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This section provides some information about projects related to the HYCON2 NoE

Co-design for networked control systems (FeedNetBack)FeedNetBack addresses issues on complexity, temporal and spatial uncertainties, such as delays and bandwidth in communications and node availability. The goal is to enable the development of more efficient, robust and affordable networked control systems that scale and adapt with changing application demands.
Control for Coordination of Distributed Systems (C4C)C4C aims at developing control for coordination of distributed systems for five case studies with respect to control theory, communication networks, and computation. The case studies are: coordination of under water vehicles, coordination of aerial vehicles, coordination of automated guided vehicles, coordination of a distributed complex machine, and design of a hierarchical control and command system for a motorway network.
Control of Heterogeneus Automation Systems (CHAT)CHAT aims at developing the next-generation of distributed control systems, able to effectively tackle the supervision and control of larger and more complex automated industrial plants, while drastically reducing their infrastructure, maintenance and reconfiguration costs.

The need for fundamental research advancements, in the view of this Consortium and in concordance with the scope of this call, is four-fold:

  • to master the complexity of large-scale distributed implementation of algorithms, from the very basic (e.g., time synchronization) to the more advanced (optimal control and filtering)
  • to harness the temporal and spatial uncertainties of networked industrial automation and cope with stringent real-time control requirements
  • to conceive a generic, yet fully functional and effective, middleware architecture for automation (control) components, providing for composability, seamless connectivity, and dynamical reconfigurability
  • to counter the fragility of networked systems due to component failures and potential malicious attacks, providing for safety and security of operations despite limited resources locally available at the nodes.
Decentralized and Wireless Control of Large-Scale Systems (WIDE)

The WIDE project will face the following key issues:

  • Develop a unified, distributed, and multilayer modelling and goals/constraints specification framework that ensures cross-layer and inter-layer compatibility, responsiveness to structural changes in the process, consistency with measured data.
  • Develop new techniques for designing and coordinating a network of MPCs to achieve the best performance of the system and robustness under uncertainty and possible physical and topological constraints.
  • Develop methods of cooperating WSN and advanced process control by developing transmission and networking technologies for reliable wide-area wireless sensor networks, and new methods of MPC design that, aware of communication and power-consumption aspects of the network, ensure an optimized controller/wireless-sensor operation.
  • Demonstrate experimentally the viability and efficiency of the general approach on the water distribution network of the city of Barcelona.
Embedded Optimization for Resource Constrained Platforms (EMBOCON)

Embedded optimization will enable huge energy and resource savings, increased safety, and improved fault detection across a wide a range of industrial applications in the mechatronic, automotive, process control and aerospace sectors.

The EMBOCON consortium will enable widespread application of real-time optimization in embedded systems through:

  • Tailoring of customized numerical algorithms to increase their robustness and efficiency on embedded systems,
  • Enabling real-time optimization on cheap industry-standard hardware platforms,
  • Defining a common user interface for optimization technologies to facilitate technology transfer to industry, and
  • Performing challenging case studies in cooperation with industrial partners to demonstrate technological maturity.
EUCLID - Engineering of Networked Monitoring and Control Systems

India and the European Union face common timely challenges in the very important and potential field of networked monitoring and control system technologies, which create a favorable environment for strategic collaboration. In addition, India represents a huge economic opportunity for the European Union, and has a proud heritage in complex systems engineering and monitoring and control technologies.

EUCLID aims at stimulating EU-India cooperation in the field of networked monitoring and control system technologies. The project will particularly focus on 4 application domains: transportation, energy management, industrial automation, clean water. These areas entail many aspects of complex systems engineering.

EUCLID’s mission is threefold:

  • Map Indian organisations involved in monitoring and control methods and tools research, assess the EU-India collaboration potential and propose recommendations with a roadmap and an action plan.
  • Organize awareness-raising, networking & brokerage and training events in India and in Europe and a delegation tour of European specialists to Indian organisations.
  • Provide ‘hands-on’ support to strengthen Indian participation in the European research and training, and to reinforce the cooperation.


Further and updated information can be found in the EUCLID's newsletters:

Hierarchical and distributed model predictive control of large-scale complex systems (HD-MPC)HD-MPC will focus on the development of new and efficient methods for distributed and hierarchical control of large-scale, complex, networked systems with many embedded sensors and actuators, and characterised by complex dynamics and mutual influences.
Price-based Control of Electrical Power Systems (E-Price)E-Price is a three-year European research project aiming to develop a reliable, an efficient and a societally-acceptable control concept for the EU energy market. E-Price sets a new standard by introducing a feasible price-based control strategy. Its ambition is to be at the very heart of future developments that fully facilitate the increasing amounts of less-predictable renewable energy sources.
Vital Infrastructure, Networks, Information and Control Systems Management (VIKING)

Society is increasingly dependent on the proper functioning of the electric power system, which in turn supports most other critical infrastructures: water and sewage systems; telecommunications, internet and computing services; air traffic, railroads and other transportation.

The operation and management of the electric power system depend on computerized industrial control systems. Keeping these systems secure and resilient to external attacks as well as to internal operational errors is thus vital for uninterrupted service.

The main objectives of VIKING are:

  • To investigate the vulnerability of SCADA systems and the cost of cyber attacks on society
  • To propose and test strategies and technologies to mitigate these weaknesses
  • To increase the awareness for the importance of critical infrastructures and the need to protect them