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James F. Davis

Professor, 2333 Murphy Hall, (310) 206-0011, jdavis@oit.ucla.edu

 

James Davis

Contact Information

Office: 2333 Murphy Hall
Phone number: (310) 206-0011
Email: jdavis@oit.ucla.edu
Research Website

Education

  • B.S., University of Illinois, 1974
  • M.S., Northwestern University, 1978
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1981

Awards

  • Amoco Chemicals Corporation, 1974-1976

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1981-1983

  • Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Ohio State University, 1983-2000

  • MacQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching, 1984

  • Engineering Lumley Research Award, 1989

  • Engineering Harrison Award for Research & Teaching, 1991

  • Engineering Boyer Award for Innovations in Teaching, 1996

  • Board of Directors, CACHE (Computer Aids in Chemical Engineering), 1987 – 2004,
    President, CACHE, 1998-2000

  • Executive Committee, CAST (Computing and Systems Technology) Division,
    AIChE, 1998-2004

  • Executive Committee, ASM (Abnormal Situation Management) Corporation,
    1998 to present

  • Board of Directors CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California)
    2001 to present

  • Invited Chair, NSF workshop on Cyber Infrastructure in Process and Biological Systems, September 2007

Research Interests

  • Information Technology
  • Smart Process Manufacturing

Recent Papers

  • Davis, JF, and T F. Edgar, "Industry-Academic-Government Test Bed/Innovation Centers On Smart Process Manufacturing," AICHE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City (2010).
  • David Chilin, Jinfeng Liu, David Muñoz de la Peña, Panagiotis D. Christofides and James F. Davis, "Data-Based Monitoring and Reconfiguration of Distributed Model Predictive Control Systems," AICHE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City (2010). 
  • Mohsen Heidarinejad, Jinfeng Liu, David Muñoz de la Peña, James F. Davis and Panagiotis D. Christofides, "Multirate Distributed Model Predictive Control of Nonlinear Uncertain Systems,"  AICHE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City (2010).
  • Liu, J., B. Ohran, D. Munoz de la Pena, P. D. Christofides and J. F. Davis, "Networked Monitoring and Fault-Tolerant Control of Nonlinear Process Systems,'' AIChE Annual Meeting, paper 264e, Nashville, Tennessee (2009)
  • McFall, C., D. Munoz de la Pena, B. Ohran, P. D. Christofides and J. F. Davis, "Fault Detection and Isolation of a Polyethylene Reactor Using Asynchronous Measurements,'' Proceedings of the American Control Conference, 4302-4309, St. Louis, Missouri (2009).  
  • Davis, J.F. and T.F. Edgar, “Smart Process Manufacturing: The Results of an NSF Workshop,” AICHE Annual Meeting, Philadelphia (2008).      
  • Davis, J.F. and B. Labate, “Chemical Engineering and the Computational Grid”,  AICHE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City (2007).
  • McFall, C., A. Gani, P. Mhaskar, P. D. Christofides and J. F. Davis, "Fault-tolerant Process Control: Nonlinear FDI and Reconfiguration,'' AIChE Annual Meeting, paper 553g, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2005.
  • McFall, C., A. Gani, P. Mhaskar, P. D. Christofides and J. F. Davis, "Fault-tolerant Control of Nonlinear Process Systems: Handling Sensor Malfunctions,'' AIChE Annual Meeting, paper 374f, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2005.
  • Davis, J.F. , P. Hoffman, M. Reveil, E. Woo-Benjamin, M. Smith, “The California NanoSystems Institute: A Case Study for IT and the Research Environment of the Future,” AIChE Spring National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April, (2004).
  • Mathur, M., R. Saravanarajan, M. Elsass and J.F. Davis, “Adaptive Resonance Theory for Detection and Event Identification in Process Operations”, AIChE Fall National Meeting, San Francisco, November (2003).
  • Elsass, M., Saravanarajan, J. F. Davis, D. Mylaraswamy, Dal Vernon Reising, J. Josephson, “Information Management in an Integrated Decision Support Framework for Process Fault Detection and Diagnosis,” AIChE Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, November, (2002).
  • Davis, J.F. , J.L. Humphrey, and V. Grassi, “Chemical Engineering in a Networked Economy: The Engineer and Cyber Infrastructure”, Plenary Presentation, AIChE Fall National Meeting, Austin, November (2004).
  • Saravanarajan and J.F. Davis, “State Evaluation of State Estimators for Process Detection,” AIChE Annual Meeting, Reno, NV, November, (2001).
  • Elsass, M., J.F. Davis and J. Josephson, “Multipurpose engineering knowledge repository for modeling continuous processes in malfunction based applications,” AIChE Annual Meeting, Reno, NV, November, (2001).
  • Aradhye, H., B. Bakshi, and J. F. Davis, “Multiscale Process Analysis: Extensions and Industrial Case Studies”, AIChE Annual Winter Meeting, Los Angeles, CA (November 2000).
  • Aradhye, H., J. F. Davis, B. Bakshi, and M. Barroeta, “Performance Analysis for ART and Multiscale ART for Noisy Nonlinear Mappings,” AIChE Annual Winter Meeting, Los Angeles, CA (November 2000).

Recent Refereed Publications

  • Liu, J., M. Heidarinejad, D. de la Pena, P.D. Christofides, J.F. Davis:  Multirate Lyapunov-based Distributed Model Predictive Control of Nonlinear Uncertain Systems, J. Process Control, in press.
  • Davis, J.F. and R.A. Rocchio, "Mobile: Letting Go of the Device and Building for Innovation."  Educause Review, 46:2, 40-44, 2011.
  • Chilin, D., J. Liu, P.D. Christofides and J.F. Davis, “Data-Based Monitoring and Reconfiguration of a Distributed Model Predictive Control System,” Intl J. Robust and Nonlinear Contr., in press
  • Liu, J., D. Munoz de la Pena, B. Ohran, P. D. Christofides and J. F. Davis, "A Two-Tier Control Architecture for Nonlinear Process Systems with Continuous/Asynchronous Feedback,''  Int. J. Contr., 83, 257-272, 2010.
  • Ohran, B., J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, P. D. Christofides and J. F. Davis, "Monitoring and Handling of Actuator Faults in Two-Tier  Control Systems for Nonlinear Processes,''  Chem. Eng. Sci., 65, 3179-3190, 2010.
  • Chilin, D., J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, P. D. Christofides and J. F. Davis, "Detection, Isolation and Handling of Actuator Faults in Distributed Model Predictive Control Systems,''  J. Proc. Contr., 20, 1059-1075, 2010.
  • Ohran, B., J. Liu, D. Munoz de la Pena, P. D. Christofides and J. F. Davis, "Data-Based Fault Detection and Isolation Using Feedback Control: Output Feedback and Optimality,''  Chem. Eng. Sci., 64, 2370-2383, 2009.
  • Liu, J., D. Munoz de la Pena, P. D. Christofides and J. F. Davis, "Lyapunov-Based Model Predictive Control of Nonlinear Systems Subject to Time-Varying Measurement Delays,''  Int. J. Adapt. Contr. & Sign. Process., 23, 788-807, ( 2009).
  • Miller, D.C., M.J. Elsass, A.W. Goodaker, J.F. Davis, J.R. Josephson , and B. Chandrasekaran, “Design of Multipurpose Engineering Knowledge Databases for Process Systems Applications,” Computers and Chemical Engineering, in preparation (2009).
  • McFall, C., D. Munoz de la Pena, B. Ohran, P. D. Christofides and J. F. Davis, "Fault Detection and Isolation for Nonlinear Process Systems Using Asynchronous Measurements,''  Ind. & Eng. Chem. Res., 47, 10009-10019, (2008).
  • Liu, J., D. Munoz de la Pena, P. D. Christofides and J. F. Davis, "Lyapunov-based Predictive Control of Particulate Processes Using Asynchronous Measurement Sampling," Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, 25, 360-375, (2008).
  • Edgar, T.F. and J.F. Davis, “Smart Process Manufacturing: A Vision of the Future,” Industrial & Engineering and Chemistry Research, 100th Anniversary Commemorative Issue (2008)
  • Liu, J., D. Munoz de la Pena, B. Ohran, P. D. Christofides and J. F. Davis, "A Two-Tier Architecture for Networked Process Control,''  Chem. Eng. Sci., 63, 5394-5409, (2008).
  • Ohran, B., J. Rau,  P. D. Christofides and J. F. Davis, "Plant-wide Fault Isolation Using Nonlinear Feedback Control,''  Ind. & Eng. Chem. Res., 47, 4220-4229, (2008).
  • Mhaskar, P., C.  McFall, A. Gani, P. D. Christofides and J. F. Davis, "Isolation and Handling of Actuator Faults in Nonlinear Systems,''  Automatica, 44, 53-62, (2008).
  • Ohran, B., D. Munoz de la Pena, P. D. Christofides and J. F. Davis, "Enhancing Data-Based Fault Isolation Through Nonlinear Control,''  AIChE J., 54, 223-241, (2008).
  • Christofides, P. D., J. F. Davis, N. H. El-Farra, D. Clark, K. R. D. Harris and J. N. Gipson, "Smart Plant Operations: Vision, Progress and Challenges,'' AIChE J. (Perspective article), 53, 2734-2741, (2007).
  • Mhaskar, P., A. Gani, C. McFall, P. D. Christofides and J. F. Davis, “Fault-Tolerant Control of Nonlinear Systems Subject to Sensor Faults,'' AIChE J. , 53, 654-668 (2007).

Books

  • Davis, J.F., G. Stephanopoulos, V. Venkatasubramanian, co-editors, “Proceedings Intelligent Systems in Process Engineering, 1995, AIChE Symposium Series, No. 312, Vol. 92 (1996).
  • Rippin, D., J. Hale and J.F. Davis, co-editors "Proceedings Foundations of Computer-Aided Process Operations, CACHE Corporation (1994).
  • Stephanopoulos, G. and J.F. Davis, ed., CACHE monograph series, "Artificial Intelligence in Process Systems Engineering, Vols IV, CACHE (1993).
  • Stephanopoulos, G. and J.F. Davis, ed., CACHE monograph series, "Artificial Intelligence in Process Systems Engineering, Vols I,II and III," CACHE (1990).

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