Network Process Control Laboratory


  • Barry Lennox University of Manchester
  • Michael Brisk Monash University


Process control is a notoriously difficult subject to teach.  The major problem is not one of teaching the theory of control, but of demonstrating to students how this theory is applied in practice. This paper details an approach that has been followed at Monash University in an attempt to provide a link between process control theory and application.  Specifically, this approach has been based around the configuration of an industrial distributed-control system.

Author Biographies

Barry Lennox, University of Manchester

Barry Lennox received his BEng in Chemical Engineering (1991) and his PhD in Process Control (1996) from the University of Newcastleupon- Tyne. He subsequently transferred to Monash University where he worked as a Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering. and in 1998 became a lecturer in Control Engineering at the University of Manchester. His research interests lie in the advancement and application of process control and monitoring techniques to batch and continuous process systems.

Michael Brisk, Monash University

Michael Brisk obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 1965. He worked for six years for ICl in the United Kingdom before becoming a senior lecturer in chemical engineering at the University of Sydney, where he spent the next eleven years before transferring to ICl Engineering in Melbourne and establishing an Advanced Process Control Group. In 1994 he became Adjunct Professor of Process Control and became Dean of Engineering at Monash University in 1995.