Talk of Prof. Thomas Meurer

March 20, 2024

--- Title: Model- and Data-based Approaches for the Control of Complex High-Dimensional Systems in Process and Production Engineering

Time: March 20, 2024
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Thomas Meurer
Institute of Mechanical Process Engineering and Mechanics
 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Karlsruhe, Germany  


Wednesday 2024-03-20 2 p.m.
IST Seminar Room 2.255 - Pfaffenwaldring 9 - Campus Stuttgart-Vaihingen



Dynamic process models in process and production engineering are in general not real-time capable due to the occurring nonlinearities, couplings or spatial and temporal dynamics and are only conditionally suitable for control and observer design. Thus, physical model simplification, systematic equation-oriented model order reduction, and data-based generation of directly reduced order models are of particular importance. This is especially true for the combination of these approaches with respect to systematic process optimization, optimal actuator and sensor placement or system design, and process control as well as process monitoring.
Current research results on the model-based development of state estimators or soft sensors, respectively, for the real-time reconstruction of system variables that are not measured or cannot be measured directly and their methodical linkage with control design are presented on the basis of selected applications from process and production engineering. The focus is on control-oriented development and integration of reduced order models into design methods to address state estimation and control of complex high-dimensional systems. References to data-driven model-free approaches for model generation and control are shown. The methodical developments are accompanied by their evaluation in simulation studies andby providing experimental results.


Biographical Information

Thomas Meurer received the diploma degree in process systems engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, in 2001, the M.Sc. degree in engineering science and mechanics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, in 2000, and the Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) degree from the University of Stuttgart in 2005.
From 2005 to 2007, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Chair of System Theory and Automatic Control, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany. In 2007, he joined the Automation and Control Institute, TU Vienna, Vienna, Austria, as a Senior Researcher, where he was appointed as an Associate Professor (Privatdozent) in 2012. From 2012 to 2023, he was a Full Professor and the Head of the Automatic Control Group at the Kiel University, Kiel, Germany. Since 2023, he has been a Full Professor of Digital Process Engineering and Sustainable Materials and Energy, and the Head of the Correspondent Group at the Institute of Mechanical Process Engineering and Mechanics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany. His research interests include control of distributed parameter systems, nonlinear control theory, observer design, and optimal control with applications in robotics, production processes, mechatronics, marine systems, and process systems engineering.
Dr. Meurer was the Chair of the IFAC TC 2.6 on Distributed Parameter Systems from 2011 to 2017, of the TC 1.40 Systems Theory and Automatic Control of the VDI/GMA from 2017 to 2021, and the IEEE-CSS TC Distributed Parameter Systems from 2019 to 2022. He received the VDI/GMA Eugen Hartmann Award in 2009, the Cardinal Innitzer Award in 2012, the IFAC Congress Best Interactive Paper Prize from the 2017 IFAC World Congress, and the Control Engineering Practice Paper Prize Award in 2020. He is an Associate Editor for the journals Automatica, Mechatronics, and Mathematical Control and Related Fields.

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