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Discover how some of the innovative research already taking place here can build connected plants:

Process and Information Systems Engineering

Process and Information Systems Engineering (PRISE) has well-established methodologies for integrating process models and data and information to develop synthesis tools and capabilities for industrial processes. Based on these capabilities, the application of dynamic process simulation to intelligent plants will be explored in order to capture industrial processes in real-time. These novel simulation platforms will have the capability to mimic real-time chemical operations in a virtual environment and will form the basis for simulation-based optimisation. Preliminary research in this area will also explore the integration of Systems Modeling Language (SysML) with process engineering models. 

5G Innovation Centre

The 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the University of Surrey, which is dedicated to delivering mobile communications and wireless connectivity solutions capable of meeting the needs of tomorrow’s connected society and digital economy. Fast mobile and wireless communication technologies are very vital to the interconnectivity of connected plants of the future. University of Surrey has over a decade’s expertise in research focused on future communication systems, such as mobile and wireless communications, satellite communications, networking (management, protocols and security). Through 5GIC’s world-leading expertise in wireless sensor networks, the realisation of low-cost embedded industrial automation systems that can monitor and control industrial processes has become feasible. Cognizant sensor networks can be deployed in industrial processes to predict equipment outages and leakages, monitor plant inventory and optimise energy efficiency. These capabilities will also pave the way for analytics to ensure chemical industries operate in a sustainable manner by comparing the current usage of energy resources to expected usage and determining possible causes of variation and possibilities to reduce the overall carbon footprint.

Surrey Space Centre

The Surrey Space Centre (SSC)  is a world leading Centre of Excellence in Space Engineering with nearly 40 years of R&D heritage. Its strategy is to underpin the technical development of the space industry through its advanced research programmes. The SSC represents the world’s leading research centre for small, low cost space missions, generating leading research and bringing innovation to our spin-out company SSTL and pushing the boundaries of small spacecraft applications to develop next generation cost-efficient space technologies. In the past 10 years, SSC has successfully extended its spacecraft engineering philosophy to develop unique Robotics & Autonomous Systems (RAS) solutions for space systems and missions, which led to the establishment of the Surrey Technology for Autonomous systems and Robotics (STAR) Lab. SSC-STAR Lab offers academic research laboratories and facilities, enabling advancement of multidisciplinary space system engineering techniques for Earth orbit and interplanetary missions and covering innovative communications, remote sensing, robotics and autonomous systems.

Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing

The Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) has a long track-record of delivering innovative research leading to technology transfer and exploitation in biometrics, creative industries, mobile communication, consumer electronics, manufacturing and surveillance applications. The Centre has expertise in research areas that are vital to the convergence of chemical plants in the physical domain with digital models in a virtual environment, including Computer Vision, Digital Signal Processing, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Computer Graphics and Human Computer Interaction, and Multimedia Communication.

Centre for Environment and Sustainability

The Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES) is committed to taking an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of sustainable systems, integrating strong, engineering based approaches with insights from the social sciences to develop action-oriented, policy-relevant responses to long-term environmental and social issues. CES will develop management of change frameworks for connected chemical plants of the future from a Multi-Level Perspective (MLP) by emphasising on how emerging innovations can gain traction against existing systems. CES will also identify the challenges of the change in the business paradigm on the supply chain in the chemical industry. 

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Centre for Connected Plants of the Future
Department of Chemical and Process Engineering
University of Surrey