An Intensive Short Course for Process Control Engineers, Technicians, & Technical Managers

Starting 8:30 a.m. Thursday and ending 12 noon Saturday
October 19-21, 2006
University of Calgary

System identification is a broadly applicable field that is commonly used in control applications as 
a means to obtain the dynamic models needed for model-based control design. System 
identification is often recognized by practicing engineers as one of the most time consuming tasks 
in the implementation of advanced control in the process industries.


This 2.5-day short course is intended to provide the industrial practitioner with a comprehensive 
survey of the various methods and procedures for performing linear system identification in the 
process industries. Emphasis is given to identification topics that have the most impact in practice.  
The course will provide the course participant with:

- A better understanding of the fundamentals of system identification which in turn will enable the 
participant to make judicious, intelligent choices of methods and design variables in system 

- The user will get a feeling for the possibilities and limitations of various system identification 
techniques. Issues associated with the differences between linear and nonlinear system 
identification methods will also be addressed.

- Increased experience with system identification technology via a comprehensive series of 
computer lab exercises that will give students a "hands-on" feel for the course topics. At the 
conclusion of the course, the student should feel comfortable using the System Identification 
Toolbox in MATLAB to apply and test the course topics.

The course includes lab simulations via MATLAB with SIMULINK. Labs involve simulated plant 
models and real process data, although students may be able to use some of their own data sets if 
so desired. Significant emphasis is given to the use of the graphical user interface available that 
forms part of the System Identification toolbox. Each student will be provided with a set of course 
notes containing copies of all viewgraphs and a collection of MATLAB m-files used in the 
laboratory exercises.


   Day 1

	Module 1: Course Overview, Signals and Systems Concepts
	Module 2: Input Signal Design and Nonparametric Estimation

   Day 2

        Module 3: Parametric Model Estimation and Validation
        Module 4: Control-Relevant and Closed-Loop Identification

   Day 3 (AM only)

	Module 5: Issues in Multivariable and Nonlinear System Identification.

Problems in multivariable and nonlinear identification are addressed in the earlier modules; this 
final module is a focused discussion on the application of comprehensive multivariable 
identification methodologies and considerations associated with identifying nonlinear systems.

A more detailed description of the topics described in these modules can be found in


This course is designed for process control engineers, technicians and technical managers looking 
to make intelligent choices that result in reduced emissions, less energy use and increased profit. 
Due to the intense interaction in this program, attendance is limited to 20 people.

Participants can register on a first come first serve basis by completing the attached registration 
form and returning it with payment to the address provided. The registration fee for the Workshop 
is only $1250 Cdn plus GST. The fee includes all course materials, meals and break refreshments. 
Registration Deadline is September 30, 2006.


Daniel E. Rivera (Course Director -; email: 
[log in to unmask]) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at 
Arizona State University and Program Director for the ASU Control Systems Engineering Laboratory 
( Prior to joining ASU he was an Associate Research Engineer in 
the Control Systems Section of Shell Development Company. He received his Ph.D. in chemical 
engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the 
University of Rochester and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, respectively. He has held visiting 
appointments at Linkoping University in Sweden, Honeywell Technology Center, and the University 
"St. Cyril and Methodius" in Skopje, Macedonia.

Professor William (Bill) Svrcek ( of the 
Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary is host for this 

* Please register me for Principles of System Identification October 16-18, 2006, Dept. of 
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, The University of Calgary




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________$1250 Cdn + GST(7%) = $1437.50 Cdn

Cancellation Policy
Must be received five full working days prior to course dates, resulting
in a full refund less a $50.00 administration fee.  Cancellations not
received five full days prior to course date are liable for the entire

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is required to register you in the program, forms part of the student
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Financial information is used to process applicable fees and is retained

for future reference.  If you have any questions about the collection of
use of this information, please call (403) 220-2866.

3 Convenient Ways to Register!
· Telephone:  403.220.5755 or 403.220.4802
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·  Fax: 403.282-3945
* Cheque (Payable to the Dept. Of Chem. and Pet Engineering, The University of Calgary) mail to: 
Attn: W.Y Svrcek, Dept. of Chem. and Pet. Engg., Schulich School of Engineering, The University of 
Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 1N4

Accommodations:  Various options for reasonably priced lodging close to the University of Calgary 
campus are available. Information on these can be obtained by  contacting Professor Bill Svrcek at 
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Daniel E. Rivera, Ph.D.
Department of Chemical Engineering
Mail Stop 876006
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona 85287-6006

Phone: (480) 965-9476
FAX:   (480) 965-0037
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