Practical, industrial use of nonlinear MPC

Note: This workshop has been cancelled!


Sunday June 5th 08.30-12:30, lunch from 12:30-13:30.


This half-day workshop gives an overview of the main aspects of practical implementations of Nonlinear Model Predictive Control. The organizers from Cybernetica have long experience from developing, implementing and maintaining these types of controllers worldwide, in different industries. Parts of the workshop will be demonstrations based on Cybernetica's tools for NMPC. However, the focus will be on methods and principles, and not on specific software.

The target audience will be anyone who are familiar with the main principles of model predictive (or model based) control, and would like to learn more about

  • Properties of, and possibilities with, nonlinear model predictive control
  • Business cases for different industries
  • Practical approaches versus theory


  • NMPC
    • Criteria formulations and optimization
    • Horizons, parametrizations and controller tuning
  • Nonlinear mechanistic models
    • Model formulations
    • Robustness, numerical aspects and simulation speed
    • Substituting models and constraints into the NMPC criteria
  • Model verification and offline parameter fitting
  • Design of recursive estimators (EKF, MHE)
    • Process noise models
    • Interactions between controller tuning and estimator tuning
  • Industrial installations – some project examples
  • Practical issues
    • Data communication
    • Operator interfaces
    • Safety and fallback strategies
    • Operation
  • Critical project phases
    • Studies – specifications – development – commissioning and acceptance tests
    • Simulation examples
      • Online estimation and control of an offshore plant
      • Online estimation and control of a polymer plant
    • Summary and discussions


    Svein Olav Hauger, and tentative Tor Steinar Schei / Peter Singstad, Cybernetica AS


The two videos showed during the conference are available on youtube, here: Day 1 and 2, and Conference dinner and day 3.

The final program is now available at (PDF version).

The registration pages, including workshop registration, are now open.

Authors of papers accepted for poster presentation should prepare a 3 min oral presentation for the conference, in addition to the poster.


29 OCT 2015 (Extended!)
Submission of draft paper and invited session proposals

15 FEB 2016
Acceptance Notification

18 MAR 2016 (Extended!)
Submission of final papers

15 APR 2016
Final program available


Early bird registration deadline is April 1st. More information here.


Reserve your rooms before May 1st (subject to availability) to receive conference rates. More information here.

Gold sponsor: Gemini Center PROST – Advanced Process Control, at NTNU and SINTEF.

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