About this Research Topic
The last twenty years have seen the merging of control with communications in an exciting fusion of disciplines that resulted in the concept of Networked Control Systems (NCS). From NCS the focus has then moved, for example, into multiagent and cybersecurity, resulting at present in the growing melting pot of these ideas that is the paradigm of the Internet of Things (IoT), and more specifically, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). IIoT is an inherently multidisciplinary area of research from which the public is expecting the next breakthroughs in the near future. The IIoT architecture can be described by different layers, starting from the Process layer, through the Communication layer and finally the Control layer.
The goal of this Research Topic is twofold, on one hand to span the three layers of IIoT through different NCS solutions, and on the other hand to help reduce the gap between theory and practice in NCS. To tackle IIoT problems, recent advances that the NCS community has been exploring include event-triggered control, distributed NCS control, Markov jump processes theory, and similar advanced tools. However, NCS results usually cover the Communication and Control layers, whilst novel application oriented results should help cover the remaining Process layer. The applicability of any novel result should take into account that, even for multiagent or distributed systems, the trade-off between perhaps theoretically optimal complex or approximated suboptimal simpler solutions should be resolved toward the latter. This is preferred in order to increase the opportunity to further the impact that the Control Engineering community is having on the current development of IIoT.
Proposed submissions should consider for example novel NCS fault mechanisms (fault diagnostic, detection and recovery), novel robust control solutions, novel LPV control solutions, novel network models, etc. whilst evaluating the complexity trade-off of their solutions, offering to the user the possibility of deciding the suitable level for his/her needs. The process is left for the authors to select, with the understanding that it will refer to the IIoT paradigm of multiple elements in each layers. Simulations are a must, whilst real experimental results are a bonus (understanding that in the current epidemic situation it is more difficult to perform them).
Keywords: rol Systems, Industrial Internet of Things, Process Control, Fault Tolerant, Fault Diagnosis, Fault Detection and Recovery
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