Monitoring and Predicting Anomalies in Complex Processes

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Monitoring complex processes and predicting anomalies in their operation by combining state-of-the-art data with flow-level numerical techniques.

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Competitive advantage

  • Enabling online monitoring of the internal state of a reactor
  • Making online predictions of operational anomalies
  • Ability to make online decisions using trial conditions


  • Many modern industries are unable to measure the operation of complex processes. The ability to do so would bring:
  • A real-time understanding of the internal state of reactors
  • Lower cost and lower energy consumption by being able to make real-time adjustments to operational conditions and parameters
  • Enhanced operation efficiency, stability and environmental-friendliness in food industries

Successful applications

  • Worked with several steel companies to implement online monitoring of the complex in-furnace phenomena in a commercial high-temperature industry furnace. It is estimated that this saves $200M in cost per year
  • Applications in future-food systems, including regional and indoor cropping systems, and value-adding solutions for customised food

Capabilities and facilities

  • State-of-the-art computational techniques and skills, including data processing, soft sensing, system theory
  • Advanced computational facilities and massive computing resources from NCI (National Computational Infrastructure)
  • Lab-scale test rigs equipped with sensors, including fluidised bed and ribbon mixers

Our partners

  • BlueScope
  • BHP
  • Visy
  • Baosteel
  • Rio Tinto
  • Cleantech Energy Australia