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Leyla Ozkan <[log in to unmask]>
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Leyla Ozkan <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 17 May 2010 08:06:35 -0400
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The Control Systems Group at the Electrical Engineering Department in 
Eindhoven University of Technology has a vacancy for a Ph. D. position
regarding the project “Advanced Autonomous Model-Based Operation of
Industrial Process Systems (AUTOPROFIT)”.

Project description:

The AUTOPROFIT is an international project funded by the European Union via
the Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development
(FP7) involving 4 academic partners (Delft University of Technology (The
Netherlands), Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands), RWTH
Aachen (Germany) and KTH Stockholm (Sweden)) and 3 industrial partners (ABB
(Sweden), Boliden (Sweden) and SASOL (South Africa)). The aim of this
research is to decrease the cost of industrial implementation and to
increase the life-time performance of model based operation support systems
such as Model Predictive Control (MPC), Real Time Optimization (RTO) by
decreasing the modeling cost and by automating just-in-time maintenance
based on economic criteria.

Position Description:

The main objective of this particular Ph. D position is to develop robustly
performing techniques for automated tuning of model based control systems
during start-up or in the case of observed performance degradation. The
relevant research areas involve the determination of the relationship
between frequency or time dependent model inaccuracy, closed loop
performance and tuning of real-time model based control applications such
as MPC, dynamic RTO and soft sensors

Group Description:

The research mission of the Control Systems Group is to master complexity
present in mechatronics, power systems, automotive systems and industrial
processes. The group focuses on fundamental research in model reduction,
spatial temporal systems, Lyapunov methods for real-time control and
distributed systems. Furthermore, many industrial projects are being
carried out in the area of automotive, process control, wireless sensor
networks and power systems. The group actively participates in the Dutch
Institute of Systems and Control (DISC). For more detailed information on
the activities of the group please check

Interested candidates with a background in systems and control, (applied)
physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering,
chemical engineering or a related field are encouraged to send their CV +
application letter to Leyla Ozkan at [log in to unmask] or to Ton Backx at
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