Ankur Kumar holds a PhD degree (2016) in Process Systems Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree (2012) in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He currently works at Linde in the Advanced Digital Technologies & Systems Group in Linde’s Center of Excellence, where he has developed several in-house machine learning-based monitoring and process control solutions for Linde’s hydrogen and air-separation plants. Ankur’s tools have won several awards both within and outside Linde. Most recently, one of his tools, PlantWatch (a plantwide fault detection and diagnosis tool), received the 2021 Industry 4.0 Award by the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic. Ankur has authored or co-authored more than 10 peer-reviewed journal papers (in the areas of data-driven process modeling and optimization), is a frequent reviewer for many top-ranked Journals, and has served as Session Chair at several international conferences. Ankur also served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Process Control from 2019 to 2021.