Special Issue "Process Control: Current Trends and Future Challenges"


A special issue of Processes (ISSN 2227-9717).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Gabriele Pannocchia
Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering-Chemical Engineering Section, University of Pisa, Largo L. Lazzarino, 2, 56126 Pisa, Italy
Website: http://www1.diccism.unipi.it/Pannocchia_Gabriele/Web/Welcome.html
E-Mail: gabriele.pannocchia@unipi.it
Phone: +39 050 2217 838
Interests: model predictive control; optimal drug administration using advanced control algorithms; closed-loop identification and performance monitoring; inferential control systems; process modeling, simulation and optimization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The area of process control has changed significantly over the last few decades, in terms of methods, algorithms, and application domains. Cost and energy reduction needs have prompted process and control engineers to develop and adopt optimization-based control systems, which nowadays pervade many process industries. Advanced process control systems have optimization objectives to meet, not just regulation tasks to perform; to meet these objectives, a strong and delicate blend of advanced hardware (sensors and actuators), software (algorithms), and process knowledge (modeling) is required.

The Special Issue, "Process Control: Current Trends and Future Challenges" of the journal Processes, seeks contributions to assess the state-of-the-art and future challenges in the wide area of process control; topics include, but are not limited to: optimization-based control and estimation methods, distributed control architectures for plant-wide optimization, process monitoring, diagnosis and fault detection, process dynamic modeling and identification for advanced control systems, applications of advanced instrumentation, and soft sensors.

Papers involving industrial collaborations are particularly encouraged in order to provide the reader with a clear assessment of the current best practice, and to better understand which challenges are likely to be faced in the near future.

Dr. Gabriele Pannocchia
Guest Editor


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  • optimization based control (MPC) and estimation methods (MHE)
  • distributed optimization-based control
  • process monitoring, diagnosis and fault detection
  • process dynamic modeling
  • process identification
  • advanced instrumentation
  • soft sensors

Published Papers

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Last update: 3 June 2014

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