Dr.Jinfeng Liu's Process Control Group

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JinfengLiu
    Jinfeng Liu
     Assistant Professor

     Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering
     University of Alberta
     Room 7-017, ECERF, 9107 - 116 Street
     Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA T6G 2V4

     Phone: 780.492.1317
     Email: jinfeng@ualberta.ca


Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 2011

M.Sc. Zhejiang University, 2006

B.Eng. Zhejiang University, 2003

Research Interests

Dr. Liu's research interests are in the general area of process control theory and practice with emphasis on:
  • Networked process control systems
  • Distributed predictive control of nonlinear systems
  • Distributed state estimation
  • Fault-tolerant control
  • Optimal operation of energy systems
  • Optimal operation of irrigation systems
Group Members
  • Jing Zeng (Visitnig professor, 2014 - current)

  • Ouguan Xu (Visitnig professor, 2013 - current)

  • Su Liu (PhD student, 2013 - current)
  • Jing Zhang (MSc student, 2012 - current)
  • Jannatun Nahar (PhD student, 2012 - current)
  • Mohammad Rashedi (PhD student, 2012 - current)
  • Shuning Li (MSc student, 2011 - current)
  • Bardia Hassanzadeh (PhD student, 2010 - current)
Publications

Google Scholar Citation Profile

Books
  1. P. Mhaskar, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides. Fault-Tolerant Process Control: Methods and Applications. Springer-Verlag, London, England, 2013. (281 pages). PDF
  2. P. D. Christofides, J. Liu, and D. Munoz de la Pena. Networked and Distributed Predictive Control: Methods and Nonlinear Process Network Applications. Advances in Industrial Control Series. Springer-Verlag, London, England, 2011. (230 pages). PDF
Journal Articles
  1. J. Zhang and J. Liu*. Observer-enhanced distributed moving horizon state estimation subject to communication delays. Journal of Process Control, accepted.
  2. J. Zhang, S. Liu and J. Liu*. Economic model predictive control with triggered evaluations: state and output feedback. Journal of Process Control, in press. PDF
  3. M. Ellis, J. Zhang, J. Liu and P. D. Christofides*. Robust moving horizon estimation based output feedback economic model predictive control. Systems & Control Letters, 68:101-109, 2014.
  4. J. Zhang and J. Liu*. Two triggered information transmission algorithms for distributed moving horizon state estimation. Systems & Control Letters, 65:1-12, 2014. PDF
  5. S. Liu, J. Liu*, Y. Feng, and G. Rong*. Performance assessment of decentralized control systems: An iterative approach. Control Engineering Practice, 22:252-263, 2014. PDF
  6. J. Zhang and J. Liu*. Distributed moving horizon state estimation for nonlinear systems with bounded uncertainties. Journal of Process Control, 23:1281-1295, 2013. PDF
  7. J. Zhang and J. Liu*. Lyapunov-based MPC with robust moving horizon estimation and its triggered implementation. AIChE Journal, 59:4273-4286, 2013. PDF
  8. S. Liu, J. Zhang, J. Liu*, Y. Feng, and G. Rong. Distributed model predictive control with asynchronous controller evaluations. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 91:1609-1620, 2013. PDF
  9. J. Liu*. Moving horizon state estimation for nonlinear systems with bounded uncertainties. Chemical Engineering Science, 93:376-386, 2013. PDF
  10. M. Heidarinejad, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides*. Algorithms for improved fixed-time performance of Lyapunov-based economic model predictive control of nonlinear systems. Journal of Process Control, 23:404-414, 2013. PDF
  11. P. D. Christofides*, R. Scattolini, D. Munoz de la Pena, and J. Liu. Distributed model predictive control: A tutorial review and future research directions. Computers & Chemical Engineering, 51:21-41, 2013. PDF
  12. W. Qi, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides*. Distributed supervisory predictive control of distributed wind and solar energy generation systems. IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology, 21:504-512, 2013.
  13. M. Heidarinejad, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides*. Distributed model predictive control of switched nonlinear systems with scheduled mode transitions. AIChE Journal, 59:860-871, 2013. PDF
  14. M. Heidarinejad, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides*. Economic model predictive control of switched nonlinear systems. Systems & Control Letters, 62:77-84, 2013. PDF
  15. M. Heidarinejad, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides*. State estimation-based economic model predictive control of nonlinear systems. Systems & Control Letters, 61:926-935, 2012. PDF
  16. D. Chilin, J. Liu, X. Chen, and P. D. Christofides*. Fault detection and isolation and fault tolerant control of a catalytic alkylation of benzene process. Chemical Engineering Science, 78:155-166, 2012.
  17. X. Chen, M. Heidarinejad, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides*. Distributed economic MPC: Application to a nonlinear chemical process network. Journal of Process Control, 22:689-699, 2012.
  18. X. Chen, M. Heidarinejad, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides*. Composite fast-slow MPC design for nonlinear singularly perturbed systems. AIChE Journal, 58:1802-1811, 2012.
  19. A. Leosirikul, D. Chilin, J. Liu, J. F. Davis, and P. D. Christofides*. Monitoring and retuning of low-level PID control loops. Chemical Engineering Science, 69:287-295, 2012.
  20. M. Heidarinejad, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides*. Economic model predictive control of nonlinear process systems using lyapunov techniques. AIChE Journal, 58:855-870, 2012.
  21. D. Chilin, J. Liu, J. F. Davis, and P. D. Christofides*. Data-based monitoring and reconfiguration of a distributed model predictive control system. International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, 22:68-88, 2012.
  22. W. Qi, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides*. Supervisory predictive control for long-term scheduling of an integrated wind/solar energy generation and water desalination system. IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 20:504-512, 2012.
  23. J. Liu, X. Chen, D. Munoz de la Pena, and P. D. Christofides*. Iterative distributed model predictive control of nonlinear systems: Handling asynchronous, delayed measurements. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 57:528-534, 2012.
  24. X. Chen, M. Heidarinejad, J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, and P. D. Christofides*. Model predictive control of nonlinear singularly perturbed systems: Application to a large-scale process network. Journal of Process Control, 21:1296-1305, 2011.
  25. W. Qi, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides*. A distributed control framework for smart grid development: Energy/water system optimal operation and electric grid integration. Journal of Process Control, 21:1504-1516, 2011.
  26. M. Heidarinejad, J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, J. F. Davis, and P. D. Christofides*. Handling communication disruptions in distributed model predictive control of nonlinear systems. Journal of Process Control, 21:173-181, 2011.
  27. M. Heidarinejad, J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, P. D. Christofides*, and J. F. Davis. Multirate Lyapunov-based distributed model predictive control of nonlinear uncertain systems. Journal of Process Control, 21:1231{1242, 2011.
  28. W. Qi, J. Liu, X. Chen, and P. D. Christofides*. Supervisory predictive control of stand-alone wind-solar energy generation systems. IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 19:199-207, 2011.
  29. D. Chilin, J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, P. D. Christofides*, and J. F. Davis. Detection, isolation and handling of actuator faults in distributed model predictive control systems. Journal of Process Control, 20:1059-1075, 2010.
  30. J. Liu, X. Chen, D. Munoz de la Pena, and P. D. Christofides*. Sequential and iterative architectures for distributed model predictive control of nonlinear process systems. AIChE Journal, 56:2137-2149, 2010.
  31. J. Liu, B. J. Ohran, D. Munoz de la Pena, P. D. Christofides*, and J. F. Davis. Monitoring and handling of actuator faults in two-tier control systems for nonlinear processes. Chemical Engineering Science, 65:3179-3190, 2010.
  32. J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, and P. D. Christofides*. Distributed model predictive control of nonlinear systems subject to asynchronous and delayed measurements. Automatica, 46:52-61, 2010.
  33. J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, B. J. Ohran, P. D. Christofides*, and J. F. Davis. A two-tier control architecture for nonlinear process systems with continuous/asynchronous feedback. International Journal of Control, 83:257-272, 2010.
  34. B. Ohran, J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, P. D. Christofides*, and J. F. Davis. Data-based fault detection and isolation using feedback control: Output feedback and optimality. Chemical Engineering Science, 64:2370-2383, 2009.
  35. J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, P. D. Christofides*, and J. F. Davis. Lyapunov-based model predictive control of nonlinear systems subject to time-varying measurement delays. International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing, 23:788-807, 2009.
  36. J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, and P. D. Christofides*. Distributed model predictive control of nonlinear process systems. AIChE Journal, 55:1171-1184, 2009.
  37. J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, P. D. Christofides*, and J. F. Davis. Lyapunov-based model predictive control of particulate processes subject to asynchronous measurements. Particle and Particle Systems Characterization, 25:360-375, 2008.
  38. J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, B. J. Ohran, P. D. Christofides*, and J. F. Davis. A two-tier architecture for networked process control. Chemical Engineering Science, 63:5394-5409, 2008.
  39. G. Rong, J. Liu*, and H. Gu. Mining dynamic association rules in databases. Control Theory & Applications, 24:127-131, 2007.
  40. J. Liu* and G. Rong. Application of web text mining in study assistance. Information Science, 24:400-404, 2006.
  41. (* indicates corresponding author)

Book Chapters
  1. J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, and P. D. Christofides. Lyapunov-based DMPC Schemes: Sequential and Iterative Approaches, in Distributed MPC Made Easy, in press. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2013.
  2. J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, and P. D. Christofides. Distributed Model Predictive Control System Design Using Lyapunov Techniques, volume 384 of Lecture Notes in Control and Information Science, pages 181-194. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2009.
  3. J. Liu and G. Rong. Mining Dynamic Association Rules in Databases, volume 3801 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 688-695. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2005.
Conference Papers (Presenter underlined)
  1. J. Zhang and J. Liu. Distributed moving horizon state estimation with triggered communication. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, in press, Portland, OR, USA, 2014.
  2. J. Liu. Robust moving horizon state estimation for nonlinear systems. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pages 253-258, Washington DC, USA, 2013.
  3. S. Liu, J. Liu, Y. Feng, and G. Rong. Achievable performance of decentralized control systems. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pages 5817-5822, Washington DC, USA, 2013.
  4. B. Hassanzadeh, H. Pakravesh, J. Liu and J. F. Forbes. Coordinated-distributed MPC of nonlinear systems based on price-driven coordination. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pages 3159--3164, Washington DC, USA, 2013.
  5. M. Heidarinejad, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides. On fixed-time performance of Lyapunov-based economic model predictive control of nonlinear systems. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pages 3171--3176, Washington DC, USA, 2013.
  6. M. J. Tippett, J. Bao, and J. Liu. Plant-wide control of chemical systems exhibiting time-scale separation. In Proceedings of CHEMECA 2012, pager 118, Wellington, New Zealand, 2012.
  7. A. Leosirikul, D. Chilin, J. Liu, J. F. Davis, and P. D. Christofides. Monitoring of low-level PID control loops. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pages 5664-5669, Montreal, Canada, 2012.
  8. M. Heidarinejad, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides. Distributed model predictive control of switched nonlinear systems. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pages 3198-3203, Montreal, Canada, 2012.
  9. X. Chen, M. Heidarinejad, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides. Composite fast-slow MPC design for nonlinear singularly perturbed systems: Stability analysis. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pages 4136-4141, Montreal, Canada, 2012.
  10. P. D. Christofides, R. Scattolini, D. Munoz de la Pena, and J. Liu. Distributed model predictive control: A tutorial review. In Proceedings of Chemical Process Control-8, 22 pages, Savannah, Georgia, 2012.
  11. X. Chen, M. Heidarinejad, J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, and P. D. Christofides. Model predictive control of nonlinear singularly perturbed systems: Application to a reactor-separator process network. In Proceedings of the 50th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and European Control Conference, pages 8125-8132, Orlando, Florida, 2011.
  12. M. Heidarinejad, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides. Lyapunov-based economic model predictive control of nonlinear systems: Handling asynchronous, delayed measurements and distributed implementation. In Proceedings of the 50th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and European Control Conference, pages 4646-4653, Orlando, Florida, 2011.
  13. D. Chilin, J. Liu, J. F. Davis, and P. D. Christofides. Data-based monitoring and reconfiguration of a distributed model predictive control system. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pages 3158-3165, San Francisco, California, 2011.
  14. M. Heidarinejad, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides. Lyapunov-based economic model predictive control of nonlinear systems. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pages 5195-5200, San Francisco, California, 2011.
  15. M. Heidarinejad, J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, J. F. Davis, and P. D. Christofides. Multirate distributed model predictive control of nonlinear systems. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pages 5181-5188, San Francisco, Califorina, 2011.
  16. W. Qi, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides. A two-time-scale framework for supervisory predictive control of an integrated wind/solar energy generation and water desalination system. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pages 2677-2682, San Francisco, California, 2011.
  17. J. Liu, X. Chen, D. Munoz de la Pena, and P. D. Christofides. Iterative distributed model predictive control of nonlinear systems: Handling delayed measurements. In Proceedings of the 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, pages 7251-7258, Atlanta, Georgia, 2010.
  18. X. Chen, J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, and P. D. Christofides. Sequential and iterative distributed model predictive control of nonlinear process systems subject to asynchronous measurements. In Proceedings of 9th International Symposium on Dynamics and Control of Process Systems, pages 611-616, Leuven, Belgium, 2010.
  19. M. Heidarinejad, J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, and P. D. Christofides. Handling communication disruptions in distributed model predictive control of nonlinear systems. In Proceedings of 9th International Symposium on Dynamics and Control of Process Systems, pages 282-287, Leuven, Belgium, 2010.
  20. W. Qi, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides. Supervisory predictive control of an integrated wind/solar energy generation and water desalination system. In Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Dynamics and Control of Process Systems, pages 821-826, Leuven, Belgium, 2010.
  21. D. Chilin, J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, P. D. Christofides, and J. F. Davis. Monitoring and handling of actuator faults in a distributed model predictive control system. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pages 2847-2854, Baltimore, Maryland, 2010.
  22. J. Liu, X. Chen, D. Munoz de la Pena, and P. D. Christofides. Sequential and iterative architectures for distributed model predictive control of nonlinear process systems. Part I: Theory. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pages 3148-3155, Baltimore, Maryland, 2010.
  23. J. Liu, X. Chen, D. Munoz de la Pena, and P. D. Christofides. Sequential and iterative architectures for distributed model predictive control of nonlinear process systems. Part II: Application to a catalytic alkylation of benzene process. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pages 3156-3161, Baltimore, Maryland, 2010.
  24. J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, and P. D. Christofides. Distributed model predictive control of nonlinear systems subject to delayed measurements. In Proceedings of 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, pages 7105-7112, Shanghai, China, December 2009.
  25. B. Ohran, J. Liu, P. D. Christofides, D. Munoz de la Pena, and J. F. Davis. Networked monitoring and fault-tolerant control of nonlinear process systems. In Proceedings of the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, pages 4117-4124, Shanghai, China, December 2009.
  26. B. Ohran, J. Liu, P. D. Christofides, D. Munoz de la Pena, and J. F. Davis. Data-based fault detection and isolation using output feedback control. In Proceedings of IFAC International Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes, paper 107, 6 pages, Instabul, Turkey, 2009.
  27. J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, and P. D. Christofides. Distributed model predictive control of nonlinear process systems using asynchronous measurements. In Proceedings of IFAC International Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes, paper 111, 6 pages, Istanbul, Turkey, 2009.
  28. J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, and P. D. Christofides. Distributed model predictive control of nonlinear systems with input constraints. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pages 2319-2326, St. Louis, Missouri, 2009.
  29. J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, B. J. Ohran, P. D. Christofides, and J. F. Davis. A two-tier control architecture for nonlinear process systems with continuous/asynchronous feedback. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pages 133-140, St. Louis, Missouri, 2009.
  30. J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, and P. D. Christofides. Distributed control system design using Lyapunov-based model predictive control. In Proceedings of International Workshop on Assessment and Future Directions of Nonlinear Model Predictive Control, 12 pages, Pavia, Italy, 2008.
  31. J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, P. D. Christofides, and J. F. Davis. Lyapunov-based predictive control of particulate processes subject to asynchronous measurements. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pages 2233-2240, Seattle, Washington, 2008.
  32. J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, P. D. Christofides, and J. F. Davis. Lyapunov-based model predictive control of nonlinear systems subject to time-varying measurement delays. In Proceedings of the 47th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, pages 4632-4639, Cancun, Mexico, 2008.

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