John Bagterp Jørgensen - Biography

Section for Scientific Computing, DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark

John Bagterp Jørgensen is a Professor in Model-based Control in the Scientific Computing section of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at the Technical University of Denmark. He is also a faculty member at the Technical University of Denmark's Center for Energy Resources Engineering (CERE). His research focus is concentrated on Model Predictive Control including computational aspects and applications. The applications include industrial processes, intelligent control of smart energy systems, production optimization and closed-loop reservoir management of oil fields, and an artificial pancreas for people with type 1 diabetes. His research is to a large extent conducted in collaboration with industrial companies.

Professor Jørgensen received his M.Sc. in Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark in 1997. His major focus was simulation, optimization and control of chemical processes with a strong focus on process chemistry and chemical engineering. During the summer of 1993 he was employed as a process consultant for TarcoNord A/S. In 1994 he won an energy research award from the Nordic Council to study and works as a research assistant for Professor Sigurd Skogestad at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. During 1997-2000 he worked on his Ph.D. degree with Professor Sten Bay Jørgensen as his thesis advisor. January-August 2000, he spend at University of Wisconsin-Madison as an honorary associate, working with Professor James B. Rawlings on Model Predictive Control. When he returned from Madison to the Copenhagen area in 2000, he co-founded 2-control ApS. 2-control ApS is specialized in model predictive control technologies. In 2-control ApS he has developed software for model predictive control and scientific computing in chemical engineering. He has been a consultant on model predictive control, simulation and numerical optimization to major multi-national companies in the energy industry, the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries, and the chemical process industries, as well as to large financial institutions. He is currently a partner in 2-control ApS. By 2005, he obtained a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering based on a thesis entitled “Moving Horizon Estimation and Control”. Since September 2005, he has been a faculty member of the Scientific Computing Section at DTU Compute (formerly DTU Informatics) at the Technical University of Denmark.

He currently teaches graduate courses on numerical methods for optimization, differential equations, and model predictive control. Already during his Ph.D. studies he established a model predictive control course. He has given courses in model predictive control to industrial companies. At the Technical University of Denmark he gives a model predictive control course to graduate students on a regular basis. Previously he has been involved in teaching process control, Matlab programming, and introduction to scientific computing.