Richard Vilim is an expert in diagnostics, instrumentation and control, with over 30 years experience developing new applications for the process and power industries.
His ongoing research focuses on sensor degradation: its detection and prediction using data-driven algorithms and computational materials science for improved process performance and safety. His research also includes the development of automated reasoning methods for the detection and identification of equipment failures, accompanied by the use of fast-acting computer-based control algorithms, to reconfigure a plant in response to a fault in order to avert costly and unsafe process disruption.
Vilim’s work involves the development of models, algorithms, and methods for application to energy and radiation systems. Examples include signal-processing methods for tracking of nuclear materials, fault detection and diagnosis in thermofluid systems and development of fault-tolerant sensor systems for improving process plant reliability. In his lab, he and his colleagues investigate fundamental phenomena related to radiation detector behavior and test the performance of advanced integrated radiation-sensing systems.
Vilim has over 160 publications and nine US patents and applications. He is one of four Argonne inventors whose patents formed the intellectual property basis for Smart Signal Corporation, a technology startup company with revenues of $30M, recently acquired by General Electric.