The McMaster Advanced Control Consortium (MACC) promotes and advances process automation and related process systems engineering technologies through academe-industry interactions. [more]
The McMaster Advanced Control Consortium had an astounding 2012. Through our nationally recognized industry-academia collaboration, we have been able to produce high-impact research and advances in chemical technologies. Let's take a look at some of this year's highlights.
New Members and Researchers
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 fault-det...[full story]
Seven new graduate students have joined the MACC in September 2012 to begin their Master's or PhD program. Starting with the top row:
B.Eng.Mgt Chemical Engineering, McMaster University (2012)
Supervised by: Dr. Christopher Swartz
Research Title: Supply Chain Management and Scheduling
The MACC hosted the 24th Annual MACC Meeting and Workshop from May 15-17 at the Hamilton Convention Centre in downtown Hamilton, with the theme "Optimization in Process Operations and Design." The workshop featured a keynote lecture by Prof. Larry Biegler from Carnegie Mellon University entitled "Nonlinear Model Predictive Control: An Evolution to Dynamic RTO", as well as topical lectures by Professors Swartz, Mhaskar, Adams, MacGregor, Yu, and Mahalec. Presentations by industrial members were ...[full story]
The McMaster Advanced Control Consortium was recently awarded a research grant worth over $1 million from the Ontario Research Fund -- Research Excellence program for research into the sustainable operation and design of complex and large-scale process systems. This will involve a collaborative effort between five MACC professors (Chris Swartz, Prashant Mhaskar, Thomas Marlin, Vladimir Mahalec, and Thomas Adams), eight industrial members of the MACC (ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Frito-Lay, IBM, Imper...[full story]
Pedro Castillo, Vladimir Mahalec. Inventory Pinch Algorithm for Gasoline Blend Planning [more]
Jie Yu, Mudassir Rashid. A novel dynamic bayesian network based networked process monitoring approach for fault detection, propagation identification and root cause diagnosis [more]
Zhiwen Chong. Dynamic Optimization Formulations for Plant Operation under Partial Shutdown Conditions [more]
Miao Du, Prashant Mhaskar. Active fault isolation of nonlinear process systems [more]
Professor and Director, MACC
During the course of his supervision of Master's and PhD students, Dr. Swartz has conducted collaborative re-search with several companies in areas that include integrated design and control, dynamic optimization, and optimal scheduling.