from 2013-11-27

NAMUR has awarded a prize since 2005 for the best scientific examination thesis (degree/masters and promotion) in the field of intelligent process management.

Two outstanding theses were honoured with a NAMUR AWARD during the NAMUR General Meeting 2013:

Mr Markus Schleburg was presented with the NAMUR AWARD for his master's thesis on –Alarm reduction in automated systems based on a combined analysis of CAEX system models and associated alarm logsâ?.

The thesis was written at the Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg and mentored by Prof. Dr. Alexander Fay (Doctor of Engineering).
Mr Schleburg compiled his prizewinning master's thesis during an exchange with the Imperial College London where it was mentored by Prof. Nina Thornhill.

The master's thesis submitted by Markus Schleburg addresses the reduction of alarms, an issue of significant practical relevance.

Mr Schleburg seized upon and rapidly penetrated a topic that is currently the object of international research (particularly in the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Gulf states and Germany). Exploiting the modern possibilities of accessing computer-based system planning data, he has developed and realised an innovative concept which has already achieved excellent results in initial applications with real test data. This work has already been the subject of enormous interest among industrial companies wishing to implement it.

It is written in an extremely descriptive manner, exhibiting a close relevance to practical applications. State-of-the-art technological standards and his own ideas and modus operandi are illuminated clearly and with adequate detail, while maintaining the focus on the topic as a whole at all times.

Dr. Stefan Palis was presented with the NAMUR Award for his doctorate thesis on the –Control of fluidized bed spray granulation processesâ?.

The thesis was drafted at the University of Magdeburg and mentored by Prof. Achim Kienle.

The topic addressed by Dr. Palis in his dissertation encompasses the modelling and control of fluidized bed spray granulation processes.

In addition to the desired stationary conditions, instabilities in the form of non-linear oscillations may occur in fluidized bed spray granulation processes, depending on the process conditions involved. These oscillations then lead to periodic variations in product characteristics. During the course of his thesis, Dr. Palis examined the possibilities for stabilising instable operating points of this kind with the aid of control technology methods.

On the one hand, Dr. Palis utilised robust control techniques based on reduced model formulations to achieve process control while, on the other, he developed a new process based on non-linear route descriptions, delivering at least theoretically outstanding results. However, experimental testing of these methods still needs to be conducted.

For personal reasons, Dr. Palis was unfortunately unable to receive the award in person.

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