The Center for Process Analysis and Control (CPAC) was established in 1984 at the University of Washington as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC). CPAC is now a self-sustaining organization, with a successful consortium of sponsors recruited from all sectors of industry, as well as maintaining contact with several government agencies. The CPAC program can be summarized by three main components:
- The investigation of new measurement approaches based on the miniaturization of traditional instrumentation and the development of new sensors and non-traditional instruments based on fundamentally different sensing mechanisms, often not associated with traditional analytical chemistry techniques.
- The investigation of issues related to the integration of process measurement with process modeling and control, including: process analyzer and process model robustness, process sampling, improved analyzer data treatments, and cross-cultural education between measurement and control communities. The goal of this approach is to achieve process optimization.
- The improvement of mechanisms for interaction, collaboration, and communication of Center activities, research programs, government agencies, and the general measurement and control community. This activity has resulted in the creation of several working forums to increase global multi-disciplinary interaction. These forums include an annual CPAC Workshop at the UW Rome Center in Rome, Italy and a CPAC Summer Institute in Seattle.
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