Dear CAST email list member,


Just in case you are not in my distribution list, I am forwarding to you the 2nd announcement about the FIPSE-4 conference.


To those who already received this mail already, my sincere apologies for the duplication.





Professor Christos GEORGAKIS



Mark the dates: June 25-27, 2017


FIPSE 4 -  Second Announcement - Invited Speakers 

Mark the Date: June 24-27, 2018



Dear CAST member,


This is the second announcement about the FIPSE 4 conference. It aims to inform you about the list of speakers that have accepted to make presentations about the open research problems in one of the three topical areas of the conference; details below.


I remind you that the FIPSE 4 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 conference will address unsolved problems and challenges in three topical areas. 


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 Georgakis
Systems Research Institute at Tufts University


FIPSE 4 Topics and Speakers


The presenters of the technical session of FIPSE 4 are:


Day 1: Monday, June 25, 2018

            Model and Process Uncertainty - Quantification and Usage

  • Organized by Rolf Findeisen, (Otto-von-Guericke U.)
  • Presenters: 
    • Benoit Chachuat (Imperial) and 
    • Richard Braatz (MIT) 

Day 2: Tuesday, June 26, 2018

            Water Challenges from the Process Systems Engineering Perspective

  • Organized by Professor Michael Doherty, (UCSB)
  • Presenters: 
    • Bhavik Bakshi (Ohio State U.) and 
    • one more (TBA)

Day 3: Wednesday, June 26, 2017

            Material Discovery and Product Design

  • Organized by Christos Maravelias, (U. of Wisconsin - Madison)
  • Presenters:
    • Claire Adjiman (Imperial),
    • Nikos Sahinidis (CMU), and
    • Dion Vlahos (Delaware)

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.


Venue Details  


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, most likely by boat, to the nearby city of Neos Marmaras where they will dine on their own at one of the several restaurant by the seaside.  

Learn More:



Conference Format  




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. 


This morning trip will be following by lunch and an afternoon visit, if time permits, to the Archeological Museum of Thessaloniki. 



Information about FIPSE 1, 2, and 3    



Please visit:

Comments from past participants here.


Visit the FIPSE webpages for updates. Click HERE


RESERVE THE DATES NOW June 24-27, 2018



Systems Research Institute at Tufts University

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