Control for coordination of distributed systems is motivated by the case studies of control for underwater vehicles, for aerial vehicles, for a road control and communication network, for automated guided vehicles, and for complex machines.

The research thrust is in control design and control synthesis. In particular, control synthesis of a global coordinator of a distributed system, in communication for control, in informatics for control, and in tools for control design. Control design for the case studies based on the research thrust will form the main effort of the project and will be disseminated to the user partners.

The contribution to the European Commission Work Program are in control of large-scale complex distributed systems (ICT-2007.3.7.(c)). The expected impacts are in:

  • enabling low cost monitoring for the environment and natural resources by underwater and aerial vehicles, new services and applications for new markets in particular for automated guided vehicles at container terminals, control and communication networks on motorway networks;
  • improved performance of distributed systems for control and communication on motorway networks, of complex machines, and of underwater and aerial vehicles.

The consortium consists of five user partners and eight academic partners which combined have a very wide and very deep expertise in the many topics required for the proposed project.