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Mark the dates: June 25-27, 2017

FIPSE 4 - Third Announcement: Technical and Social Program
Mark the Date: June 24-27, 2018



Dear Colleague,

This is the third announcement about the FIPSE 4 conference. It aims to inform you about the technical topics the invited speakers will discuss in the three topical areas. See
details below.

Registration for the conferences is expected to open February 1.
This year, the demand for participation might exceed the 50 openings available. If you plan to participate, please be ready to register once registration opens. Furthermore, airline tickets, at least between the US and Greece are very substantially reduced at present. This might not be the case later. When making travel plans keep in mind the pre-conference cultural tour to Vergina, west of Thessaliniki, to the tomb of Philip II of Macedon, father to Alexander the Great. (See details below)

If you did not receive any of the previous two announcements, please note that the conference will take place in June 24-27, 2018 at the Porto Carras Meliton Resort Hotel in Chalkidiki, 120 Km east of Thessaloniki in the northern part of Greece.
Please mark your calendar.

The FIPSE conference series has established itself as the unique venue where unsolved problems and unmet challenges are addressed during the day while the evenings are filled with amble relaxation, great food and unique seaside scenery under the bright Greek moonlight. In the past, more that 70% of the participants have been accompanied by their spouses.

I hope you and your spouse will plan to join at FIPSE 4.

[Christos Signature]

Christos Georgakis
Systems Research Institute at Tufts University

FIPSE 4 Technical Program

  Day 1: Monday, June 25, 2018
            Model and Process Uncertainty - Quantification and Usage
Organized by Rolf Findeisen, (Otto-von-Guericke U.)
? Benoit Chachuat (Imperial) on
"Prediction and Exploitation of Uncertainty in Dynamic Processes"
? Richard Braatz (MIT) on
"Optimal Control of Uncertain Systems"
  Day 2: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
            Water Challenges from the Process Systems Engineering Perspective
Organized by Michael Doherty, (UCSB)
? Bhavik Bakshi (Ohio State U.) on
"Meeting the Challenges of Water Sustainability by Expanding the Boundaries of PSE"
? one more speaker (TBA)
  Day 3: Wednesday, June 26, 2017
            Material Discovery and Product Design
Organized by Christos Maravelias, (U. of Wisconsin - Madison)
? Claire Adjiman (Imperial) on
? "What can PSE do for molecules? What can molecules do for PSE?"
? Dion Vlahos (Delaware)
? "In Silico Prediction of Materials for Energy Applications"
?  Nikos Sahinidis (CMU), and
? "Challenges and opportunities in computational design of organic photovoltaics"


In the second half of the morning session, six (6) additional presentations will be made by selected conference participants. They will be selected by the session organizer from the registrants' input on the open problems discussed in the conference. This is a required input during registration.
During the afternoon session, well-structured breakout groups will refine the definition of the open problems in a concrete way as to facilitate the drafting of a white paper describing the findings of the day.

A Unique Venue in Northern Greece

The Porto Carras Resort is a five-star Hotel in the village of Neos Marmaras in the Sithonia peninsula in Chalkidiki, 120 Km east of the Thessaloniki International Airport.   FIPSE will provide bus service from the airport to the resort on Sunday, June 24 during the afternoon and from the resort to the airport on Thursday morning. Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece with a population of more than 300,000. Its international airport has direct flights to many European airports and 10 daily flights to and from Athens.

Social Program:  There will be a welcome reception on Sunday night and two banquets on Tuesday and Wednesday night, a FIPSE tradition. On Monday night participants will be transported by boat to the nearby town of Neos Marmaras where they will dine on their own at one of the several restaurant by the seaside.   (details below)
Learn More: Porto Carras Meliton Resort<> and about Thessaloniki: Here<> or here<>


Format: Discuss and Define Unsolved Problems

Each day of the conference is devoted to a single topic of Process Systems Engineering. A general topic and an organizer for each of the three days is selected by the FIPSE trustees. These day organizers further define the topic and propose the invited speakers. The selected two speakers for each day make a 45-minute morning presentation. These presentations focus 65% of their time defining 1-3 important open research problems that should be addressed by the community in the next 5 to 10 years.  In the second half of the morning session, the day organizer invites 5-6 of the conference participants to make a five-minute presentation on their definition of an open research problem which they input during the online conference registration. The morning session ends with considerable discussion among the participants and the presenters.

In the afternoon session, the participants break into groups of 6-8 members where they discuss further and define in greater detail the open problems in the area. Each of the groups report back to all participants followed by another round of discussions. The day organizer and the two invited speakers collect a record of all the ideas proposed. Six to twelve months after the conference, they are expected to draft a manuscript to be published in a respected journal as a record on what was concluded at the FIPSE conference. A draft of this paper is circulated among all FIPSE participants for comments and suggestions for improvement. All participants who contribute substantially become co-authors. This publication aims to inform non-participants and motivate all researchers to help solve the defined challenges or to pursue alternative ones.

Optional Pre-Conference Cultural Trip

On Sunday June 24, an optional day-long cultural trip is planned to visit the Vergina site. This is where the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, was discovered and excavated in 1977.


The 1h 15 min trip to Verging will start at 9:00 in Thessaloniki by bus. After the visit to the site, the group will have lunch 13:00 - 15:00.  The visit will be guided by an expert archaeological guide who will join us in the bus ride and give us an introduction about the site. Participants in this trip should overnight in Thessaloniki on Saturday, June 23 and should book the Hotel accommodations in Thessaloniki individually. One of the recommended Hotels is Macedonia Palace<> where the trip will commence.
Learn More<>: Vergina<>, Philip of Macedon,<> Alexander the Great<>

Social Program

Welcome Reception
Sunday, June 24: 20:00 - 22:00
with finger food, drinks and live music B.
Free Night for Participants
Monday, June 25: 19:30 - 23:30
Participants will dine on their own in Neos Marmaras, a seaside town 3 Km north. FIPSE transportation by boat
Fish Banquet
Tuesday, June 26: 19:00 - 23:30
at Panos Fish Tavern, 10 km south. FIPSE transportation by boat
Greek Banquet
Wednesday, June 27: 19:00 - 24:00
At the Porto Carras Hotel with Greek Music and Dances

Please visit:  FIPSE 1<>,  FIPSE 2<>, FIPSE 3<>   and see comments of past participant here<>

Visit the FIPSE webpages<> for updates.

Save the Dates NOW: June 24-27, 2018

 FIPSE Website <>     Location<>    Praise for FIPSE<>    Contact Email <mailto:[log in to unmask]>