Academic Staff

Dr Lidia Auret

Lidia Auret, Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University

Senior Lecturer

  • Email: lauret@sun.ac.za
  • Phone: +27 21 808 4495
  • Fax: +27 21 808 2059
  • Room: C213
  • Short Bio

    • Education
      • PhD (Extractive Metallurgical Engineering), Stellenbosch University, 2011
      • BEng (Chemical Engineering: Mineral Processing), Stellenbosch University, 2007
    • Professional experience
      • Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Claude Leon Fellowship
        Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University
        2011
      • Control Engineer
        Anglo American Platinum Centre of Process Monitoring
        Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University
        2010
    • Honours and awards
      • Stellenbosch University Chancellor’s Medal for most outstanding final-year student, 2010
      • CSense Systems prize: Best Process Engineering PhD thesis, Stellenbosch University, 2010
  • Research Interests

    • Process monitoring
    • Process modelling
  • Recent Publications

    • Aldrich, C. & Auret, L. 2013. Unsupervised process monitoring with machine learning methods. Part of series: Advances in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. Springer. Book in press.
    • Naudé, N., Lorenzen, L., Kolesnikov, A. V., Aldrich, C., & Auret, L. (2013). Observations on the separation of iron ore in a prototype batch jig. International Journal of Mineral Processing, Article in press.
    • Auret, L., & Aldrich, C. (2012). Interpretation of nonlinear relationships between process variables by use of random forests. Minerals Engineering, 35, 27-42.
    • Auret, L., & Aldrich, C. (2011). Empirical comparison of tree ensemble variable importance measures. Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems, 105(2), 157-170.
    • Auret, L., & Aldrich, C. (2011). Monitoring of mineral processing operations based on multivariate similarity indices. Paper presented at the IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline), 18(PART 1) 9923-9928.
    • Janse Van Vuuren, M. J., Aldrich, C., & Auret, L. (2011). Detecting changes in the operational states of hydrocyclones. Minerals Engineering, 24(14), 1532-1544.
    • Auret, L., & Aldrich, C. (2010). Change point detection in time series data with random forests. Control Engineering Practice, 18(8), 990-1002.
    • Auret, L., & Aldrich, C. (2010). Unsupervised process fault detection with random forests. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 49(19), 9184-9194.
  • Teaching

    • Chemical Engineering 344 (Modelling and Optimization)
    • Chemical Engineering 426 (Process Control)

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