Scheduling and feedback co-design for networked control systems

Michael S. Branicky, Stephen Phillips, Wei Zhang

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Feedback control systems wherein the control loops are closed through a real-time network are called networked control systems (NCSs). The insertion of the communication network in the feedback control loop makes the analysis and design of an NCS complex. Driving our research effort into NCSs is the point of view that the design of both the communication protocols and the interacting controlled system should not be treated as separate. In the co-design approach we propose, network issues such as bandwidth, quantization, survivability, reliability and message delay will be considered simultaneously with controlled system issues such as stability, performance, fault tolerance and adaptability. Thus, we study network scheduling when a set of NCSs are connected to the network and arbitrating for network bandwidth. We first define the basic concepts of network scheduling in NCSs. Then, we apply the rate monotonic scheduling algorithm to schedule a set of NCSs. We also formulate the optimal scheduling problem under both rate-monotonic-schedulability constraints and NCS-stability constraints, and give an example of how such optimization is carried out. Next, the assumptions of ideal transmission are relaxed: we study the above network scheduling problem with network-induced delay, packet dropouts, and multiple-packet transmissions taken into account.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
Event41st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Dec 10 2002Dec 13 2002


Other41st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Health and Safety
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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