Engineering » Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Automation

Edited by Florian Kongoli, ISBN 978-953-51-0685-2, 548 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published July 25, 2012 under CC BY 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/2327

This is how Dr. Kongoli views the role of Automation in the modern world: Automation is closely related to the modern need for sustainable development in the 21st century. One of the principles of sustainability is "Doing More with Less" which in other words, is also one of the goals of automation. By replacing the routine part of human labor with the use of machines, automation not only increases productivity and the quality of products beyond what can be achieved by humans but also frees space, time and energy for humans to deal with the new, non-routine challenge of developing innovative and more advanced technologies. This magnificent cycle in which established developments are automated and the free resources achieved by this automation are used to develop newer technologies that are subsequently automated is one of the most successful recipes for the human race towards the goal of sustainable development.

Dr. Florian Kongoli

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Dr. Florian Kongoli – Short Biography Dr. Florian Kongoli, [BSc (Honors), MScA (Canada), PhD (Japan)/ MTMS, MGDMB, MCIM, MSME, MAIST,MISIJ, MSigmaXi, MIFAC, MACS, MASM, MMRS, MACerS, MECS] is CEO of FLOGEN Technologies Inc. (www.flogen.com), a high-tech technology company independently incorporated in Canada and USA, specializing among others in process control, optimization and automation as well as the development of new sustainable technologies for metallurgical, chemical and environmental industries in both non-ferrous (Ni, Cu, Zn, Pb, Fe-Ni, Fe-Cr, PGMs, etc.) extraction and processing as well as in iron and steel making and processing. He has about 20 years of industrial research and development and academic (lecturer) experience spread across many invited engagements in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. He has a rich background in both industrial projects and pure scientific ones dealing with control, optimization and automation of processes and flowsheets; physical and thermochemical modeling; physicochemical properties mattes, slags, metals, gases, oxysulfides etc. He has worked and successfully carried out many industrial projects for more than 47 well-known metallurgical and chemical companies such as Mitsubishi Materials Corporation and Sumitomo Metal Mining (Japan), Falconbridge (now Xstrata-Canada), Western Mining Corporation (now BHP Billiton-Australia), to mention just a few. In his work he has cooperated with several well-known universities around the world such as Tohoku University (Japan), Curtin University (Australia) and University of Montreal (Canada), amongst others . Dr. Kongoli has published/edited 31 books and about 90 scientific articles in the last 5 years in peer review journals and other publications dealing with process control, optimization and automation, development of novel sustainable technologies, modeling of various properties of industrial mattes, slags, metals, effect of minor components, fluxing strategies, etc. He has delivered in 20 countries around the world about 130 plenary, keynote and invited presentations as well as articles, technical reports and research presentations. The results of his work and FLOGEN’s control and automation systems have been used by several companies around the world. He has also taught several continuing education courses including “Sulfide Smelting: Principles, Technologies and Environmental Considerations” held in San Diego, CA, 2003 and “Modern Technologies in Non-Ferrous Smelting & Recycling: Efficiency, Control, Energy and Environmental Issues”, held in Cancun, Mexico, November 27th to December 1st 2011. He has served in many leadership positions in national and international organizations. He has been and actually is Chair/Vice-Chair/member of about 20 professional society committees and has been a chair of about 25 technical sessions. He is Editorial/Scientific Board member of several Professional Journals including: The Minerals and Metallurgical Processing Journal (USA), Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy (UK/Australia), Erzmetall (Germany), European Journal of Mineral Processing and Environmental Protection (Turkey/Europe), Journal of Metallurgy (USA/Egypt), Journal of International Environmental Application & Science (Turkey/Europe), Journal of Mining and Metallurgy (Serbia/Europe), Journal of Industrial Engineering (USA/Egypt, InTech (Croatia/Europe and Shanghai/China). He is also a peer reviewer in various professional journals. He has been member of Organizing Committees or Scientific Committees of about 50 Professional International conferences in all continents. He is also chairman of FLOGEN STAR OUTREACH (www.flogen.org), a non-profit international organization dedicated to giving STAR power to scientists, technologists and engineers and their supporters who help them towards realizing the goal of a sustainable future . In this framework he has successfully organized and chaired several record-bearing International Symposiums dedicated to famous personalities in science and technology. Among those are: Yazawa International Symposium on Metallurgical and Materials Processing: Principles and Technologies (www.flogen.org/conferences.php?spage=3) held in San Diego California, USA, March 2003 with 31 sessions and more than 3000 pages of publications from authors from 36 countries around the world - the biggest International Symposium at the time in its class. Sohn International Symposium on Advanced Processing of Metals and Materials: Principles, Technologies and Industrial Practice (www.flogen.org/conferences.php?spage=2), held in San Diego California, USA, in August 2006, a new record in its class over passing the magnitude of the previous symposium with about 500 papers from authors from 80 countries and about 6000 pages of publications. Fray International Symposium on Metals and Materials Processing in a Clean Environment (www.flogen.org/conferences.php?spage=1), held in Cancun, Mexico, in November-December, 2011, another record symposium in many aspects in its class with about 500 abstracts from authors from 85 countries around the world, 230 sponsoring societies and organizations worldwide, 10 Major Industrial Corporations and 3 governments financial sponsors and 7 volumes of Publications of more than 4000 pages He was also organized and chaired other theme-based International Symposium such as “Process Control and Optimization in Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Industry” held in Chicago, Illinois, USA in November 2003 (www.flogen.com/ControlSymposium) as well as the American Automatic Control Council/IFAC symposium of Automation in Mining, Mineral and Metals to be held in San Diego, California in 2013 He has excellent business management and organizations skills which have been instrumental in steering his company toward new ground breaking technologies.

Experience

  • 1995 - current

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Edited Books

  • Automation

    This is how Dr. Kongoli views the role of Automation in the modern world: Automation is closely related to the modern need for sustainable development in the 21st century. One of the principles of sustainability is "Doing More with Less" which in other words, is also one of the goals of automation. By replacing the routine part of human labor with the use of machines, automation not only increases productivity and the quality of products beyond what can be achieved by humans but also frees space, time and energy for humans to deal with the new, non-routine challenge of developing innovative and more advanced technologies. This magnificent cycle in which established developments are automated and the free resources achieved by this automation are used to develop newer technologies that are subsequently automated is one of the most successful recipes for the human race towards the goal of sustainable development.