Discussion on Informatics & Control for Multi-Stage Systems

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TITLE: Systems Informatics and Control for Multi-Stage Systems: Some Discussion on Research Topics and Open Issues

SPEAKER: Prof. Jianjun (Jan) Shi


A multistage system refers to a system consisting of multiple units, stations, or operations to finish the final product or service. Multistage system is very common in practice such as various modern manufacturing processes and service systems. In most cases, the final product or service performance of a multistage system is determined by complex interactions among multiple stages - the performance characteristics of one stage are not only influenced by the local variations at that stage, but also by the propagated variations from upstream stages. Multistage systems present significant challenges, yet also opportunities for system informatics and control research. The purpose of this presentation is to provide a brief review of the emerging methodologies for tackling various issues in multistage systems including modeling, analysis, monitoring, diagnosis, control, inspection, and design optimization. The focus will be given to the problem motivation, formulation, existing research results, and discussions on open topics for future interdisciplinary research opportunities.

Bio: Dr. Jianjun Shi s a professor and holds the Carolyn J. Stewart Chair Professorship at H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. Before joined Georgia Tech in 2008, he was the G. Lawton and Louise G. Johnson Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan. He got his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering at the Beijing Institute of Technology in 1984 and 1987 respectively, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan in 1992.

Professor Shi's research interests focus on the fusion of advanced statistics, signal processing, control theory, and domain knowledge to develop methodologies for modeling, monitoring, diagnosis, and control for complex systems in a data rich environment. Professor Shi is the founding chairperson of the Quality, Statistics and Reliability (QSR) Subdivision at INFORMS. He is also the founding co-Director of the Quality Science Center at the Chinese Academy of Science in China. He serves as the Focus Issue Editor of IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineering (IIE), a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), and a Fellow of Institute of Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), and also a member ASQ, SME, and ASA.


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  • Created: 10/12/2009
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  • Modified: 10/07/2016


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