A survey of industrial model predictive control technology

S. Joe QIN*, Thomas A. BADGWELL

*Corresponding author for this work

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4223 Citations (Scopus)


This paper provides an overview of commercially available model predictive control (MPC) technology, both linear and nonlinear, based primarily on data provided by MPC vendors. A brief history of industrial MPC technology is presented first, followed by results of our vendor survey of MPC control and identification technology. A general MPC control algorithm is presented, and approaches taken by each vendor for the different aspects of the calculation are described. Identification technology is reviewed to determine similarities and differences between the various approaches. MPC applications performed by each vendor are summarized by application area. The final section presents a vision of the next generation of MPC technology, with an emphasis on potential business and research opportunities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733-764
Number of pages32
JournalControl Engineering Practice
Issue number7
Early online date2 Dec 2002
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2003
Externally publishedYes


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