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PROCESS CONTROL BOOT CAMP
A Comprehensive Introduction to Process Control Practice

May 25-29, 2009
University of Alberta

Process control is much more than theory and Laplace transforms, or 
using a vendor's product. The practice of process control involves 
instrument calibration and characterization, process modeling and 
identification, commissioning and tuning of controllers, monitoring, 
alarm management and maintenance. This course provides intensive 
exposure to these topics and more through a unique combination of 
lectures, simulation and experimental laboratories conducted by one 
of the world's foremost process control groups.

Who should attend: Recent engineering graduates, engineering 
supervisors, people with new control responsibilities.

You will learn: practical aspects of control theory, application of 
theory in simulation and laboratory settings, tuning of regulatory 
and multivariable controllers, monitoring of process and controller 
performance, justification and management of control projects.

The course includes modules on:
-         Introduction to control
-         Regulatory control
-         Process modeling and identification
-         Advanced control (model predictive control)
-         Control project execution and management

The associated labs on instrumentation calibration and 
characterization, process modeling for regulatory control, system 
identification, PID and MPC controller tuning for performance and 
robustness, controller performance assessment. Processes controlled 
in the laboratory exercises include flows of liquids and gases, heat 
exchange, surge tank levels and distillation column composition.

Registration details: (Cdn)$3500 per person (early bird registration 
$3000 by April 24). Discounts are offered for groups of 3 or more. 
Total registration is limited to 12 participants. The fees include a 
copy of all instructional and background material.

Course brochure available at: 
<http://www.ualberta.ca/~vprasad/CPCBootCampBrochure.pdf>http://www.ualberta.ca/~vprasad/CPCBootCampBrochure.pdf

For more information (including recommendations for lodging), contact 
Betty Daniel (e-mail: 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask], subject 
heading "Process Control Boot Camp"), Department of Chemical and 
Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, 780-492-6344.

The faculty:

Sirish Shah, PhD, PEng, is the NSERC-Matrikon-Suncor-iCORE chair in 
the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the 
University of Alberta. His research interests include process control 
and automation, process monitoring and performance assessment, and 
system identification.

Amos Ben-Zvi, PhD, PEng, is an assistant professor in the Department 
of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta, 
whose research focus is modeling and parameter estimation.  Amos had 
perviously worked with Dow Chemicals, Matrikon Inc. and the EnCana Corporation.

Biao Huang, PhD, PEng, is a professor in the Department of Chemical 
and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta. His research 
interests are in process control and system identification, process 
and control monitoring, fuel cells and biomedical modeling.

Jong Min Lee, PhD, PEng, is an assistant professor in the Department 
of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta. 
His research interests include model predictive control, approximate 
dynamic programming, and statistical learning, with applications to 
improving the statistical performance of chemical processes and 
characterizing biological processes.

Vinay Prasad, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of 
Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta. His 
research interests include process control, estimation and the design 
of experiments, with applications to fuel cells, heterogeneous 
catalysis and multiscale systems.

Dave Shook, PhD, PEng, is a research service officer in the 
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of 
Alberta, and has vast expertise in the practice of process control. 
He was the CTO at Matrikon, and has held various positions at 
Matrikon and Nova. He is also a private consultant.

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