipline of business process management and positioned at the interfaces of business management and information technology. From this premise I find it most instrumental and edifying to pursue ideas and topics both intricately and contextually.

Contextual research fields

  • Robotic Process Automation
  • Process-Aware Information Systems PAIS
  • Intelligent Process Systems
  • Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Process Systems
  • Digitalization and the workforce

Intricate research interest areas

  • Applied Business Process Automation Methodologies
  • Ethical and compliant bot-flow discovery
  • Exception handling in unattended robotic processes
  • Limitations and effects of automated process discovery in human-interfacing information systems
  • Automated Machine Learning in process systems

Academic education


  • 2018 - , Ph.D. Machine Learning for Automated Audit, University of Amsterdam


  • 2014, M.Sc. Information Management, Tilburg University
  • 2013, M.Sc. IT Service Engineering, University of Crete
  • 2012, M.Sc. Computer Science, University of Stuttgart
  • 2005 - 2009, B.Sc. Management Information Systems, Applied Science University

Professional experience

My professional working experience of 7+ years includes early data-intensive analysis, intermediate business analysis and requirements management, follwed by business consulting in business process management, analysis and design of robotic process automation solutions, and advisory to enterprise digitalization competence centers. My working and consulting roles are in financial services, information technology services, banking, utilities, and logistics. As a freelance enrepreneur, I have previosuly founded two business services and consultancy startups. For CV send me a message.

Roger Berkley

Roger Berkley

Promovendus / Ph.D. candidate

Currently looking to switch and join a research group as a Ph.D. researcher in business process automation, digitalization, process-aware information systems, robotic process software systems and related disciplines.


What I'm looking for

The God particle. Nope, that was identified in 2012. Luckily, I'm looking for easier things to find.

The reseach place

The place I'm looking for strives to advance. It has vast consideration to research tradtion and established knowledge. But it is ready to break all consensus if a positive advancement necessitates.

The space

The research space I'm looking for is not constrained by its buildings, desks, computers, and whiteboards. It is not engulfed in its own sphere. It is ready to look outwards and seek solutions from the external, near and distant.

The research

Intricate, detailed, and complex if need be. But also simple, applied, effective, and blue ocean if need be.

The aim

Multidisciplinary research in automated business systems. Indicators suggest an accelerating rate of availability of and accessebility to business automation systems. Systems which mimic human thinking and human activity alike are becoming more adopted in businesses around the world. The opportunities and challenges arising from the continued advent of intelligent process systems in enterprise suggest an academic need to study related topics in a multidisciplinary approach.


Considerable business process digitalization is rarely small enough to not usher dependant change to various other areas of a wider more complex business system. Large-scale big-bang and even gradual change to business systems eventually bring change to their more complex wider environment systems. As such, information technology induced change can be studied in relation to seemingly distant yet inter-connected economic, social, and other wider systems.

Academic research of industry breakthroughs

Has technological academic research lost the lead when it comes to achieving applied breakthroughts? Perhaps. But it absorbs the breakthroughts brought in by industry as it advances. I believe it is important for academic research to continue to absorb applied breakthroughs delivered in industry or garage innovation.

Industry adoption of academic research

Does industry innovation constantly re-invent the wheel to achieve its breakthroughs? Perhaps. But its breakthroughs are largely founded on years of prior academic research. I believe it is important for industry and garage innovators to keep aware of parallel advancements in academic research.

Free thinking and free expression

Conforming, when you think it is necessary to do so. Getting out of the box, when you think it is necessary to do so. Bringing two boxes and stacking them one on top of the other.. three boxes, no boxes.. you get the idea. That flexebility of mind, of perspective and of the self is key to solving 'big' problems. It can be a heftily expensive key to practically use, expensive in very real terms. But practice it and prevail, or don't.

Doesn't matter who you are or where you sit

All technological phenomena and any phenomena may be questioned. You are still entitled to think, ask, and express without being subjected to undue pressure encountering your free critical thinking.

A continued new beginning

I'd like to join a group of enthusiastic Ph.D. researchers who are not afraid to think, to question phenomena, to express themselves, to approach new problems, and explore their utmost abilities individually and as a group. Such a group flourishes in a supportive and open research environment.