A process algebra for supervisory coordination

J.C.M. Baeten, D.A. Beek, van, A.C. Hulst, van, J. Markovski

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    A supervisory controller controls and coordinates the behavior of different components of a complex machine by observing their discrete behaviour. Supervisory control theory studies automated synthesis of controller models, known as supervisors, based on formal models of the machine components and a formalization of the requirements. Subsequently, code generation can be used to implement this supervisor in software, on a PLC, or embedded microprocessor. In this article, we take a closer look at the control loop that couples the supervisory controller and the machine. We model both event-based and state-based observations using process algebra and bisimulation-based semantics. The main application area of supervisory control that we consider is coordination, referred to as supervisory coordination, and we give an academic and an industrial example, discussing the process-theoretic concepts employed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the First International Workshop on Process Algebra and Coordination (PACO 2011, Reykjavik, Iceland, June 9, 2011)
    EditorsL. Aceto, M.R. Mousavi
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Publication series

    NameElectronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science
    ISSN (Print)2075-2180


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