News

Tue, 07/04/2017

Amir Akbari, a current postdoctoral associate in PSEL, has been awarded an NSF-funded Travel Grant to attend the World Congress of Chemical Engineering/ESCAPE 2017.

Wed, 06/21/2017

In Using semidefinite programming to calculate bounds on particle size distributions, Garrett R. Dowdy and Paul I. Barton have described a method for computing bounds on various industrially-relevant descriptions of a particle size distribution – CDF, D10, and so forth – using...

Fri, 06/02/2017

In Convergence-order analysis of branch-and-bound algorithms for constrained problems (click here), Rohit Kannan and Paul I. Barton investigate the convergence order of bounding schemes for deterministic global optimization algorithms....

Fri, 05/19/2017

Garrett Dowdy, a current Ph.D. student in PSEL, has won Outstanding Seminar Award for presentation of the best third-year talk in the MIT ChemE Department in Fall 2016. Entitled "Rigorous Bounds on Distributions through Semidefinie Programming," Garrett described how semidefinite programming can...

Mon, 05/01/2017

Garrett Dowdy, a current Ph.D. student in PSEL, has been named a keynote speaker at the upcoming European Symposium on Computer-Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE). Co-authored with Paul Barton, his selected paper is titled "Using Semidefinite Programming to Calculate Bounds on Steady-State...

Fri, 01/20/2017

Dependable algorithms for nonideal vapor-liquid equilibrium calculations are essential for effective process design, simulation and optimization. Inside-out algorithms [Boston & Britt, 1978] for flash calculations serve as the basis for many of the algorithms used by process simulation...

Wed, 12/21/2016

The well-posedness of nonsmooth semi-explicit differential-algebraic equations (DAEs) is investigated (click here; free access is provided until February 08, 2017). The nonsmooth DAEs are classified as having differential index one in a...

Tue, 12/06/2016

New journal articles on global optimization problems authored by current and former members of PSEL have now appeared online with free access:

  • Differentiable McCormick relaxations in  Journal of Global Optimization (click here...
Fri, 09/16/2016

A new journal article on differential–algebraic equations (DAEs) by members of PSEL has now appeared in Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications with free access (click here). Nonsmooth equation-solving and optimization algorithms which require...

Tue, 07/12/2016

We are pleased to announce that PSE Laboratory alumnus Prof. Alexander Mitsos of RWTH Aachen has won the 2016 CAST Outstanding Young Researcher Award from AIChE’s CAST Division. PSE Laboratory alumnus Prof. Joseph Scott of Clemson University is the co-recipient of the 2016 David Smith Jr....