On June 21st – 22nd Trevor Murphy (Post-graduate researcher at IMaR) presented an academic paper at the 27th annual “Irish Systems and Signals Conference” (ISSC 2016) in the University of Ulster, Derry, Northern Ireland also attended by Dr. Joseph Walsh (Head of Department of STEM, IT Tralee). Over the past 27 years, ISSC has become the premier conference in Ireland addressing all aspects of signals and systems. The conference focuses on Digital Signal Processing, Control, Communications, related fields of ICT, encompasses algorithm and system modelling, design and implementation, for a broad range of applications. Trevor’s paper focuses on the paradigm shift in pharmaceutical manufacturing with regards to the quality by design (QBD) framework and process analytical technology (PAT) method of utilising a suite of novel sensors and analysers to continuously monitor and control pharmaceutical manufacturing quality parameters. The paper titled “Pharmaceutical manufacturing and the quality by design (QBD)), process analytical technology (PAT) approach” is to be published on the IEEE Xplore digital library in the coming weeks.
Niall O’ Mahony attended the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM) in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The AIM 2016 conference brings together an international community of experts to discuss the state-of-the-art, new research results, perspectives of future developments, and innovative applications relevant to mechatronics, robotics, control, automation, and related areas. The Content presented was Smart Sensors for Process Analytical Technology. The paper presented reviewed the advantages of smart sensors and their role in recent trends in intelligent manufacturing such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) and Industry 4.0. The paper also presented the selection process for a number of smart sensors for a number of industrial applications dealt with in collaborative work with the ProPAT project. These applications included the Mass flowrate, Moisture content and Temperature of powders in milling and pharmaceutical industries and the Moisture content, Viscosity and Colour of polymer resin in a polymerisation process. This paper has been published in IEEEXplore Conference Proceedings for 2015 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM).