People

Fahad Albalawi

Postdoctoral Fellows

Introduction

​​​Fahad Albalawi is a postdoctoral fellow in Electrical Engineering department within CEMSE division. He got a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University , United States where he worked in Process control theory, Robotics and Applied mathematics. He Obtained his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California Los Angeles ( UCLA) where he worked in optimization, model preditcive control, process operational safety and system identification. He joined professor Meriem group at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in January 2018. Currently, he is interested in machine learning, bioinformatics research and advanced process control theory. ​

Research Interests

  • Process Control
  • Bioinformatics
  • signal processing
  • Optimization

Selected Publications

​Journal Publications:

1. F. Albalawi, H. Durand, A. Alanqar and P. D. Christofides, “Achieving Operational Process Safety via Model Predictive Control,” Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, in press.
2. A. Alanqar, H. Durand, F. Albalawi and P. D. Christofides, “An Economic Model Predictive Control Approach to Integrated Production Management and Process Operation,” AIChE Journal, in press.
3. F. Albalawi, A. Alanqar, H. Durand and P. D. Christofides, “A Feedback Control Framework for Safe and Economically-Optimal Operation of Nonlinear Processes,” AIChE Journal, 62, 2391-2409, 2016.
4. F. Albalawi, H. Durand and P. D. Christofides, “ Distributed Economic Model Predictive Control for Operation Safety of Nonlinear Processes,” AIChE Journal, in press.
5. F. Albalawi, H. Durand and P. D. Christofides, “ Process Operational Safety Using Model Predictive Control Based on a Proses Safeness Index,” Computers & Chemical Engineering, submitted.
6. F. Albalawi, H. Durand and P. D. Christofides, “ Distributed Economic Model Predictive Control with Safeness-Index Based Constraints for Nonlinear Systems,” System & Control Letters, submitted.
7. F. Albalawi, H. Durand and P. D. Christofides, “ Process Operational Safety via Model Predictive Control: Recent Results and Future Research Directions,” Computers & Chemical Engineering, submitted.
8. J. Zhang, P. D. Christofides, X. He, F. Albalawi, Y. Zhao and D. Zhou, “ Intermittent Sensor Fault Detection for Stochastic LTV Systems with Parameter Uncertainty and Limited Resolution,” International Journal of Control, submitted.
9. Z. Zhang, Z. Wu, H. Durand, F. Albalawi and P. D. Christofides, “On Integration of Feedback Control and Safety Systems: Analyzing Two Chemical Process Applications ,” Chemical Engineering Research and Design, Accepted.
10. Z. Wu, F. Albalawi, Z. Zhang, J. Zhang, H. Durand and P. D. Christofides, “Control Lyapunov-Barrier Function-Based Model Predictive Control of Nonlinear Systems ,” Automatica, Submitted.
11. Z. Wu, J. Zhang, Z. Zhang, H. Durand, M. Mahmood, P. Mhaskar and P. D. Christofides, “Lyapunov-based economic model predictive control of stochastic nonlinear systems,” Automatica, Submitted.​

Refereed Conference Proceedings Papers:

1. F. Albalawi, H. Durand, A. Alanqar and P. D. Christofides, “Process Safeness Index: Its Definition and Use in Economic Model Predictive Control to Ensure Process Operational Safety,” Proceedings of the American Control Conference, Seattle, Washington, 2017. 
2. F . Albalawi, H. Durand and P. D. Christofides, “Operational Safety of Chemical Processes via Safe Model Predictive Control,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Chemical Process Control, Tucson, Arizona, 2017. 
3. A. Alanqar, H. Durand, F. Albalawi and P. D. Christofides, “Integrating Production Scheduling and Process Operation via Economic Model Predictive Control,” Proceedings of the 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016.
4. F. Albalawi, A. Alanqar, H. Durand and P. D. Christofides, “Simultaneous Control of Safety Constraint Sets and Process Economics Using Economic Model Predictive Control,” Proceedings of the American Control Conference, 5062-5067, Boston, Massachusetts, 2016.
5. F. Albalawi, H. Durand, A. Alanqar and P. D. Christofides, “Integrating Process Safety Consideration in Lyapunov-Based Model Predictive Control,” Proceedings of IFAC 2017 World Congress, Toulouse, France, 2017.
6. F. Albalawi, H. Durand and P. D. Christofides, “Distributed Economic MPC with Safety-Based Constraints for Nonlinear Systems,” Proceedings of IFAC 2017 World Congress,Toulouse, France, 2017. 7. A. Alanqar, H. Durand, F. Albalawi and P. D. Christofides, “Fault-Tolerant Economic Model Predictive Control Using Empirical Models,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Chemical Process Control, Tucson, Arizona, 2017.
8. Z. Zhang, Z. Wu, H. Durand, F. Albalawi and P. D. Christofides, “On Integration of Model Predictive Control with Safety System: Preventing Thermal Runaway,” Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Process System Engineering, Accepted, San Diego, California, 2018.
9. Z. Wu, F. Albalawi, Z. Zhang, J. Zhang, H. Durand and P. D. Christofides, “Model Predictive Control for Process Safety via Safeness Index and Control Lyapunov-Barrier Function,” Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Process System Engineering, Accepted, San Diego, California, 2018.

Conference Presentations:

1. F. Albalawi, A. Alanqar, H. Durand and P. D. Christofides, “Simultaneous Control of Safety Constraint Sets and Process Economics Using Economic Model Predictive Control,” American Control Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, 2016.
2. F. Albalawi, A. Alanqar, H. Durand and P. D. Christofides, “Simultaneous Control of Safety Constraint Sets and Process Economics Using Distributed Economic Model Predictive Control,” AIChE Annual Meeting, paper 308c, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015.
3. F. Albalawi, H. Durand and P. D. Christofides, “Distributed Lyapunov-Based Model Predictive Control with Safety-Based Constraints,” AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, Novemebr 13th, 2016.
4. F. Albalawi, H. Durand, A. Alanqar and P. D. Christofides, “Safety-Based Model Predictive Control with Data-Based Determination of Safety Level Sets,” AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, November 17th, 2016.​
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Education

  • B.S: Umm Alqura University ( Saudi Arabia)
  • M.S: George Washington University ( United States) 
  • PhD: University of California Los Angeles ( United States)