Friday, June 10, 2005

IDES Seminar

There will be a graduate seminar TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. in Walter Light Hall, Room 302. Refreshments will be served.

Speaker: Mr. Michael Wood, MSCE candidate
Supervisor: Dr. K. Rudie

Application, Implementation and Integration of Discrete-Event Systems Control Theory

Discrete-Event Systems control theory provides automated control solutions for systems that are characterized by asynchronous and instantaneous changes of state; for example, a cluster of machines that each may be idle, busy, or broken. Goals expressed in the language of this theory permit the automatic generation of control solutions which guarantee that illegal behaviour will never occur (within the assumptions of the framework). Despite intensive research on and expansion of the theoretical aspects of this theory, a limited amount of research has been reported on its implementation and integration into existing systems.

The seminar will focus on identifying classes of systems upon which the theory may be applied and will isolate and examine the implementation issues that arise. Methodology for the implementation of the theory will be provided and supported by concrete examples. To aid in the application of the theory several software packages have been developed. One in particular (developed by the presenter) will be examined in detail. The work described will constitute some of the first steps in making the use of Discrete-Event Systems control theory accessible outside of the academic realm.

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