Dr Tao Chen


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BEng, MEng, PhD
+44 (0)1483 686593
03 BC 02

Academic and research departments

Department of Chemical and Process Engineering.

Biography

Areas of specialism

Process systems engineering; Computer modelling; Data analytics; Applications of modelling and data analytics in skin penetration, food engineering, radiotherapy, and manufacturing processes

University roles and responsibilities

  • Member, Faculty International Relations Committee
  • Professional Training Tutor, Department of Chemical & Process Engineering

Research

Research interests

Research projects

My teaching

Supervision

Postgraduate research supervision

My publications

Highlights

Kattou, P., Lian, G., Glavin, S., Sorrell, I., Chen, T., 2017. Development of a Two-Dimensional Model for Predicting Transdermal Permeation with the Follicular Pathway: Demonstration with a Caffeine Study. Pharm Res 34, 2036–2048. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11095-017-2209-0

Chen, T., Lian, G., Kattou, P., 2016. In Silico Modelling of Transdermal and Systemic Kinetics of Topically Applied Solutes: Model Development and Initial Validation for Transdermal Nicotine. Pharm Res 33, 1602–1614. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11095-016-1900-x

Kajero, O.T., Thorpe, R.B., Chen, T., Wang, B., Yao, Y., 2016. Kriging meta-model assisted calibration of computational fluid dynamics models. AIChE J. 62, 4308–4320. https://doi.org/10.1002/aic.15352

Tariq, I., Chen, T., Kirkby, N.F., Jena, R., 2016. Modelling and Bayesian adaptive prediction of individual patients’ tumour volume change during radiotherapy. Phys. Med. Biol. 61, 2145. https://doi.org/10.1088/0031-9155/61/5/2145

Gao, X., Jiang, Y., Chen, T., Huang, D., 2015. Optimizing scheduling of refinery operations based on piecewise linear models. Computers & Chemical Engineering 75, 105–119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compchemeng.2015.01.022

He, B., Chen, T., Yang, X., 2014. Root cause analysis in multivariate statistical process monitoring: Integrating reconstruction-based multivariate contribution analysis with fuzzy-signed directed graphs. Computers & Chemical Engineering 64, 167–177. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compchemeng.2014.02.014

Publications

Chen T, Morris J, Martin E (2007) Gaussian process regression for multivariate spectroscopic calibration, CHEMOMETRICS AND INTELLIGENT LABORATORY SYSTEMS 87 (1) pp. 59-67 ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Gao X, Qi L, Lyu W, Chen T, Huang D (2017) RIMER and SA based Thermal Efficiency Optimization for Fired Heaters, FUEL 205 pp. 272-285 ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Due to frequent changes in thermal load and drift of online oxygen analyzer, the heater?s
thermal efficiency optimization system with limited maintenance resources seldom works in long term.
To solve this problem, a novel and practical optimization method combing RIMER (i.e. belief rule-base
inference methodology using the evidential reasoning) approach and SA (stochastic approximation) online
self-optimization is proposed. The optimization scheme consists of (i) an off-line expert system that
determines the optimal steady state operation for a given thermal load, and (ii) an on-line optimization
system that further improves the thermal efficiency to alleviate the influence caused by sensors? drift. In
more details, at the off-line stage, a belief-rule-base (BRB) expert system is constructed to determine
good initial references of operating conditions for a specified thermal load, which quickly drives the
system to a near optimal operation point when confronted with the thermal load change; this is based on
RIMER. During on-line operation, these off-line determined initial values are further refined by using the SA approach to optimize the thermal efficiency. The newly obtained optimal operating condition
then is updated online to compensate the sensor?s drift. The optimized profile is implemented through a
practical control strategy for the flue gas - air system of fired heaters, which is applied to the flue gas
oxygen concentration and chamber negative pressure control on the basis of flue gas-air control system.
Simulation results on the UniSimTM Design platform demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed
optimization scheme. Furthermore, the field implementation results at a real process illustrate the
effectiveness of this optimization system. Both simulation and field application show that the thermal
efficiency can be nearly improved by c. 1%.
Chen Y, Guo Z, Chen T, Yang Y (2010) Surface-functionalized TUD-1 mesoporous molecular sieve supported palladium for solvent-free aerobic oxidation of benzyl alcohol, Journal of Catalysis 275 (1) pp. 11-24
Chen T, Kirkby NF, Jena R (2012) Optimal dosing of cancer chemotherapy using model predictive control and moving horizon state/parameter estimation., Comput Methods Programs Biomed
Model predictive control (MPC), originally developed in the community of industrial process control, is a potentially effective approach to optimal scheduling of cancer therapy. The basis of MPC is usually a state-space model (a system of ordinary differential equations), whereby existing studies usually assume that the entire states can be directly measured. This paper aims to demonstrate that when the system states are not fully measurable, in conjunction with model parameter discrepancy, MPC is still a useful method for cancer treatment. This aim is achieved through the application of moving horizon estimation (MHE), an optimisation-based method to jointly estimate the system states and parameters. The effectiveness of the MPC-MHE scheme is illustrated through scheduling the dose of tamoxifen for simulated tumour-bearing patients, and the impact of estimation horizon and magnitude of parameter discrepancy is also investigated.
Chen T, Zhang J (2009) On-line statistical monitoring of batch processes using Gaussian mixture model, IFAC Proceedings: Advanced Control of Chemical Processes 7 (PART 1) pp. 667-672
The statistical monitoring of batch manufacturing processes is considered. It is known that conventional monitoring approaches, e.g. principal component analysis (PCA), are not applicable when the normal operating conditions of the process cannot be sufficiently represented by a Gaussian distribution. To address this issue, Gaussian mixture model (GMM) has been proposed to estimate the probability density function of the process nominal data, with improved monitoring results having been reported for continuous processes. This paper extends the application of GMM to on-line monitoring of batch processes, and the proposed method is demonstrated through its application to a batch semiconductor etch process.
Kariwala V, Odiowei P-E, Cao Y, Chen T (2010) A branch and bound method for fault isolation through missing variable analysis, IFAC Proceedings: Dynamics and Control of Process Systems 9 (PART 1) pp. 121-126
Fault detection and diagnosis (FDD) is a critical approach to ensure safe and efficient operation of manufacturing and chemical processing plants. Multivariate statistical process monitoring (MSPM) has received considerable attention for FDD since it does not require a mechanistic process model. The diagnosis of the source or cause of the detected process fault in MSPM largely relies on contribution analysis, which is ineffective in identifying the joint contribution of multiple variables to the occurrence of fault. In this work, a missing variable analysis approach based on probabilistic principal component analysis is proposed for fault isolation. Furthermore, a branch and bound method is developed to handle the combinatorial nature of the problem involving finding the variables, which are most likely responsible for the occurrence of fault. The efficiency of the method proposed is shown through a case study on the Tennessee Eastman process.
Chan LLT, Chen T, Chen J (2016) PID based nonlinear processes control model uncertainty improvement by using Gaussian process model, JOURNAL OF PROCESS CONTROL 42 pp. 77-89 ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Chen T, Yang Y (2011) Interpretation of non-linear empirical data-based process models using global sensitivity analysis, Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems 107 (1) pp. 116-123 Elsevier
non-linear regression techniques have been widely used for data-based modeling of chemical processes, and they form the basis of process design under the framework of response surface methodology (RSM). These non-linear models typically achieve more accurate approximation to the factor?response relationship than traditional polynomial regressions. However, non-linear models usually lack a clear interpretation as to how the factors contribute to the prediction of process response.

This paper applies the technique of sensitivity analysis (SA) to facilitate the interpretation of non-linear process models. By recognizing that derivative-based local SA is only valid within the neighborhood of certain ?nominal? values, global SA is adopted to study the entire range of the factors. Global SA is based on the decomposition of the model and the variance of response into contributing terms of main effects and interactions. Therefore, the effect of individual factors and their interactions can be both visualized by graphs and quantified by sensitivity indices. The proposed methodology is demonstrated on two catalysis processes where non-linear data-based models have been developed to aid process design. The results indicate that global SA is a powerful tool to reveal the impact of process factors on the response variables.

Lemanska A, Cox A, Kirkby N, Chen T, Faithfull S (2014) Predictive Modelling of Patient Reported Radiotherapy-Related Toxicity by the Application of Symptom Clustering and Autoregression, International Journal of Statistics in Medical Research (3) pp. 412-422
Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) are increasingly being used in research to explore experiences
of cancer survivors. Techniques to predict symptoms, with the aim of providing triage care, rely on the ability to analyse trends in symptoms or quality of life and at present are limited. The secondary analysis in this study uses a statistical method involving the application of autoregression (AR) to PROMs in order to predict symptom intensity following radiotherapy, and to explore its feasibility as an analytical tool. The technique is demonstrated using an existing dataset of 94 prostate cancer patients who completed a validated battery of PROMs over time. In addition the relationship between symptoms was investigated and symptom clusters were identified to determine their value in assisting predictive modeling. Three symptom clusters, namely urinary, gastrointestinal and emotional were identified. The study indicates that incorporating symptom clustering into predictive modeling helps to identify the most informative predictor variables. The analysis also showed that the degree of rise of symptom intensity during radiotherapy has the ability to predict later radiotherapy-related symptoms. The method was most successful for the prediction of urinary and gastrointestinal symptoms. Quantitative or qualitative prediction was possible on different symptoms. The application of this technique to predict radiotherapy outcomes could lead to increased use of PROMs within clinical practice. This in turn would contribute to improvements in both patient care after radiotherapy and also strategies to prevent side effects. In order to further evaluate the predictive ability of the approach, the analysis of a larger dataset with a longer follow up was identified as the next step.
Chen T, Martin E, Montague G (2009) Robust probabilistic PCA with missing data and contribution analysis for outlier detection, COMPUTATIONAL STATISTICS & DATA ANALYSIS 53 (10) pp. 3706-3716 ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Liu Y-J, Yao Y, Chen T (2014) Nonlinear process monitoring and fault isolation using extended maximum variance unfolding, Journal of Process Control 24 (6) pp. 880-891 Elsevier
Kernel principal component analysis (KPCA) has become a popular technique for process monitoring, owing to its capability of handling nonlinearity. Nevertheless, KPCA suffers from two major disadvantages. First, the underlying manifold structure of data is not considered in process modeling. Second, the selection of kernel parameters is problematic. To avoid such deficiencies, a manifold learning technique named maximum variance unfolding (MVU) is considered as an alternative. However, such method is merely able to deal with the training data, but has no means to handle new samples. Therefore, MVU cannot be applied to process monitoring directly. In this paper, an extended MVU (EMVU) method is proposed, extending the utilization of MVU to new samples by approximating the nonlinear mapping between the input space and the output space with a Gaussian process model. Consequently, EMVU is suitable to nonlinear process monitoring. A cross-validation algorithm is designed to determine the dimensionality of the EMVU output space. For online monitoring, three different types of monitoring indices are developed, including squared prediction error (SPE), Hotelling-T, and the prediction variance of the outputs. In addition, a fault isolation algorithm based on missing data analysis is designed for EMVU to identify the variables contributing most to the faults. The effectiveness of the proposed methods is verified by the case studies on a numerical simulation and the benchmark Tennessee Eastman (TE) process. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Liu YJ, Chen T, Yao Y (2013) Nonlinear process monitoring by integrating manifold learning with Gaussian process, Computer Aided Chemical Engineering 32 pp. 1009-1014
In order to monitor nonlinear processes, kernel principal component analysis (KPCA) has become a popular technique. Nevertheless, KPCA suffers from two major disadvantages. First, the underlying manifold structure of data is not considered in process modeling. Second, the selection of kernel function and kernel parameters is always problematic. To avoid such deficiencies, an integrating method of manifolding learning and Gaussian process is proposed in this paper, which extends the utilization of maximum variance unfolding (MVU) to online process monitoring and fault isolation. The proposed method is named as extendable MVU (EMVU), whose effectiveness is verified by the case studies on the benchmark Tennessee Eastman (TE) process. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
Xu M, Chen T, Yang X (2011) The effect of parameter uncertainty on achieved safety integrity of safety system, RELIABILITY ENGINEERING & SYSTEM SAFETY 99 pp. 15-23 ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Tang Q, Lau YB, Hu S, Yan W, Yang Y, Chen T (2010) Response surface methodology using Gaussian processes: Towards optimizing the trans-stilbene epoxidation over Co2+-NaX catalysts, Chemical Engineering Journal 156 (2) pp. 423-431 Elsevier
Response surface methodology (RSM) relies on the design of experiments and empirical modelling techniques to find the optimum of a process when the underlying fundamental mechanism of the process is largely unknown. This paper proposes an iterative RSM framework, where Gaussian process (GP) regression models are applied for the approximation of the response surface. GP regression is flexible and capable of modelling complex functions, as opposed to the restrictive form of the polynomial models that are used in traditional RSM. As a result, GP models generally attain high accuracy of approximating the response surface, and thus provide great chance of identifying the optimum. In addition, GP is capable of providing both prediction mean and variance, the latter being a measure of the modelling uncertainty. Therefore, this uncertainty can be accounted for within the optimization problem, and thus the process optimal conditions are robust against the modelling uncertainty. The developed method is successfully applied to the optimization of trans-stilbene conversion in the epoxidation of trans-stilbene over cobalt ion-exchanged faujasite zeolites (Co2+?NaX) catalysts using molecular oxyge
Tang Q, Chen Y, Zhou CJ, Chen T, Yang Y (2009) Statistical modelling and analysis of the aerobic oxidation of benzyl alcohol over K-Mn/C catalysts, Catalysis Letters 128 (1-2) pp. 210-220
Gao X, Shang C, Jiang Y, Huang D, Chen T (2014) Refinery scheduling with varying crude: A deep belief network classification and multimodel approach, AIChE Journal 60 (7) pp. 2525-2532
In model-based refinery scheduling, the varying composition of the crude being refined is a major challenge, especially for those reaction processes. A classification based, multimodel approach is proposed to handle the frequently varying crude. The idea is to build a scheduling model for each type of feed crude, and the type can be determined using an online classifier. The recently emerged deep belief network is introduced to develop the classifier, which provides more accurate classification than the traditional neural network. The proposed method is demonstrated through modeling a fluidized catalytic cracking unit (the mostly affected by varying crude), and then the scheduling of a refinery that was carefully simulated to mimic the actual operation of a refinery in northern China. The results reveal that the multimodel approach is effective in handling varying crude. © 2014 American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Yan W, Hu S, Yang Y, Gao F, Chen T (2011) Bayesian migration of Gaussian process regression for rapid process modeling and optimization, Chemical Engineering Journal 166 (3) pp. 1095-1103 Elsevier
Data-based empirical models, though widely used in process optimization, are restricted to a specific process being modeled. Model migration has been proved to be an effective technique to adapt a base model from a old process to a new but similar process. This paper proposes to apply the flexible Gaussian process regression (GPR) for empirical modeling, and develops a Bayesian method for migrating the GPR model. The migration is conducted by a functional scale-bias correction of the base model, as opposed to the restrictive parametric scale-bias approach. Furthermore, an iterative approach that jointly accomplishes model migration and process optimization is presented. This is in contrast to the conventional ?two-step? method whereby an accurate model is developed prior to model-based optimization. A rigorous statistical measure, the expected improvement, is adopted for optimization in the presence of prediction uncertainty. The proposed methodology has been applied to the optimization of a simulated chemical process, and a real catalytic reaction for the epoxidation of trans-stilbene.
Chen T, Morris J, Martin E (2004) Particle filters for the estimation of a state space model, EUROPEAN SYMPOSIUM ON COMPUTER-AIDED PROCESS ENGINEERING - 14 18 pp. 613-618 ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Wang K, Chen T, Lau R (2011) Bagging for robust non-linear multivariate calibration of spectroscopy, Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems 105 (1) pp. 1-6 Elsevier
This paper presents the application of the bagging technique for non-linear regression models to obtain more accurate and robust calibration of spectroscopy. Bagging refers to the combination of multiple models obtained by bootstrap re-sampling with replacement into an ensemble model to reduce prediction errors. It is well suited to ?non-robust? models, such as the non-linear calibration methods of artificial neural network (ANN) and Gaussian process regression (GPR), in which small changes in data or model parameters can result in significant change in model predictions. A specific variant of bagging, based on sub-sampling without replacement and named subagging, is also investigated, since it has been reported to possess similar prediction capability to bagging but requires less computation. However, this work shows that the calibration performance of subagging is sensitive to the amount of sub-sampled data, which needs to be determined by computationally intensive cross-validation. Therefore, we suggest that bagging is preferred to subagging in practice. Application study on two near infrared datasets demonstrates the effectiveness of the presented approach.
Chen T, Morris J, Martin E (2005) Bayesian control limits for statistical process monitoring, 2005 International Conference on Control and Automation (ICCA), Vols 1 and 2 pp. 409-414 IEEE
Chen T, Yang Y (2011) Interpretation of non-linear empirical data-based process models using global sensitivity analysis, Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems 107 (1) pp. 116-123
Chen T, Sun Y, Zhao SR (2008) Constrained Principal Component Extraction Network, 2008 7TH WORLD CONGRESS ON INTELLIGENT CONTROL AND AUTOMATION, VOLS 1-23 pp. 7135-7139 IEEE
Yao Y, Chen T, Gao F (2010) Multivariate statistical monitoring of two-dimensional dynamic batch processes utilizing non-Gaussian information, Journal of Process Control 20 (10) pp. 1188-1197 Elsevier
Dynamics are inherent characteristics of batchprocesses, and they may exist not only within a particular batch, but also from batch to batch. To model and monitor such two-dimensional (2D) batch dynamics, two-dimensionaldynamic principal component analysis (2D-DPCA) has been developed. However, the original 2D-DPCA calculates the monitoring control limits based on the multivariateGaussian distribution assumption which may be invalid because of the existence of 2D dynamics. Moreover, the multiphase features of many batchprocesses may lead to more significant non-Gaussianity. In this paper, Gaussian mixture model (GMM) is integrated with 2D-DPCA to address the non-Gaussian issue in 2D dynamicbatchprocessmonitoring. Joint probability density functions (pdf) are estimated to summarize the information contained in 2D-DPCA subspaces. Consequently, for online monitoring, control limits can be calculated based on the joint pdf. A two-phase fed-batch fermentation process for penicillin production is used to verify the effectiveness of the proposed method.
Gaussianprocesses have received significant interest for statistical data analysis as a result of the good predictive performance and attractive analytical properties. When developing a Gaussianprocess regression model with a large number of covariates, the selection of the most informative variables is desired in terms of improved interpretability and prediction accuracy. This paper proposes a Bayesian method, implemented through the Markov chain Monte Carlo sampling, for variableselection. The methodology presented here is applied to the chemometriccalibration of near infrared spectrometers, and enhanced predictive performance and model interpretation are achieved when compared with benchmark regression method of partial least squares.
Chen T (2010) On reducing false alarms in multivariate statistical process control, Chemical Engineering Research and Design 88 (4) pp. 430-436 Elsevier
The primary objective of this note is to reduce the falsealarms in multivariatestatisticalprocesscontrol (MSPC). The issue of falsealarms is inherent within MSPC as a result of the definition of control limits. It has been observed that under normal operating conditions, the occurrence of ?out-of-control? data, i.e. falsealarms, conforms to a Bernoulli distribution. Therefore, this issue can be formally addressed by developing a Binomial distribution for the number of ?out-of-control? data points within a given time window, and a second-level control limit can be established to reduce the falsealarms. This statistical approach is further extended to consider the combination of multiple control charts. The proposed methodology is demonstrated through its application to the monitoring of a benchmark simulated chemical process, and it is observed to effectively reduce the falsealarms whilst retaining the capability of detecting process faults.
Yan W, Guo Z, Jia X, Kariwala V, Chen T, Yang Y (2012) Model-aided optimization and analysis of multi-component catalysts: Application to selective hydrogenation of cinnamaldehyde, Chemical Engineering Science 76 pp. 26-36 Elsevier
Yan W, Jia X, Chen T, Yang Y (2013) Optimization and statistical analysis of Au-ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst for CO oxidation, Journal of Energy Chemistry 22 (3) pp. 498-505
In our former work [Catal. Today 174 (2011) 127], 12 heterogeneous catalysts were screened for CO oxidation, and Au-ZnO/Al2O3 was chosen and optimized in terms of weight loadings of Au and ZnO. The present study follows on to consider the impact of process parameters (catalyst preparation and reaction conditions), in conjunction with catalyst composition (weight loadings of Au and ZnO, and the total weight of the catalyst), as the optimization of the process parameters simultaneously optimized the catalyst composition. The optimization target is the reactivity of this important reaction. These factors were first optimized using response surface methodology (RSM) with 25 experiments, to obtain the optimum: 100 mg of 1.0%Au-4.1%ZnO/ Al2O3 catalyst with 220 °C calcination and 100 °C reduction. After optimization, the main effects and interactions of these five factors were studied using statistical sensitivity analysis (SA). Certain observations from SA were verified by reaction mechanism, reactivity test and/or characterization techniques, while others need further investigation. Copyright © 2013, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Chen T, Hadinoto K, Yan W, Ma Y (2011) Efficient meta-modelling of complex process simulations with time-space-dependent outputs, Computers and Chemical Engineering 35 (3) pp. 502-509 Elsevier
Process simulations can become computationally too complex to be useful for model-based analysis and design purposes. Meta-modelling is an efficient technique to develop a surrogate model using ?computer data?, which are collected from a small number of simulation runs. This paper considers meta-modelling with time?space-dependent outputs in order to investigate the dynamic/distributed behaviour of the process. The conventional method of treating temporal/spatial coordinates as model inputs results in dramatic increase of modelling data and is computationally inefficient. This paper applies principal component analysis to reduce the dimension of time?space-dependent output variables whilst retaining the essential information, prior to developing meta-models. Gaussian process regression (also termed kriging model) is adopted for meta-modelling, for its superior prediction accuracy when compared with more traditional neural networks. The proposed methodology is successfully validated on a computational fluid dynamic simulation of an aerosol dispersion process, which is potentially applicable to industrial and environmental safety assessment.
Wang B, Chen T (2015) Gaussian process regression with multiple response variables, Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems 142 pp. 159-165
© 2015 Elsevier B.V.Gaussian process regression (GPR) is a Bayesian non-parametric technology that has gained extensive application in data-based modelling of various systems, including those of interest to chemometrics. However, most GPR implementations model only a single response variable, due to the difficulty in the formulation of covariance function for correlated multiple response variables, which describes not only the correlation between data points, but also the correlation between responses. In the paper we propose a direct formulation of the covariance function for multi-response GPR, based on the idea that its covariance function is assumed to be the "nominal" uni-output covariance multiplied by the covariances between different outputs. The effectiveness of the proposed multi-response GPR method is illustrated through numerical examples and response surface modelling of a catalytic reaction process.
Liu Y, Chen T, Chen J (2015) Auto-Switch Gaussian Process Regression-Based Probabilistic Soft Sensors for Industrial Multigrade Processes with Transitions, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 54 (18) pp. 5037-5047
© 2015 American Chemical Society.Prediction uncertainty has rarely been integrated into traditional soft sensors in industrial processes. In this work, a novel autoswitch probabilistic soft sensor modeling method is proposed for online quality prediction of a whole industrial multigrade process with several steady-state grades and transitional modes. It is different from traditional deterministic soft sensors. Several single Gaussian process regression (GPR) models are first constructed for each steady-state grade. A new index is proposed to evaluate each GPR-based steady-state grade model. For the online prediction of a new sample, a prediction variance-based Bayesian inference method is proposed to explore the reliability of existing GPR-based steady-state models. The prediction can be achieved using the related steady-state GPR model if its reliability using this model is large enough. Otherwise, the query sample can be treated as in transitional modes and a local GPR model in a just-in-time manner is online built. Moreover, to improve the efficiency, detailed implementation steps of the autoswitch GPR soft sensors for a whole multigrade process are developed. The superiority of the proposed method is demonstrated and compared with other soft sensors in an industrial process in Taiwan, in terms of online quality prediction.
Yan W, Chen Y, Yang Y, Chen T (2011) Development of high performance catalysts for CO oxidation using data-based modeling, Catalysis Today
Faithfull S, Lemanska A, Chen T (2015) Patient-reported Outcome Measures in Radiotherapy: Clinical Advances and Research Opportunities in Measurement for Survivorship., Clinical oncology (Royal College of Radiologists (Great Britain)) 27 (11) pp. 679-685
Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are a useful way of recording patient perceptions of the impact of their cancer and the consequences of treatment. Understanding the impact of radiotherapy longer term requires tools that are sensitive to change but also meaningful for patients. PROMs are useful in defining symptom severity but also the burden of illness for cancer patients. Patient-reported outcomes are increasingly being seen as a way to improve practice by enhancing communication, improving symptom management as well as identifying patient care needs. This paper provides an overview of the use of PROMs in radiotherapy and considerations for tool choice, analysis and the logistics of routine data collection. Consistent assessment is essential to detect patient problems as a result of radiotherapy, but also to address emerging symptoms promptly.
Goudarzi N, Goodarzi M, Chen T (2011) QSAR prediction of HIV inhibition activity of styrylquinoline derivatives by genetic algorithm coupled with multiple linear regressions, Medicinal Chemistry Research pp. 1-7
Chi G, Yan W, Chen T (2010) Iterative data-based modelling and optimization for rapid design of dynamic processes, IFAC Proceedings: Dynamics and Control of Process Systems 9 (PART 1) pp. 475-480
We consider an off-line process design problem where the response variable is affected by several factors. We present a data-based modelling approach that iteratively allocates new experimental points, update the model, and search for the optimal process factors. A flexible non-linear modelling technique, the kriging (also known as Gaussian processes), forms the cornerstone of this approach. Kriging model is capable of providing accurate predictive mean and variance, the latter being a quantification of its prediction uncertainty. Therefore, the iterative algorithm is devised by jointly considering two objectives: (i) to search for the best predicted response, and (ii) to adequately explore the factor's space so that the predictive uncertainty is small. This method is further extended to consider dynamic processes, i.e. the process factors are time-varying and thus the problem becomes to design a time-dependent trajectory of these factors. The proposed approach has been demonstrated by its application to a simulated chemical process with promising results being achieved.
Kajero Olumayowa T., Chen Tao, Yao Yuan, Chuang Yao-Chen, Wong David Shan Hill (2017) Meta-modelling in chemical process system engineering, Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers 73 pp. 135-145 Elsevier
Use of computational fluid dynamics to model chemical process system has received much attention in recent years. However, even with state-of-the-art computing, it is still difficult to perform simulations with many physical factors taken into accounts. Hence, translation of such models into computationally easy surrogate models is necessary for successful applications of such high fidelity models to process design optimization, scale-up and model predictive control. In this work, the methodology, statistical background and past applications to chemical processes of meta-model development were reviewed. The objective is to help interested researchers be familiarized with the work that has been carried out and problems that remain to be investigated.
Hossain MI, Chen T, Yang Y, Lau R (2009) Determination of actual object size distribution from direct imaging, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 48 (22) pp. 10136-10146 American Chemical Society
Root cause analysis is an important method for fault diagnosis when used with multivariate statistical process monitoring (MSPM). Conventional contribution analysis in MSPM can only isolate the effects of the fault by pinpointing inconsistent variables, but not the underlying cause. By integrating reconstruction-based multivariate contribution analysis (RBMCA) with fuzzy-signed directed graph (SDG), this paper developed a hybrid fault diagnosis method to identify the root cause of the detected fault. First, a RBMCA-based fuzzy logic was proposed to represent the signs of the process variables. Then, the fuzzy logic was extended to examine the potential relationship from causes to effects in the form of the degree of truth (DoT). An efficient branch and bound algorithm was developed to search for the maximal DoT that explains the effect, and the corresponding causes can be identified. Except for the need to construct an SDG for the process, this method does not require historical data of known faults. The usefulness of the proposed method was demonstrated through a case study on the Tennessee Eastman benchmark problem. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Chi G, Hu S, Yang Y, Chen T (2012) Response surface methodology with prediction uncertainty: A multi-objective optimisation approach, Chemical Engineering Research and Design 90 (9) pp. 1235-1244
In the field of response surface methodology (RSM), the prediction uncertainty of the empirical model needs to be considered for effective process optimisation. Current methods combine the prediction mean and uncertainty through certain weighting strategies, either explicitly or implicitly, to form a single objective function for optimisation. This paper proposes to address this problem under the multi-objective optimisation framework. Overall, the method iterates through initial experimental design, empirical modelling and model-based optimisation to allocate promising experiments for the next iteration. Specifically, the Gaussian process regression is adopted as the empirical model due to its demonstrated prediction accuracy and reliable quantification of prediction uncertainty in the literature. The non-dominated sorting genetic algorithm II (NSGA-II) is used to search for Pareto points that are further clustered to give experimental points to be conducted in the next iteration. The application study, on the optimisation of a catalytic epoxidation process, demonstrates that the proposed method is a powerful tool to aid the development of chemical and potentially other processes. © 2011 The Institution of Chemical Engineers.
Xu M, Chen T, Yang X (2011) Optimal replacement policy for safety-related multi-component multi-state systems, Reliability Engineering and System Safety 99 (1) pp. 87-95 Elsevier
This paper investigates replacement scheduling for non-repairable safety-relatedsystems (SRS) with multiple components and states. The aim is to determine the cost-minimizing time for replacing SRS while meeting the required safety. Traditionally, such scheduling decisions are made without considering the interaction between the SRS and the production system under protection, the interaction being essential to formulate the expected cost to be minimized. In this paper, the SRS is represented by a non-homogeneous continuous time Markov model, and its state distribution is evaluated with the aid of the universal generating function. Moreover, a structure function of SRS with recursive property is developed to evaluate the state distribution efficiently. These methods form the basis to derive an explicit expression of the expected system cost per unit time, and to determine the optimal time to replace the SRS. The proposed methodology is demonstrated through an illustrative example.
Wang K, Chi G, Lau R, Chen T (2011) MULTIVARIATE CALIBRATION OF NEAR INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY IN THE PRESENCE OF LIGHT SCATTERING EFFECT: A COMPARATIVE STUDY, ANALYTICAL LETTERS 44 (5) pp. 824-836 TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC
When analyzing heterogeneous samples using spectroscopy, the light scattering effect introduces non-linearity into the measurements and deteriorates the prediction accuracy of conventional linear models. This paper compares the prediction performance of two categories of chemometric methods: pre-processing techniques to remove the non-linearity and non-linear calibration techniques to directly model the non-linearity. A rigorous statistical procedure is adopted to ensure reliable comparison. The results suggest that optical path length estimation and correction (OPLEC) and Gaussian process (GP) regression are the most promising among the investigated methods. Furthermore, the combination of pre-processing and non-linear models is explored with limited success being achieved.
Huang CC, Chen T, Yao Y (2013) Mixture discriminant monitoring: A hybrid method for statistical process monitoring and fault diagnosis/isolation, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 52 (31) pp. 10720-10731
To better utilize historical process data from faulty operations, supervised learning methods, such as Fisher discriminant analysis (FDA), have been adopted in process monitoring. However, such methods can only separate known faults from normal operations, and they have no means to deal with unknown faults. In addition, most of these methods are not designed for handling non-Gaussian distributed data; however, non-Gaussianity is frequently observed in industrial processes. In this paper, a hybrid multivariate approach named mixture discriminant monitoring (MDM) was proposed, in which supervised learning and statistical process control (SPC) charting techniques are integrated. MDM is capable of solving both of the above problems simultaneously during online process monitoring. Then, for known faults, a root-cause diagnosis can be automatically achieved, while for unknown faults, abnormal variables can be isolated through missing variable analysis. MDM was used on the benchmark Tennessee Eastman (TE) process, and the results showed the capability of the proposed approach. © 2013 American Chemical Society.
He B, Zhang J, Chen T, Yang X (2013) Penalized reconstruction-based multivariate contribution analysis for fault isolation, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 52 (23) pp. 7784-7794
Contribution analysis in multivariate statistical process monitoring (MSPM) identifies the most responsible variables to the detected process fault. In multivariate contribution analysis, the main challenge of fault isolation is to determine the appropriate variables to be analyzed, and this usually results in a combinatorial optimization problem. Reconstruction-based multivariate contribution analysis (RBMCA) is a generic framework to solve this problem. This paper derives a sufficient condition for the isolatability of faulty variables when using RBMCA. In addition, a penalized RBMCA (PRBMCA) framework is developed to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of fault isolation, especially for process faults with a small magnitude. In contrast to the original RBMCA, this penalized solution includes two steps. L1-penalized reconstruction is used in the first step to obtain a more compact set of faulty variables. Then, the original RBMCA with a branch and bound algorithm is implemented to further narrow down the faulty variables. The PRBMCA framework is a generic formulation in that it is applicable to various MSPM models. The effectiveness and computational efficiency of the proposed methodology is demonstrated through a numerical example and a benchmark problem of the Tennessee Eastman process. © 2013 American Chemical Society.
Kariwala V, Odiowei P-E, Cao Y, Chen T (2010) A branch and bound method for isolation of faulty variables through missing variable analysis, Journal of Process Control 20 (10) pp. 1198-1206 Elsevier
Fault detection and diagnosis is a critical approach to ensure safe and efficient operation of manufacturing and chemical processing plants. Although multivariate statistical process monitoring has received considerable attention, investigation into the diagnosis of the source or cause of the detected process fault has been relatively limited. This is partially due to the difficulty in isolating multiple variables, which jointly contribute to the occurrence of fault, through conventional contribution analysis. In this work, a method based on probabilistic principal component analysis is proposed for fault isolation. Furthermore, a branch and bound method is developed to handle the combinatorial nature of problem involving finding the contributing variables, which are most likely to be responsible for the occurrence of fault. The efficiency of the method proposed is shown through benchmark examples, such as Tennessee Eastman process, and randomly generated cases.
Lau R, Hassan MS, Wong W, Chen T (2010) Revisit of the wall effect on the settling of cylindrical particles in the inertial regime, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 49 (18) pp. 8870-8876 American Chemical Society
He B, Yang X, Chen T, Zhang J (2012) Reconstruction-based multivariate contribution analysis for fault isolation: A branch and bound approach, Journal of Process Control 22 (7) pp. 1228-1236
Identification of faulty variables is an important component of multivariate statistical process monitoring (MSPM); it provides crucial information for further analysis of the root cause of the detected fault. The main challenge is the large number of combinations of process variables under consideration, usually resulting in a combinatorial optimization problem. This paper develops a generic reconstruction based multivariate contribution analysis (RBMCA) framework to identify the variables that are the most responsible for the fault. A branch and bound (BAB) algorithm is proposed to efficiently solve the combinatorial optimization problem. The formulation of the RBMCA does not depend on a specific model, which allows it to be applicable to any MSPM model. We demonstrate the application of the RBMCA to a specific model: the mixture of probabilistic principal component analysis (PPCA mixture) model. Finally, we illustrate the effectiveness and computational efficiency of the proposed methodology through a numerical example and the benchmark simulation of the Tennessee Eastman process. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Chuang Y-C, Chen Tao, Yao Y, Wong D (2018) Transfer Learning for Efficient Meta-Modeling of Process Simulations, Chemical Engineering Research and Design. 138 pp. 546-553 Elsevier
In chemical engineering applications, computational efficient meta-models have been successfully implemented in many instants to surrogate the high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulators. Nevertheless, substantial simulation efforts are still required to generate representative training data for building meta-models. To solve this problem, in this research work an efficient meta-modeling method is developed based on the concept of transfer learning. First, a base model is built which roughly mimics the CFD simulator. With the help of this model, the feasible operating region of the simulated process is estimated, within which computer experiments are designed. After that, CFD simulations are run at the designed points for data collection. A transfer learning step, which is based on the Bayesian migration technique, is then conducted to build the final meta-model by integrating the information of the base model with the simulation data. Because of the incorporation of the base model, only a small number of simulation points are needed in meta-model training.
Gao X, Huang D, Jiang Y, Chen Tao (2017) A Decision Tree based Decomposition Method for Oil Refinery Scheduling, Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering 26 (8) pp. 1605-1612 Elsevier
Refinery scheduling attracts increasing concerns in both academic and industrial communities in recent years. However, due to the complexity of refinery processes, little has been reported for success use in real world refineries. In academic studies, refinery scheduling is usually treated as an integrated, large-scale optimization problem, though such complex optimization problems are extremely difficult to solve. In this paper, we proposed a way to exploit the prior knowledge existing in refineries, and developed a decision making system to guide the scheduling process. For a real world fuel oil oriented refinery, ten adjusting process scales are predetermined. A C4.5 decision tree works based on the finished oil demand plan to classify the corresponding category (i.e. adjusting scale). And then, a specific sub-scheduling problem with respect to the determined adjusting scale is solved. The proposed strategy is demonstrated with a scheduling case originated from a real world refinery.
Tariq I, Humbert-Vidan L, Chen T, South CP, Ezhil V, Kirkby NF, Jena R, Nisbet A (2015) Mathematical modelling of tumour volume dynamics in response to stereotactic ablative radiotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer., Phys Med Biol 60 (9) pp. 3695-3713
This paper reports a modelling study of tumour volume dynamics in response to stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR). The main objective was to develop a model that is adequate to describe tumour volume change measured during SABR, and at the same time is not excessively complex as lacking support from clinical data. To this end, various modelling options were explored, and a rigorous statistical method, the Akaike information criterion, was used to help determine a trade-off between model accuracy and complexity. The models were calibrated to the data from 11 non-small cell lung cancer patients treated with SABR. The results showed that it is feasible to model the tumour volume dynamics during SABR, opening up the potential for using such models in a clinical environment in the future.
Chen T, Martin E (2009) Bayesian linear regression and variable selection for spectroscopic calibration., Anal Chim Acta 631 (1) pp. 13-21 Elsevier
This paper presents a Bayesian approach to the development of spectroscopic calibration models. By formulating the linear regression in a probabilistic framework, a Bayesian linear regression model is derived, and a specific optimization method, i.e. Bayesian evidence approximation, is utilized to estimate the model "hyper-parameters". The relation of the proposed approach to the calibration models in the literature is discussed, including ridge regression and Gaussian process model. The Bayesian model may be modified for the calibration of multivariate response variables. Furthermore, a variable selection strategy is implemented within the Bayesian framework, the motivation being that the predictive performance may be improved by selecting a subset of the most informative spectral variables. The Bayesian calibration models are applied to two spectroscopic data sets, and they demonstrate improved prediction results in comparison with the benchmark method of partial least squares.
Chen T, Zhang J (2010) On-line multivariate statistical monitoring of batch processes using Gaussian mixture model, COMPUTERS & CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 34 (4) pp. 500-507 PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Chen T, Martin E (2007) The impact of temperature variations on spectroscopic calibration modelling: a comparative study, JOURNAL OF CHEMOMETRICS 21 (5-6) pp. 198-207 JOHN WILEY & SONS LTD
Kattou P, Lian G, Glavin S, Sorrell I, Chen T (2017) Development of a two-dimensional model for predicting transdermal permeation with the follicular pathway: Demonstration with a caffeine study, Pharmaceutical Research 34 (10) pp. 2036-2048 Springer
Purpose: The development of a new two-dimensional (2D) model to predict follicular
permeation, with integration into a recently reported multi-scale model of transdermal
permeation is presented.
Methods: The follicular pathway is modelled by diffusion in sebum. The mass transfer and
partition properties of solutes in lipid, corneocytes, viable dermis, dermis and systemic
circulation are calculated as reported previously [Pharm Res 33 (2016) 1602]. The mass
transfer and partition properties in sebum are collected from existing literature. None of the
model input parameters was fit to the clinical data with which the model prediction is
compared.
Results: The integrated model has been applied to predict the published clinical data of
transdermal permeation of caffeine. The relative importance of the follicular pathway is
analysed. Good agreement of the model prediction with the clinical data has been obtained.
The simulation confirms that for caffeine the follicular route is important; the maximum
bioavailable concentration of caffeine in systemic circulation with open hair follicles is
predicted to be 20% higher than that when hair follicles are blocked.
Conclusions: The follicular pathway contributes to not only short time fast penetration, but also
the overall systemic bioavailability. With such in silico model, useful information can be
obtained for caffeine disposition and localised delivery in lipid, corneocytes, viable dermis,
dermis and the hair follicle. Such detailed information is difficult to obtain experimentally.
Goudarzi N, Goodarzi M, Goodarzi M, Chen T (2012) QSAR prediction of HIV inhibition activity of styrylquinoline derivatives by genetic algorithm coupled with multiple linear regressions, Medicinal Chemistry Research 21 (4) pp. 437-443
In spite of significant progress in anti-HIV-1 therapy, current antiviral chemotherapy still suffers from deleterious side effects and emerging drug resistance. Styrylquinoline derivative compounds have been shown to inhibit IN integration activity in vitro and to block viral replication at non-toxic concentrations. To understand the pharmacophore properties of styrylquinoline derivatives and to design inhibitors of HIV-1 integrase quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) were developed using a descriptor selection approach that is based on the genetic algorithm (GA). The biological activity of styrylquinoline derivative molecules was efficiently estimated and predicted with the QSAR model. The most important descriptors were selected from a set of Dragon descriptors after pre-selection to build the QSAR model, using the multiple linear regressions (MLRs). The predictive quality of the QSAR models was tested for an external set of compounds, which were not used in the model development stage. The results demonstrated that GA-MLR is a simple and fast methodology for styrylquinoline derivatives modeling. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011.
Ni W, Wang K, Chen T, Ng WJ, Tan SK (2012) GPR model with signal preprocessing and bias update for dynamic processes modeling, Control Engineering Practice 20 (12) pp. 1281-1292
This paper introduces a Gaussian process regression (GPR) model which could adapt to both linear and nonlinear systems automatically without prior introduction of kernel functions. The applications of GPR model for two industrial examples are presented. The first example addresses a biological anaerobic system in a wastewater treatment plant and the second models a nonlinear dynamic process of propylene polymerization. Special emphasis is placed on signal preprocessing methods including the Savitzky-Golay and Kalman filters. Applications of these filters are shown to enhance the performance of the GPR model, and facilitate bias update leading to reduction of the offset between the predicted and measured values. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Lau R, Lee PHV, Chen T (2012) Mass transfer studies in shallow bubble column reactors, Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification 62 pp. 18-25
Mass transfer studies are carried out in a bubble column with an internal diameter of 14. cm and various static liquid heights. The mass transfer coefficient is evaluated by using an oxygen sorption method. A model considering the gas holdup flushing and the sensor response is used. The interfacial mass transfer area is determined according to the measured bubble size distribution. The liquid-side mass transfer coefficient is also estimated from the volumetric mass transfer coefficient and the interfacial mass transfer area found. Results show that the effect of static liquid height on gas-liquid mass transfer is primarily on the interfacial mass transfer area. The mass transfer process is also governed by the type of gas distributor used. A single nozzle distributor is not suitable for shallow bubble column operations due to the large initial bubbles and the large volume of dead zone generated. It is also found that the different dependence of the liquid-side mass transfer coefficient on the superficial gas velocity observed in the literatures is due to the different bubble rising regimes. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.
Chen T, Morris J, Martin E (2008) Dynamic data rectification using particle filters, Computers and Chemical Engineering 32 (3) pp. 451-462 PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
The basis of dynamic data rectification is a dynamic process model. The successful application of the model requires the fulfilling of a number of objectives that are as wide-ranging as the estimation of the process states, process signal denoising and outlier detection and removal. Current approaches to dynamic data rectification include the conjunction of the Extended Kalman Filter (EKF) and the expectation-maximization algorithm. However, this approach is limited due to the EKF being less applicable where the state and measurement functions are highly non-linear or where the posterior distribution of the states is non-Gaussian. This paper proposes an alternative approach whereby particle filters, based on the sequential Monte Carlo method, are utilized for dynamic data rectification. By formulating the rectification problem within a probabilistic framework, the particle filters generate Monte Carlo samples from the posterior distribution of the system states, and thus provide the basis for rectifying the process measurements. Furthermore, the proposed technique is capable of detecting changes in process operation and thus complements the task of process fault diagnosis. The appropriateness of particle filters for dynamic data rectification is demonstrated through their application to an illustrative non-linear dynamic system, and a benchmark pH neutralization process.
Chen T, Sun Y (2009) Probabilistic contribution analysis for statistical process monitoring: A missing variable approach, Control Engineering Practice 17 (4) pp. 469-477 Elsevier
Probabilistic models, including probabilistic principal component analysis (PPCA) and PPCA mixture models, have been successfully applied to statisticalprocess monitoring. This paper reviews these two models and discusses some implementation issues that provide alternative perspective on their application to process monitoring. Then aprobabilisticcontributionanalysis method, based on the concept of missingvariable, is proposed to facilitate the diagnosis of the source behind the detected process faults. The contributionanalysis technique is demonstrated through its application to both PPCA and PPCA mixture models for the monitoring of two industrial processes. The results suggest that the proposed method in conjunction with PPCA model can reduce the ambiguity with regard to identifying the processvariables that contribute to process faults. More importantly it provides a fault identification approach for PPCA mixture model where conventional contributionanalysis is not applicable.
Chen T, Ren J (2009) Bagging for Gaussian process regression, Neurocomputing 72 (7-9) pp. 1605-1610
Goodarzi M, Chen T, Freitas MP (2010) QSPR predictions of heat of fusion of organic compounds using Bayesian regularized artificial neural networks, Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems 104 (2) pp. 260-264
Gao X, Jiang Y, Chen T, Huang D (2015) Optimizing scheduling of refinery operations based on piecewise linear models, Computers and Chemical Engineering 75 pp. 105-119
© 2015 Elsevier Ltd.Optimizing scheduling is an effective way to improve the profit of refineries; it usually requires accurate models to describe the complex and nonlinear refining processes. However, conventional nonlinear models will result in a complex mixed integer nonlinear programming (MINLP) problem for scheduling. This paper presents a piecewise linear (PWL) modeling approach, which can describe global nonlinearity with locally linear functions, to refinery scheduling. Specifically, a high level canonical PWL representation is adopted to give a simple yet effective partition of the domain of decision variables. Furthermore, a unified partitioning strategy is proposed to model multiple response functions defined on the same domain. Based on the proposed PWL partitioning and modeling strategy, the original MINLP can be replaced by mixed integer linear programming (MILP), which can be readily solved using standard optimization algorithms. The effectiveness of the proposed strategy is demonstrated by a case study originated from a refinery in China.
Chen T, Liu Y, Chen J (2013) An integrated approach to active model adaptation and on-line dynamic optimisation of batch processes, Journal of Process Control 23 (10) pp. 1350-1359
In the application of on-line, dynamic process optimisation, adaptive estimation of the system states and parameters is usually needed to minimise the unavoidable model-process mismatch. This work presents an integrated approach to optimal model adaptation and dynamic optimisation, with specific focus on batch processes. An active approach is proposed whereby the input variables are designed so as to maximise the information content of the data for optimal model adaptation. Then, this active adaptation method is combined with the objective of process performance to form a multi-objective optimisation problem. This integrative approach is in contrast to the traditional adaptation method, where only the process performance is considered and adaptation is passively carried out by using the data as is. Two strategies for solving the multi-objective problem are investigated: weighted average and constrained optimisation, and the latter is recommended for the ease in determining the balance between these two objectives. The proposed methodology is demonstrated on a simulated semi-batch fermentation process. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Ge Z, Chen T, Song Z (2011) Quality prediction for polypropylene production process based on CLGPR model, Control Engineering Practice 19 (5) pp. 423-432 Elsevier
Online measurement of the melt index is typically unavailable in industrial polypropyleneproductionprocesses, soft sensing models are therefore required for estimation and prediction of this important quality variable. Polymerization is a highly nonlinear process, which usually produces products with multiple quality grades. In the present paper, an effective soft sensor, named combined local Gaussian process regression (CLGPR), is developed for prediction of the melt index. While the introduced Gaussian process regression model can well address the high nonlinearity of the process data in each operation mode, the local modeling structure can be effectively extended to processes with multiple operation modes. Feasibility and efficiency of the proposed soft sensor are demonstrated through the application to an industrial polypropyleneproductionprocess.
Si R, Wang K, Chen T, Chen Y (2011) Chemometric determination of the length distribution of single walled carbon nanotubes through optical spectroscopy., Anal Chim Acta 708 (1-2) pp. 28-36 Elsevier
Current synthesis methods for producing single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) do not ensure uniformity of the structure and properties, in particular the length, which is an important quality indicator of SWCNTs. As a result, sorting SWCNTs by length is an important post-synthesis processing step. For this purpose, convenient analysis methods are needed to characterize the length distribution rapidly and accurately. In this study, density gradient ultracentrifugation was applied to prepare length-sorted SWCNT suspensions containing individualized surfactant-wrapped SWCNTs. The length of sorted SWCNTs was first determined by atomic force microscope (AFM), and their absorbance was measured in ultraviolet-visible near-infrared (UV-vis-NIR) spectroscopy. Chemometric methods are used to calibrate the spectra against the AFM-measured length distribution. The calibration model enables convenient analysis of the length distribution of SWCNTs through UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy. Various chemometric techniques are investigated, including pre-processing methods and non-linear calibration models. Extended inverted signal correction, extended multiplicative signal correction and Gaussian process regression are found to provide good prediction of the length distribution of SWCNTs with satisfactory agreement with the AFM measurements. In summary, spectroscopy in conjunction with advanced chemometric techniques is a powerful analytical tool for carbon nanotube research.
Chen T, Morris J, Martin E (2005) Particle filters for state and parameter estimation in batch processes, JOURNAL OF PROCESS CONTROL 15 (6) pp. 665-673 ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Chen T, Morris J, Martin E (2007) Response to the discussion of "Gaussian process regression for multivariate spectroscopic calibration", CHEMOMETRICS AND INTELLIGENT LABORATORY SYSTEMS 87 (1) pp. 69-71 ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Wang K, Chen T, Kwa ST, Ma Y, Lau R (2014) Meta-modelling for fast analysis of CFD-simulated vapour cloud dispersion processes, Computers and Chemical Engineering 69 pp. 89-97
Released flammable chemicals can form an explosible vapour cloud, posing safety threat in both industrial and civilian environments. Due to the difficulty in conducting physical experiments, computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulation is an important tool in this area. However, such simulation is computationally too slow for routine analysis. To address this issue, a meta-modelling approach is developed in this study; it uses a small number of simulations to build an empirical model, which can be used to predict the concentration field and the potential explosion region. The dimension of the concentration field is reduced from around 43,421,400 to 20 to allow meta-modelling, by using the segmented principal component transform-principal component analysis. Moreover, meta-modelling-based uncertainty analysis is explored to quantify the prediction variance, which is important for risk assessment. The effectiveness of the methodology has been demonstrated on CFD simulation of the dispersion of liquefied natural gas. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Wang B, Chen T, Xu A (2017) Gaussian process regression with functional covariates and multivariate response, Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems 163 (April) pp. 1-6 Elsevier
Gaussian process regression (GPR) has been shown to be a powerful and effective non- parametric method for regression, classification and interpolation, due to many of its desirable properties. However, most GPR models consider univariate or multivariate covariates only. In this paper we extend the GPR models to cases where the covariates include both functional and multivariate variables and the response is multidimen- sional. The model naturally incorporates two different types of covariates: multivari- ate and functional, and the principal component analysis is used to de-correlate the multivariate response which avoids the widely recognised difficulty in the multi-output GPR models of formulating covariance functions which have to describe the correla- tions not only between data points but also between responses. The usefulness of the proposed method is demonstrated through a simulated example and two real data sets in chemometrics.
Kajero OT, Thorpe RB, Chen T (2016) Kriging meta-model assisted calibration of computational fluid dynamics models, AIChE Journal 62 (12) pp. 4308-4320 Wiley
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a simulation technique widely used in chemical and process engineering applications. However, computation has become a bottleneck when calibration of CFD models with experimental data (also known as model parameter estimation) is needed. In this research, the kriging meta-modelling approach (also termed Gaussian process) was coupled with expected improvement (EI) to address this challenge. A new EI measure was developed for the sum of squared errors (SSE) which conforms to a generalised chi-square distribution and hence existing normal distribution-based EI measures are not applicable. The new EI measure is to suggest the CFD model parameter to simulate with, hence minimising SSE and improving match between simulation and experiments. The usefulness of the developed method was demonstrated through a case study of a single-phase flow in both a straight-type and a convergent-divergent-type annular jet pump, where a single model parameter was calibrated with experimental data.
Purpose: To investigate the role of symptom clusters in the analysis and utilisation of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) for data modelling and clinical practice. To compare symptom clusters with scales, and explore their value in PROMs interpretation and symptom management. Methods: A dataset called RT01 (ISCRTN47772397) of 843 prostate cancer patients was used. PROMs were reported with the University of California, Los Angeles Prostate Cancer Index (UCLA-PCI). Symptom clusters were explored with hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA) and average linkage method (correlation >0.6). The reliability of the Urinary Function Scale was evaluated with Cronbach's Alpha. The strength of the relationship between the items was investigated with Spearman's correlation. Predictive accuracy of the clusters was compared to the scales by receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. Presence of urinary symptoms at 3 years measured with the Late Effects on Normal Tissue: Subjective, Objective, Management tool (LENT/SOM) was an endpoint. Results: Two symptom clusters were identified (Urinary Cluster and Sexual Cluster). The grouping of symptom clusters was different than UCLA-PCI Scales. Two items of the Urinary Function Scales (?Number of pads? and ?Urinary leak interfering with sex?) were excluded from the Urinary Cluster. The correlation with the other items in the scale ranged from 0.20-0.21 and 0.31-0.39 respectively. Cronbach's Alpha showed low correlation of those items with the Urinary Function Scale (0.14-0.36 and 0.33-0.44 respectively). All Urinary Function Scale items were subject to a ceiling effect. Clusters had better predictive accuracy, AUC = 0.70-0.65, while scales AUC = 0.67-0.61. Conclusion: This study adds to the knowledge on how cluster analysis can be applied for the interpretation and utilisation of PROMs. We conclude that multiple-item scales should be evaluated and that symptom clusters provide an adaptive and study specific approach for modelling and interpretation of PROMs.
Liu Y, Yao Y, Chen T (2014) Nonlinear process monitoring and fault isolation using extended maximum variance unfolding, Journal of Process Control 24 (6) pp. 880-891 Elsevier
Kernel principal component analysis (KPCA) has become a popular technique for process monitoring, owing to its capability of handling nonlinearity. Nevertheless, KPCA suffers from two major disadvantages. First, the underlying manifold structure of data is not considered in process modeling. Second, the selection of kernel parameters is problematic. To avoid such deficiencies, a manifold learning technique named maximum variance unfolding (MVU) is considered as an alternative. However, such method is merely able to deal with the training data, but has no means to handle new samples. Therefore, MVU cannot be applied to process monitoring directly. In this paper, an extended MVU (EMVU) method is proposed, extending the utilization of MVU to new samples by approximating the nonlinear mapping between the input space and the output space with a Gaussian process model. Consequently, EMVU is suitable to nonlinear process monitoring. A cross-validation algorithm is designed to determine the dimensionality of the EMVU output space. For online monitoring, three different types of monitoring indices are developed, including squared prediction error (SPE), Hotelling-T, and the prediction variance of the outputs. In addition, a fault isolation algorithm based on missing data analysis is designed for EMVU to identify the variables contributing most to the faults. The effectiveness of the proposed methods is verified by the case studies on a numerical simulation and the benchmark Tennessee Eastman (TE) process. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Thomas R, Bolt MA, Bass G, Nutbrown R, Chen T, Nisbet A, Clark C (2017) Radiotherapy reference dose audit in the United Kingdom by the National Physical Laboratory: 20 years of consistency and improvements., Physics & Imaging in Radiation Oncology 3 pp. 21-27 Elsevier
Background and Purpose
Audit is imperative in delivering consistent and safe radiotherapy and the UK has a strong history of radiotherapy audit. The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has undertaken audit measurements since 1994 and this work examines results from these audits.
Materials and Methods
This paper reviews audit results from 209 separate beams from 82 on-site visits to National Health Service (NHS) radiotherapy departments conducted between June 1994 and February 2015. Measurements were undertaken following the relevant UK code of practice. The accuracy of the implementation of absorbed dose calibration across the UK is quantified for MV photon, MeV electron and kV x-ray radiotherapy beams.
Results
Over the measurement period the standard deviation of MV photon beam output has reduced from 0.8 % to 0.4 %. The switch from air kerma- to absorbed dose-based electron code of practice contributed to a reduction in the difference of electron beam output of 0.6 % (p Conclusions
The introduction of the 2003 electron code of practice based on absorbed dose to water decreased the difference between absolute dose measurements by the centre and NPL. The use of a single photon code of practice over the period of measurements has contributed to a reduction in measurement variation. Within the clinical setting, on-site audit visits have been shown to identify areas of improvement for determining and implementing absolute dose calibrations.
Wu AT, Lovett D, McEwan M, Cecelja F, Chen T (2016) A spreadsheet calculator for estimating biogas production and economic measures for UK-based farm-fed anaerobic digesters, Bioresource Technology 220 (Nov) pp. 479-489 Elsevier
This paper presents a spreadsheet calculator to estimate biogas production and the operational revenue and costs for UK-based farm-fed anaerobic digesters. There exist sophisticated biogas production models in published literature, but the application of these in farm-fed anaerobic digesters is often impractical. This is due to the limited measuring devices, financial constraints, and the operators being non-experts in anaerobic digestion. The proposed biogas production model is designed to use the measured process variables typically available at farm-fed digesters, accounting for the effects of retention time, temperature and imperfect mixing. The estimation of the operational revenue and costs allow the owners to assess the most profitable approach to run the process. This would support the sustained use of the technology. The calculator is first compared with literature reported data, and then applied to the digester unit on a UK Farm to demonstrate its use in a practical setting.
Kajero OT, Thorpe Rex, Yao Y, Wong DSH, Chen Tao (2017) Meta-model based calibration and sensitivity studies of CFD simulation of jet pumps, Chemical Engineering & Technology 40 (9) pp. 1674-1684 Wiley
Calibration and sensitivity studies in the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation of process equipment such as the annular jet pump are useful for design, analysis and optimisation. The use of CFD for such purposes is computationally intensive. Hence, in this study, an alternative approach using kriging-based meta-models was utilised. Calibration via the adjustment of two turbulent model parameters, C_¼ and C_2µ, and likewise two parameters in the simulation correlation for C_¼ was considered; while sensitivity studies were based on C_¼ as input. The meta-model based calibration aids exploration of different parameter combinations. Computational time was also reduced with kriging-assisted sensitivity studies which explored effect of different C_¼ values on pressure distribution.
Jimenez Toro M, Dou X, Ajewole I, Wang J, Chong K, Ai N, Zeng G, Chen T (2017) Preparation and optimization of macroalgae-derived solid acid catalysts, Waste and Biomass Valorization Springer Verlag
Solid acid catalysts were synthesized from macroalgae Sargassum horneri via hydrothermal carbonization followed by sulfuric acid sulfonation. A three-variable Box-Behnken design and optimization was used to maximize surface acidity. The optimal preparation conditions were found to be at the carbonization temperature of 217 °C, the carbonization time of 4.6 hours and the sulfonation temperature of 108.5 °C. Under these conditions, the highest surface acidity achieved was 1.62 mmol g-1. Physical and chemical properties of prepared solid acid catalyst were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and elemental analysis. The results proved the grafting of -SO3H groups on an amorphous carbon structure. The catalyst activity was evaluated by the esterification of oleic acid with methanol. The sample prepared achieved 96.6% esterification yield, which was higher than the 86.7% yield achieved by commercial Ambersyst-15 under the same reaction conditions.
Bolt Matthew A, Clark Catharine H, Chen Tao, Nisbet Andrew (2017) A multi-centre analysis of radiotherapy beam output measurement, Physics & Imaging in Radiation Oncology 4 pp. 39-43 Elsevier
Background and Purpose

Radiotherapy requires tight control of the delivered dose. This should include the variation in beam output as this may directly affect treatment outcomes. This work provides results from a multi-centre analysis of routine beam output measurements.

Materials and Methods

A request for 6MV beam output data was submitted to all radiotherapy centres in the UK, covering the period January 2015 ? July 2015. An analysis of the received data was performed, grouping the data by manufacturer, machine age, and recording method to quantify any observed differences. Trends in beam output drift over time were assessed as well as inter-centre variability. Annual trends were calculated by linear extrapolation of the fitted data.

Results

Data was received from 204 treatment machines across 52 centres. Results were normally distributed with mean of 0.0% (percentage deviation from initial calibration) and a 0.8% standard deviation, with 98.1% of results within ±2%. There were eight centres relying solely on paper records. Annual trends varied greatly between machines with a mean drift of +0.9%/year with 95th percentiles of +5.1%/year and -2.2%/year. For the machines of known age 25% were over ten years old, however there was no significant differences observed with machine age.

Conclusions

Machine beam output measurements were largely within ±2% of 1.00cGy/MU. Clear trends in measured output over time were seen, with some machines having large drifts which would result in additional burden to maintain within acceptable tolerances. This work may act as a baseline for future comparison of beam output measurements.

Li L, Yang S, Chen Tao, Han L, Lian Guoping (2018) A measurement and modelling study of hair partition of neutral, cationic and anionic chemicals, Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 107 (4) pp. 1122-1130 Elsevier
Various neutral, cationic and anionic chemicals contained in hair care products can be absorbed into hair fiber to modulate physicochemical properties such as color, strength, style and volume. For environmental safety, there is also an interest in understanding hair absorption to wide chemical pollutants. There have been very limited studies on the absorption properties of chemicals into hair. Here, an experimental and modelling study has been carried out for the hair-water partition of a range of neutral, cationic and anionic chemicals at different pH. The data showed that hair-water partition not only depends on the hydrophobicity of the chemical but also the pH. The partition of cationic chemicals to hair increased with pH and this is due to their electrostatic interaction with hair increased from repulsion to attraction. For anionic chemicals, their hair-water partition coefficients decreased with increasing pH due to their electrostatic interaction with hair decreased from attraction to repulsion. Increase in pH didn?t change the partition of neutral chemicals significantly. Based on the new physicochemical insight of the pH effect on hair-water partition, a new QSPR model has been proposed, taking into account of both the hydrophobic interaction and electrostatic interaction of chemical with hair fiber.
Bolt Matthew, Clark C, Chen Tao, Nisbet Andrew (2017) A multi-centre analysis of radiotherapy beam output measurement, Physics and Imaging in Radiation Oncology 4 pp. 39-43 Elsevier
Background and purpose:

Radiotherapy requires tight control of the delivered dose. This should include the
variation in beam output as this may directly affect treatment outcomes. This work provides results from a multicentre
analysis of routine beam output measurements.

Materials and methods:

A request for 6MV beam output data was submitted to all radiotherapy centres in the UK,
covering the period January 2015?July 2015. An analysis of the received data was performed, grouping the data
by manufacturer, machine age, and recording method to quantify any observed differences. Trends in beam
output drift over time were assessed as well as inter-centre variability. Annual trends were calculated by linear
extrapolation of the fitted data.

Results:

Data was received from 204 treatment machines across 52 centres. Results were normally distributed
with mean of 0.0% (percentage deviation from initial calibration) and a 0.8% standard deviation, with 98.1% of
results within ± 2%. There were eight centres relying solely on paper records. Annual trends varied greatly
between machines with a mean drift of +0.9%/year with 95th percentiles of +5.1%/year and ?2.2%/year. For
the machines of known age 25% were over ten years old, however there was no significant differences observed
with machine age.

Conclusions:

Machine beam output measurements were largely within ± 2% of 1.00 cGy/MU. Clear trends in
measured output over time were seen, with some machines having large drifts which would result in additional
burden to maintain within acceptable tolerances. This work may act as a baseline for future comparison of beam
output measurements.

The assessment of the follicular penetration of chemicals into the human skin is of high importance to topical and transdermal drug delivery, personal care, as well as risk assessment of chemical exposure. This is due to the significant contribution of the hair follicles to the penetration of chemicals through the epidermal barrier. The purpose of this work is to develop a two-dimensional pharmacokinetic model which will provide quantitative elucidation of the impact of the follicular pathway, in addition to the transcellular and intercellular routes, on a wide range of chemicals. The follicular pathway is modelled by diffusion in the sebum, which is assumed to completely fill the gap between the inner and outer root sheath. The model is capable of predicting the transdermal permeation kinetics by using built-in equations to estimate the input parameters (e.g. the partition and diffusion coefficients in various skin components). The model has been quantitatively or qualitatively compared to 18 experimental studies, and has demonstrated good predictive capability against the majority of the experimental data. Simulations across a wide chemical space have indicated that the follicular pathway has a greater impact on the penetration of lipophilic than hydrophilic chemicals. Additionally, the larger the molecular weight of the chemical, the greater the impact the hair follicle has on its penetration. The follicular impact has been quantified in various ways (e.g. amount penetrated, bioavailability, permeability difference). The developed model can provide new insight and detailed information regarding chemicals? disposition and localised delivery in lipid, corneocytes, viable dermis, dermis and the hair follicle.
Yang S, Li L, Chen Tao, Han L, Lian Guoping (2018) Determining the Effect of pH on the Partitioning of Neutral, Cationic and Anionic Chemicals to Artificial Sebum: New Physicochemical Insight and QSPR Model, Pharmaceutical Research 35 141 Springer Verlag, for American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
Purpose:

Sebum is an important shunt pathway for transdermal permeation and targeted delivery, but there have been limited studies on its permeation properties. Here we report a measurement and modelling study of solute partition to artificial sebum.

Methods:

Equilibrium experiments were carried out for the sebum-water partition coefficients of 23 neutral, cationic and anionic compounds at different pH.

Results:

Sebum-water partition coefficients not only depend on the hydrophobicity of the chemical but also on pH. As pH increases from 4.2 to 7.4, the partition of cationic chemicals to sebum increased rapidly. This appears to be due to increased electrostatic attraction between the cationic chemical and the fatty acids in sebum. Whereas for anionic chemicals, their sebum partition coefficients are negligibly small, which might result from their electrostatic repulsion to fatty acids. Increase in pH also resulted in a slight decrease of sebum partition of neutral chemicals.

Conclusions:

Based on the observed pH impact on the sebum-water partition of neutral, cationic and anionic compounds, a new quantitative structure-property relationship (QSPR) model has been proposed. This mathematical model considers the hydrophobic interaction and electrostatic interaction as the main mechanisms for the partition of neutral, cationic and anionic chemicals to sebum.

Gao X, Li H, Wang Y, Chen T, Zuo X, Zhong L (2018) Fault Detection in Managed Pressure Drilling using Slow Feature Analysis, IEEE Access Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Correct detection of drilling abnormal incidents while minimizing false alarms is a crucial measure to decrease the non-productive time and thus decrease the total drilling cost. With the recent development of drilling technology and innovation of down-hole signal transmitting method, abundant drilling data are collected and stored in the electronic driller?s database. The availability of such data provides new opportunities for rapid and accurate fault detection; however, data-driven fault detection has seen limited practical application in well drilling processes. One particular concern is how to distinguish ?controllable? process changes, e.g. due to set-point changes, from truly abnormal events that should be considered as faults. This is highly relevant for the managed pressure drilling (MPD) technology, where the operating pressure window is often narrow resulting in necessary set-point changes at different depths. However, the classical data-driven fault detection methods, such as principal component analysis (PCA) and independent component analysis (ICA), are unable to distinguish normal set-point changes from abnormal faults. To address this challenge, a slow feature analysis (SFA) based fault detection method is applied. SFA-based method furnishes four monitoring charts containing more information that could be synthetically utilized to correctly differentiate set-point changes from faults. Furthermore, the evaluation about controller performance is provided for drilling operator. Simulation studies with a commercial high-fidelity simulator, Drillbench, demonstrate the effectiveness of the introduced approach.
Gao Xiaoyong, Wang Yuhong, Feng Zhenhui, Huang Dexian, Chen Tao (2018) Plant planning optimization under time-varying uncertainty: Case study on a Poly (vinyl chloride) plant, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 57 (36) pp. 12182-12191 American Chemical Society
Planning optimization considering various uncertainties has attracted increasing attentions in the process industry. In the existing studies, the uncertainty is often described with a time-invariant distribution function during the entire planning horizon, which is a questionable assumption. Particularly, for long-term planning problems, the uncertainty tends to vary with time and it usually increases when a model is used to predict the parameter (e.g. price) far into the future. In this paper, time-varying uncertainties are considered in robust planning problems with a focus on a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production planning problem. Using the stochastic programming techniques, a stochastic model is formulated, and then transformed into a multi-period mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) model by chance constrained programming and piecewise linear approximation. The proposed approach is demonstrated on industrial-scale cases originated from a real-world PVC plant. The comparisons show that the model considering varying-uncertainty is superior in terms of robustness under uncertainties.
Objectives:
The accuracy of delivered dose depends directly upon initial beam calibration and subsequent maintenance of this beam output. The uncertainty associated with these measurements and its impact on clinical outcomes is not well documented. This work gives an evidence based approach to determining this variation and its clinical impact.

Novelty:
This work will quantify for the first time the variations present in the routine maintenance of beam output on a national scale. The novel application of these dosimetric uncertainties to radiobiological models is then employed to predict the variation in clinical outcome due to the quantified dosimetric variations for specific clinical cases, including both tumour control and associated treatment complications on both individual and patient populations.

Results:
The linear-quadratic and Lyman Kutcher Burman models have been implemented to allow flexibility in the modelling of individual patient doses on a fraction by fraction basis. The variation in delivered doses due to beam output variations is seen to be normally distributed with a standard deviation of 0.7%. These variations may lead to a typical patient experiencing a range in treatment outcome probabilities of over 10% for cancers with a steep dose response curve such as head and neck in both the case of an individual patient and for a patient population.

Conclusions:
The precise control of beam output is shown to be a major factor in the overall uncertainty for dose delivery in modern treatment techniques. With reductions in other uncertainties in radiotherapy treatments, now may be the time to consider reduction of tolerance levels to allow optimal patient treatment and outcomes.

Zhang Yanling, Lane Majella E., Hadgraft Jonathan, Heinrich Michael, Chen Tao, Lian Guoping, Sinko Balint (2019) A comparison of the in vitro permeation of niacinamide in mammalian skin and in the Parallel Artificial Membrane Permeation Assay (PAMPA) model, International Journal of Pharmaceutics 556 pp. 142-149 Elsevier
The in vitro skin penetration of pharmaceutical or cosmetic ingredients is usually assessed in human or animal tissue. However, there are ethical and practical difficulties associated with sourcing these materials; variability between donors may also be problematic when interpreting experimental data. Hence, there has been much interest in identifying a robust and high throughput model to study skin permeation that would generate more reproducible results. Here we investigate the permeability of a model active, niacinamide (NIA), in (i) conventional vertical Franz diffusion cells with excised human skin or porcine skin and (ii) a recently developed Parallel Artificial Membrane Permeation Assay (PAMPA) model. Both finite and infinite dose conditions were evaluated in both models using a series of simple NIA solutions and one commercial preparation. The Franz diffusion cell studies were run over 24 h while PAMPA experiments were conducted for 2.5 h. A linear correlation between both models was observed for the cumulative amount of NIA permeated in tested models under finite dose conditions. The corresponding correlation coefficients (r²) were 0.88 for porcine skin and 0.71 for human skin. These results confirm the potential of the PAMPA model as a useful screening tool for topical formulations. Future studies will build on these findings and expand further the range of actives investigated.
Yang Senpei, Li Lingyi, Lu Minsheng, Chen Tao, Han Lujia, Lian Guoping (2019) Determination of solute diffusion properties in artificial sebum, Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 108 (9) pp. pp 3003-3010 Elsevier
Despite a number of studies showed that hair follicular pathway contributed significantly to transdermal delivery, there have been limited studies on the diffusion properties of chemicals in sebum. Here, the diffusion property of 17 chemical compounds across artificial sebum has been measured using diffusion cell. The diffusion flux showed two types of distinctive behaviors: that reached steady-state and that did not. Mathematical models have been developed to fit the experimental data and derive the sebum diffusion and partition coefficients. The models considered the uneven thickness of the sebum film and the additional resistance of the unstirred aqueous boundary layer and the supporting filter. The derived sebum-water partition coefficients agreed well with the experimental data measured previously using equilibrium depletion method. The obtained diffusion coefficients in artificial sebum only depended on the molecular size. Change in pH for ionic chemicals did not affect the diffusion coefficients but influenced their diffusion flux due to the change of sebum-water partition coefficients. Generally, the measured diffusion coefficients of chemicals in artificial sebum are about one order of magnitude higher than those in the stratum corneum lipids, suggesting the hair follicle might have a non-negligible contribution to the overall permeation.
Sfarra Stefano, Perilli Stefano, Guerrini Mirco, Bisegna Fabio, Chen Tao, Ambrosini Dario (2019) On the use of phase change materials applied on cork-coconut-cork panels: a thermophysical point of view concerning the beneficial effect in term of insulation properties, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry Springer Verlag / Akadémiai Kiadó
This work explores the potentialities of combining a multi-layer eco-friendly panel with a phase change material coating. Although the work is based on a numerical approach performed by Comsol Multiphysics® computer program, it can be considered as rigorous, robust and optimized since the most important parameters added to the model were experimentally evaluated. The scientific soundness was guaranteed by a comparative analysis performed in two different times. The cork-coconut-cork panel was firstly investigated as it was, and secondly it was analysed with a phase change material layer applied on. In the second step, the panel undergone to a mechanical process concerning the realization of a subsurface defect simulating a detachment. The aim was based on the conduction of a thermal conductivity analysis to characterize the benefits deriving from the application of the coating, as well as the negative effects introduced by the subsurface defect resembling a potential thermal bridge. The experiments were performed in Italy in a place identified into the text by means of geographical coordinates.
Totti Stella, Ng Keng Wooi, Dale Lorraine, Lian Guoping, Chen Tao, Velliou Eirini G. (2019) A novel versatile animal-free 3D tool for rapid low-cost assessment of immunodiagnostic microneedles, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 296 126652 pp. 1-8 Elsevier
Microneedle devices offer minimally invasive and rapid biomarker extraction from the skin. However, the lack of effective assessment tools for such microneedle devices can delay their development into useful clinical applications. Traditionally, the microneedle performance is evaluated i) in vivo, using animal models, ii) ex vivo, on excised human or animal skin or iii) in vitro, using homogenised solutions with the target antigen to model the interstitial fluid. In vivo and ex vivo models are considered the gold-standard approach for the evaluation of microneedle devices because of their structural composition, however they do exhibit limitations. More specifically, they have limited availability and they present batch-to-batch variations depending on the skin origin. Furthermore, their use rises ethical concerns regarding compliance with the globally accepted 3Rs principle of reducing the use of animals for research purposes. At the same time, in vitro models fail to accurately mimic the structure and the mechanical integrity of the skin tissue that surrounds the interstitial fluid. In this study, we introduce for the first time an animal-free, mechanically robust, 3D scaffold that has great potential as an accurate in vitro evaluation tool for immunodiagnostic microneedle devices. More specifically, we demonstrate, for the first time, successful extraction and detection of a melanoma biomarker (S100B) using immunodiagnostic microneedles in the 3D culture system. Melanoma cells (A375) were cultured and expanded for 35 days in the highly porous polymeric scaffold followed by in situ capture of S100B with the microneedle device. Scanning electron microscopy showed a close resemblance between the 3D scaffold and human skin in terms of internal structure and porosity. The microneedle device detected S100B in the scaffold (with a detection pattern similar to the positive controls), while the biomarker was not detected in the surrounding liquid supernatants. Our findings demonstrate the great potential of this animal-free 3D tool for rapid and low-cost evaluation of microneedle devices.
Chu Fei, Zhao Xu, Yao Yuan, Chen Tao, Wang Fuli (2019) Transfer learning for batch process optimal control using LV-PTM and adaptive control strategy, Journal of Process Control Elsevier
In this study, we investigate a data-driven optimal control for a new batch process. Existing data-driven optimal control methods often ignore an important problem, namely, because of the short operation time of the new batch process, the modeling data in the initial stage can be insufficient. To address this issue, we introduce the idea of transfer learning, i.e., a latent variable process transfer model (LV-PTM) is adopted to transfer sufficient data and process information from similar processes to a new one to assist its modeling and quality optimization control. However, due to fluctuations in raw materials, equipment, etc., differences between similar batch processes are always inevitable, which lead to the serious and complicated mismatch of the necessary condition of optimality (NCO) between the new batch process and the LV-PTM-based optimization problem. In this work, we propose an LV-PTM-based batch-to-batch adaptive optimal control strategy, which consists of three stages, to ensure the best optimization performance during the whole operation lifetime of the new batch process. This adaptive control strategy includes model updating, data removal, and modifier-adaptation methodology using final quality measurements in response. Finally, the feasibility of the proposed method is demonstrated by simulations.

Model Predictive Control (MPC) is a solution towards more energy-efficient waste treatment without compromising on treatment quality. A key component is the process model describing how the inputs and outputs correlate. MPC uses this model to predict future outputs over a finite horizon to decide on step changes to make at the input. These step changes are made so that the output reaches and maintains at a user specified set point. For MPC to be effective, the process model needs to accurately describe the process behaviour. This is a difficult challenge in waste treatment processes due to a combination of slow response, process complexity, and large disturbances.

This research project investigated two research avenues towards developing better modelling techniques. This would result in more accurate models or achieve a sufficiently accurate model with fewer experiments. The first avenue is Constrained Model Identification (CMI). Model identification is an optimisation problem to estimate the model parameters. In CMI, process knowledge from first principles and operator experience is translated into optimisation constraints to aid data-driven model identification.

The second avenue is Sequential Optimal Experiment Design (SOED). This uses the concept of measuring a value representing information content of a dataset. Like MPC, SOED uses the model to make output predictions. The expected output response to a sequence of input steps form a dataset, and SOED is an optimisation problem to maximise the information content of that expected dataset, by changing the input step sequence. Once optimised, this step sequence is applied in the next experiment.

The third part of this work focused on farm-fed anaerobic digestion. It is a renewable energy technology fuelled by agricultural waste. They rely on government incentives to be profitable, but these incentives have steadily been decreased. This project investigated methods to help farmers in the day-to day operation of the unit, including biogas production estimation, automated fault identification and partial diagnosis.

Li Lingyi, Yang Senpei, Chen Tao, Han Lujia, Lian Guoping (2018) Investigation of pH effect on cationic solute binding to keratin and partition to hair, International Journal of Cosmetic Science 40 (1) pp. 93-102 Wiley

OBJECTIVE: In the process of hair treatment, various cationic actives contained in hair care products can be absorbed into hair fiber to modulate the physicochemical properties of hair such as color, strength, style and volume. There have been very limited studies on the binding and partition properties of hair care actives to hair. This study aimed to investigate the pH effects on cationic solute absorption into hair and binding to keratin.

METHODS: The keratin binding and hair partition properties of three cationic solutes (theophylline, nortriptyline and amitriptyline) have been measured at different pH using fluorescence spectroscopy and equilibrium absorption experiment. The binding constants, thermodynamic parameters and hair-water partition coefficients determined at different pH were compared and analyzed.

RESULTS: Increasing the pH from 2.0 to 6.0 resulted in the net charge of hair keratin changed from positive to negative. As a consequence, the binding constants of the three cationic solutes with keratin increased with the increasing pH. This correlated with the variation of the electrostatic interaction between cationic solutes and keratin from repulsion to attraction. The positive DH and DS values indicated that hydrophobic interaction also played a major role in the binding of the three cationic solutes to keratin. There was a good correlation between solutes binding to keratin and hair-water partition of solutes.

CONCLUSION: It appears that solute binding to hair keratin is driven first by hydrophobic interaction and then by electrostatic interaction. The fitted thermodynamic parameters suggested that hydrophobic interaction dominates for the binding of the three cationic solutes to keratin. That binding of cationic solutes to keratin correlates with the partition of the solutes to hair could provide theoretical guidance for further developing mathematical models of hair partition and penetration properties.

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