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Biao Huang, Professor, Ph.D, P.Eng, IEEE Fellow

Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada


Editor-in-Chief, IFAC Journal Control Engineering Practice

NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in Control of Oil Sands Processes

AITF Industry Chair in Process Control

Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

University of Alberta

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  • Professor, University of Alberta (July 2003-)
  • Associate Professor, University of Alberta (July 2001-June 2003)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Alberta (July 1997-June 2001)
  • Process Control Engineer, Matrikon Applications Ltd., Edmonton (January-June 1997)
  • Sessional Lecturer, University of Alberta (January-June 1997)
  • Research/Teaching Assistant, University of Alberta (1992-1996)
  • Lecturer, Beijing Institute of Technology (1986-1992)

Ph. D.

University of Alberta


M. Sc.

Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics


B. Sc.

Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics



  • CHE 576 Intermediate Process Control
  • CHE 358 Process Data Analysis
  • CHE 662 Process Identification-Course Outline


Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Process Control, State Estimation, Soft Sensors, System Identification, Control Performance Assessment, Fault Detection and Isolation

Video  - ASTech Award

Video – Interview with Cornell University

Research Activities on Data Analytics for Oil Industry – Alberta Oil Magazine

Video in 2014 APEGA Summit Award in Research Excellence

Video for introduction of NSERC IRC research program    

Recent publication 1: Process monitoring using generalized probabilistic linear latent variable model, Automatica, Volume 96, October 2018, Pages 73–83

Recent publication 2: Variational Bayesian approach for ARX systems with missing observations and varying time-delays, Automatica, Volume 94, August 2018, Pages 194-204

Recent publication 3: Approaches to robust process identification: A review and tutorial of probabilistic methods, Journal of Process Control, Volume 66, June 2018, Pages 68-83

Recent publication 4: Mixtures of probabilistic PCA with common structure latent bases for process monitoring, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, DOI: 10.1109/TCST.2017.2778691.

Recent publication 5: Bayesian State Estimation on Finite Horizons: the Case of Linear State-Space Model, Automatica, Volume 85, 91-99, November 2017.

Recent publication 6: Iterative Residual Generator for Fault Detection with Linear Time-Invariant State-Space Models, IEEE Transaction on Automatic Control, Volume: 62, Issue: 10, Oct. 2017, 5422 - 5428.



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