Adrian Pearce
(The University of Melbourne )

Adrian Pearce

Adrian Pearce
(The University of Melbourne )

Biography

Adrian is a researcher and innovator in scheduling.  His research has improved the efficiency and robustness of a range of applications, including production scheduling for mining, cognitive robotics, supply chain management, logistics, and air traffic management.

Together with his colleagues, Adrian has made fundamental breakthroughs that facilitate collaborative constraint and resource optimisation over complex supply chain networks, including more productive and profitable mine scheduling algorithms.  Adrian is Director of the Defence Science Institute (DSI) and holds a PhD in Computer Science from Curtin University of Technology.

Abstract

A Meeting of the Minds: Where process engineering and advanced analytics come together

This talk covers the recent convergence between process engineering, regulatory control, and advanced analytics in the mineral processing industry. It draws on recent advances in data analytics, including machine learning, and emphasises the synergy of these methods with process engineering techniques, such as dynamic process modelling and regulatory control. 

A case study is presented that demonstrates the benefits of convergence, highlighting the importance of “meeting of the minds” of experts and practitioners for extracting the greatest value from mineral processing operations. Examples of machine learning and optimisation techniques are covered, where data scientists work in harmony with process and control engineers for reducing risk, minimising variance, and maximising value and production.