28 – 30 August 2019
1st Call for Papers
Submission opens: 1 October 2018
Submission deadline: 14 March 2019
Acceptance notification: 26 April 2019
Registration opens: 29 April 2019
Final papers due: 24 May 2019
Mining, Mineral and Metal Processing 2019
The 18th IFAC Symposium on Control, Optimization and Automation in Mining, Mineral and Metal Processing, MMM 2019 for short, is a conference hosted by the South African Council for Automation and Control (SACAC). MMM 2019 promotes the exchange of ideas and developments in control engineering in the MMM field.
The symposium will provide a forum for professionals, researchers, and experts in control, mining, mineral and metal processing to review state-of-the-art control, optimization, and automation technologies in the field. Both academic and industrial control engineering practitioners have the opportunity to present their work and exchange research ideas with colleagues from across the globe.
The event is co-sponsored by the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), of which SACAC is the National Member Organisation for South Africa.
Processing areas covered will include:
- Underground mining, including the use of autonomous mining equipment
- Surface operations, mineral processing and beneficiation
- Casting, hot/cold rolling, forming, forging, heat treatment, annealing
- Metal recycling processes, waste treatment
Technologies discussed will include:
- Process modelling
- Machine learning and computer vision systems
- Fault detection
- Control algorithms
- The Industrial Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, big data and analytics
Dr. S. Joe Qin
Dr. S. Joe Qin obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Automatic Control from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, in 1984 and 1987, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Maryland at College Park in 1992. He is currently Director of the Center for Machine and Process Intelligence and Fluor Professor at the Viterbi School of Engineering of the University of Southern California.
Dr. Qin is a Fellow of AIChE, Fellow of IEEE, and Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the 2011 Northrop Grumman Best Teaching award at Viterbi School of Engineering, the DuPont Young Professor Award, Halliburton/Brown & Root Young Faculty Excellence Award, NSF-China Outstanding Young Investigator Award, and recipient of the IFAC Best Paper Prize for a model predictive control survey paper published in Control Engineering Practice. He is currently a Senior Editor for Journal of Process Control and a Member of the Editorial Board for Journal of Chemometrics.
He has published over 140 papers in SCI journals or book chapters. He delivered over 40 invited plenary or keynote speeches and over 100 invited technical seminars worldwide. He has over 11,500 Web of Science citations with an associated h-index of 51 and over 31,000 Google Scholar citations. Dr. Qin’s research interests include process data analytics, machine learning, process monitoring and fault diagnosis, model predictive control, system identification, building energy optimization, multi-step batch process control, and control performance monitoring.
Professor Chris Aldrich
Professor Chris Aldrich is Deputy Head of the Western Australian School of Mines (Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering), holds a Chair in Process Systems Engineering in the WA School of Mines and is also an Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University. He was previously the Founding Director of the Anglo American Platinum Centre for Process Monitoring at Stellenbosch University.
He holds a PhD and a higher doctoral degree from Stellenbosch University, is a Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering and serves on the editorial boards of Minerals Engineering, Water SA and Control Engineering Practice. He was among other a recipient of the President’s Award of the Foundation of Research and Development (FRD) in South Africa, as well as of the British Association (S2A3) Silver Medal (2000) for international recognition of his early career research in the development and application of artificial intelligence in the resource industries. His research interests include artificial intelligence, nonlinear systems analysis, mineral processing and extractive metallurgy.
Prof. Jan Cilliers
Jan Cilliers is Professor of Mineral Processing at Imperial College London. He first graduated from Wits and then completed his PhD at UCT. He moved to Manchester in 1995 and built his flotation research team, the first to focus on the froth phase specifically. After 10 years the whole team moved to The Royal School of Mines, where they work on modelling, design and control, primarily of flotation and hydrocyclones.
He was Director of the Rio Tinto Centre for Advanced Mineral Recovery from 2008 to 2016, Head of the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London from 2011 to 2016 and is a member of the International Mineral Processing Council.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Kathryn Hadler graduated from the University of Manchester with a MEng in Chemical Engineering, followed by a PhD entitled “Down the bank froth stability and flotation performance”, completed in 2006. Her research in froth stability continued at Imperial College London, first in a postdoctoral position, before becoming a lecturer in 2011. During this time, her research focused on industrial validation and implementation of froth stability measurements for flotation optimisation. This included numerous plant surveys worldwide.
After an 18 month period in industry working at a mineral processing consultancy, Grinding Solutions Ltd, she returned to academia in 2016, and now works part-time between academia and industry.
She was Co-Editor of the International Journal of Mineral Processing from 2014 to 2017.
Osvaldo A. Bascur
Osvaldo A. Bascur received his dual degrees in B.S. Chemical Engineering and B.S. Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Concepcion, Chile and a Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Utah, Salta Lake City. He was a Process Control Engineer working for Duval Corporation, Tucson, AZ (now Freeport McMoRan). He was transferred to Pennzoil Company in Houston, TX where we worked as a Staff Engineer working in the process-engineering department. He is currently a Principal Industry-Academia Innovations at OSIsoft, LLC in Houston, TX. He received the SME 2013 A. Gaudin Award. 25 years with OSIsoft. Blue print for integration of sensors data and operational management, asset and energy optimization. A Digital Plant Vision Template to transform sensor data into Operational insights for Overall Process Effectiveness and predictive analytics. His current work includes consulting for process industries, preparing academic lectures in process analysis and predictive analytics.
He has published more 75 technical papers, Manuscripts: A journey towards a digital transformation in the process industries, August 2016. SME Handbook Process Control and Operational Intelligence Chapter, SME 2019, Latin American Perspectives: Exploration, Mining, and Processing, SME 1998. Dr. Bascur is a member of the SME, AIST, AIChE and IFAC MMM.
Apply for the IFAC Program for Support of Young Authors to attend the conference.
SACAC sponsorships are also available to SACAC members. Applications to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stellenbosch in South Africa is a university town situated in the winelands region of the Western Cape, 40 km from Cape Town. The region boasts internationally acclaimed wine farms as well as a myriad of other tourist attractions. Technopark, just outside Stellenbosch, hosts a large number of technology companies, from innovative start-ups to established corporates.
The conference will take place at STIAS (Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies) conference centre, in the heart of historical Stellenbosch.