As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) diagnoses continue to increase worldwide, ISA is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our members and customers.  

The World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and other global health organizations have universally recommended the cancellation or postponement of gatherings, including conferences, to slow the spread of the virus.  

We are complying with those recommendations, as a result, the ISA Process Industry Conference, 17-19 November 2020, Houston, Texas, will be canceled. Refunds will be automatically processed.

The 2021 ISA Process Industry Conference is scheduled for 9-11 November 2021 in Houston, TX! Stay tuned for more event details.

ISA introduces the Virtual Events Program, a series of virtual opportunities based on the pre-developed content for each event. These webinars and virtual events allow our registrants, members, and customers to engage with expert speakers, ask questions and participate in live, on-line discussions. Visit for more details.  

Virtual Events Program

ISA PIC is THE Process Event for Industry Professionals

This year’s event has been expanded to deliver more comprehensive technical content to a broader range of professionals in the energy processing and process manufacturing industries.  

ISA PIC 2020—Process Industry Conference combines the technical expertise, knowledge, and experience of ISA—the global leader in process automation standards, training, and education—along with leading experts across critical areas covering: process instrumentation/control, cybersecurity & safety systems, open architecture & infrastructure, and operational excellence as well as robotics and subsea automation. 

Program Benefits

By offering a leading-edge technical program for addressing the demands of a changing world, ISA PIC 2020—Process Industry Conference is the process industry event that engineers and automation professionals can't afford to miss. 

  • Keynote presenters will reflect on the imagination of today’s thought leaders and innovators and provide perspective on the latest advances and trends in manufacturing technologies and applications. 
  • Comprehensive technical tracks will cover the crucial issues facing today’s manufacturing decision-makers—and those expected to determine both success and failure in the years ahead. 
  • Expert-led training courses will provide an added advantage for professional development on topics related to industrial cybersecurity, alarm management, and safety instrumented system criticalities. 
  • An exhibitor showcase of networking and promotional opportunities providing prime access to key industry products, services, and solutions.  

See photos from last year's event here.

Speaker Resources

Call for Abstracts

The 2020 ISA Process Industry Conference is the outstanding forum for discussions of new and innovative process control and safety techniques, developments, and applications. A worldwide array of speakers and attendees alike have the distinct opportunity to participate in informal discussions and networking activities to acquire the latest information about process control, cybersecurity, and safety solutions. Abstracts are currently being accepted for consideration. 

Proposed Conference Topics: 

Critical Industry Trends & Challenges: • Reducing Lifecycle Costs • Relationship Management • New Hire Training • Business Case for Automation • Digital Oilfield Development • Equipment Certification Standards Cybersecurity: • Cybersecurity and Functional Safety Lifecycle • Supply Chain Cybersecurity • Best Practices in Cybersecurity Assessment

Process Control: • Alarm Management • Automation Projects (PLCS, DCS & SCADA) • Human Machine Interface (HMI) • Intelligent Device Management • Maintenance • Model Predictive Control • Operator Training • Pipeline Automation • Procedural Control Applications • Process Optimization • Smart Manufacturing with MES/MOM Applications • Smart Sensors & IIOT

Safety Systems: • Functional Safety Lifecycle • Risk Analysis • SIL Determination/Verification • Operation and Maintenance • Proven In Use Justification • Product Certification Advanced Technologies:
• Open Architecture & Infrastructure
• Operator Performance/Operational Excellence
• Robotics & Intelligent Systems
• Industrial Robots & Robot System Safety
• Computing & Visualization

Important Deadlines:

Abstract Deadline Extended: 24 April
Abstract Acceptance Extended:
15 May
Draft Presentations Due: 5 June
Reviewer's Comments to Speakers: 10 July
Final Presentations Due: 2 October
Speaker Registration: 2 October 

Submit Abstract
Download Call for Abstracts PDF



2020 Program Committee

Technical Program Chair
Edward Naranjo

ARC Advisory Group Chair
Mark Luciw

Center for Operator Performance Chair
Dave Strohbar

Society for Underwater Technology Chair
Christopher Curran

Open Process Automation Form Chair
Don Bartusiak

Education Division Chair
Kelvin Erickson

Security Division Co-Chair
Marco Ayala

Yogesh Balagee

ACARD Session Moderator
Jayesh Kumbar Barve

Interim ACARD Chair
Rohit Kadam

Education Division Chair
Kelvin Erickson

Safety Division Chair
Simon Lucchini

Safety Session Moderator
AnnCharlott Enberg

Safety Session Moderator
Murtaza Gandhi

Safety Session Moderator
Greg Hardin

PMCD Chair
Sandeep Vysyaraju

PMCD Session Moderator
Zain Ali

PMCD Session Moderator
Pankaj Goel

PMCD Session Moderator
Haritha Srinivasan

ChemPID Session Moderator
Jessica Kam