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The Award for Best Graduate Student Paper Published in The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering is presented for outstanding published work by a graduate student.
The 2019 winner of the Award for Best Graduate Student Paper Published in The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering is:
University of Alberta
For his paper “Development of a vision‐based online soft sensor for oil sands flotation using support vector regression and its application in the dynamic monitoring of bitumen extraction,” The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 2018, 96(7), 1532 by Khushaal Popli, Victor Maries, Artin Afacan, Qi Liu, Vinay Prasad.
Khushaal Popli completed his undergraduate studies in chemical engineering from NITK Surathkal, India in 2012 and received his PhD in process control from University of Alberta in 2017. During his PhD, his research focused on developing real-time monitoring algorithms of froth flotation processes under the supervision of Vinay Prasad and Qi Liu. He has explored the machine learning and image processing techniques to develop soft-sensors for estimating product quality in real-time. Additionally, first principal modeling was used to understand the dynamic behavior of froth flotation. This work has been tested on various applications including mineral and oil sands flotation. Currently, he is working at Teck Resources Ltd as a Process Control Engineer/Specialist, where he has been developing regulatory and advanced process control frameworks for milling processes.