Emerson PlantWeb

South Ural State University
Office 432, University Building №3BV
87, Prospect Lenina


Head of the Laboratory

Mikhail Biziaev

Ph.D., Associate Professor


The Emerson PlantWeb laboratory was born as a result of the close and long-standing partnership between South Ural State University and Metran of Emerson. The central focus of Emerson PlantWeb is the development of measurement, control, and automation solutions for industrial processes on the basis of PlantWeb, the distributed intelligence digital ecosystem (Emerson-Metran-SUSU). The laboratory provides the basis for research and development in the field of process automation and industrial control systems. The Emerson PlantWeb laboratory enables students to conduct research projects applying advanced process control principles based on fuzzy logic, neural networks, and model predictive control.

The laboratory facility consists of three hydraulic circuits and enables to regulate the temperature of the external environment. This facility is the physical model of the most common industrial processes (chemical industry, oil industry, food industry, etc.).

Emerson PlantWeb features cutting-edge tools and facilities for pioneering research on automation engineering, such as:

  • smart wireless sensors for intelligent industrial networks (Smart Wireless);
  • emergency shutdown systems;
  • process simulators for half-scale process modelling.


  • The research team has developed the Smart Pipes intelligent system that enables leakage reduction and automatic pressure management of urban water distribution networks. The project became one of the finalists at Microsoft Imagine Cup and received a special prize from Nokia.
  • International students from China, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Jordan are currently taking English-language courses offered by the laboratory.


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