Jobrun Nandong

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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

Journal papers

  1. S. Z. Saw, J. Nandong, and U. K. Ghosh, “Optimization of steady-state and dynamic performances of water-gas shift reaction in membrane reactor,” Chem. Eng. Res. Des., vol. 134, pp. 36–51, Jun. 2018.
  2. Q. H. Seer and J. Nandong, “Multi-scale control scheme: Stabilization of a class of fourth-order integrating-unstable systems,” J. FRANKLIN INSTITUTE-ENGINEERING Appl. Math., vol. 355, no. 1, pp. 141–163, Jan. 2018.
  3. N. Mohd and J. Nandong, “Multi-Scale Control of Bunsen Section in Iodine-Sulphur Thermochemical Cycle Process,” Chem. Prod. Process Model., vol. 12, no. 4, SI, Dec. 2017.
  4. S. Z. Saw and J. Nandong, “Simultaneous Carbon Capture and Reuse Using Catalytic Membrane Reactor in Water-Gas Shift Reaction,” Chem. Prod. Process Model., vol. 12, no. 4, SI, Dec. 2017.
  5. C. C. Tiong and J. Nandong, “Optimisation of Design and Operation Parameters for Multicomponent Separation via Improved Lewis-Matheson Method,” Chem. Prod. Process Model., vol. 12, no. 4, SI, Dec. 2017.
  6. I. M. Chew, F. Wong, J. Nandong, A. Bono, and K. I. Wong, “Revisiting Cascade Control System and Experimental Analysis to PID Setting for Improved Process Control,” Adv. Sci. Lett., vol. 23, no. 10, pp. 10177–10182, Oct. 2017.
  7. Q. H. Seer and J. Nandong, “Stabilization and PID tuning algorithms for second-order unstable processes with time-delays,” ISA Trans., vol. 67, pp. 233–245, Mar. 2017.
  8. J. Nandong, “Analytical tuning method for cascade control system via multi-scale control scheme,” Int. J. Autom. Control, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 167–192, 2016.
  9. J. Nandong, “Heuristic-based multi-scale control procedure of simultaneous multi-loop PID tuning for multivariable processes,” J. Process Control, vol. 35, pp. 101–112, Nov. 2015.
  10. J. Nandong, “A Unified Design for Feedback-Feedforward Control System to Improve Regulatory Control Performance,” Int. J. Control Autom. Syst., vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 91–98, Feb. 2015.
  11. U. K. Ghosh, C. C. Hong, J. Nandong, and S. Shen, “Modelling of Carbon Dioxide Absorption into Aqueous Ammonia Solution in a Wetted Wall Column,” PERTANIKA J. Soc. Sci. Humanit., vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 89–104, Jan. 2015.
  12. J. Nandong and Z. Zang, “Generalized multi-scale control scheme for cascade processes with time-delays,” J. Process Control, vol. 24, no. 7, pp. 1057–1067, Jul. 2014.
  13. J. Nandong and Z. Zang, “Multi-loop design of multi-scale controllers for multivariable processes,” J. Process Control, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 600–612, May 2014.
  14. Q. H. Seer, J. Nandong, and Z. Zang, “Decentralized Control Design for Ethanol Fermentation by Zymomonas Mobilis – Multi-scale Control Approach,” in PROCESS AND ADVANCED MATERIALS ENGINEERING, 2014, vol. 625, p. 34+.
  15. 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.
  16. Nandong, Jobrun, and Zhuquan Zang. “Novel multiscale control scheme for nonminimum-phase processes.” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 52, no. 24 (2013): 8248-8259.
  17. 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.
  18. Nandong, Jobrun, and Zhuquan Zang. “Multi-loop design of multi-scale controllers for multivariable processes.” Journal of Process Control 24.5 (2014): 600-612.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.

Conference Papers

  1. A. Saptoro, J. Nandong, M. A. Bin Hussain, and S. R. Abd Shukor, “Editorial: Special Issue of 29th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers (SOMChE) 2016 – Process System Engineering,” Chem. Prod. Process Model., vol. 12, no. 4, SI, Dec. 2017.
  2. Q. H. Seer, J. Nandong, and T. Shanon, “Experimental study of bioethanol production using mixed cassava and durian seed,” in 29TH SYMPOSIUM OF MALAYSIAN CHEMICAL ENGINEERS (SOMCHE) 2016, 2017, vol. 206.
  3. B. Ugon, J. Nandong, and Z. Zang, “Stabilization and analytical tuning rule of double-loop control scheme for unstable dead-time process,” in 29TH SYMPOSIUM OF MALAYSIAN CHEMICAL ENGINEERS (SOMCHE) 2016, 2017, vol. 206.
  4. S. Z. Saw and J. Nandong, “Optimization of Economic and Operability Performances of Water-gas Shift Membrane Reactor,” in 26TH EUROPEAN SYMPOSIUM ON COMPUTER AIDED PROCESS ENGINEERING (ESCAPE), PT A, 2016, vol. 38A, pp. 847–852.
  5. Q. H. Seer and J. Nandong, “Advanced Expanded Microbial Kinetics (EMK) Model for Ethanol Production from Mixed Cassava and Fruit Wastes,” in PROCEEDING OF 4TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PROCESS ENGINEERING AND ADVANCED MATERIALS (ICPEAM 2016), 2016, vol. 148, pp. 417–425.
  6. T. C. Ching, J. Nandong, and M. Getu, “Retrofitting Options for Natural Gas Liquid (NGL) Fractionation Trains Using the Concept of Single Column Development,” in PROCEEDING OF 4TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PROCESS ENGINEERING AND ADVANCED MATERIALS (ICPEAM 2016), 2016, vol. 148, pp. 923–931.
  7. S. Z. Saw, J. Nandong, and U. K. Ghosh, “Comparative Study of Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Modelling of Water-Gas Shift Reaction with Macro- or Micro-kinetics,” in PROCEEDING OF 4TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PROCESS ENGINEERING AND ADVANCED MATERIALS (ICPEAM 2016), 2016, vol. 148, pp. 949–956.
  8. S. Z. Saw and J. Nandong, “Simulation and control of water-gas shift packed bed reactor with inter-stage cooling,” in 10TH CURTIN UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE (CUTSE2015), 2016, vol. 121.
  9. Q. H. Seer and J. Nandong, “A unified double-loop multi-scale control strategy for NMP integrating-unstable systems,” in 10TH CURTIN UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE (CUTSE2015), 2016, vol. 121.
  10. J. Nandong, “Double-Loop Control Structure for Oscillatory Systems: Improved PID Tuning via Multi-Scale Control Scheme,” in 2015 10TH ASIAN CONTROL CONFERENCE (ASCC), 2015.
  11. J. Nandong, “Synthesis of Multivariable PID Controllers via Inter-Communicative Decentralized Multi-Scale Control for TITO Processes,” in 2015 10TH ASIAN CONTROL CONFERENCE (ASCC), 2015.
  12. J. Nandong, “Guaranteed Stable PID Controller Tuning Rules for First-Order Dead-Time Unstable Processes,” in PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2015 10TH IEEE CONFERENCE ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS AND APPLICATIONS, 2015, pp. 1442–1447.
  13. S. Q. Han and J. Nandong, “Tuning Method for Double-Loop Control Structure for Nonminimum-Phase Integrating Systems,” in 2015 IEEE CONFERENCE ON CONTROL AND APPLICATIONS (CCA 2015), 2015, pp. 589–594.
  14. J. Nandong and Z. Zang, “PID Controller Tuning via Multi-Scale Control Scheme for Parallel Cascade Processes,” in PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2014 9TH IEEE CONFERENCE ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS AND APPLICATIONS (ICIEA), 2014, p. 684+.
  15. B. Ugon, J. Nandong, and Z. Zang, “Advanced PID Controller Synthesis using Multiscale Control Scheme,” in PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2014 9TH IEEE CONFERENCE ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS AND APPLICATIONS (ICIEA), 2014, p. 775+.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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

  • Chartered Member of IChemE (CEng, IChemE)
  • Registered Member of BEM, Malaysia
  • Registered EIA Consultant and Member of Natural Resources and Environment Board

 

 

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