Workshop 3

“Control and optimization of industrial processes” on the occasion of Dominique Bonvin’s 65th Birthday


Giancarlo Ferrari-Trecate, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Colin N Jones, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


Safe, reliable and efficient operation of large-scale industrial processes has always been a driver for the development of innovative approaches in the field of control theory. Process control, which in the 70’s paved the way to the advent of model predictive control, nowadays embraces methods from optimization, system identification and control theory. The combination of these tools is expected to be even more central in future production processes, which will be characterised by ubiquitous sensing and actuation, distributed computation, and massive communication between devices. While technological frameworks such as the Internet of Things, the Industrial Internet and Industry 4.0 have started emerging, methodological foundations for the reliable operation of cyberphysical industrial systems are still lagging behind. The goal of this workshop is to gather experts in the area of optimization of industrial processes to present state-of-art methods as well perspectives for the future.

Moreover, the workshop will give the opportunity to honour and celebrate the achievements of one of the key players in the area: Prof. Dominique Bonvin who turned 65 and retired from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) in 2017.

A detailed description of the workshop can be found here.