Prediction of chemical plants operating performances: a machine learning approach
- Lelio Campanile
- Luigi Piero Di Bonito
- Mauro Iacono
- Francesco Di Natale
(2023). ECMS 2023, 37th Proceedings
Edited by: Enrico Vicario, Romeo Bandinelli, Virginia Fani, Michele Mastroianni, European Council for Modelling and Simulation.
ISSN: 2522-2422 (ONLINE)
ISSN: 2522-2414 (PRINT)
ISSN: 2522-2430 (CD-ROM)
ISBN: 978-3-937436-79-1 (CD) Communications of the ECMS Volume 37, Issue 1, June 2023, Florence, Italy June 20th – June 23rd, 2023
Lelio campanile, Luigi piero di bonito, Mauro iacono, Francesco di natale (2023). Prediction of chemical plants operating performances: a machine learning approach, ECMS 2023, Proceedings Edited by: Enrico Vicario, Romeo Bandinelli, Virginia Fani, Michele Mastroianni, European Council for Modelling and Simulation. doi:10.7148/2023-0575
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