The University of Valladolid (UVA) is the second oldest in Spain, its origins can traced back to the XIII century. It develops its mission of research and education with 26000 students and 2600 academic staff in a wide range of academic degrees.
The research group participating in the project, “Supervision and Process Control”, develops its activities in the field of Process Systems Engineering (PSE). The group is with the Department of Systems Engineering and Automatic Control. The UVA group focuses its research on advanced control, process optimization, fault detection and process supervision and modelling and simulation, trying to combine research on new methods and algorithms with development of software systems and industrial applications.
The group maintains a close and stable cooperation with several companies and research organizations, as well as with other universities, mainly in Europe and Latin-America. The funding of the research activities comes from different sources: National and regional funds, European projects and contracts with industry. The research is centred on optimal process operation, using first principles models for this purpose. Dynamic optimization and control are basic elements in this approach, besides the consideration of the inherent uncertainty of models in the decision making process.
Role in the Project
Taking advantage of its experience in these fields, UVA is leading tasks 2.3 and 3.3. The first is devoted to the development of robust data reconciliation systems, able to estimate the information required for an adequate computation of resource efficiency indicators (REIs). The second deals with dynamic process optimization, and aims at improving the estimated REIs. The group contributes also in other topics such as the definition and computation of REIs and the development of the decision support system, real time optimization and what-if analysis.