Plenary Lectures:

Semi-Plenary Lectures:

  • Best Paper Award: to be assigned
  • Best Paper by Female Researcher Award: to be assigned
  • Best Paper by Young Author Award: to be assigned

Plenary Lecture I

Control and Optimization in the Presence of Uncertainties: Theory and Practice

by Gabriele Pannocchia (University of Pisa, Italy)


Gabriele Pannocchia received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy) in 2002, where he is a Full Professor since 2020. He held a Visiting Associate position at the University of Wisconsin – Madison (WI, USA) in 2000/2001 and in 2008. Dr. Pannocchia is the author of about 140 papers in international journals, book chapters, and proceedings of international conferences. Dr. Pannocchia is Senior Editor for the Journal of Process Control, served as Associate Editor of Automatica, and is Vice-Chair for Education of the IFAC TC 2.4 (Optimal Control). Dr. Pannocchia was IPC co-chair of the IFAC Symposium DYCOPS 2013 held in Mumbai (India), Area Co-Chair/Associate Editor in IFAC DYCOPS 2016, IFAC World Congress 2017, IFAC NMPC 2018, UK Control 2018, IFAC World Congress 2020. He has been a plenary speaker at the 4th IEEE Colombian Conference on Automatic Control, and keynote speaker at several international congresses (IFAC DYCOPS 2010, IFAC NMPC 2015, IFAC DYCOPS 2016, IFAC ADCHEM 2018). Dr. Pannocchia was the NOC Chair of IFAC ADCHEM 2021 and IPC Chair of IFAC NMPC 2021. His research interests include model predictive control systems, process simulation and optimization, numerical optimization, multivariable systems identification, performance monitoring, and industrial implementations of advanced control systems.


Plenary Lecture II

AI or Process Control – Process Understanding and Good Dynamic Modelling Remains Key

by Stefan Krämer (Bayer AG, Germany)

Bio: Stefan Krämer is a chemical engineer and Head of Process Performance Improvement (PPI) at Bayer, Leverkusen. PPI is globally working on improving the operation and energy efficiency of production processes with the aid of simulation, data analysis and process control. At NAMUR (the User Association of Automation Technology in Process Industries,, he is the leader of the work area 2 “WA 2 Automation Systems for Processes and Plants”. Stefan also teaches “Batch Process Operation” as an adjunct professor at the Technical University of Dortmund and has participated in several EU projects dealing with resource efficiency, which resulted in the publication of a number of scientific papers and the book “Resource Efficiency of Processing Plants”. He currently represents Bayer in the KEEN project – Artificial Intelligence in the Process Industry.

Semi-Plenary Lecture I


Semi-Plenary Lecture II


Semi-Plenary Lecture III