Handbook of Networked and Embedded Control Systems

  • Dimitrios Hristu-Varsakelis
  • William S. Levine

Part of the Control Engineering book series (CONTRENGIN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Fundamentals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. William S. Levine
      Pages 3-20
    3. Dimitrios Hristu-Varsakelis, William S. Levine
      Pages 21-43
    4. Mohammed S. Santina, Allen R. Stubberud
      Pages 45-69
    5. Christos G. Cassandras
      Pages 71-89
    6. Michael S. Branicky
      Pages 91-116
    7. M. V. Lawson
      Pages 117-143
    8. Charles B. Silio Jr.
      Pages 145-171
    9. Marco Caccamo, Theodore Baker, Alan Burns, Giorgio Buttazzo, Lui Sha
      Pages 173-195
    10. David M. Auslander, Jean-Dominique Decotignie
      Pages 197-223
  3. Hardware

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. M. Chidambaram
      Pages 227-257
    3. Gustaf Olsson
      Pages 259-278
    4. Rainer Leupers, Gerd Ascheid
      Pages 279-293
    5. Steven F. Barrett, Daniel J. Pack
      Pages 295-322
    6. William M. Hawkins
      Pages 323-350
  4. Software

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 351-351
    2. Karl-Erik Årzén, Anton Cervin, Dan Henriksson
      Pages 377-394

About this book


The vast majority of control systems built today are embedded; that is, they rely on built-in, special-purpose digital computers to close their feedback loops. Embedded systems are common in aircraft, factories, chemical processing plants, and even in cars—a single high-end automobile may contain over eighty different computers. In such settings, controllers often use shared networks to communicate with each other and with large numbers of sensors and actuators scattered throughout the system. The design of embedded controllers and of the intricate, automated communication networks that support them raises many new questions—practical, as well as theoretical—about network protocols, compatibility of operating systems, and ways to maximize the effectiveness of the embedded hardware.

The Handbook of Networked and Embedded Control Systems, the first of its kind, provides engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, and students a broad, comprehensive source of information and technology to address many questions and aspects of embedded and networked control. A carefully organized collection of important results, tools, software, and technology, this work unifies into a single reference many scattered articles, websites, and specification sheets—information that might otherwise be difficult to find.

Key topics and features include:

* Self-contained, sharply-focused articles; readers have easy access to specific answers to questions without having to read hundreds of pages

* Clear structure and presentation of concepts in intuitive order

* Separation of material into six main sections—Fundamentals, Hardware, Software, Theory, Networking, and Applications

* Case studies, experiments, and examples that provide a multifaceted view of the subject, encompassing computation and communication considerations

* Information about commercially available tools and hardware

* Comprehensive bibliographies and index

This is an indispensable text for anyone interested in knowing more about embedded and networked control systems. Researchers will appreciate the handbook’s up-to-date results in the theory of embedded control; developers and users will value its information on special-purpose computer hardware and operating systems modifications that support real-time control; students will find the systematic organization and wide coverage useful for learning and reference.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Dimitrios Hristu-Varsakelis
    • 1
  • William S. Levine
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Applied InformaticsUniversity of MacedoniaThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/b137198
  • Copyright Information Birkhäuser Boston 2005
  • Publisher Name Birkhäuser Boston
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-0-8176-3239-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-8176-4404-8
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