HERONS - Hierarchical Control and Fault Diagnosis of Distributed Systems

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Starting date
August 23, 2011

Duration (months)

Computer Science

Managers or local contacts
Villa Tiziano

Hierachical control, fault diagnosis, distributed systems


The emergence of networked embedded systems and sensor/actuator networks has
made possible the development of advanced monitoring and control applications where a large amount of
real-time data is collected from distributed systems and processed to activate the appropriate actuators and
achieve the desired control objectives. One of the key challenges in the upcoming years is the development
of hierarchical control and fault diagnostic systems for dealing with complex, distributed and uncertain
Motivated by three case studies, the proposed HERONS project aims to develop algorithms and concepts
for hierarchical control and fault diagnosis of distributed systems. The three case studies for hierarchical control
and fault diagnosis provided by the four industrial partners are: (a) coordination control of autonomous
vehicles (underwater, land vehicles); (b) hierarchical control of road networks; and (c) robust supervisory
control of high-tech systems (complex printers, MRI scanners). The design of control and fault diagnosis
systems for these case studies will be investigated from four different perspectives: (i) control synthesis of
hierarchical and distributed systems; (ii) development of algorithms for monitoring and fault diagnosis of
distributed systems; (iii) design trade-offs related to the communication within hierarchical systems; and (iv)
verification and complexity analysis and development of software tools.


Funds: requested
Syllabus: EUROPA - Progetti Europei

Project participants

Davide Bresolin
Marta Capiluppi
Research Associate
Paolo Fiorini
Full Professor
Riccardo Muradore
Ricercatore a tempo determinato
Davide Quaglia
Assistant Professor
Roberto Segala
Full Professor
Tiziano Villa
Full Professor