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The McMaster Advanced Control Consortium (MACC) promotes and advances process automation and related process systems engineering technologies through academe-industry interactions. [more]
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The MACC is spearheading a multi-million dollar research project devoted to the design, operation, and automation of sustainable chemical process systems. [Find out more]
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Dr. C.L.E. Swartz
Professor & Director, McMaster Advanced Control Consortium.
Dept of Chemical Engineering
McMaster University
1280 Main St W,
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L8
Canada

(905) 525-9140x24945
swartzc@mcmaster.ca
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2014/2015 MACC Graduates!

We are proud to announce the graduation of eight of our students! Listed clockwise from top left:

  • Kushlani Wijesekera (MaSC) - Quaternary and Quintenary Semicontinuous Distillation
  • Chris Ewaschuk (MaSC) - Optimal Scheduling of Converter Aisle Operation in a Nickel Smelting Plant
  • Patrick Carter (MaSC) - Planning and Scheduling Optimization in Integrated Steel Production
  • Kyle Lefebvre (MaSC) - Load-following heat, hot water and power distributed generation using an integrated solid...
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27th Annual MACC Meeting and Workshop

The 27th Annual MACC Meeting and Workshop was held at the Art Gallery of Hamilton from May 12-14, 2015, with the theme "Operations and Design over Multiple Time Scales – from Planning and Scheduling to Advanced Control." Featured speakers from our partners and guests were:

  • Marianthi Ierapetritou - Rutgers University, Decision Making Across Different Scales: From Process Control to Supply Chain Management
  • Elkafi Hassini - DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Supply Chain...
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MACC Students get Top Scholarships!

Nine MACC graduate students have received top federal or provincial scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year, covering most to all of their educational and living expenses:
Sarah Ballinger Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Master's Level)
Pedro Castillo Ontario Graduate Scholarship (International)
Giancarlo Dalle Ave Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Master's Level)
Brian MacDonald Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Master's Level)
Vida Meidanshahi Ontario Trillium... [full story]

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MACC Researchers release 20 instructional CO2 capture simulations

MACC Researchers have released 20 new example simulations for solvent-based CO2 and H2S capture processes in common commercial software packages such as Aspen Plus, Aspen HYSYS, Pro/II, and ProMax.

Solvent-based process for capturing CO2 from major energy conversion processes such as power plants and synthetic fuels processes have been in use for decades and are now experencing even greater interest due to their potential use in mitigating climate change. However, simulating these...

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Welcome New Students!

We are excited to welcome the following new students to the MACC team!

Sarah Ballinger MaSC Candidate
Giancarlo Dalle Ave MaSC Candidate
Leila Hoseinzade PhD Candidate
Brian MacDonald MaSC Candidate
Craig MacDonald MaSC Candidate
James Scott M.A.Sc Candidate
Tokiso Thatho MaSC Candidate
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MACC Students Win Top Honours

Update:Philip Tominac, Hadi Shahnazari, and James Scott were left off the list of recipients... sorry guys! I guess we had so many recipients that I couldn't keep track.
We are incredibly proud of our graduate students who continue to perform at the very best of their game. We had no less than EIGHTEEN! students win some sort of scholarship this year, with the nine pictured above winning new scholarships at the highest level (full funding).

NSERC Vanier Scholarship

Jake Nease This is...

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MACC Prof wins Ontario Early Researcher Award

Assistant Professor Thomas A. Adams II recently received an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation for his research entitled "Sustainable Synthetic Fuels: Combining biomass, natural gas, and nuclear energy to produce diesel and gasoline with reduced CO2 emissions". The award is given to leading young scholars in the province from all fields of science, engineering, technology and medicine and consists of a $150,000 research grant over a period of five... [full story]

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Three MACC Students Graduate in 2014

We are proud to announce the graduation of three of our MACC graduate students this year:


Jingyan Chen. MaSC
Thesis Title: Statistic methods for process monitoring and control.
Adviser: Prashant Mhaskar


Kuilin Chen. MaSC
Thesis Title: Data-driven modeling for quality control in chemical processes.
Adviser: Prashant Mhaskar


Dominik Seepersad. MaSC
Thesis Title: Dynamic simulation and control of a hybrid coal gasifier / steam methane reformer system.
Adviser: Thomas A....

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26th MACC Meeting and Workshop

The MACC recently held its 26th annual Meeting & Workshop, entitled "Best Practices in Control and Optimization - from R&D to Industrial Implementation". Speakers included McMaster Professors Chris Swartz, Thomas A. Adams II, Vlad Mahalec, and Prashant Mhaskar; industrial member speakers from Exxon Mobil, Johnson Control, and ProSensus; special guest speakers Dr. Ali Cinar (IIT), Dr. Lotfi Belkhir (Walter Booth School of Engineering Practice at McMaster), and Dr. Danielle Zyngier at Hatch.... [full story]

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MACC Launches Sustainability Website

The MACC has launched orfre.mcmaster.ca, a new website dedicated to showcasing our ongoing research in sustainability. Funded by an Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellent grant, the MACC has been researching how to design new sustainable chemical and energy processes, how to control them, and how to automate them in a sustainable way. Our research projects include the development of better solid oxide fuel cell systems, better biofuel systems, more sustainable air separation units,... [full story]

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John MacGregor Festshcrift

We are delighted to announce that in recognition of the distinguished MACC alumn's 70th Birthday, John MacGregor has been honoured with a special Festschrift issue of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.

In addition, the work of Dr. MacGregor will celebrated in two special sessions on November 3 at the upcoming national meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in San Francisco. The sessions will feature presentations and contributions from his many students and...

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MACC Prof Writes New Book

MACC Professor Prashant Mhaskar, along with colleagues Prof. Jinfeng Liu (U. Alberta), and Prof. Panagiotis D. Christofides (UCLA), have announced the publication of their new book “Fault-Tolerant Process Control: Methods and Applications”. Drawing on their many years of experience and active research at the forefront of the field, the book discusses issues concerning nonlinear systems and control concerning stability, stabilization, zero dynamics, model predictive control, integrated... [full story]

Recent Activity
2014/2015 MACC Graduates!
We are proud to announce the... [more]

New Paper
Buddhadeva Das, Prashant Mhaskar. Lyapunov-Based Offset-free Model Predictive Control of Nonlinear Process Systems [more]

New Theses
Kim McAuley. Modelling, estimation and control of product properties in a gas phase polyethylene reactor [more]

27th Annual MACC Meeting and Workshop
The 27th Annual MACC Meeting and... [more]

New Paper
Matt Wallace, Prashant Mhaskar. Offset-free Model Predictive Control of a Heat Pump [more]

New Theses
Yanan Cao. Design for dynamic performance: application to an air separation unit [more]

MACC Students get Top Scholarships!
Nine MACC graduate students have... [more]

New Paper
Matt Wallace, Prashant Mhaskar. Offset-free Model Predictive Control of a Heat Pump [more]

New Theses
Christopher Ewaschuk. Optimal Scheduling of Converter Aisle Operation in a Nickel Smelting Plant [more]

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Research MACC research is characterized by collaborative projects with industry [more]

People The MACC team consists of top faculty and students from around the world [more]

Featured Researcher
Dr. Thomas E. Marlin

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Dr. Marlin contributes considerable industrial and academic experience (15 and 22 years, respectively). His primary research interests are in process control design, real-time optimization, robust predictive control, and supply-chain optimization.