Introduction to Distributed Control and Embedded Systems (DCES)

  • Arben Çela
  • Mongi Ben Gaid
  • Xu-Guang Li
  • Silviu-Iulian Niculescu
Part of the Communications and Control Engineering book series (CCE)


With the new prospects that are offered by the diffusion of the communication means on the one hand, and the abilities of the control engineering and science to model and handle different categories of systems belonging to a broad range of application fields on the other hand, it is easy to envisions the development of new applications in the future, where the dynamics and the information will be strongly dependent. For that reason, the study of the integration of control, communication and computation was considered, in a recent report on the future of control (Murray et al. in IEEE Control Syst. Mag. 23(2):20–33, 2003), as a major challenge research direction. The integrated study of control communication, and computation (Årzén et al. in 39th IEEE conference on decision and control, Sydney, Australia, 2000) becomes more important when the communication bandwidth or the processing power is limited. Communication and computing resource limitations are generally presented as being a common characteristic to an important range of embedded systems. The term embedded system refers to an electronic system, which is in close relationship to a physical system. Embedded systems are reactive systems: they must correctly respond to the stimuli of their physical environment. They are characterized by a given degree of autonomy, which often appears in the autonomy of the computational resources, and less frequently in the autonomy of the energy supply.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arben Çela
    • 1
  • Mongi Ben Gaid
    • 2
  • Xu-Guang Li
    • 3
  • Silviu-Iulian Niculescu
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and TelecommunicationUniversité Paris-Est, ESIEE ParisNoisy-le-GrandFrance
  2. 2.Electronic and Real-Time Systems DepartmentIFP New EnergyRueil-MalmaisonFrance
  3. 3.School of Information Science and EngineeringNortheastern UniversityShenyangPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.L2S—Laboratoire des signaux et systèmesSupélecGif-sur-YvetteFrance

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