Professors Li and Ren Awarded NSF Grant
Two IIT Computer Science Professors, Xiang-Yang Li and Shangping Ren, together with two IIT Engineering faculty, Professor Paul Anderson from the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering and Professor Fouad Teymour from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, have been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation Expedition grant totaling $750,000 for "Managing Loosely Coupled Networked Control Systems with External Disturbances." Their aim is to advance wastewater processing science by taking advantage of the wealth of data collected from ground-based sensors and physics-based climate simulations.
This project is motivated by research issues identified through collaboration with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, which manages the Chicago Waterway System. The goal of this research is to understand the waterway as a Cyber-Physical System (CPS) — one that combines computation with physical inputs and outputs — and to provide a set of strategies and tools for meeting new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards for ammonia regulation scheduled to take effect in 2014. The researchers plan to update the waterway's systems by extending the systems with available technologies such as wireless sensors and networks, and by providing real-time, on-line monitoring and process control to minimize energy demands and the carbon footprint associated with nutrient control.