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Welcome to Davood B. Pourkargar's E-profile!

 

Davood B. Pourkargar joined the Tim Taylor Department of Chemical Engineering as an assistant professor in 2020. Prior to coming to K-State, he had been a senior engineer for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, 2019-2020; a postdoctoral associate in the department of chemical engineering and materials science at the University of Minnesota, 2016-2019; and a postdoctoral researcher in the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation and the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Delaware, 2015-2016. He earned a doctoral degree from Pennsylvania State University in 2015, and M.S. and B.S. degrees from Sharif University of Technology in 2010 and 2008, respectively.

His research interests include optimization-based control of complex process networks, computational multiscale modeling of process systems in sustainable and smart manufacturing, cyber-physical systems and network communication analysis in large-scale processes, and system identification using process data analytics and machine learning with application to chemical and energy systems. In particular, he is interested in the control and automation of sustainable production of chemicals and energy in combined cycles, and secure estimation and control of complex networks in modern cyber-physical systems and smart process manufacturing. At K-State, his goal is to lead a research group in the development of enabling technologies designed to enhance control and real-time decision making for large-scale process networks. These proposed research topics are significant in solving major scientific and industrial challenges in the areas of sustainable and secure operation of modern chemical process manufacturing and energy systems.

Pourkargar has authored or co-authored more than 30 refereed papers in journals and conference proceedings, and has presented his research more than 50 times at international conferences, research institutes, and universities. His contributions have received several major recognitions including the Robert F. Smith School Distinguished Junior Researcher Award from Cornell University in 2017, the O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award from the American Automatic Control Council in 2014, the Walter R. and Aura Lee Supina Graduate Fellowship in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2011, and Best Presentation awards at the American Control Conferences in 2013 and 2015, as well as at AIChE annual meetings in 2015 and 2017.

 
EXPERIENCE
 
EDUCATION
 
AWARDS
 
GRANTS
  • National Science Foundation Travel Award, First American Model Predictive Control Summer School, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017 (Amount: $500)

  • Institute for Mathematics and its Application (IMA) Visiting Travel Award, University of Minnesota, 2016 (Amount: $1500)

  • AIChE Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Division Travel Grant, 2015 (Amount: $500)

  • Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Graduate Student Travel Grant, 2014 (Amount: $650 + stipend registration)

  • College of Engineering Student Travel Awards, The Pennsylvania State University, 2013 & 2014 & 2015 (Total Amount: $2000)

  • American Automatic Control Council (AACC) Student Travel awards, 2013 & 2014 & 2015 (Total Amount: $900 + stipend registrations)

 
PUBLICATIONS

JOURNAL PAPERS:

  1. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Lyapunov-based on-line model reduction and control of semilinear dissipative distributed parameter systems with minimum feedback information, Journal of Process Control, 2020; under review 

  2. Pourkargar D.B., Moharir, M., Almansoori A., Daoutidis P., Distributed estimation and nonlinear model predictive control using community detection, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 2019; 58(30): 13495-13507 (Invited paper)

  3. Daoutidis P., Allman A., Khatib S., Moharir, M., Palys M.J., Pourkargar D.B., Tang W., Distributed decision making for intensified process systems, Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, 2019; 25: 75-81

  4. Moharir, M., Pourkargar D.B., Almansoori A., Daoutidis P., Graph representation for distributed control of diffusion-convection-reaction system networks, Chemical Engineering Science, 2019; 204: 128-139 

  5. Pourkargar D.B., Almansoori A., Daoutidis P., Comprehensive study of decomposition effects on output tracking of an integrated process over a wide operating range, Chemical Engineering Research and Design, Special Issue on Dynamics and Control, 2018; 134:553-563 (Invited paper)

  6. Moharir, M., Pourkargar D.B., Almansoori A., Daoutidis P., Distributed model predictive control of an amine gas sweetening plant, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 2018; 57:13103-13115 

  7. Tang W., Pourkargar D.B., Daoutidis P., Relative time-averaged gain array (RTAGA) for distributed control-oriented network decomposition, AIChE Journal, 2018; 64(5):1682-1690 

  8. Feng J., Lansford J., Mironenko A., Pourkargar D.B., Vlachos D.G., Katsoulakis M.A., Non-parametric correlative uncertainty quantification and sensitivity analysis: Application to a Langmuir biomolecular adsorption model, AIP Advances, 2018; 8:035021 

  9. Tang W., Allman A., Pourkargar D.B., Daoutidis P., Optimal decomposition for distributed optimization in nonlinear model predictive control through community detection, Computers and Chemical Engineering, 2018; 111:43-54 

  10. Pourkargar D.B., Almansoori A., Daoutidis P., The impact of decomposition on distributed model predictive control: A process network case study, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 2017; 56(34):9606-9616 

  11. Pourkargar D.B., Shahri S.M.K., Rioux R.M., Armaou A., Spatiotemporal modeling and parametric estimation of isothermal CO2 adsorption columns, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 2016; 55(22):6443-6453 

  12. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Dynamic shaping of transport-reaction processes with a combined sliding mode controller and Luenberger-type dynamic observer design, Chemical Engineering Science, 2015; 138:673-684 

  13. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Design of APOD-based switching dynamic observers and output feedback control for a class of nonlinear distributed parameter systems, Chemical Engineering Science, Special Issue on Control and Optimization of Smart Plant Operations, 2015; 136:62-75 (Invited paper)

  14. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Control of spatially distributed processes with unknown transport-reaction parameters via two-layer system adaptations, AIChE Journal, 2015; 61(8):2497-2507 

  15. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., APOD-based control of general linear distributed parameter systems in the presence of network communication constraints, AIChE Journal, 2015; 61(2):434-447 

  16. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Geometric output tracking of nonlinear distributed parameter systems via adaptive model reduction, Chemical Engineering Science, 2014; 116:418-427 

  17. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Modification to adaptive model reduction for regulation of distributed parameter systems with fast transients, AIChE Journal, 2013; 59(12):4595-4611 (Finalist for the Best Paper Award, Department of Chemical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2014) 

  18. Pourkargar D.B., Shahrokhi M., Optimal fuzzy synchronization of generalized Lorenz chaotic systems, The Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science, 2011; 2(1):27-36 (Invited paper)

 

REFEREED CONFERENCE PAPERS:

  1. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Control of dissipative distributed parameter systems via on-demand model order reduction, In Proceedings of the 21st World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), Berlin, Germany, 2020, Accepted (Invited paper)

  2. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Control of semilinear dissipative distributed parameter systems with minimum feedback information, In Proceedings of the American Control Conference (ACC), Denver, CO, 2020, Accepted

  3. Moharir M., Pourkargar D.B., Almansoori A., Daoutidis P., Decomposition and distributed control of integrated lumped and distributed parameter process networks, In Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), 2908-2913, Miami Beach, FL, 2018 (Invited paper) 

  4. Pourkargar D.B., Almansoori A., Daoutidis, P., Distributed model predictive control of process networks: Impact of control architecture, In Proceedings of the 20th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), 12452-12457, Toulouse, France, 2017 

  5. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Spatiotemporal response shaping of transport-reaction processes via adaptive reduced order models, In Proceedings of the American Control Conference (ACC), 4157-4162, Boston, MA, 2016 

  6. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Adaptive control of chemical distributed parameter systems, In Proceedings of the IFAC International Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes (ADCHEM), 682-687, Whistler, Canada, 2015 

  7. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Low-dimensional adaptive output feedback controller design for transport-reaction processes, In Proceedings of the European Control Conference (ECC), 879-884, Linz, Austria, 2015 

  8. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Wave motion suppression in the presence of unknown parameters using recursively updated empirical basis functions, In Proceedings of the American Control Conference (ACC), 2619-2624, Chicago, IL, 2015 

  9. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Output tracking of spatiotemporal thermal dynamics in transport-reaction processes via adaptive model reduction, In Proceedings of the American Control Conference (ACC), 3364-3370, Portland, OR, 2014

  10. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Feedback control of linear distributed parameter systems via adaptive model reduction in the presence of device network communication constraints, In Proceedings of the American Control Conference (ACC), 1667-1673, Portland, OR, 2014 (Invited paper) 

  11. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., A refined adaptive model reduction approach for control of fast evolving distributed parameter systems, In Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems (MTNS), 140-147, Groningen, Netherlands, 2014 (invited paper) 

  12. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Control of dissipative partial differential equation systems using APOD based dynamic observer designs, In Proceedings of the American Control Conference (ACC), 502-508, Washington DC, 2013 (Invited paper, O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award in the Application Category, American Automatic Control Council (AACC), 2014) 

 
PRESENTATIONS

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

  1. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Control of dissipative distributed parameter systems via on-demand model order reduction, 21st World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), Berlin, Germany, 2020

  2. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Control of semilinear dissipative distributed parameter systems with minimum feedback information, American Control Conference (ACC), Denver, CO, 2020

  3. Moharir M., Pourkargar D.B., Almansoori A., Daoutidis P., Decomposition and distributed control of integrated lumped and distributed parameter process networks, IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), Miami Beach, FL, 2018

  4. Pourkargar D.B., Moharir M., Almansoori A., Daoutidis P., Distributed estimation and nonlinear control of a benzene chlorination process, AIChE Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, 2018

  5. Moharir M., Pourkargar D.B., Almansoori A., Daoutidis P., Graph representation and decomposition of diffusion-convection-reaction processes for distributed control, AIChE Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, 2018

  6. Tang W., Allman A., Pourkargar D.B., Daoutidis P., Decomposition of optimization problems using community detection and its application in nonlinear model predictive control, AIChE Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, 2018

  7. Moharir M., Pourkargar D.B., Almansoori A., Daoutidis P., Decomposition and distributed control of integrated lumped and distributed parameter process networks, IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), Miami Beach, FL, 2018

  8. Pourkargar D.B., Almansoori A., Daoutidis P., Distributed model predictive control of complex plants: A systematic study of decomposition effects, Paper 497a, AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 2017

  9. Pourkargar D.B., Moharir M., Tang W., Almansoori A., Daoutidis P., Nonlinear distributed model predictive control of gas sweetening processes, Paper 170a, AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 2017 (Best Presentation in the Session Award, Session 170: Process Control Applications)

  10. Tang W., Pourkargar D.B., Daoutidis P., Relative time averaged gain array for distributed architecture design, Paper 497g AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 2017

  11. Pourkargar D.B., Optimization-based control of complex process networks: Application to medicine and energy systems, Poster 7iq, AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 2017

  12. Pourkargar D.B., Almansoori A., Daoutidis, P., Distributed model predictive control of process networks: Impact of control architecture, 20th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), Toulouse, France, 2017

  13. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Spatiotemporal response shaping of transport-reaction processes via adaptive reduced order models, American Control Conference (ACC), Boston, MA, 2016

  14. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Output Feedback Control of Transport-Reaction Processes with Unknown Parameters Using Adaptive Model Reduction with Minimum Feedback Information, Paper 582b, AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2016

  15. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Adaptive control of chemical distributed parameter systems, IFAC International Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes (ADCHEM), Whistler, Canada, 2015

  16. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Low-dimensional adaptive output feedback controller design for transport-reaction processes, European Control Conference (ECC), Linz, Austria, 2015

  17. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Wave motion suppression in the presence of unknown parameters using recursively updated empirical basis functions, American Control Conference (ACC), Chicago, IL, 2015 (Best Session Presentation Award in American Control Conference, 2015, Session ThA16)

  18. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Adaptive output feedback control of transport-reaction processes via two layer system adaptations, Paper 569g, AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, 2015 (Finalist for the AIChE Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Director’s Student Presentation Award)

  19. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Estimation of spatially distributed processes via adaptive model reduction using mobile sensors network, Paper 583a, AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, 2015

  20. Pourkargar D.B., Shahri S.M.K., Rioux, R.M., Armaou A., Spatiotemporal modeling and identification of CO2 adsorption columns, Paper 662d, AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, 2015

  21. Pourkargar D.B., Robust adaptive model predictive control of chemical and biological systems, Poster 6it, AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, 2015

  22. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Adaptive control of dissipative distributed parameter systems via recursively updated reduced order models, Paper 555f, AIChE Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 2014

  23. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Shaping the spatiotemporal dynamics of transport-reaction processes via adaptive proper orthogonal decomposition, Paper 610h, AIChE Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 2014

  24. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Estimation of distributed parameter systems using recursively updated empirical basis functions, Poster 568y, AIChE Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 2014

  25. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Robust dynamic shaping of distributed parameter systems via recursively updated empirical basis functions, Session CP7, SIAM Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2014

  26. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Output tracking of spatiotemporal thermal dynamics in transport-reaction processes via adaptive model reduction, American Control Conference (ACC), Portland, OR, 2014

  27. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Feedback control of linear distributed parameter systems via adaptive model reduction in the presence of device network communication constraints, American Control Conference (ACC), Portland, OR, 2014

  28. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., A refined adaptive model reduction approach for control of fast evolving distributed parameter systems, 21st International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems (MTNS), Groningen, Netherlands, 2014

  29. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Output Feedback Control of Nonlinear Distributed Parameter Systems via Adaptive Model Order Reduction, Department of Chemical Engineering Research Symposium, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 2014

  30. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Control of fast evolving distributed parameter systems via information aware model reduction recursions, 11th Annual College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS), The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 2014

  31. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., APOD-based control of spatially distributed processes with limited sensor/controller communication bandwidth, 11th Annual College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS), The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 2014

  32. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Output feedback control of transport-reaction processes based on adaptive model reduction in the presence of sensor communication constraints, Paper 613a, AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2013

  33. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Improving model reduction approaches for output feedback control of fast evolving spatially distributed processes, Paper 589c, AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2013

  34. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Design of recursively updated reduced order dynamic observers for distributed parameter systems, Session CP4, SIAM Conference on Control and its Application, San Diego, CA, 2013

  35. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Control of dissipative partial differential equation systems using APOD based dynamic observer designs, American Control Conference (ACC), Washington DC, 2013 (Best Session Presentation Award in American Control Conference, 2013, Session MoA14)

  36. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Output feedback control of distributed parameter systems based on adaptive model reduction, 10th Annual College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS), University Park, PA, 2013

  37. Pourkargar D.B., Armaou A., Output feedback control of transport reaction processes using adaptive proper orthogonal decomposition, Paper 747d, AIChE Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, 2012

  38. Pourkargar D.B., Orkomi A.A., Boozarjomehry B.R., Thermodynamic and transport properties estimation of a complicated mixture of hydrocarbons by fuzzy clustering methods, 19th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering (CHISA19) and the 7th European Congress of Chemical Engineering (ECCE-7), Prague, Czech Republic, 2010

  39. Orkomi A.A., Pourkargar D.B., Boozarjomehry R.B., Approximate fuzzy feedback linearization of amine gas sweetening plant via genetic algorithm, 19th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering (CHISA19) and the 7th European Congress of Chemical Engineering (ECCE-7), Prague, Czech Republic, 2010

  40. Pourkargar D.B., Orkomi A.A., Boozarjomehry R.B., Fuzzy clustering of complex hydrocarbon mixtures, 4st International Conference of Fuzzy Information & Engineering, Amol, 2010

  41. Pourkargar D.B., Shahrokhi M., Optimal fuzzy synchronization, 4st International Conference of Fuzzy Information & Engineering, Amol, 2010

  42. Orkomi A.A., Pourkargar D.B., Boozarjomehry R.B., Effects of transfer function selection on optimal approximate feedback linearization of CO2 Absorption by amine solution, 1st International Regional Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Conference & 13th National Iranian Chemical Engineering Congress, Kermanshah, 2010

  43. Pourkargar D.B., Shahrokhi M., Synchronization of two chaotic chemical reactors, 1st International Regional Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Conference & 13th National Iranian Chemical Engineering Congress, Kermanshah, 2010

  44. Pourkargar D.B., Orkomi A.A., Boozarjomehry R.B., Fuzzy feedforward control of amine gas sweetening plant, International Conference of Control, Instrumentation and Automation (ICCIA), Tehran, 2010

  45. Pourkargar D.B., Orkomi A.A., Boozarjomehry R.B., Control of amine gas sweetening plant by approximate fuzzy feedback linearization via genetic algorithm, International Conference of Control, Instrumentation and Automation (ICCIA), Tehran, 2010

  46. Pourkargar D.B., Orkomi A.A., Comparison between PID and a novel model based controller in interactive chemical plants control, International Conference of Control, Instrumentation and Automation (ICCIA), Tehran, 2010​

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS:

  1. Pourkargar D.B., Optimization-based control of complex process networks, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Davis, CA, 2019 

  2. Pourkargar D.B., Optimization-based control of complex process networks, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Spring, TX, 2018 

  3. Pourkargar D.B., Optimization-based control of complex process networks, Department of Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2018 

  4. Pourkargar D.B., Optimization-based control of complex process networks, Pfizer Global Research and Development, Groton, CT,  2018 

  5. Pourkargar D.B., Optimization-based control of complex process networks, Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering and Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, 2018 

  6. Pourkargar D.B., Optimization-based control of complex process networks, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2018 

  7. Pourkargar D.B., Optimization-based control of complex process networks, Department of Chemical, Biological and BioEngineering,  North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC, 2018 

  8. Pourkargar D.B., Optimization-based control of complex process networks: Handling complexity through model reduction and system decomposition, William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Ohio State University,  Columbus, OH, 2018 

  9. Pourkargar D.B., Optimization-based control of complex process networks, Distinguished Junior Researcher Seminar, Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2017 

  10. Pourkargar D.B., Output feedback control of transport-reaction processes via two-layer system adaptations, Applied and Computational Mathematics Research Program, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2015

 
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