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NECS Research team

Networked Controlled Systems

Team presentation

The project-team goal is to develop a new control framework for assessing problems raised by the consideration of new technological low-cost and wireless components, the increase of systems complexity and the distributed and dynamic location of sensors (sensor networks) and actuators. In this framework, control design is performed under general resources constraints including communication, computation, and energy. In that, the team targets an innovative step forward in the feedback design for networked distributed systems by the development of combined control, computing & communication (3C). The projetc-team is a bi-located at INRIA (Montbonnot) and at the GIPSA-LAB (at the Grenoble campus).

Research themes

  • Feedback design for heterogeneous and dynamically reconfigurable networks,
  • Control and coding co-design for systems with low-cost coarse sensors,
  • Distributed, integrated and embedded control systems,
  • Modelling and control of autonomous computing systems,
  • Control of non-uniformly sampled (asynchronous) systems.
The application domains of the project are:
  • Feedback design for wireless sensor networks,
  • Vehicle control and intelligent traffic management,
  • Undersea mapping and monitoring via fleets of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV),
  • Energy aware control for/of asynchronous chipsets,
  • Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV),
  • Modelling and control of Web servers (collaboration with the SARDES project),
  • Automation with distributed sensors (intelligent buildings...),
  • Large instruments with distributed sensors and actuators (Tokamak, telescopes).

International and industrial relations

  • CITRIS and Chess center at UC-Berkeley (Prof.S. Sastry): control of systems with sensor networks,
  • The mechanical dept at UC-Berkeley (Prof. R. Horowitz) for traffic modelling and control,
  • Seville University (Prof. F. Rodriguez Rubio), for control and coding co-design,
  • FeedNetBack, STREP-EU project (prime) under construction,
  • Partner in Safe_NeCS, ARA-SSIA (ANR), control and computing co-design

Keywords: Control of complex systems Sensor networks Control computing and communication codesign