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Network-dependable Resilience of Cyber-Physical Systems

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The recent development of modern control applications, and the transformation of communication and networking technology, have created many novel opportunities and challenges for the design of real-time algorithms for networked cyber-physical-systems (Net-CPS). The need for a tighter and smartly-coordinated connection to achieve collective performance satisfaction has led to an intricate integration of communication and computation networks in CPSs, and due to which, numerous challenges have emerged that were essentially non-existent in the traditional control and networking era.

These developments provide an extra layer of model-based/data-driven decision-making capabilities for Net-CPSs to determine the required service characteristics needed to satisfy a specified quality-of-control, and thus, enabling a networked co-design of control, communication, and computation architecture. Together, they form highly dynamic, coupled, and time-sensitive system architectures that are also vulnerable to uncertainties, failures, attacks, and often have large dimensions. Consequently, the analysis and design of such large scale, yet firmly coupled, systems requires major rethinking and careful investigation in order to develop novel adaptive and robust interactive algorithms with respect to the changing and unexpected conditions of both control requirements and network configurations. Therefore, there is an indispensable need for a rigorous system theory that addresses the aforementioned co-design problem. Such a theory will enable CPS resiliency and optimality, and will pave the way towards the development of secure and trusted industrial, commercial, and societal CPS applications.

The goals of this Research Topic and the problems to be solved include:

- systematic analysis of network-induced phenomena on the overall performance of Net-CPS
- fundamental understanding between the quality-of-control and the quality-of service provided by the communication network
- development of reactive and robust decision making in order to respond to the changing conditions in network configuration/constraints or control objectives
- systematic co-design architecture for control and communication layers in an integral and resilient fashion that takes into account the couplings between control systems and network parameters
- fundamental understanding of modern control requirements such as security and state-of-the-art communication network opportunities

The scope of this Research Topic, and the major challenges it will address include:

- analysis of network-induced phenomena on the overall performance of Net-CPS
- fundamental understanding between the quality-of-control and the quality-of service provided by the communication network
- development of reactive and robust decision making in order to respond to the changing conditions in network configuration/constraints or control objectives
- systematic co-design architecture for control and communication layers in an integral and resilient fashion that takes into account the couplings between control systems and network parameters
- fundamental understanding of modern control requirements such as security and state-of-the-art communication network opportunities


Keywords: Networked Control Systems, Privacy/security of networked CPS, Information-rich networked control, Stochastic networked control systems, Resource allocation and network management for service-dependent CPS, Optimal control and networking for CPS, Control of large scale and topology-evolving networked CPS


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The recent development of modern control applications, and the transformation of communication and networking technology, have created many novel opportunities and challenges for the design of real-time algorithms for networked cyber-physical-systems (Net-CPS). The need for a tighter and smartly-coordinated connection to achieve collective performance satisfaction has led to an intricate integration of communication and computation networks in CPSs, and due to which, numerous challenges have emerged that were essentially non-existent in the traditional control and networking era.

These developments provide an extra layer of model-based/data-driven decision-making capabilities for Net-CPSs to determine the required service characteristics needed to satisfy a specified quality-of-control, and thus, enabling a networked co-design of control, communication, and computation architecture. Together, they form highly dynamic, coupled, and time-sensitive system architectures that are also vulnerable to uncertainties, failures, attacks, and often have large dimensions. Consequently, the analysis and design of such large scale, yet firmly coupled, systems requires major rethinking and careful investigation in order to develop novel adaptive and robust interactive algorithms with respect to the changing and unexpected conditions of both control requirements and network configurations. Therefore, there is an indispensable need for a rigorous system theory that addresses the aforementioned co-design problem. Such a theory will enable CPS resiliency and optimality, and will pave the way towards the development of secure and trusted industrial, commercial, and societal CPS applications.

The goals of this Research Topic and the problems to be solved include:

- systematic analysis of network-induced phenomena on the overall performance of Net-CPS
- fundamental understanding between the quality-of-control and the quality-of service provided by the communication network
- development of reactive and robust decision making in order to respond to the changing conditions in network configuration/constraints or control objectives
- systematic co-design architecture for control and communication layers in an integral and resilient fashion that takes into account the couplings between control systems and network parameters
- fundamental understanding of modern control requirements such as security and state-of-the-art communication network opportunities

The scope of this Research Topic, and the major challenges it will address include:

- analysis of network-induced phenomena on the overall performance of Net-CPS
- fundamental understanding between the quality-of-control and the quality-of service provided by the communication network
- development of reactive and robust decision making in order to respond to the changing conditions in network configuration/constraints or control objectives
- systematic co-design architecture for control and communication layers in an integral and resilient fashion that takes into account the couplings between control systems and network parameters
- fundamental understanding of modern control requirements such as security and state-of-the-art communication network opportunities


Keywords: Networked Control Systems, Privacy/security of networked CPS, Information-rich networked control, Stochastic networked control systems, Resource allocation and network management for service-dependent CPS, Optimal control and networking for CPS, Control of large scale and topology-evolving networked CPS


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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06 September 2021 Abstract
04 January 2022 Manuscript

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04 January 2022 Manuscript

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