March 2016

Dinner Presentation: History and Future of Industrial Automation

Organized by the APEGBC Sea-to-Sky Branch

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. For more information and space availability, please contact [email protected] Thank you!
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Holiday Inn and Suites, 700 Old Lillooet Road, North Vancouver, BC
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)

Advanced Regisration:
Professional Members - $35 
Guests - $35
Members-in-Training - $25 
APEGBC Student Members - $20

Onsite Registration (space permitting):
Professional Members - $40
​Guests - $40
Members-in-Training - $25 
APEGBC Student Members - $20

Cash bar service will be available during social networking and dinner. Please note that you need cash for any purchase at the bar as debit and credit cards are not accedpted. Onsite registration pending space availability. Thank you.

You and your guests are invited to attend the Sea-to-Sky Branch Dinner Presentation titled: "The History and Future of Industrial Automation - Do Model Predictive Controllers Create Advantages to Your Business?" Please see below for more information.

At the 86th national meeting of the American institute of chemical engineering (year 1979), an article was presented that had a big impact in the field of industrial automation. Cutler and Ramaker presented their findings under the title of “Dynamic Matrix Control – A Computer Control Algorithm”. After this presentation, the concept of model predictive controller (MPC) was developed that was intended to address many of shortcomings in conventional proportional integral derivative (PID) controllers in the process industries.

Since 1979, many researchers and scientists have been working to formulize the stability and optimality conditions of the Model Predictive Controllers (MPC) with constraints. Meanwhile, industrial companies are engaged in a commercial race to develop their MPC product, promising robust and reliable control for their clients. In the early days, the MPC was limited to slow applications since it is computationally intensive and relatively slow.
Nowadays, the revolution in computer industries and exponential growth in computation power in embedded technologies has allowed various different industries and applications to benefit from well-established MPC algorithms. Today, MPC is not considered as a simple replacement of PID controllers. It is considered as a powerful optimization tool that can handle constraints and nonlinearities (to some extend).
In this presentation, not only the MPC fundamentals are reviewed but also the use of MPC beyond process industries is investigated.
The presentation will include:
  • Why (MPC)?
  • A brief review on the MPC theory.
  • What to expect from commercial MPC.
  • What to learn from past experiences – industrial examples and walkthroughs.
  • Application of MPC in the business world.
  • MPC future – what is ahead for us?


5:30 PM- 6:00 PM: Registration, social networking and cash bar – please bring cash for drinks
6:00 PM - 6:15 PM: Announcements and introductions.
6:15 PM - 6:45 PM: BBQ buffet dinner, dessert, coffee and tea, and cash bar.
6:45 PM - 8:00 PM:  Speaker’s presentation.
8:00 PM - 8:45 PM: Questions and answers, and discussion.
8:45 PM - 9:00 PM: Closure.


Dr. Sohail Nazari, P.Eng.
Automation Solutions – ANDRITZ Automation Ltd.
Dr. Nazari has a strong academic and industrial education and experience in advanced process control and advanced operation monitoring system. He has been working in the automation industry and related business for more than six years and has extensive hands-on experiences in designing and implementing MPC in various applications, such as autonomous testing machines and mineral processes. Furthermore, due to his involvement in pioneer MPC projects, he has a US joint-patent pending for designing an advanced control strategy for optimizing power consumptions in datacenters.
Dr. Nazari has multiple publications in the field of advanced monitoring systems and fault detection which are presented in prestigious seminars. In addition, he has instructed various electrical and control engineering laboratories and lectured on the industrial automation field in University of Alberta.
Dr. Nazari has obtained his B.Sc. in electrical engineering at Sharif University of Technology, Iran (2006), M.Sc. in control engineering at University of Tehran, Iran (2008) and his Ph.D. in controls systems at University of Alberta (2013). 


  • To help us predict our catering needs, please register prior to March 22, 2016.
  • Due to space limitations, online registrations will be limited to the first 90 attendees.
  • If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

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