The group receives funding from the Advanced Manufacturing Office of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The project, entitled “Novel Energy-Efficient Drying Technologies for Food, Pulp and Paper, and other Energy Intensive Manufacturing Industries,” aims to develop innovative dryer platforms for the food and forest products industry to reduce energy consumption and to improve product quality. New drying technologies will be developed at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our group will work on the development and implementation of innovative artificial intelligence, machine learning, and controls methodologies to support intelligent decision-making in the drying systems. See here for more information about the project.