the dates: June 25-27, 2017


FIPSE 5 - First Announcement 

Please Mark the Dates: June 17-19, 2020


Dear CAST Colleagues,


The FIPSE-5 conference will take place in June 17, 18 and 19, 2020 at the Knossos Royal Hotel, a five star resort of the Aldemar group, in the island of Crete, Greece. The resort is located 50 Km east of the Heraklion airport near the city of Hersonissos. This is the location where FIPSE-2 took place. As in the previous 4 FIPSE conferences we look forward to the participation of 50 PSE researchers worldwide, plus many spouses.


Please mark your calendar: Arrivals on June 16 and departures on June 20. 

Extended stays before and after the conference will be possible at reduced prices. 


The conference will address unsolved problems and challenges in three topical areas. The presently planned areas are:

  • Small Molecule Pharmaceuticals
  • Machine Learning and PSE
  • Inteligent Manufacturing

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 ample 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. We also have a long list of colleagues who have participated in all five of the previous conferences. 


I hope you and, possibly, your spouse will plan to join us at FIPSE 5.  


Christos Georgakis, FIPSE Chair
Systems Research Institute at Tufts University


Venue Details


FIPSE-5 will be held at the breathtaking Aldemar Knossos Royal Hotel, a 5 Star Resort in Hersonissos, Crete. It is located 50 Km east of the Heraklion airport and can be reached by taxi, rental car or a FIPSE minibus.


The first event will be the Welcome Reception at 8:00 p.m. on June 16. 


Learn More:


Conference Format


Each day of the conference is devoted to a single topic of Process Systems Engineering. The three topics and the corresponding leader are selected by the FIPSE trustees. These day leaders further define the topic and, with the help of the FIPSE trustees, select the invited speakers. The invited two speakers for each day make a 45-minute morning presentation. These presentations focus 65% of their time defining a few 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, 5-6 short talks are presented participants selected from proposals submitted ahead of the conference. These talks will be also listed in the conference program. The morning session concludes with some suggestions how to make the afternoon discussions most productive.  


In the afternoon session, the participants break into groups of 6-8 members. They discuss further and define in greater detail the open problems of the day's topic. Each of the groups report back to all participants, and another round of discussions follow where all participants are involved. The day organizer(s) and the two invited speakers, with some help from the graduate students present, keep a record of what was discussed.  


Over the following six months, the day organizer(s) and the invited speakers produce a draft manuscript that describes what was discussed and concluded at the conference. This draft is circulated among all FIPSE participants for comments and suggestions for improvement, before submission to a leading journal. All who contribute substantial edits become co-authors. This publication aims to inform the general community and motivate researchers to help solve the defined challenges or to pursue alternative ones.


Information about past FIPSE: FIPSE 1FIPSE 2FIPSE 3, FIPSE 4

 Comments from past participants here

PLEASE MARK THE DATES:  June 17-19, 2020

Systems Research Institute at Tufts University

(617) 627-2573