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News from our group

2021

  • Professor Pistikopoulos will deliver a plenary lecture, entitled "Circular Economy-a challenge and an opportunity for Process Systems Engineering?", at the 31st European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE-31), held on June 6-9, 2021.
  • Professor Pistikopoulos will deliver an invited lecture, entitled "Towards a Circular Economy Systems Engineering Framework", at the 24th Conference on Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction (PRES'21), held on October 30 - November 3, 2021.
  • Professor Pistikopoulos will deliver a plenary presentation, entitled "Where Data Analytics Meet Modeling & Optimization", at the 2021 AIChE Virtual Spring Meeting and 17th Global Congress on Process Safety, held on April 18 - April 23, 2021.
  • Professor Pistikopoulos co-authored an article at the Houston Chronicle discussing the current power situtation in Texas.
  • Professor Pistikopoulos will deliver an invited lecture, in celebration of receiving the Sargent Medal from the Insitution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) on February 18, 2021. Interested participants can register through this link.
  • The patent and copyright applications, based on our Energy Price Index (EPIC) predictive framework, have been filed.
  • We are glad to announce the publication in Nature Communications of our new research on the Energy Price Index (EPIC), a predictive framework which can be used to calculate the average price of energy in the United States. The journal publication can be accessed through this link.

2020

  • We are proud to announce that Professor Pistikopoulos has been awarded the Sargent Medal from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). The medal recognizes significant and global contributions in the pioneering and advancement of Process Systems Engineering. The award will be presented to Professor Pistikopoulos at an appropriate event organized by IChemE.
  • Our warmest congratulations to Dr. Hari Ganesh who has accepted an Assistant Professorship position at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar! We wish him a very successful academic career.
  • Our group has participated at the the 2020 U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Symposium held on December 8-9, 2020, with the following presentation
    • Julie Cook, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "A Decision-Making Tool for the Optimal Selection and Allocation of Renewable Energy Generation and Storage Systems".
  • We would like to congratulate Dr. Burcu Beykal and Dr. Styliani Avraamidou for being awarded the 1st place on AIChE's CAST Poster Competition 2020. The winning poster can be found here.
  • Professor Pistikopoulos has delivered a plenary talk, entitled "Towards a Circular Economy Systems Engineering Framework", at the 6th International Conference on Chemical Engineering (ICChE 2020), held on December 20-22, 2020.
  • Our group has participated at the AIChE Virtual Annual Meeting 2020 held on November 16-20, 2020, with the following presentations
    • Hari S. Ganesh, Styliani Avraamidou, Iosif Pappas, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Interacting Dynamical System Control By Multi-Parametric Distributed Model Predictive Control".
    • Stefanos G. Baratasas, Styliani Avraamidou, Leonardo Lombardini, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Circular Economy Systems Engineering: A Case Study on the Coffee Supply Chain".
    • Asuka A. Orr, Meichen Wang, Burcu Beykal, Hari S. Ganesh, Timothy D. Phillips, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, Phanouris Tamamis. "A Hybrid Data-Driven and Molecular-Modeling Approach for Predicting the Sorbent Efficacy of Environmental Toxicants on Montmorillonite Clay".
    • Yuhe Tian, Dionisios G. Vlachos, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Generalized Modular/Collocation Framework for Representation and Synthesis of Intensified Multi-Scale Reaction Systems".
    • Dustin Kenefake, Hari S. Ganesh, Styliani Avraamidou, Yanan Cao, Yajun Wang, Simon Leyland, Jesus Flores-Cerrillo, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Smart Manufacturing for Monitoring and Control of an Industrial Air Separation Unit".
    • Maria M. Papathanasiou, Pavlos Kotidis, Cleo Kontoravdi, Iosif Pappas, Styliani Avraamidou, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Real Time Dynamic Optimisation for Enhanced Product Quality in Bioprocesses".
    • Yuhe Tian, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "A Framework for Synthesis of Operable Process Intensification Systems".
    • R. Cory Allen, Styliani Avraamidou, Sergiy Butenko, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "An Efficient Solution Strategy for Solving Large-Scale Dynamic Supply Chains Problems with Modular Production Units".
    • Cristian Arnoldo Garcia-Lopez, Yuhe Tian, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, Arturo Jimenez-Gutierrez. "Design and Control Optimization of Pressure Swing Adsorption Systems for Hydrogen Recovery from IGCC Plants with Co-Capture of Carbon Dioxide".
    • Hari S. Ganesh, Burcu Beykal, Adam T. Szafran, Fabio Stossi, Fred A. Wright, Lan Zhou, Michael A. Mancini, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Modeling the Impact of Environmental Toxicants on the Estrogen Receptor Using Combined Image-Analysis, Big-Data Analytics, and Machine-Learning".
    • Iosif Pappas, Justin Katz, Styliani Avraamidou, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "The Integration of Relu-Based Deep Neural Networks for Explicit Model Predictive Control".
    • Burcu Beykal, Styliani Avraamidou, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Data-Driven Optimization of Integrated Planning and Scheduling Problems Under Demand Uncertainty".
    • Stefanos G. Baratsas, Detlef R. Hallermann, Sorin M. Sorescu, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Forecasting Prices of Energy Feedstocks and Commodities Using Advanced Statistical and Machine Learning Methods".
    • Yuhe Tian, Vaishnav Meduri, Shivam Vedant, Rahul Bindlish, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Process Design and Intensification of Dividing Wall Column for an Industrial Methyl Methacrylate Separation Process".
    • Styliani Avraamidou, Iosif Pappas, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Mixed-Integer Adjustable Robust Optimization through Multi-Parametric Programming".
    • Iosif Pappas, Styliani Avraamidou, Justin Katz, Nikolaos A. Diangelakis, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Multi-Objective and Hierarchical Explicit Model Predictive Control".
    • Stefanos G. Baratsas, Alexander M. Niziolek, Onur Onel, Logan R. Matthews, Christodoulos A. Floudas, Detlef R. Hallermann, Sorin M. Sorescu, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Designing and Optimizing Energy Policies through a Novel Energy Price Predictive Framework".
    • R. Cory Allen, Styliani Avraamidou, C. Doga Demirhan, William W. Tso, Rahul Kakodkar, Clara F. Heuberger, Joseph B. Powell, and Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Design and Operation of Renewable Energy Carrier Production Considering Energy-Water Nexus Connections".
  • We are glad to announce that Marcello Di Martino, a 1st year Ph.D. student of our research group, was awarded the Ed Archulaeta Desalter scholarship.
  • Professor Pistikopoulos has delivered an invited seminar at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, on November 9, 2020.
  • Our group has participated at the 2020 INFORMS Annual Meeting held on November 7-13, 2020, with the following presentation
    • Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, C. Doga Demirhan, William W. Tso, R. Cory Allen, Rahul Kakodkar, Joseph B. Powell, Clara F. Heuberger. "Multi-scale energy systems engineering approach for the optimization of renewable and fossil process networks".
  • Professor Pistikopoulos has participated as a panelist at the Food-Energy-Water session of the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations, held on October 28, 2020.
  • Our books on Multi-parametric Programming and Control and the Integrated Design and Operational Optimization via Multi-parametric Programming are available.
  • Our publication on predicting the effect of chemical contaminants to the human body was featured on the Superfund Research Program's e-Posted Notes.
  • Professor Pistikopoulos has participated as a panelist on the upcoming Houston Low-Carbon Energy Innovation Summit, held on October 15, 2020. Here is a picture from the panel.
  • Professor Pistikopoulos has delivered an invited lecture and a workshop at the 20th anniversary of the Prograde in Chemical Engineering at the University of Guanajuato, held in Guanajuato, Mexico on October 5-9, 2020.
  • Our group has participated at the International Conference on Sustainable Development 2020 held on September 21-22, 2020, with the following presentation
    • Styliani Avraamidou, Stefanos G. Baratsas, Birmbaum Amanda, Lombardini Leonardo, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. " Circular Economy Systems Engineering for Food Supply Chains: A Case Study on the Coffee Supply Chain".
  • Our group has participated at the 2020 AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety held on August 17-21, 2020, with the following presentation
    • Yuhe Tian, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Material Selection in Process Intensification - Application to Extractive Separation Systems."
  • Professor Pistikopoulos has delivered an invited lecture entitled "A Multi-scale Energy Systems Engineering Approach Towards Process Intensification & Energy Transitions Scenario Analysis", and participated in a panel discussion at the Australasia IChemE Student Summit 2020.
  • We are delighted to announce that Mary Rivera, an undergraduate student of our research group, was featured in the AIChE's RAPID Intern Spotlight.
  • Our group has participated at the IFAC World Congress 2020 held on July 11-17, 2020, with the following presentation
    • Justin Katz, Iosif Pappas, Styliani Avraamidou, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "The Integration of Explicit MPC and ReLU Based Neural Networks."
    • Iosif Pappas, Nikolaos A. Diangelakis, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "A Strategy for the Exact Solution of Multiparametric/Explicit Quadratically Constrained NMPC Problems."
    • Yuhe Tian, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Operability and Safety Considerations in Process Intensification."
    • R. Cory Allen, Styliani Avraamidou, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Production Scheduling of Supply Chains Comprised of Modular Production Units."
  • Our group has participated at the 2020 American Control Conference (ACC 2020) held on July 1-3, 2020, with the following presentation
    • Justin Katz, Iosif Pappas, Styliani Avraamidou, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Integrating Deep Learning and Explicit MPC for Advanced Process Control."
  • Doga Demirhan has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled "Multi-scale Optimization-based Energy Transition Strategies for Modeling, Design, and Operation of Process Systems". On behalf of our research group, we would like to warmly congratulate Dr. Demirhan and wish him all the best for his future career.
  • Baris Burnak has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled "Integration of Process Design, Scheduling, and Control via Model Based Multiparametric Programming". Our congratulations go to Dr. Burnak along and with our best wishes for his future career.
  • We are proud to announce that Dr. Maria Papathanasiou, a former Ph.D. student of our research group, has accepted an academic position in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. We would like to congratulate Dr. Papathanasiou and wish her all the best for her future career. More details about Dr. Papathanasiou's Lectureship can be found here.
  • We are glad to announce that Iosif Pappas, a 3rd year Ph.D. student of our research group, was awarded a scholarship from the Gerondelis Scholarship Foundation.
  • Professor Pistikopoulos has delivered an invited seminar entitled "A Multi-scale Energy Systems Engineering Approach Towards Process Intensification & Energy Transitions Scenario Analysis", held at the ExxonMobil Research and Engineering R&D Campus, in Annandale, NJ, on March 5, 2020.
  • Our group has participated in the 7th Annual Symposium of the Texas A&M Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association, held on March 6, in College Station, TX. We would like to congratulate the Ph.D. students of our research group, Christopher Gordon and Stefanos Baratsas, for winning an oral and a poster best presentation award respectively.
  • William Tso has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled "Advances in the Optimization of Energy Systems and Machine Learning Hyperparamters". Our congratulations to Dr. Tso along and with our warmest wishes for his future career.
  • Pankaj Goel has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled "Decision Support System for Improved Operations, Maintenance, and Safety: A Data-Driven Approach". We would like to congratulate Dr. Goel and wish all the best for his future career.
  • Our research group will participate at the 2020 AIChE Spring Meeting and 16th Global Congress on Process Safety, held in Houston, TX, on March 29 - April 2, 2020.
  • Burcu Beykal has successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled "Advances in Data-Driven Modeling and Global Optimization of Constrained Grey-Box Computational Systems". Our congratulations to Dr. Beykal along with our warmest wishes for her future career.
  • Professor Pistikopoulos has delivered an invited seminar entitled "A Multi-scale Energy Systems Engineering Approach Towards Optimal Energy Transition Strategies", held at the Centre for Research and Technology (CERTH), in Thessaloniki, Greece, on January 27, 2020.
  • We are are delighted to announce that Iosif Pappas, a 3rd year Ph.D. student of our research group, was awarded a scholarship from the Hellenic Professional Society of Texas.
  • Justin Katz has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled "Advanced Multiparametric Programming for Model Predictive Control". We would like to congratulate Dr. Katz and wish him all the best for his future career.

2019

  • We are proud to announce that Burcu Beykal, a fifth year Ph.D. candidate of our research group, has received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award 2019 from the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University.
  • Professor Pistikopoulos has delivered an invited lecture, entitled "Circular Economy - A challenge and an opportunity for Process Systems & Chemical Engineering", held at Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand, on December 18, 2019. A picture from the lecture can be found here.
  • Professor Pistikopoulos has delivered a plenary presentation at the the 3rd International Conference on Functional Materials and Chemical Engineering (ICFMCE 2019), entitled "A Multi-Scale Energy Systems Engineering approach towards Optimal Energy Transition Strategies", held at Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand, on December 15-17 2019.
  • Professor Pistikopoulos has delivered a seminar entitled "Towards a Ciruclar Economy Systems Engineering", held at College of Science and Engineering, Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), in Doha, Qatar, on December 11 2019.
  • As Professor Pistikopoulos is a co-founder of Process Systems Enterprise (PSE) Ltd, we are glad to announce that PSE will be integrated into Siemens Digital Industries.
  • Professor Marianthi Ierapetritou delivered the 26th Professor Roger Sargent Lecture at Imperial College London. Here is a picture with academic alumni members of our research group.
  • Our group has participated at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus Meeting held in New York, NY, USA, on December 5-6, 2019, with the following presentations
    • Styliani Avraamidou, R. Cory Allen, Julie Cook, Marcello Di Martino, Bassel Daher, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Infrastructure Expansion Planning Under Food-Energy-Water Nexus Considerations."
    • Julie Cook, Styliani Avraamidou, R. Cory Allen, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Optimal Allocation of Renewable Energy Generation and Storage Systems."
  • Our group has participated at the NIEHS 2019 SRP Annual Meeting held in Seattle, WA, USA, on November 18-20, 2019, with the following presentation
    • Rajib Mukherjee, Melis Onel, Burcu Beykal, Adam T. Szafran, Fabio Stossi, Maureen G. Mancini, Lan Zhou, Michael A. Mancini, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Classification of estrogenic compounds through image analysis using machine learning algorithms."
  • Our group has participated at the AIChE Annual Meeting 2019 held in Orlando, FL, USA, on November 10-15, 2019, with the following presentations
    • Baris Burnak, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Integration of Design, Scheduling, and Control of Batch Processes By Model Based Multiparametric Programming".
    • Yuhe Tian, Salih E. Demirel, Jianping Li, Styliani Avraamidou, Anjan Kumar Tula, Mario Richard Eden, M. M. Faruque Hasan, Rafiqul Gani, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Towards a Unified Strategy and Prototype Software Platform for the Synthesis of Operable & Sustainable Process Intensification Systems".
    • C. Doga Demirhan, William W. Tso, Clara F. Heuberger, Joseph B. Powell and Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Simultaneous Design and Operation of Renewable Energy Carrier Production".
    • Yuhe Tian, Iosif Pappas, Baris Burnak, Justin Katz, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Process Intensification Framework for Reactive Separation Systems".
    • Zhihao Chen, Styliani Avraamidou, Pei Liu, Zheng Li, Weidou Ni, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "An Integrated Demand and Supply Modeling Approach for the Energy System Design of a New Urban Area".
    • William W. Tso, Baris Burnak, Melis Onel, Justin Katz, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Machine Learning through a Parametric Programming Lens".
    • Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Multi-Level Mixed-Integer Optimization, Adjustable Robust Optimization & Multi-Parametric Programming".
    • R. Cory Allen, Styliani Avraamidou, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Scenario Reduction for Power System Planning and Scheduling Problems Under Energy-Water NexusConsiderations".
    • Baris Burnak, Melis Onel, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Adaptive Corrective Strategies Via Integrated Data-Driven Monitoring and Explicit Fault-Tolerant Control".
    • Iosif Pappas, Yuhe Tian, Justin Katz, Baris Burnak, Styliani Avraamidou, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Towards Safe and Operable Process Intensification Systems".
    • Yaling Nie, Styliani Avraamidou, Xin Xiao, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, Jie Li. "Spatial Optimization for Land Use Allocation Under Food-Energy-Water Nexus Conciderations".
    • Burcu Beykal, Melis Onel, Lan Zhou, Fred A. Wright, Timothy D. Phillips, Ivan Rusyn, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Quantitative Evaluation of Grouping Complex Substances and Sorbent Material Design: Delivering DataInformed Insights".
    • Justin Katz, Burcu Beykal, Iosif S. Pappas, Nikolaos A. Diangelakis, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "The Development of Multiparametric Model Predictive Controllers Via the Argonaut Framework".
    • Christopher Kwadwo Gordon, Melis Onel, Baris Burnak, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Data-Driven Prescriptive Maintenance Scheduling and Process Optimization".
    • M. M. Faruque Hasan, Rafiqul Gani, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "A Consolidated/Unified Framework for Computer-Aided Process Synthesis-Intensification".
    • Burcu Beykal, Styliani Avraamidou, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Bi-Level Mixed-Integer Optimization for Planning and Scheduling Integration Using the Domino Framework".
    • Stefanos G. Baratsas, Alexander M. Niziolek, Onur Onel, Logan R. Matthews, Christodoulos A. Floudas, Detlef R. Hallermann, Sorin M. Sorescu, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Towards a Novel Energy Financial Security: The Texas A&M Energy Spot Price Index".
    • Yuhe Tian, Iosif Pappas, Styliani Avraamidou, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "A Modular Approach to Process Integration and Intensification".
    • Styliani Avraamidou, Justin Katz, Baris Burnak, Burcu Beykal, Iosif Pappas, Metin Turkay, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Mixed-Integer Multi-Objective Optimization through Multiparametric Programming".
    • Iosif Pappas, Nikolaos A. Diangelakis, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "An Algorithm for the Exact Solution of Multiparametric Quadratically Constrained Quadratic Programming Problems".
    • Styliani Avraamidou, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Parametric & Adjustable Robust Optimization for the Integration of Design and Operation".
    • William W. Tso, C. Doga Demirhan, Clara F. Heuberger, Joseph B. Powell, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "A Clustering Decomposition Algorithm for Energy Storage Design & Operation".
    • Iosif Pappas, Styliani Avraamidou, Nikolaos A. Diangelakis, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "A Multiparametric Programming-Based Approach for Multi-Objective Model Predictive Control".
    • Burcu Beykal, Melis Onel, Onur Onel, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Modeling of Thermal Cracking of Natural Gas Liquids: Optimization with Support Vector Machine-Based Constraint Handling Scheme for Stiff ODEs".
    • Stefanos G. Baratsas, Alexander M. Niziolek, Onur Onel, Logan R. Matthews, Christodoulos A. Floudas, Detlef R. Hallermann, Sorin M. Sorescu, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Towards a Novel Energy Price Predictive Framework: The Texas A&M Energy Price Index".
    • C. Doga Demirhan, William W. Tso, Clara F. Heuberger, Joseph B. Powell, and Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Design and Operation of Synthetic Fuels Production from Fossil and Renewable Resources".
    • Justin Katz, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Enhancing Real Time Optimization through Multiparametric Programming".
  • Our group has participated at the 2019 INFORMS Annual Meeting held in Seattle, WA, USA, on October 20-23, 2019, with the following presentations
    • Styliani Avraamidou, Iosif Pappas, Burcu Beykal, Baris Burnak, Justin Katz, Metin Turkay, Efstratios Pistikopoulos, "Mixed-Integer Multi-Objective Optimization Through Multiparametric Programming".
    • Efstratios Pistikopoulos, Richard C. Allen, Styliani Avraamidou, "An Energy-water Nexus Approach For Energy Infrastructure Planning".
  • We are glad to announce that Burcu Beykal, a 5th year Ph.D. candidate of our reserach group, has been selected to participate in MIT's Rising Stars in Chemical Engineering Workshop, held in Cambridge, MA, USA, on October 10-11, 2019.
  • Professor Pistikopoulos delivered an invited lecture entitled "Towards a Circular Economy Systems Engineering Framework" at the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon, on October 8, 2019.
  • Professor Pistikopoulos and Dr. Rahul Bindlish, delivered an invited presentation, entitled "Operability challenges in Process Intensification: the Role of Dynamic Modelling & Advanced Control" at the 11th AIChE Southwest Process Technology Conference held in Houston, TX, USA, on October 1 - 2, 2019.
  • We are proud to announce that Dr. Argyro Tsipa, a former Ph.D. student of our research group, has accepted an academic position in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Cyprus. Our warmest wishes go to Dr. Tsipa for her future career.
  • Our group has participated at the 2019 European Conference on Process Safety and Big Data held in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 1-2, 2019, with the following presentation
    • Pankaj Goel, Hans Pasman, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, Aniruddha Datta, M. Sam Mannan. "Application of data analytics and Natural Language Processing (NLP) in process safety and risk management."
  • Our group has participated at the 2019 Texas A&M Conference on Energy held in College Station, TX, USA, on September 23-25, 2019, with the following presentations:
    • Marcello Di Martino, Efstratios Pistikopoulos, Styliani Avraamidou, "Superstructure Optimization of a Desalination Plant to Tackle the Water Scarcity in Texas (USA)".
    • Denis Su-Feher, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, M. Sam Mannan, "Simultaneous Deisng and Control of an Inherently Safer Distillation Column".
    • Iosif Pappas, Nikolaos A. Diangelakis, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "An Algorithm for the Exact Solution of Multiparametric Quadratically Constrained Quadratic Programming Problems".
    • Cristopher Kwadwo Gordon, Melis Onel, Baris Burnak, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Data-Driven Prescriptive Maintenance Scheduling and Process Optimization".
    • Styliani Avraamidou, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "A Bi-level Formulation and Solution Method for the Integration of Process Design and Scheduling".
    • Yuhe Tian, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "A Modular Approach to Process Integration and Intensification".
    • Stefanos G. Baratsas, Alexander M. Niziolek, Onur Onel, Logan R. Matthews, Christodoulos A. Floudas, Detlef R. Hallermann, Sorin M. Sorescu, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Towards a Novel Energy Financial Security: The Texas A&M Energy Spot Price Index".
    • C. Doga Demirhan, William W. Tso, Clara Heuberger, Joseph Powell, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Simultaneous Design and Operation of Renewable Energy Carrier Production".
    • Stefanos G. Baratsas, Alexander M. Niziolek, Onur Onel, Logan R. Matthews, Christodoulos A. Floudas, Detlef R. Hallermann, Sorin M. Sorescu, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Towards a Novel Energy Predictive Framework: The Texas A&M Energy Price Index". Poster Presentation.
  • Burcu Beykal, a 5th year Ph.D candidate of our research group and Data Science Core trainee at the Texas A&M University (TAMU) SRP Center, was featured in the NIEHS SRP e-Posted Notes (Issue 188, September 6, 2019).
  • We are proud to announce that Dr. Rajib Mukherjee, a former Post-Docotral Research Associate Research Associate of our reserach group, has accepted an academic position in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas Permian Basin. We would like to wish Dr. Mukherjee all the best for his career.
  • Our group has participated at the Foundations of Computer-Aided Process Design (FOCAPD 2019) held in Copper Mountain, CO, USA, on July 14 - 18, 2019, with the following presentations:
    • Maria M. Papathanasiou, Baris Burnak, Justin Katz, Thomas Muller-Spath, Massimo Morbidelli, Nilay Shah, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Control of Small-Scale Chromatographic Systems under Disturbances".
    • William W. Tso, C. Doga Demirhan, Seungyeon Lee, Haneol Song, Joseph Powell, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Energy Carrier Supply Chain Optimization".
    • Styliani Avraamidou, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "A Bi-level Formulation and Solution Method for the Integration of Process Design and Scheduling".
    • Yaling Nie, Styliani Avraamidou, Xin Xiao, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, Jie Li, "Two-stage Land Use Optimization for a Food-Energy-Water Nexus System: A Case Study in Texas Edwards Region".
    • Styliani Avraamidou, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "A Bi-level Formulation and Solution Method for the Integration of Process Design and Scheduling".
    • Yuhe Tian, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Generalized Modular Representation Framework for the Synthesis of Extractive Separation Systems".
    • Richard Allen, Yaling Nie, Styliani Avraamidou, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Infrastructure Planning and Operational Scheduling for Power Generating Systems: An Energy-Water Nexus Approach".
  • Our group has participated at the 6th World Congress on Global Optimization (WCGO 2019) held in Metz, France, on July 8 - 10, 2019, with the following presentation:
    • Styliani Avraamidou, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, " A Global Optimization Algorithm for the Solution of Tri-level Mixed-integer Quadratic Programming Problems".
  • Melis Onel and Gerald Ogumerem have defended their Ph.D. theses entitled "Advances in Big Data Analytics for Modeling, Optimization And Control: Applications in Process Systems Engineering" and "Application of Parametric Optimization and Control in The Smart Manufacturing of Hydrogen Systems", respectively. We would like to congratulate Dr. Onel and Dr. Ogumerem and wish the all the best for the rest of their careers.
  • Our group has participated at the 29th European Symposium on Computer-Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE-29) held in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, on June 16 - 19, 2019 with the following presentations:
    • Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Towards a systematic framework for the synthesis of operational process intensification systems - Application to reactive distillation systems". Keynote Lecture.
    • Rajib Mukherjee, Baris Burnak, Melis Onel, Burcu Beykal, Adam T. Szafran, Fabio Stossi, Michael A. Mancini, Lan Zhou, Fred A. Wright, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Development of the Texas A&M Superfund Research Program Computational Platform for Data Integration, Visualization, and Analysis".
  • Our group has participated at the 12th Natural Gas Conversion Symposium held in San Antonio, TX, on June 2 - 6, 2019 with the following presentation:
    • Richard Allen, Styliani Avraamidou, Douglas L. Allaire, Mahmoud M. El-Halwagi, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Optimal Allocation of Modular and Transportable Methane Processing Units for Use in Oil and Gas Fields".
  • The following members of the group will be on an internship during Summer 2019.
    • Richard Allen, at Pneumatech
    • Burcu Beykal, at ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company
    • Doga Demirhan, at ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company
    • Christopher Gordon, at Halliburton
    • Justin Katz, at Integrity Applications Incorporated (IAI) Company
    • William Tso, at ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company
  • Our research group has organized a workshop on Multi-parametric Optimization and Control at the 12th IFAC Symposium on Dynamics and Control of Process Systems, including Biosystems (DYCOPS 2019), held in Florianópolis, Brazil, on 23-26 April, 2019. More information about the worksop can be found here.
  • Professor Pistikopoulos has delivered an invited seminar entitled "Circular Economy-a challenge and an opportunity for Process Systems & Chemical Engineering?" on April 16, 2019 at Columbia University, NY.
  • Our group has participated at the 2019 AIChE Spring Meeting and 15th Global Congress on Process Safety held in New Orleans, LA, on March 31 - April 4, 2019 with the following presentations:
    • Yuhe Tian, Iosif Pappas, Justin Katz, Baris Burnak, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Towards the Incorporation of Operability and Safety in the Synthesis of Intensified Reactive Separation Systems".
    • Pankaj Goel, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, M. Sam Mannan, Aniruddha Datta, "Alarm Management Using Data-Driven Methods".
    • Pankaj Goel, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, M. Sam Mannan, Aniruddha Datta, "Reinforcement Learning (RL) Based Data-Driven Decision Support System".
  • Our group has participated at the 6th Annual ChEGSA Research Symposium held in Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, on March 9, 2019 with the following presentations:
    • William W. Tso, C. Doga Demirhan, Haneol Song, Seungyeon Lee, Joseph B. Powell, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Toward Supply Chain Optimization of Renewable Energy Carriers".
    • Yuhe Tian, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Towards the incorporation of operability and safety in the synthesis of intensified reactive separation system". Poster Presentation.
    • Baris Burnak, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "A Multiparametric Programming Based Approach to Integrate Design, Scheduling, and Control of a Batch Process".
    • Burcu Beykal, Melis Onel, Onur Onel, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, " Data-Driven Optimization with Implicit Constraints: Application to an Ethane Steam Cracking Process".
    • C. Doga Demirhan, Fani Boukouvala, William W. Tso, Kyungwon Kim, Hyeju Song, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "An Integrated Data-Driven Modeling & Global Optimization Approach for Production Planning Under Uncertainty". Poster Presentation
    We would like to congratulate Burcu Beykal and William Tso for winning the Best Presentation Award at the Symposium.
  • Professor Pistikopoulos has delivered the ORYX GTL Excellence in Chemical Engineering Seminar, entitled "Circular Economy - a challenge and an opportunity for Process Systems & Chemical Engineering?", held at Texas A&M University at Qatar, in Doha, Qatar, on February 28, 2019.
  • We are proud to announce that Cory Allen has been awarded the Qualifying Exam Excellence Award, from the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering Graduate Office.
  • Professor Pistikopoulos has delivered two presentations at the 2nd PSE Workshop - State of the Art, held in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, on January 27-30, 2019.

2018

  • We are delighted to announce that Prof. Pistikopoulos was named the Director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute.
  • We are pround to announce that a journal article by Prof. Fani Boukouvala and Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas was awarded the 2017 Best Paper Award in Optimization Letters. Their article, ARGONAUT: AlgoRithms for Global Optimization of coNstrAined grey-box compUTational problems presents an algorithmic framework for the optimization of general constrained grey-box problems.
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos has delivered a plenary presentation entitled "Multi-Scale Energy Systems Engineering" at the 2nd International Conference on Functional Materials and Chemical Engineering (ICFMCE 2018), held in Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on November 20-22, 2018.
  • More details about the conference schedule can be found here.
  • Our group will participate at the Superfund Research Program 2018 Annual Meeting held in Sacramento, CA, on November 28 - 30, 2018 with the following poster presentations:
    • Melis Onel, Burcu Beykal, Kyle Ferguson, Fabian A. Grimm, John House, Thomas J. McDonald, Rajib Mukherjee, Lan Zhou, Fred A. Wright, Ivan Rusyn, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Grouping Complex Chemicals and Mixtures using Exposomics and In Vitro Toxicity Data".
    • Burcu Beykal, Melis Onel, Krisa M. Camargo, Yina Liu, Rajib Mukherjee, Terry L. Wade, Anthony H. Knap, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Understanding Contaminant Characteristics and Redistribution in Post-Harvey Soil Samples Through Data Visualization and Clustering Analysis".
  • Our group has participated at the 2018 AIChE Annual Meeting held in Pittsburgh, PA, on October 28 - November 2, 2018 with the following presentations:
    • Yaling Nie, Styliani Avraamidou, Jie Li, Xin Xiao, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Towards a Two-Level Superstructure Optimization Framework for Land Use Based on Food-Energy-Water Nexus".
    • Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, Richard Allen, Yaling Nie, Styliani Avraamidou, "Food-Energy-Water Nexus Systems Engineering". Invited Talk.
    • Justin Katz, Baris Burnak, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "A Novel Geometric Based Algorithm to Solve Multiparametric Programming Problems". Invited Talk.
    • Burcu Beykal, Melis Onel, Onur Onel, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Data-Driven Optimization with Implicit Constraints: Application to an Ethane Steam Cracking Process".
    • Rajib Mukherjee, Melis Onel, Burcu Beykal, Anthony H. Knap, Timothy D. Phillips, Ivan Rusyn, MIchael A. Mancini, Lan Zhou, Fred A. Wright and Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Development of the Texas A&M Superfund Research Program Computational Platform for Data Integration, Visualization, and Analysis". Poster Presentation.
    • Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, David Sholl, "RAPID Focus Area: Modeling & Simulation". Invited Talk.
    • Cory Allen, Yaling Nie, Styliani Avraamidou, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, Xin Xiao, "A Multi-Objective Energy-Water Nexus Planning Model: A Case Study of the Power Systems in Texas Edwards Aquifer".
    • Nikolaos A. Diangelakis, Iosif S. Pappas, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "On Multiparametric/Explicit NMPC for Quadratically Constrained Problems".
    • William W. Tso, C. Doga Demirhan, Haneol Song, Seungyeon Lee, Joseph B. Powell, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Toward Supply Chain Optimization of Renewable Energy Carriers".
    • C. Doga Demirhan, Fani Boukouvala, William W. Tso, Kyungwon Kim, Hyeju Song, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "An Integrated Data-Driven Modeling & Global Optimization Approach for Production Planning Under Uncertainty".
    • Ioana Nascu, Nikolaos A. Diangelakis, Salvador Garcia-Muñoz, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Advanced, Material-Aware Model Predictive Control Strategies for Evaporation Processes in the Pharmaceutical Industries".
    • Melis Onel, Baris Burnak, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Integrated Data-Driven Monitoring & Explicit Fault-Aware Control of Chemical Processes: An Adaptive Approach for Smart Operation".
    • Nikolaos A. Diangelakis, Richard Oberdieck, Iosif S. Pappas, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Robust Explicit Optimization and Control within the Paroc Framework".
    • Maria M. Papathanasiou, Nilay Shah, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "The Role of Software Tools in Quality By Design: A Case Study on Monoclonal Antibody Production".
    • Yuhe Tian, M. Sam Mannan, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Towards a Systematic Process Intensification Framework for Advanced Distillation Systems".
    • Melis Onel, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Multi-Class Classification of Process Faults Using Nonlinear Support Vector Machine Based Feature Selection Algorithm".
    • Baris Burnak, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "A Multiparametric Programming Based Approach to Integrate Design, Scheduling, and Control of a Batch Process".
    • C. Doga Demirhan, William W. Tso, Joseph B. Powell, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Sustainable Ammonia Production through Process Synthesis and Optimization".
    • Prerna Jain, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, M. Sam Mannan, "A Process Resilience Analysis Framework (PRAF) Application for Recoverability Assessment Model of Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms".
    • Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, Gerald S.Ogumerem, "Application of Paroc in the Optimization and Control of PEM Water Electrolysis Process".
    More details about the schedule of our group can be found here.
  • Our group has participated at the Texas A&M Energy Conference 2018 held in College Station, TX, on September 24-26, 2018 with the following presentations:
    • Yuhe Tian, M. Sam Mannan, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Towards a Systematic Process Intensification Framework for Advanced Distillation Systems".
    • Denis Su-Feher, Bin Zhang, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, M. Sam Mannan. "Dynamic Inherent Safety Assessment of a Distillation Column".
    • Justin Katz, Baris Burnak, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "A Novel Geometric Based Algorithm to Solve Multiparametric Programming Problems: Application to Energy Systems".
    • Prerna Jain, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, M. Sam Mannan. "A Process Resilience Analysis Framework (PRAF) application for recoverability assessment model of offshore oil and gas platforms".
    • Iosif S. Pappas, Nikolaos A. Diangelakis, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Multiparametric/explicit NMPC for Quadratically Constrained Problems".
    • Baris Burnak, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "A Multiparametric Programming Based Approach to Integrate Design, Scheduling, and Control of a Batch Process".
    • Richard Allen, Yaling Nie, Styliani Avraamidou, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, Xin Xiao. "A Multi-Scale Energy-Water Nexus Model: A Case Study of the Power Systems in Texas Edwards Aquifer".
    • Yingqian Yang, Chengcheng J. Fei, Bruce A. McCarl, Richard C. Allen, Yaling Nie, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Climate Change and the Comparative Cost of Conserved Water via Electrical Cooling Options: A FEW Nexus Case Study in South Central Texas".
    • Gerald Ogumerem, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Optimization and Explicit Control of a PEM Water Electrolysis Process".
    • C. Doga Demirhan, William W. Tso, Joseph B. Powell, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Sustainable Ammonia Production Through Process Synthesis and Global Optimization".
    • Burcu Beykal, Melis Onel, Onur Onel, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Data-Driven Optimization with Implicit Constraints: Application to an Ethane Steam Cracking Process".
    • William W. Tso, C. Doga Demirhan, Haneol Song, Seungyeon Lee, Joseph B. Powell, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Toward Supply Chain Optimization of Renewable Energy Carriers".
    • Melis Onel, Baris Burnak, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Integrated Data-driven Monitoring & Explicit Fault-Aware Control of Chemical Processes: An Adaptive Approach for Smart Operation".
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos has delivered an invited lecture on "Optimization under Uncertainty" as part of the Centre for Process Systems Engineering Summer School 2018 at Imperial College London, UK, on September 3-7, 2018.
  • Dr. Nikolaos Diangelakis and Iosif Pappas have participated in the 6th IFAC Conference on Nonlinear Model Predictive Control, held in Madison, WI, on 19-22, 2018 with the following poster presentation:
    • Diangelakis, N. A.; Pappas, I. S.; Pistikopoulos, E. N., "On multiparametric/explicit NMPC for Quadratically Constrained Problems"
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos has delivered an invited talk at the 2018 Natural Gas Utilization Workshop held on August 12-14, 2018 at the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
  • We are proud to announce that Burcu Beykal has been selected to participate in the BASF Research Forum 2018, held in Iselin, NJ, on August 27-29, 2018.
  • The following members of group will be on an internship during Summer 2018
    • Melis Onel, at ExxonMobil
    • Gerald Ogumerem, at ExxonMobil
    • William Tso, at Emerson Electric
  • Our group participated at the Process Systems Engineering, PSE 2018, San Diego, CA on July 1-5, 2018 with the following presentations.
    • Avraamidou, S.; Beykal, B.; Pistikopoulos, I.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. "A hierarchical Food-Energy-Water Nexus (FEW-N) Decision-making Approach for Land Use Optimization"
    • Nie, Y.; Avraamidou, S.; Li, J.; Xiao, X.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. "Land use modeling and optimization based on food-energy-water nexus: a case study on crop-livestock systems"
    • Onel, M.; Kieslich, C. A.; Guzman, Y. A.; Floudas, C. A.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. "Simultaneous Fault Detection and Diagnosis of Continuous Processes via Nonlinear Support Vector Machine-based Feature Selection"
    • Tian, Y.; Mannan, M. S.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. "Towards a systematic framework for the synthesis of operable process intensification systems"
    • Katz, J.; Diangelakis, N. A.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. "Model Approximation in Multiparametric Optimization and Control - A Computational Study"
    • Burnak, B.; Katz, J.; Diangelakis, N. A.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. "Integration of Design, Scheduling, and Control of Combined Heat and Power Systems: A Multiparametric Programming Based Approach"
    • Tso, W. W.; Demirhan, C. D.; Powell, J. B; Pistikopoulos, E. N. "Toward Optimal Synthesis of Renewable Ammonia and Methanol Processes (RAMP)"
  • Our group participated at the 28th European Symposium on Computer-Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE-28), held in Graz, Austria on June 10-13, 2018 with the following presentations.
    • Avraamidou, S.; Milhorn, A.; Sarwar, O.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. "Towards a quantitative Food-Energy-Water Nexus metric to facilitate decision making in process systems: A case study on a dairy production plant'
    • Onel, M.; Beykal, B.; Wang, M.; Grimm, F. A.; Zhou, L.; Wright, F. A.; D., P. T; Rusyn, I.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. "Optimal Chemical Grouping and Sorbent Material Design by Data Analysis, Modeling and Dimensionality Reduction Techniques"
    • Tian, Y.; Mannan, M. S.; Kravanja, Z.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. "Towards the synthesis of modular process intensification systems with safety and operability considerations - application to heat exchanger network"
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos delivered a plenary presentation entitled "Multi-Parametric Optimization in Smart Manufacturing & Process Intensification" at the 28th European Symposium on Computer-Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE-28), and a joint plenary presentation entitled "Multi-scale modeling and optimization challenges in modular process intensification" at the Process Systems Engineering, PSE 2018 with Prof. Vlachos from University of Delaware.
  • We are proud to announce that Burcu Beykal is selected for a PSE 2018 Young Researcher Award.
  • Logan Matthews defended his Ph.D. thesis on May 2, Wednesday at Princeton University. We congratulate Dr. Matthews, and wish him good luck in his future endeavors.
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos has delivered an invited talk at Ezra's Round Table Seminar series on May 4, 2018 at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos participated at the AIChE 2018 Spring Meeting and 14th Global Congress on Process Safety, held in Orlando, FL, on April 22-26, 2017. He delivered a presentation entitled "Integration of Smart Manufacturing in the Advancement of Polymer Processing" Smart Manufacturing session.
  • We are happy to announce that the first prototype of the PAROC framework is available online for the interested users. Please see here for a detailed description of the PAROC framework, or follow this link to download the App.
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos will deliver two lectures on the recent advances on Multi-parametric Optimization & Control as part of the D2C2 chalk-talk series at Pennsylvania State University on March 29, 2018.
  • We are happy to welcome Prof. Rafiqul Gani as a Visiting Professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering.
  • Burcu Beykal and Justin Katz won the Best Oral Presentation Award at the 5th Annual ChEGSA Research Symposium.
  • CEP Magazine has announced Prof. Pistikopoulos' Fellowship in AIChE.
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos delivered an invited course at Celaya, Mexico, on January 8-12, 2018.
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos delivered an invited talk entitled "Multi-parametric Optimization and Control" at the 10th Annual QAFCO - Texas A&M University at Qatar Conference on "Emerging Frontiers in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering", held in Qatar on February 15, 2018.

2017

  • Melis Onel participated at the 2017 Superfund Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA on December 6-8, 2017, and preseted a poster entitled "Optimization of Clustering Algorithms for Grouping of Complex Chemical Substances based on Chemical and Biological Characteristics", co-authored by Burcu Beykal, Fabian A. Grimm, Lan Zhou, Fred A. Wright, Ivan Rusyn, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos.
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos will deliver a presentation entitled "Multi-level Optimization by multi-parametric programming & its use for the solution of Mixed Integer Adjustable Robust Optimization Problems" as part of the Centre for Process Systems Engineering Seminar Series at Imperial College London, UK on November 14, 2017.
  • Our group has been accepted for three presentations in 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting, with the following titles.
    • Styliani Avraamidou, Chao Ning, Fengqi You, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Generalized Affine Decision Rules For Mixed Integer Linear, Quadratic And Nonlinear Adjustable Robust Optimization Problems By Multiparametric Programming".
    • Styliani Avraamidou, Nikolaos A. Diangelakis, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "B-POP: A Multi-parametric Programming Based Toolbox For The Global Solution Of Bi-level Mixed-integer Linear And Quadratic Programming".
    • Melis Onel, Chris A. Kieslich, Yannis A. Guzman, Christodoulos A. Floudas, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Application Of A Novel Nonlinear Support Vector Machine Based Feature Selection Algorithm For Fault Detection & Diagnosis".
  • Prof. Jay H. Lee from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) delivered a presentation on "Recent Progress in Machine Learning and Implications for the Process and Energy Systems Engineering Fields" as part of Texas A&M Energy Institute Lecture Series. He also taught the course ICPE 604: Energy Systems Engineering I as part of the Master of Science in Energy and Certificate in Energy programs.
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos, Dr. Nikolaos Diangelakis, and Styliani Avraamidou participated at the 27th European Symposium on Computer-Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE-27) held in Barcelona, Spain on October 1-5, 2017 with the following presentations respectively:
    • "Model-based multi-parametric programming strategies towards the integration of design, control and operational optimization"
    • "Multi-parametric programming based algorithms for the global solution of bi-level mixed-integer linear and quadratic programming problems"
    • "A multi-parametric bi-level optimization strategy for hierarchical model predictive control"
    More information can be found on the conference website.
  • Our group participated at the 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting held in Minneapolis, MN, on October 29 - November 3, 2017 with the following presentations:
    • Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, Prodromos Daoutidis, "Overview of CAST Activities and Programming".
    • Gerald S. Ogumerem, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, Iordanis Kesisoglou, "Dynamic Modeling and Explicit Model Predictive Control of Absorption of Hydrogen in a LaNi5 Bed".
    • David Sholl, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Modeling and Simulation, a Key Component in Enabling Process Intensification".
    • Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, David Sholl, M. M. Faruque Hasan, Salih E. Demirel, Yuhe Tian, "Modeling and Simulation Challenges for Process Intensification".
    • Styliani Avraamidou, Nikolaos A. Diangelakis, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "A Multi-Parametric Bi-Level Optimization Strategy for Hierarchical Model Predictive Control". Poster Presentation.
    • Burcu Beykal, Onur Onel, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Data-Driven Modeling and Optimization of an Ethane Steam Cracker". Poster Presentation.
    • Justin Katz, Baris Burnak, Nikolaos A. Diangelakis, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Model Reduction and Approximation for Simultaneous Design, Control, and Scheduling".
    • Styliani Avraamidou, Chao Ning, Fengqi You, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Derivation of Generalized Affine Decision Rules for Mixed Integer Linear, Quadratic and Nonlinear Adjustable Robust Optimization Problems By Multi-Parametric Programming".
    • Melis Onel, Chris A. Kieslich, Yannis A. Guzman, Christodoulos A. Floudas, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos. "Fault Detection and Diagnosis of Continuous Processes Via Non-Linear Support Vector Machine Based Feature Selection".
    • Prerna Jain, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, M. Sam Mannan, "Maintenance Optimization-Based Survival Analysis for Optimal and Safer Operation: Cooling Tower Case Study".
    • Melis Onel, Chris A. Kieslich, Yannis A. Guzman, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Big Data Approach to Fault Detection, Diagnosis and Maintenance Optimization in Batch Processes".
    • Gerald S. Ogumerem, William W. Tso, C. Doga Demirhan, Changkyu Kim, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Robust Multi-Period and Multi-Objective Strategic Planning of Hydrogen Networks".
    • Baris Burnak, Justin Katz, Nikolaos A. Diangelakis, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Integration of Design, Scheduling and Control Under Uncertainty Via Model Based Multi-Parametric Programming".
    • William W. Tso, C. Doga Demirhan, Alexander M. Niziolek, Onur Onel, Christodoulos A. Floudas, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Advancing the Production of Olefins and Aromatics from Natural Gas Via Methanol: Chemical Looping for Syngas Generation".
    • C. Doga Demirhan, William W. Tso, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, "Process Synthesis and Global Optimization of Novel Ammonia Production Processes".
    More details about the schedule of our group and the two sessions dedicated to Prof. Floudas can be found here.
  • Our group has participated at the 2017 Texas A&M Conference on Energy held in College Station, TX, on September 25-27, 2017 with the following presentations:
    • Gerald Ogumerem: "Dynamic Modeling and Control of Absorption of Hydrogen in a LaNi5 bed"
    • Melis Onel: "Fault Detection and Diagnosis of Continuous Processes via Nonlinear Support Vector Machine based Feature Selection"
    • Justin Katz: "Model Reduction and Approximation for Simultaneous Design, Control, and Scheduling"
    • Baris Burnak: "Integration of Design, Scheduling and Control under Uncertainty via Model Based Multi-Parametric Programming"
    • Burcu Beykal: "Data-Driven Modeling and Optimization of Constrained Grey-Box Computational Problems Using ARGONAUT"
    • Doga Demirhan: "Process Synthesis and Global Optimization of Novel Ammonia Production Processes"
    • William Tso: "Advancing the Production of Olefins and Aromatics from Natural Gas via Methanol: Chemical Looping for Syngas Generation"
    • Yuhe Tian: "An Integrated Framework for Process Intensification with Operability, Control and Safety"
    • Yaling Nie: "The application of a Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus approach on land use optimization"
    More information can be found on the conference website.
  • Late Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas was remembered with a memorial symposium as a tribute to his monumental scientific and educational legacy.
  • Alex Niziolek and Onur Onel defended their theses entitled "Global Optimization Frameworks for the Process Synthesis and Supply Chain of Liquid Fuels and Aromatics Processes" and "Advances in Modeling, Synthesis, and Global Optimization of Hybrid Energy Systems Toward the Production of Liquid Fuels and Olefins". Alex and Onur will join the Exxon Mobil Corporation, and we wish them good luck for the rest of their careers.
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos participated in the event for George Stephanopoulos' 70th Birthday and Retirement from MIT, with the theme "2040 Visions of Process Systems Engineering". He delivered a presentation entitled "Real-time Decision-making under Uncertainty: An Adventure in Big Data Analytics or an Opportunity for Mathematical Programming?".
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos was on an extended trip to China visiting Shanghai and Beijing. In Shanghai, he visited East China University of Science and Technology [ECUST] and participated in the Workshop on 'Smart Process Manufacturing' (supported by the Chinese Academy of Engineering, China and the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK], where he delivered an invited lecture entitled 'Smart manufacturing opportunities via multi-parametric programming and control'. He also gave a seminar at the School of Information Science and Engineering. In Beijing, he visited the Tsinghua-BP Clean Energy Centre and the Department of Thermal Engineering and delivered his inaugural Distinguished Visiting Professorship Lecture there on Tuesday April 25th. He also gave seminars at Tsinghua's Chemical Engineering department and at the Institute of Process Engineering of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos will deliver a presentation entitled "Towards the grand unification of model-based design, control and scheduling" as part of the Centre for Process Systems Engineering 2017 Seminar Series at Imperial College London, UK.
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos will participate at the IFAC 2017 World Congress held in Toulouse, France on July 9-14, 2017 with the following presentations:
    • "A Multiparametric Mixed-integer Bi-level Optimization Strategy for Supply Chain Planning Under Demand Uncertainty"
    • "Robust Multi-Parametric Control of Continuous-Time Linear Dynamic Systems"
    More information can be found on the conference website.
  • Styliani Avraamidou will participate at the 15th EUROPT Workshop on Advances in Continuous Optimization held in Montréal, Canada on July 9-14, 2017 with her presentation entitled "Multi-parametric programming based algorithms for the global solution of bi-level programming problems". More information can be found on the conference website.
  • Our group participated at the Global Optimization Conference (GOC) 2017 located in College Station, TX, which has been organized by Prof. Pistikopoulos and Prof. Sergiy Butenko. The event is dedicated in memory of Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas. The following group members have presented their studies:
    • Styliani Avraamidou: "Multi-Parametric Programming Based Algorithms for the Exact and Global Solution of Multi-Level Mixed-Integer Linear and Quadratic Programming Problems"
    • Burcu Beykal: "Constrained Grey-Box Multi-Objective Optimization Framework for Optimal Design of Energy Systems"
    • Melis Onel: "Opportunities for Global Optimization in Big Data Analytics"
    More information can be found on the conference website, including the final program.
  • Our group participated at the AIChE 2017 Spring Meeting and 13th Global Congress on Process Safety held in San Antonio, TX:
    • Burcu Beykal: "Constrained Grey-Box Multi-Objective Optimization Framework for Optimal Design of Energy Systems"
    • Baris Burnak: "A Model Based Multiparametric Programming Strategy for the Integration of Design and Control Under Uncertainty"
    • Melis Onel: "Big Data Approach to Fault Detection and Diagnosis in Batch Processes Using Nonlinear SVM-Based Feature Selection"
    More information can be found on the conference website, including the final program.
  • Our post-doc scholar Dr. Ioana Nascu has been seconded to Eli Lilly and Company. She has been relocated to their headquarters in Indianapolis, IN.
  • The group has had a kickoff meeting with Shell on March 21. This kickoff meeting is the beginning of a collaboration with our group and Shell.
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos chaired the session "Computers in Design and Operations: Energy Applications I" at the AIChE 2017 Spring Meeting.
  • Prof. Christodoulos A. Floudas has been posthumoustly awarded the prestigious Sargent Medal. This medal has been awarded to Professor Floudas for his pioneering work in computer-aided product and process engineering.
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos was elected Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). This honor is bestowed upon individuals in recognition of significant professional accomplishments and contributions in engineering.
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos attended the RAPID Process Intensification kickoff meeting held in San Antonio, TX.
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos attended CESMII Smart Manufacturing kickoff meeting, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos delivered an invited presentation as part of Texas A&M University Systems Control Robotics Seminar Series.
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos delivered an invited lecture at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX.
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos delivered four presentations as part of PSE State of the Art Workshop held in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh.

2016

  • The annual Foundations of Computer Aided Process Operations / Chemical Process Control (FOCAPO/CPC) meeting will be held through January 8-12, 2017 at Tucson, Arizona. Professor Pistikopoulos will be presenting in the Emerging Application Areas (Smart Manufacturing and Energy Systems) session on January 9th, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm. The following group members: Styliani Avraamidou, Nikolaos Diangelakis, Alex Niziolek, and Onur Onel will be presenting posters on Tuesday, January 10th. More information can be found on the presentation schedule, and the poster sessions.
  • A celebration of life was held for Professor Floudas on October 9, 2016 at All Faiths Chapel. Father Christopoher Xanthos provided a blessing and was followed by remarks from George Khouri, a former student, Ismini Flouda, Professor Floudas' daughter, and Professor Pistikopoulos, a dear friend. Professor Pistikopoulos' remarks are available to read here.
  • 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting will be attended by many of Professor Floudas' and Professor Pistikopoulos' students. The presentation order for Professor Floudas' students can be found here and for Professor Pistikopoulos' students can be found here.
  • Ioana Nascu has attended the SMC 2016 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. She presented her research regarding multiparametric model predictive control strategies of the hypnotic component in intravenous anesthesia.
  • Prof. Floudas remembered: we are all still in shock from the tragic passing away of Prof. Floudas, an amazing person, researcher and supervisor, who has been a true giant upon whom future generations will stand. It has been an honor to work alongside such a great man for all of us, and he will be missed at every turn. May he rest in peace. Please also see the article from the Energy Institute and the website of Prof. Floudas.
  • We have released version 2.0 of our POP toolbox, which is now capable to plot in 3-D, connects with the software YALMIP, and supports a new option feature. For more information, please visit the PAROC homepage and our YouTube Channel 'POP Toolbox'
  • The Texas A&M Energy Institute and the Texas A& M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) will lead the new Gulf Coast Regional Manufacturing Center, one of five regional centers located across the country. For more information, see here.
  • Prof. Pistikopoulos has been named a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
  • Our group participated at the American Control Conference (ACC) held in Boston, MA:
    • Prof. Pistikopoulos: "Explicit MPC in Real-World Applications: The PAROC Framework"
    • Maria M. Papathanasiou: "Development of Advanced Control Strategies for Periodic Systems: An Application to Chromatographic Separation Processes"
    More information can be found on the conference website, including the final program.
  • As part of the Foundations of Computer Aided Process Operations/Chemical Process Control Conference 2017, to be held in Tucson, Arizona from January 8th to 12th 2017, Professor Pistikopoulos will deliver a plenary lecture. The conference website can be found here.
  • We are happy to welcome Dr. Saša V. Raković as a Visiting Research Scholar at the Energy Institute.
  • Our group partecipated at the ESCAPE-26 Conference held in Portoroz, Slovenia:
    • Richard Oberdieck: "Parallel Multi-parametric Programming"
    • Maria M. Papathanasiou: "Computational tools for the advanced control of periodic processes - Application to a chromatographic separation"
    • Ioana Nascu: "A framework for Simultaneous State Estimation and Robust Hybrid Model Predictive Control in Intravenous Anaesthesia"
    • Maria M. Papathanasiou: "Development of advanced computational tools for the intensification of monoclonal antibody production"
    More information can be found on the conference website, including the final program.
  • Our group partecipated at the IEEE International Conference on Automation, Quality and Testing, Robotics (AQTR):
    • Ioana Nascu: "Multiparametric Model Predictive Control and State Estimation of the Hypnotic Component in Anesthesia"
    • Maria M. Papathanasiou: "Advanced control strategies for a periodic, two-column chromatographic process"
    More information can be found on the conference website, including the final program.
  • Our research group is happy to welcome Mario E. Villanueva as a new post-doctoral researcher to our group. Mario did his PhD at Imperial College in London with Dr. Chachuat in the area of robust optimization and nonlinear control.
  • As part of the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Chemical Product and Process Engineering (SCPPE) 2016, held in Nanjing, China from May 31st to June 3rd, Professor Pistikopoulos delivered a plenary lecture. More information on the conference can be found here.
  • On May 16th 2016, Richard Oberdieck delivered an invited lecture at the ICRA Workshop 2016 on Robust Optimization-Based Control and Planning for Legged Robots entitled "Multi-parametric Optimization and Control - Where do we stand?". More information can be found here.
  • As part of the 10th European Workshop on Food Engineering and Technology, held in Uzwil, Switzerland from April 28th to 29th, Maria Papathanasiou delivered a presentation entitled "From batch to continuous operation: through the prism of computational tools". More information about the conference can be found here. A newspaper article on the workshop is also available here.
  • On April 15th 2016, Amit Manthanwar delivered a lecture entitled "Envisioning Hydrogen Economy: Vision and Goals of Multi-Scale Fuel Cell Energy Systems Engineering Laboratory" as part of the Texas A&M Chemical Engineering Seminar Series organized by Professor Joseph Kwon.
  • On April 11th 2016, Amit Manthanwar presented at the 2016 AIChE Spring Meeting & 12th Global Congress on Process Safety in Houston, Texas on "Smart Manufacturing Framework for the Production of Hydrogen Energy". More information including the abstract of his talk can be found here.
  • On April 8th 2016, Nikos Diangelakis delivered a lecture entitled "Simultaneous design, control and scheduling of a residential scale CHP system" as part of the Texas A&M Chemical Engineering Seminar Series organized by Professor Joseph Kwon.
  • On April 4th 2016, Professor Pistikopoulos co-hosted the inaugural Texas Optimization Day and delivered a presentation entitled Multi-parametric Optimization & Model-based Control". More information about the event can be found here and a press release from the Texas A& M Energy Institute can be found here.
  • On March 1st 2016, Nikos Diangelakis delivered an invited lecture entitled "A multi-scale energy systems engineering approach to the cogeneration of heat and power" as part of the Distinguished Junior Researchers Seminar Series at Northwestern University. The full schedule is available here.
  • On February 5th 2016, Ioana Nascu delivered a lecture entitled "Advanced Multiparametric Optimization and Control Studies for Anaesthesia" as part of the Texas A&M Chemical Engineering Seminar Series organized by Professor Joseph Kwon.
  • On January 1st 2016 Professor Stratos Pistikopoulos became the new Editor-in-Chief of Computers & Chemical Engineering. See the full story here.

2015

2014

  • In December 2014, Professor Pistikopoulos delivered the 21st Roger W. H. Sargent lecture at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. The Roger W. H. Sargent lecture is a tribute to Roger Sargent's excellence and his legacy in the field of Process Systems Engineering.
  • In September 2014, Professor Pistikopoulos has been awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Polytehnic University of Buharest, Romania.
  • In July 2014, Professor Pistikopoulos, Nikolaos Diangelakis, Maria Papathanasiou and Ioana Nascu gave a short course on multi-parametric optimization and control.
  • On September 26th 2014, Professor Pistikopoulos delivered a plenary lecture at the Clean Energy Forum of Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

2013

  • Professor Pistikopoulos was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K.
  • At PSE Asia 2013, Professor Pistikopoulos delivered a Plenary Lecture entitled "Process Systems Engineering - current status & future directions: a global perspective"

2012

  • In November 2012, Professor Pistikopoulos was the recipient of the Computing in Chemical Engineering Award from the Computing And Systems Technology (CAST) Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).