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CPAC Summer Institute July 22-24, 2014



The theme will build again on the growing interest in ‘molecule management’, a key step in process characterization which leads to process optimization – and the final goal of process control. Building on the successful impact of results from better characterization of incoming raw material at oil refineries, multiple industries could improve their operations by improving their process and material characterization.

The effective use of measurement science to gather data leading to characterization is important. The general concept of gathering the data using simpler analyzers to replace the very expensive instruments is of broad interest since many groups cannot afford the cost of a major instrument on a process and for raw material identification.

In terms of handling the data generated by analyzers, the general concept of data fusion to more completely characterize a material is very powerful. It is particularly valuable when it is understood that it can provide better data faster and more accurately than many physical tests. It is valuable to have early involvement of control engineers since this data enables the use of feed forward control and the generation of predictive estimation tools.


Discussion topics will include:

  • How can we achieve a better understanding of the data fusing process? For example, has the problem of fusing multivariate and uni-variate data been solved?
  • Almost by definition, multiple instruments will go out of calibration at different rates and this will be a problem that must be understood and solved.
  • It is important to understand what types of data can be modeled and also if we go to simpler instruments what are the requirements for making the change.


The three day schedule ends on Thursday evening with a BBQ dinner off-site event. The final afternoon will summarize the technical areas and meld the conclusions into a broader look at the future impact of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) for Process Optimization.

CPAC has an established track record in fostering academic/industrial/national laboratory interactions, which aims at bridging the gap between basic research and full-scale process/product development. CPAC's Summer Institute (SI) will provide continuing education opportunities in the areas of advances in measurement science linked to process control.

The CPAC Summer Institutes are held in an informal format, with technical presentations, and time allotted for open discussion and brainstorming on topics that arise from this interaction. The informal environment has created a successful format for bringing together chemists, biologists, measurement scientists, and process engineers from industry, government, and academic institutions drawn from both CPAC and non-CPAC members. The program will be structured to include plenary talks on broad topics, such as challenges and needs. There will be talks that present advances in technologies that enable one to address these needs. These will include areas like sensors, fluidics, sampling, and control. Advances in continuous process unit operations such as reactions, separations and purification will also be presented and discussed.


The seminars will be held in two locations, first at the University of Washington Club in Seattle, which is within walking distance from the Hotel Deca. See Map The final day will be held at a Club House in the nearby Cascade Mountains. Directions will be provided during the meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Conference Rates are available at the Hotel Deca (http://www.hoteldeca.com/) (206) 634-2000. Hotel Deca is located next to campus and provides easy access to the UW meeting location. In order to receive the University of Washington meeting rate, you need to inform us at CPAC so that we can put you on a list at the hotel. Lodging and parking are at the expense of the attendee.


Registration Fees for the 2014 Summer Institute are $425.00 US Dollars. The fees cover all meeting materials, lunch, and a BBQ dinner on Thursday. Please complete the registration form at the bottom of the document or go to the following site for an interactive form:


For more information contact:

Mel Koch (mel@cpac.washington.edu, (cell) +1 206 992 1001) or

Nan Holmes (nsh@uw.edu, (cell) +1 206 484 4399)