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Control Engineering Practice
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Control Engineering Practice strives to meet the needs of industrial practitioners and industrially related academics and researchers. It publishes papers which illustrate the direct application of control theory and its supporting tools in all possible areas of automation. As a result, the journal only contains papers which can be considered to have made significant contributions to the application of control techniques. It is normally expected that practical results should be included, but where simulation only studies are available, it is necessary to demonstrate that the simulation model is representative of a genuine industrial application. Strictly theoretical papers will find a more appropriate home in Control Engineering Practice's sister publication, Automatica. Control Engineering Practice papers will tend to be shorter, and relevant to industrial readers.

In addition to purely technical applications papers the journal carries papers on topics linked to the application of automation, including social effects, cultural aspects, project planning and system design, and economic and management issues.

The scope of Control Engineering Practice matches the activities of IFAC:

• Aerospace • Marine systems • Communication systems • Biomedical engineering • Pulp and paper processing • Environmental engineering • Scientific instrumentation • Transportation and vehicles • Power generation and other utilities • Mining, mineral and metal processing • Chemical and biotechnical process control • Manufacturing technology and production engineering

The journal covers all applicable technologies:

• Robotics • Identification • Signal processing • Project management • Autonomous vehicles • Powertrains • Computer networking • Modelling and simulation • Human-computer systems • Components and instruments • Adaptive and robust control • Electromechanical components • Model-based control techniques • Fault detection and diagnostics • Software engineering techniques • Hydraulic and pneumatic components • Real-time and distributed computing • Intelligent components and instruments • Architectures and algorithms for control • Computer-aided systems analysis and design • Software design, verification, safety, etc. • Artificial intelligence techniques, including fuzzy control neural networks and genetic algorithms.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-03-04
Special Issues
Special Issue on Advanced Alarm Monitoring for Complex Industrial Facilities
Submission Date: 2017-04-01

Alarm systems play critically important roles for safety and efficiency of modern industrial plants such as oil refineries, petrochemical facilities, mineral processes, pulp-paper and power plants. However, in industrial practice many existing alarm systems are associated with poor performance, with the most common observation being that "there are far too many alarms to be handled by industrial plant operators". Driven by the big gap between poor performance of industrial alarm systems and their importance for operational safety and efficiency, alarm systems have received increasing attentions recently from both academic and industrial communities. Many new technologies for alarm systems have been emerging in recent several years, but certainly there are far more problems to be solved in order to fill the big gap mentioned above. These emerging techniques are interdisciplinary, involving knowledge from process operation, statistics, signal processing, human factors engineering and other areas. In addition, it has become apparent that the concepts and related unsolved problems for alarm systems are very unique, for example, the detection and removal of nuisance alarms including chattering alarms, oscillatory alarms, and long-standing alarms, the assignment of dynamic alarm priorities and the analysis and prediction of alarm floods. These problems are very different from relatively well-developed techniques in related areas such as fault detection and diagnosis, and process controller design, even though these areas are closely interrelated to some extent. Therefore, a special issue on Advanced Alarm Monitoring for Complex Industrial Facilities is proposed, in order to present some new techniques for alarm systems, and attract more academic researchers and industrial practitioners into working and shaping this fascinating and important area. Guest Editors: Jiandong Wang, Peking University, China, Fan Yang, Tsinghua University, China, Tongwen Chen, University of Alberta, Canada, Sirish L. Shah, University of Alberta, Canada, Chris Aldrich, Curtin University, Perth, Australia, Timelines Submission deadline: 1 April 2017 Final acceptance notification: 1 Nov 2017
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-03-04
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