Advances in Process Automation and Control 2017


Download the Advances in Process Automation and Control 2017 conference programme.

Conference themes

  • how the impact of big data and other industrial internet of things technologies will expand the role of process automation beyond simply control into almost all aspects of the business 
  • process industries of the future:
    • what will manufacturing look like in the future 
    • how will the fourth industrial revolution change process manufacturing for the better 
    • what is already happening – experiences of users and suppliers 
  • underpinning technologies, standards and protocols 
  • cyber and data security in the age of ‘the Cloud’ 
  • education, training and research in process automation in academia – what are the big questions in automation research 
  • energy efficiency and sustainability

Plenary speakers

  • Don Bartusiak, Chief Engineer, Process control IBM Chemical and Petroleum Industries
  • Tony Pipe, Professor of Robotics and Autonomous Systems Deputy Director of Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL)
  • Viswanath Krishnan, Industry Executive, IBM Chemical and Petroleum Industries

Keynote presentations

  • 'Implementation of MPC-based energy management systems for smart grids' by Peter Pflaum, Schneider Electric 
  • 'Is our process and control design human enough?' by Vassilis Sakizilis, Genesis Oil and Gas Consultants 
  • 'How process industries will benefit from the 4th industrial revolution' by Mark Higham, Process Automation 
  • 'Engineering methodology and software architecture for asset lifecycle information management' by Valentijn V. de Leeuw, ARC Advisory Group

More conference highlights

  • two free workshops delivered by MKS Instruments AB and Perceptive Engineering 
  • over 40 oral and poster presentations including speakers from Denmark, USA, Germany, UK, Belgium, Brazil, France, Norway and Saudi Arabia 
  • presentations from GSK, BP, Siemens, AspenTech, Imperial College London, ABB, Honeywell,Technical University of Denmark, Yokogawa and more
  • exhibition and conference dinner 
  • socialising and networking opportunities

Poster presentations

  • Batch reactor control system using object oriented automation platform (Accord), Alan Dorgan, Consultant, Republic of Ireland
  • Cybersecurity and the digitalisation challenge, Paul Hingley, Siemens, UK
  • Progressing towards “Industry 4.0” – commissioning and maintaining a highly automated manufacturing facility, Yogesh Balajee, Puratos USA, USA
  • Online metaldehyde monitoring – operational control, Alice Elder, Affinity Water, UK
  • Polymerisation control, Alan George, Molecular Control Systems Ltd, UK
  • Multidisciplinary approach and dual education In control engineering for mechatronics, Štefan Kozák, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • How will the fourth industrial revolution change process manufacturing for the better - an industry perspective, Sebastian Amos, GAMBICA, UK
  • Key characteristics of effective network learning in global engineering services, Thanh Tran, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Aligning operator displays with management KPIs in situational awareness, Colin Lismer, Schneider Electric, UK
  • Fault detection of chemical process using magnitude of coherence and NN based classifier, Md Tanvir Sowgath, University of Bradford, UK


Programme is subject to change.

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