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Chemical Engineering

Xiang Li

Associate Professor

Tel: (613) 533-6582
Fax: (613) 533-6637
Email: xiang.li@queensu.ca
Office: Dupuis Hall 403

Associate Professor

Main

Education

  • B.Eng. in Industrial Automation, 2000, Zhejiang University, China
  • M.Eng. in Systems Engineering, 2003, Zhejiang University, China
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, 2009, McMaster University, Canada
  • Post-Doctoral Associate, 2009-2011, Process Systems Engineering Laboratory, MIT, USA

Teaching

Funding

  • NSERC
  • DuPont
  • SARC

Research Interests

My research goal is to develop new theory, technology and software tools to design, operate and control large-scale nonlinear engineering systems under uncertainty. The research will focus on the applications to energy and environment related problems for efficiency and sustainability. My current research interests include:

  • Optimal energy network design
  • Production planning, scheduling, and supply chain management
  • Mixed-integer programming, nonconvex optimization
  • Optimiazation under uncertainty

Publications

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Ogbe, E. and X. Li*, "A new cross decomposition method for stochastic mixed-integer linear programming", European Journal of Operational Research, DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2016.08.005, 2016.

Li, D. and X. Li*, Domain reduction for Benders decomposition based global optimization", Computers & Chemical Engineering 93, 248–265, 2016.

Li, D. and X. Li*, "A new optimization model and a customized solution method for natural gas production network design and operation", AIChE Journal, DOI: 10.1002/aic.15428, 2016

Li, X., A. Tomasgard and P. I. Barton*, "Natural gas production network infrastructure development under uncertainty", Optimization and Engineering, DOI: 10.1007/s11081-016-9322-5, 2016.

McLean, K., E. Ogbe and X. Li*, "Novel formulation and efficient solution strategy for strategic optimization of an industrial chemical supply chain under demand uncertainty", The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering 93, 971-985, 2015.

Li, X. and P. I. Barton*, "Optimal design and operation of energy systems under uncertainty", Journal of Process Control 30, 1-9, 2015.

McLean, K. and X. Li*, "Robust scenario formulations for strategic supply chain optimization under uncertainty," Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 52, 5721-5734, 2013.

Li, X.*, "Parallel nonconvex generalized Benders decomposition for natural gas production network planning under uncertainty," Computers & Chemical Engineering 55, 97-108, 2013.

Sundaramoorthy, A, X. Li, J. M. B. Evans, and P. I. Barton*, "Capacity planning under clinical trials uncertainty in continuous pharmaceutical manufacturing, 2: Solution method," Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 51, 42, 13703-13711, 2012.

Chen, Y., X. Li, T. A. Adams and P. I. Barton*, "Decomposition strategy for the global optimization of flexible energy polygeneration systems," AIChE Journal 58, 10, 3080-3095, 2012.

Li, X., Y. Chen and P. I. Barton*, "Nonconvex generalized Benders decomposition with piecewise convex relaxations for global optimization of integrated process design and operation problems," Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 51, 21, 7287-7299, 2012.

Li, X., A. Tomasgard and P. I. Barton*, "Decomposition strategy for the stochastic pooling problem," Journal of Global Optimization 54, 4, 765-790, 2012.

Li, X., A. Tomasgard and P. I. Barton*, "Nonconvex generalized Benders decomposition for stochastic separable mixed-integer nonlinear programs," Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications 151, 3, 425-454, 2011.

Li, X. and T. E. Marlin*, "Model predictive control with robust feasibility," Journal of Process Control 21, 3, 415-435, 2011.

Li, X., E. Armagan, A. Tomasgard and P. I. Barton*, "Stochastic pooling problem for natural gas production network design and operation under uncertainty," AIChE Journal 57, 8, 2120-2135, 2011.

Li, X. and T. E. Marlin*, "Robust supply chain performance via model predictive control," Computers & Chemical Engineering 33, 12, 2134-2143, 2009.

Li, X., Z. Shao* and J. Qian, "Module-oriented automatic differentiation in chemical process systems optimization," Computers & Chemical Engineering 28, 9, 1551-1561, 2004.

Shao, Z.*, X. Li and J. Qian, "Hybrid differentiation algorithm in chemical process system optimization," Journal of Chemical Industry and Engineering (China) 54, 10, 1397-1402, 2003.

Li, X., Z. Shao* and J. Qian, "Polycondensation process optimization based on hybrid automatic differentiation," Journal of Chemical Industry and Engineering (China) 53, 11, 1111-1116, 2002.

Li, X., W. Zhong and J. Qian*, "Automatic differentiation in chemical engineering process optimization," Acta Petrolei Sinica (Petroleum Processing Section, China) 17, 6, 79-83, 2001.

Refereed Book Chapters

Li, X., A. Sundaramoorthy and P. I. Barton*, "Nonconvex generallized Benders decomposition," in T. M. Rassias, C. A. Floudas and S. Butenko (Eds.), On Global Optimization in Science and Engineering, 307-311, 2014.  

Refereed Conference Papers

Li, D. and X. Li*, "Decomposition-based global optimization for optimal design of power distribution systems", 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Accepted, Las Vegas, NV, 2016.

Ogbe, E. and X. Li*, "Multicolumn-multicut cross decomposition for stochastic mixed-integer linear programming", Proceedings of 12th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering and 25th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering, pp. 737-742, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2015.

Li, D. and X. Li*, "Global optimization of an industrial natural gas production network", 9th International Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes 2015, IFAC-PapersOnLine 48(8), pp. 337-342, Whistler, BC, June 2015.

Barton P. I.* and X. Li, "Optimal design and operation of energy systems under uncertainty," 10th International Symposium on Dynamics and Control of Process Systems, pp. 105-110, Mumbai, India, December 2013.

Li, X., A. Tomasgard and P. I. Barton*, "Long-term planning of natural gas production systems via a stochastic pooling problem," Proceedings of the 2010 American Control Conference, pp. 429-435, Baltimore, MD, June 2010.

Li, X., A. Tomasgard and P. I. Barton*, "Decomposition strategy for natural gas production network design under uncertainty," Proceedings of the 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, pp. 188-193, Atlanta, GA, December 2010.

Li, X. and T. E. Marlin*, "A novel robust model predictive control method for supply chain optimization under uncertainty", Proceedings of AEC/APC Symposium XXI, pp. 572-575, Ann Arbor, MI, September 2009.

Li, X. and T. E. Marlin*, "Robust supply chain performance via model predictive control," Proceedings of the 2008 Foundations of Computer-Aided Process Operations, Boston, MA, June, 2008.

Li, X., Z. Shao* and J. Qian, "Complexity analysis for hybrid differentiation in process system optimization," Proceedings of the 8th international symposium on process systems engineering, pp. 517-522, Kunming, China, June 2004.

Li, X., W. Zhang, Z. Shao* and J. Qian, "Applying extended automatic differentiation technique to process system optimization problems," Proceedings of the American Control Conference 2001, pp. 4079-4084, Arlington, VA, June 2001.

Invited or Keynote Presentations

Li, X.*, "New solution and formulation approaches for process design and operation under uncertainty", Invited Department Seminar Presentation, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, May 2016.

Li, X.*, "New solution and formulation approaches for process design and operation under uncertainty", Invited Talk at McMaster Advanced Control Consortium Annual Meeting, Hamilton, ON, May 2016. 

Li, X.*, “Novel decomposition approaches for optimization of process and supply chain networks”, invited guest speaker, Spring IRC Workshop: Improve Process Operation Efficiency Though Process Control and Optimization, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, May 2015. 

Li, X.*, "Decomposition-based optimization for process systems engineering under uncertainty", Invited Department Seminar Presentation, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, December 2014.

Li, X.* "Decomposition-based global optimization for design and operation of process networks under uncertainty", Guest Lecture for "ChE 345: Process Optimization", Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, May 2014.  

Li, X., Y. Chen and P. I. Barton*,  "Nonconvex generalized Benders decomposition and piecewise convex relaxation for optimal process design under uncertainty", 62nd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Vancouver, BC, October 2012. (Keynote speaker).

Li, X. and P. I. Barton*, "Stochastic separable mixed-integer nonlinear programming via nonconvex generalized Benders decomposition", PhD Winter School on Managing Energy Infrastructure Investments Under Uncertainty, Oppdal, Norway, March 2011. (Invited lecturer).

Li, X. and T. E. Marlin*,  "A novel robust model predictive control method for supply chain optimization under uncertainty", AEC/APC Symposium XXI, Ann Arbor, Michigan, September 2009. (Invited as winner of student paper competition).

Available Graduate Student Positions

Available Positions

If you are interested in joining my group, please first send me your CV and transcripts.