Distributed Sensing and Control Architecture for Automotive Factory Automation

  • Ningxu Cai
  • Robert W. Brennan
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5696)


In this paper we propose an architecture for distributed intelligent sensing and control (DISC) for automotive factory automation. The architecture is based on a platform-based design approach that breaks the sensing and control problem into increasingly higher levels of abstraction from physical hardware to intelligent sensing and control. The focus of this paper is on the middleware layer that serves as an interface between an upper, agent-based control level and the wireless sensor network. This layer takes advantage the IEC 61499 model for distributed process measurement and control, and in particular, exploits its distributed, modular structure and its close match to wireless sensor systems.


industrial automation wireless sensor networks IEC 61499 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ningxu Cai
    • 1
  • Robert W. Brennan
    • 1
  1. 1.Schulich School of EngineeringUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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