#ISAwk Legends to speak at Automation Week

Control Systems Legends Charlie Cutler and Béla Lipták to Give Keynote Talks at ISA Automation Week 2011

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has announced keynote speakers Charlie Cutler and Béla Lipták for ISA Automation Week 2011: Technology and Solutions Event. ISA Automation Week will be held at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, Alabama, USA, on 17-20 October, 2011.

Charlie Cutler will present “The Status of Real Time Optimization and Multivariable Predictive Control” and Béla Lipták will present “The Present and Future Role of Automation (the Maturing of a Profession)”.

In addition, Greg McMillan, Terry Tolliver, and Russ Rhinehart will join Cutler and Lipták in a general session panel discussion on “The Present and Future of Automation Worldwide.”

The keynotes and general session are each 90 minutes in length. In the general session, each panelist will provide a 10-minute perspective followed by a 40-minute “Ask the Experts” discussion. Attendees are encouraged to ask the panel questions in order to better understand future implications for their profession and applications, and to give them more tools for making informed business decisions.

“This is an incredible ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity to gain the insights and experience of a truly unique group of leading innovators in process optimization,” said Greg McMillan (ISA Automation Week 2011 Program Committee Chair).

Béla Lipták

Béla Lipták is a licensed professional engineer and President of Lipták Associates P.C., where he works as an automation, optimization and safety control consultant for both the traditional and the newly emerging industries, including energy conservation, pollution prevention, and safety-related projects.
From 1959 to 1975, Béla was Chief Instrument Engineer at Crawford & Russell Inc. (John Brown Ltd.), an engineering design firm, serving the processing industries. Béla was also an adjunct professor at Yale University and course director at the Center for Professional Advance­ment. In 1995 he was also invited to teach as a Fulbright Scholar.
Béla attended the Technical University of Budapest (1953-56), and holds an ME degree from Stevens Institute of Technology (1959), a Masters degree from CCNY (1962), and has completed graduate courses in computer science at Pratt Institute (1965).
Listed in Who Is Who of American Scientists and Engineers. Béla is also an American Scientist book reviewer. He was elected as an ISA Fellow in 1973 from the International Society of Automation, has received the Pond Award, and in 1995, was recipient of the ISA ”Technical Achievement Award”. Béla was a keynote speaker at ISA EXPO 2002 and received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” of ISA in 2005. He also received the best paper award from ASHRAE, and the “Control Hall of Fame” award in 2001.

Charles Cutler holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Lamar University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston. He worked for Shell Oil Company for 23 years in a variety of assignments in refineries, chemical plants, research, and central engineering. In 1984, Charles started his own company and was the CEO and president for 12 years until it was sold to Aspen Technology in 1996.Charles and his associates developed two software packages, one for constrained multivariable control and the other for real time optimization. These two software packages proved very successful and at that time became the standard for the process industries.
Charles currently spends most of his time with his new company where he is active in several technical areas. Development work has resulted in patents for methods of increasing the flexibility of identification software for process dynamics and for adaptive multivariable control. The increased flexibility from these patents permits the same dynamic models to be used for operator training simulators and adaptive multivariable controllers.
Charles was in the lead role for the engineering development of his new controller, MAX APC. Further, he was the primary implementer of the MAX APC controller on the Borger Catalytic Cracking Unit. Earlier in his career he applied MPC to over 20 fluid catalytic crackers
Charles has been recognized for his contributions to engineering with the AICHE CAST division’s Best Practice’s Award, by the American Control Conference’s Engineering Practice Award, and by Control magazine’s selection as Engineer of the Year for 1998. In 2000, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and in 2003 was placed in Control magazine’s Control Hall of Fame. He is an adjunct professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at Texas Technology, a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Houston and a member of the Engineering Advisory Board for Lamar University.

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