Jobrun Nandong

selected_00054

Associate Prof. Dr. Jobrun Nandong
PhD (Curtin), MEng (Imperial), ACGI, CEng, MIChmE
Associate Professor
Chemical Engineering

Contact Details
Telephone: +60 85 443939 extn: 2412 
Location: Skylark 3 Room 322
Email: jobrun.n@curtin.edu.my

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

  • 2015 Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Curtin University Sarawak, Malaysia
  • 2014 Chair of Intelligent System, Design and Control Research Area, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University Sarawak, Malaysia
  • 2009 Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Curtin University Sarawak, Malaysia
  • 2006 – 2010 PhD (part-time), Curtin University; thesis “Modelling and Control Strategies of Extractive Fermentation: Partial Control Approach”
  • 2005 – 2008 Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Curtin University of Technology, Sarawak Campus, Malaysia
  • 2001 – 2004 A/Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Curtin University of Technology, Sarawak Campus, Malaysia
  • 2000 – 2001 Technical Project Officer, Industrial Estate Development Section, Ministry of Industrial Development, Sarawak
  • 1995 – 1999 MEng, Imperial College London, UK
  • 1993 – 1995 A-Level, Cambridge Tutor College, UK

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Multi-Scale Control Theory – A Nature-Inspired Way

Dr. Jobrun Nandong is a founding member (with Dr. Zhuquan Zang) of the recently reported Multi-Scale Control (MSC) Theory. Their theory represents a paradigm shift in control system design, in which the controller is constructed based on a sum of basic (multi-scale) plant modes. This control design approach is entirely different from those in conventional control designs where the controller is often constructed based on the lumped plant modes, i.e., entirely based on the slow dominant modes. In general, the MSC theory attempts to adopt some of the control patterns found in natural environments such as those in living organisms. Although the present MSC theory is only partially developed, they have successfully devised based on the theory several new control design techniques for multivariable, feedforward, cascade as well as PID control systems. Presently they are still developing a General MSC Theory, which in future will provide among others a new efficient method for developing super advanced intelligent control system based on a complex integration of multi-scale feedback control structures.

Research works in progress include:

  • Development of the General MSC Theory.
  • Construction of efficient procedures of decentralized and centralized PID control system designs.
  • Optimal design, modelling and control of hydrogen production via different chemical routes: (1) Water-Gas Shift Reaction in membrane reactor, and (2) Thermo-cycle Iodine-Sulphur process.
  • Extractive fed-batch fermentation modeling and novel control strategy based on the MSC Theory.
  • Simplified PID tuning rules for unstable and integrating processes as well as for high-order complex time-delay processes.

Further information on some of their research works can be found in the links below:

PUBLICATIONS

Selected Journal Papers

  1. Nandong, Jobrun, and Zhuquan Zang. “High-performance multi-scale control scheme for stable, integrating and unstable time-delay processes.” Journal of Process Control 23, no. 10 (2013): 1333-1343.
  2. Nandong, Jobrun, and Zhuquan Zang. “Novel multiscale control scheme for nonminimum-phase processes.” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 52, no. 24 (2013): 8248-8259.
  3. Liew, Emily Wan-Teng, Jobrun Nandong, and Yudi Samyudia. “Multi-scale models for the optimization of batch bioreactors.” Chemical Engineering Science 95 (2013): 257-266.
  4. Nandong, Jobrun, and Zhuquan Zang. “Multi-loop design of multi-scale controllers for multivariable processes.” Journal of Process Control 24.5 (2014): 600-612.
  5. Nandong, Jobrun, and Zhuquan Zang. “Generalized multi-scale control scheme for cascade processes with time-delays.” Journal of Process Control 24, no. 7 (2014): 1057-1067.
  6. Nandong, Jobrun. “A unified design for feedback-feedforward control system to improve regulatory control performance.” International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems 13, no. 1 (2015): 91.
  7. Nandong, Jobrun. “Heuristic-based multi-scale control procedure of simultaneous multi-loop PID tuning for multivariable processes.” Journal of Process Control 35 (2015): 101-112.
  8. Saw, Shuey Zi, Jobrun Nandong, and Ujjal K. Ghosh. “Comparative Study of Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Modelling of Water-Gas Shift Reaction with Macro-or Micro-kinetics.” Procedia Engineering 148 (2016): 949-956.
  9. Seer, Qiu Han, and Jobrun Nandong. “Stabilization and PID tuning algorithms for second-order unstable processes with time-delays.” ISA transactions 67 (2017): 233-245.

Selected Conference Papers

  1. Nandong, Jobrun, and Zhuquan Zang. “PID controller tuning via Multi-Scale Control Scheme for parallel cascade processes.” In Industrial Electronics and Applications (ICIEA), 2014 IEEE 9th Conference on, pp. 684-689. IEEE, 2014.
  2. Nandong, Jobrun. “Guaranteed stable PID controller tuning rules for First-Order Dead-time Unstable Processes.” In Industrial Electronics and Applications (ICIEA), 2015 IEEE 10th Conference on, pp. 1443-1448. IEEE, 2015.
  3. Seer, Qiu Han, and Jobrun Nandong. “A unified double-loop multi-scale control strategy for NMP integrating-unstable systems.” In IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, vol. 121, no. 1, p. 012021. IOP Publishing, 2016.
  4. Saw, Shuey Zi, and Jobrun Nandong. “Simulation and control of water-gas shift packed bed reactor with inter-stage cooling.” In IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, vol. 121, no. 1, p. 012022. IOP Publishing, 2016.

 

Competitive Research Grants

Position

Project Title

Total Amount

No of years

Funding Source

Project Leader

Metabolic Control Analysis and Process Engineering of Ethanol Production from Agricultural Products using Extractive Fermentation Technology

RM 193,997

MOSTI (eScienceFund)

Project Leader

Production of Hydrogen from Water using Sulphur Iodine Thermochemical Cycle

RM 87,000

Curtin Sarawak Research Institute (CSRI)

Project Leader

Modeling and Control of a Novel BMA System For Bioethanol Production From Wasted Fruits

RM 113,000

Curtin Sarawak Research Institute (CSRI)

Project Leader

Fundamental Model Development for Water Gas Shift Membrane Reactor for Greenhouse Gas Capture from Pre-combustion Processes

RM 86,540

MOHE (FRGS)

Co-investigator

A Non-Convex Optimization Approach to Fault-Tolerant Robust Control for Manufacturing Plants

RM 86,4000

MOHE (ERGS)

Co-investigator

Bioremediation of Hydrocarbon Contaminated Soils: A Microcosm Biodegradation Study

RM 60,000

Shell Sarawak Bhd.

Project Leader

Iterative Multi-scale Control of Rotary Dryer – a Case Study of Palm Oil Kernel Drying

RM 22,500

Curtin Sarawak Cluster Research Fund (CSCRF)

Co-investigator

Develop a New Enhanced Oil Recovery Method and Model for High-Temperature Well Simulation using Acid Combinations

RM 87,000

MOHE (FRGS)

Co-investigator

Enhancing the wellbore integrity in high pressure high temperature CO2 sequestrated reservoirs by developing a new class of Portland cement using nano-materials

RM 103,000

MOHE (FRGS)

Project Leader

Optimal Design and Operation Of Thermally Coupled Distillation Columns For Natural Gas Liquid (NGL) Fractionation Units

RM 84,000

Curtin Sarawak Research Institute (CSRI)

 

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

  • Associate Member of Institute of Chemical Engineers (AMIChemE), UK
  • Registered Member of BEM, Malaysia
  • Registered EIA Consultant and Member of Natural Resources and Environment Board

 

 

Share this