Resource Management in Networked Embedded Control Systems by Jerome Le Ny September 29, 2011

September 29th at 3:00 pm in the Gray conference room on the first floor. ISIS 1025 16th Avenue South.

Almost all modern control systems are implemented on digital platforms, and many of them are embedded systems.
Unfortunately, the well-rounded theory of digital control has not kept pace with the multitude of complex system integration issues raised by this trend. Many of the aspects that could formerly be qualified by the control engineer as "implementation issues" play today a crucial role in determining the viability of the overall system, with respect to performance, cost, reliability, maintainability, etc.

This talk presents some recent work at the interface between control system design and resource management in embedded systems. I will first show how to optimally schedule sensing and actuation resources given a fixed limited bandwidth and assuming few real-time scheduling constraints. I will also discuss how robust control ideas can be used to design control systems that are simpler to implement and integrate on real platforms. The latter approach is modular in the sense that various sources of disturbance introduced at the implementation stage can be analyzed independently, and then combined in the study of a complete complex system.

Jerome Le Ny received the Bachelor’s degree from the Ecole Polytechnique, France, in 2001,
the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2003,
and the Ph.D. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 2008. In 2003-2004,
he was an embedded software engineer with Robert Bosch GmbH. He is currently a
Postdoctoral Researcher with the GRASP Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania.
His research interests include robust and stochastic control with applications to autonomous and
embedded systems, air transportation, and more generally computational methods supporting
the design and verification of complex systems.