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September 11, 2018 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Engineering, College of 1507 EDC Auditorium | Map
5050 Anthony Wayne
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Sustainability@Wayne seminar on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 2:30 p.m to 4:00 p.m. in 1507 Engineering Bldg. (EDC Auditorium). The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested.

The Sustainability@Wayne Seminar speaker will be Prodromos Daoutidis, Ph.D., Executive Officer, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota. He will present "Energy Efficiency and Sustainability New Vistas for Systems and Control Research".

Dr. Prodromos Daoutidis is a College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor and Executive Officer in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. He received a Diploma degree in Chemical Engineering (1987) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, M.S.E. degrees in Chemical Engineering (1988) and Electrical Engineering:  Systems (1991) from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering (1991) from the University of Michigan. His current research is on control of complex process networks, design and operation of distributed renewable energy systems, and biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals. 


Energy efficiency and sustainability are major factors towards mitigating the depletion of fossil fuel reserves and the environmental impact of their consumption. Tight Integration is a key enabler towards achieving these goals. The first part of the talk will focus on control of integrated large-scale plants, a classic open problem in control. A natural paradigm for addressing this problem is the one of distributed control, in which coordinated controllers tackle operational objectives of different sections of the plant. A key underlying problem is the optimal decomposition of the integrated system into the distributed control architecture. A new approach to this problem inspired from network science will be described. It relies on identifying "communities" of system variables whose members interact strongly among them, yet are weakly coupled to the rest of the network members. The second part of the talk will focus on the emerging theme of distributed production of power, fuels and chemicals, using renewable resources. The motivation lies in the promise of the developing efficient, sustainable and robust infrastructures utilizing local resources. The challenges span science, technology and prublic policy considerations. Recent results along with exciting opportunities for systems research will be highlighted, on two broad fronts: micro-grids and bio-refineries. 

A short reception will immediately follow the seminar.

For more information about this event, please contact Kayla M Watson at 3135775600 or