Dr. Jie Zhang
University of Newcastle, UK
Speech Title: Software Sensors and Inferential Estimation in Industrial Processes
Abstract: Over the last three decades Software Sensors, often referred to as Soft Sensors, have established themselves as a valuable addition, sometimes alternative, to traditional means for the acquisition of critical process variables for process monitoring, process control and process optimisation. Other terms for soft sensors in the process industry are virtual sensors and inferential measurements. Inferential estimation and software sensors R&D and industrial applications started in Newcastle in the 1980’s. Since that time the literature and industrial applications of software sensors has grown significantly and more recently has been ‘reinvented’ as a ‘Virtual Process Analytical Technology tool’ in ‘Industrie 4.0’. The talk will discuss the characteristics of different forms of data-driven Soft Sensors which are common to the chemicals, materials, pharmaceuticals, bio-processing processes, etc. A number of case studies will be described. A general introduction to the most popular Soft Sensor modelling techniques as well as some recent work such as deep belief networks and the integration of slow feature analysis and neural networks for software sensor development will be discussed.
Introduction to Dr. Jie Zhang:
Dr Jie Zhang received his PhD in Control Engineering from City University, London, in 1991. He has been with the School of Engineering, Newcastle University, UK, since 1991 and is currently a Reader in Process Systems Engineering and Degree Programme Director for MSc in Applied Process Control. His research interests are in the general areas of process system engineering including process modelling, batch process control, process monitoring, and computational intelligence. He has published over 290 papers in international journals, books, and conference proceedings. He is on the Editorial Boards of a number of journals including Neurocomputing published by Elsevier, PLOS ONE and International Journal of Automation and Control.
Prof. Kannan Govindan
University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Speech Title: Industry 4.0 and its impact on Supply chain management
Abstract: During the last ten years, the production sector and industrial development changed significantly. Boundaries between countries, markets, and business segments are blurring. Newmarket demands such as individualization, sustainability, and flexibility dominate the manufacturing process. Robots, augmented reality, and 3D printer simplify the working life and make the process more agile and transparent. All this affects the supply chain from supplier to customer. In other words, the transformation of Industry 4.0 changes logistics, production, and the way of communication. Through the development of new technologies and the steady decreasing acquisition costs of the technologies, Industry 4.0 gets tangible for more and more companies as well as private individuals. This talk will explore how does the fourth industrial revolution impacts Supply Chain Management Strategies.
Introduction to Prof. Kannan Govindan:
Prof. Kannan Govindan is a Founder and current head of the Center for Sustainable Supply Chain Engineering, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark. He received 2018, 2019 highly cited researcher award from Thomson-Reuters/Clarivate Analytics. He received the Fyens Stiftstidende research award for 2019. His research interests include the digital supply chain, industry 4.0 on supply chain, Sustainable development goals, reverse logistics, closed loop supply chain, digitalized sustainable circular economy, green supply chain management, and sustainable supply chain management. He has published more than 250 international journal articles (with total 20500 + citations and H-index of 79) in leading journals such as Nature, Omega, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Journal of Environmental Management, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Cleaner Production, Computers & Industrial Engineering, Ecological Indicators, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Part A: Systems and Humans, European Management Journal, Computers and OR, International Journal of Production Economics and International Journal of Production Research. Currently, he is an Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling (Inderscience), and the International Journal of Advanced Operations Management (Inderscience). In addition, he serves as associate editor of the Journal of Cleaner Production, an Area Editor of INFOR: Information Systems and Operational Research and has served as a guest editor in journals such as European Journal of Operations Research, Computers and OR, Annals of OR, Journal of Cleaner Production, International Journal of Production Economics. Finally, he serves as an Editorial Board Member of several international journals.
Prof. Dr. Hamid Reza Karimi
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, 20156 Milan, Italy
Speech Title: Distributed Control of Multiagent Systems: Theory and Applications
Abstract: From both theoretical and practical aspects, the problem of distributed cooperative control design for multiagent systems has received increasing attentions in recent years due to its advantages, compared with the traditional centralized systems, including more flexibility, decentralization, stronger robustness. Some practical research impacts could be utilization of multiagent systems in intelligent manufacturing (Industry 4.0), structural control systems, emergency patient transportation, robotics, for instance.
The objective of this talk is to present some challenges and recent results on distributed cooperative control systems or distributed model predictive control of multiagent systems for consensus, e.g. robotics, with a focus on advanced controller design strategy developments under communication control protocol. The talk will be concluded with some concluding remarks on both technical and practical aspects of distributed control systems for consensus problems of multiagent systems.
Introduction to Prof. Dr. Hamid Reza Karimi:
Hamid Reza Karimi (M’06–SM’09) received the B.Sc. (First Hons.) degree in power systems from the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1998, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. (First Hons.) degrees in control systems engineering from the University of Tehran, Tehran, in 2001 and 2005, respectively. He is currently a professor of Applied Mechanics with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. His current research interests include control systems and mechatronics with applications to automotive control systems, vibration systems and wind energy.
Prof. Karimi is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cyber-Physical Systems, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Machines, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Aerospace System Science and Engineering, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Designs, Section Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Electronics, Section Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science Progress, Subject Editor for Journal of The Franklin Institute and a Technical Editor, Moderator for IEEE TechRxiv or Associate Editor for some international journals, for instance, the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-I: Regular Papers, the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Systems, Information Sciences, IFAC-Mechatronics, International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control. He is a member of Agder Academy of Science and Letters and also a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Systems with Uncertainty, the Committee on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems, the IFAC Technical Committee on Mechatronic Systems, the Committee on Robust Control, and the Committee on Automotive Control. Prof. Karimi awarded as the 2016-2019 Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in Engineering.