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17th IFAC Symposium on Control, Optimization and Automation in Mining, Mineral and Metal Processing
Vienna, Austria, 31 August - September 2 2016

The 17th IFAC Symposium on Control, Optimization and Automation in Mining, Mineral and Metal Processing (IFAC MMM 2016) took place in Vienna, Austria, from August 31st to September 2nd, 2016, hosted and organized by the Automation and Control Institute (ACIN) of Technische Universität Wien. IFAC MMM 2016 provided a forum for professionals, researchers, and experts in control, mining, mineral and metal processing to review state-of-the-art control, optimization, measurement, and automation technologies in the field.

This symposium was sponsored by IFAC, the International Federation of Automatic Control, and got financial support from voestalpine Stahl, Danieli Automation, Andritz Metals, and the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology. Andreas Kugi (Technische Universität Wien) was the chair of the National Organizing Committee and Ian Craig (University of Pretoria, South Africa) chaired the International Program Committee (IPC) which consisted of 53 members. The following persons acted as vice-chairs of the IPC: Kazuya Asano (JFE Steel Corporation, Japan), Luis Bergh (Santa Maria University, Chile), André Desbiens (Universite Laval, Canada), Thomas Parisini (Imperial College London, UK), and Harald Peters (VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH, Germany).

For the IFAC MMM 2016, 114 participants from 26 countries submitted 91 papers. Each contribution was peer-reviewed by at least 2 reviewers. The final program included 5 plenary talks, 12 future perspectives talks, 43 full contributions, 10 industrial contributions, and 4 poster contributions. The full contributions are published in the IFAC-PapersOnLine series hosted on ScienceDirect www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/24058963.

Five brilliant plenary talks were given in the course of IFAC MMM 2016:

  • “Smart production in the Steel Industry” by Dr. Franz Androsch (voestalpine Stahl, Austria)
  • “Process data analytics – state of the art and applications in oil sands industry” by Prof. Biao Huang, (University of Alberta, Canada)
  • “Mining Automation: where are we going?” by Prof. Ross McAree (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • “Application of Industry 4.0 concepts at steel production from an applied research perspective by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Peters (VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut, Germany)
  • “The prehistoric salt mines from Hallstatt – perfect preservation leading to insightful simulation!” by Dr. Gabriel Wurzer (Technische Universität Wien, Austria)

For the first time, IFAC MMM 2016 also featured so called Future Perspectives Sessions, where renowned experts from industry presented their most recent solutions and their perspectives on future challenges in control, optimization, and automation in mining, mineral, and metal processing. In the course of these sessions, speakers from major companies in the field such as ABB, Andritz Metals, Danieli Automation, Dillinger Hüttenwerke, JFE Steel Corporation, Outotec, POSCO, Primetals Technologies, Siemens, SMS Group, Tata Steel Europe, and voestalpine Stahl gave fascinating talks and an excellent insight into the industrial perspective. This new format received extremely positive feedback from the participants.

Apart from the scientific program, the IFAC MMM 2016 offered a number of social events for networking and fruitful discussions. Highlight of the social activities was the banquet dinner that took place in a charming restaurant in the Viennese city hall on September 1st and that was accompanied by a musical journey through Austria.

Report by Ian CRAIG, University of Pretoria and Andreas KUGI, Technische Universität Wien




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