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Laboratory of

Process Automation Systems

The BCI buildingshot from above © Roland Baege​/​TU Dortmund

Welcome to the Laboratory of Process Automation Systems. The group has been newly established in October 2020 under the direction of Prof. Dr. Sergio Lucia within the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering of the TU Dort­mund. The group is the successor of the Process Dynamics and Operations Chair, which was headed by Prof. Dr. Sebastian Engell since 1990.

The research focus of our group lies on the interface between automatic control, numerical optimization and machine learning. We develop new methods that leverage the large availability of data, recent advances in machine learning and combine them with rigorous guarantees from the field of automatic control.

Our goal is to obtain methods that are well founded but can be applied in practice to solve relevant problems. In particular, we apply our methods for the advanced operation of chemical, biotechnological or energy processes that can contribute to more efficient and sustainable industries.

The Process Automation Systems group is involved in teaching on the topics of system dynamics, control, optimization, machine learning, modeling and simulation for the Bachelor and Master programs of the BCI de­part­ment and the Master program in Automation and Robotics.

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Find out more about the Laboratory, our teaching portfolio and research projects.

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

The Laboratory of Process Automation Systems is located at Building G2 on the North Campus. Find more information here.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The Laboratory of Process Automation Systems is located at Building G2 on the North Campus. Find more information here.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The Laboratory of Process Automation Systems is located at Building G2 on the North Campus. Find more information here. The building is within 5min walking distance of the H-Bahn Station "Dining Hall at North Campus".

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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