A paper presented by Venkat Venkatasubramanian, Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Chemical Engineering, and colleagues from Purdue University won the Best Poster Paper Award at the 23rd Annual European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE23), in Lappeenranta, Finland, June 9 to 12. The paper, "Intelligent Alarm System applied to Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing," was one of more than 100 given at the conference, held each year in Europe for a prestigious group of process systems engineers from around the world. It focuses on developing a model-based intelligent control system that addresses the challenge of running a complex process system, such as a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant, safely and optimally, by effectively integrating different models of process knowledge. The system provides timely guidance to the operator regarding the detection and diagnosis of exceptional events along with relevant mitigation strategies, with the goal of avoiding emergency shutdowns.

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