Professor Roger W.H. Sargent Lecture
Professor Roger W.H. Sargent has had an unparalleled influence in the world of Process Systems Engineering through his vision, his leadership and his numerous technical contributions. 


Professor Roger W.H. Sargent is the founding director of the Centre for Process Systems Engineering at Imperial College from 1989 to his retirement in 1992. Professor Sargent has played a unique role in shaping the future of systems engineering research. His contributions have been recognized by many awards, most recently by IChemE. In 2015, IChemE created the Sargent Medal for research in computer aided product and process engineering in honour of Professor Sargent. The medals are designed to recognise the work of members of the chemical engineering academic community, who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the profession and society.

“We are very pleased to announce the names behind our new medals and celebrate some of their iconic achievements and contributions stretching back nearly a hundred years...IChemE is looking forward to celebrating their historic achievements and perpetuating their names in the future by awarding their medals to the next generations of chemical engineers for decades to come.” Claudia Flavell-While, IChemE Director of Publications. 

In 1994, we inaugurated an annual lectureship as a tribute to Roger Sargent’s excellence and his legacy in the field of Process Systems Engineering. The Lectures are free and open to the public. The 24th Professor Roger Sargent Lecture was delivered by Professor Frank AllgöwerUniversität Stuttgart. The Lecture titled "Industry 4.0: Challenges and Opportunities for Model Predictive Control took place on Thursday 7 December 2017.


Industry 4.0: Challenges and Opportunities for Model Predictive Control

Abstract: With the vision of the smart factory of the future, generally termed Industry 4.0, the process industries are currently undergoing a fundamental new orientation on the basis of the Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Services paradigms. In the future all parts along the production chain will be equipped with embedded computing, communication and networking capabilities and are expected to interact in an optimal way towards the goal of a quality oriented, energy and resource efficient, save and reliable production process. Through decentralized optimal decision-making and an appropriate communication among the networked individual parts, the whole production process of the future is expected to operate optimally. In this presentation the challenges and opportunities of Industry 4.0 for the field of process control are discussed. We will in particular investigate the potential impact of Model  Predictive Control (MPC) for the fourth industrial revolution and will argue that some new developments in MPC, especially connected to distributed and economic model predictive control, appear to be ideally suited to have a potential impact in the new Industry 4.0 environment.

Biography: Professor Frank Allgöwer is director of the Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. Professor Allgöwer's main interests in research and teaching are in the area of systems and control with a current emphasis on the  development of new methods for optimisation-based control, networks of systems and systems biology. Professor Allgöwer received  several recognitions for his work including the IFAC    Outstanding Service Award, the IEEE CSS Distinguished Member Award, the State Teaching Award of the German state of Baden-Württemberg, and the Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Professor Allgöwer served as Vice-President for Technical Activities for the IEEE Control Systems Society and is President of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) for the years 2017-2020. He was Editor for the journal Automatica from 2001 to 2015 and is editor for the Springer Lecture Notes in Control and Information   Science book series and has published over 500 scientific articles. Since 2012 Professor Allgöwer serves as Vice-President of Germany's largest funding agency for fundamental research, the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The video recording of the Lecture is available on the 'Members Only' section of the webite.