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Prof. Dr. Sebastian Engell, Process Dynamics and Operations Group of the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering of TU Dortmund, (Principal Investigator) and Prof. Dr. Hans Georg Bock, Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing of Universit├Ąt Heidelberg, (Co-Investigator) have been selected for this ERC Advanced Investigator Grant by the expert panel of the European Research Council.
The two researchers have already been closely cooperating in the field of optimization-based control for years. The goal of this project is to overcome obstacles for the industrial application of optimization-based control by developing methods for the enhanced robustness and failure tolerance and for the reduction of the modeling effort as well as by developing new concepts for the interaction with the plant operators. In addition, the idea of optimizing control will be extended to the start-up and shut-down of plants where discrete switches take place.
The project includes experimental validation and demonstration, in particular for a reactive distillation column in pilot plant scale in cooperation with the Fluid Separations Group at TU Dortmund headed by Prof. Andrzej Gorak.