How should control equipment across Scandinavia be coordinated to quickly find new routes for electrical power when a transmission line is broken? How should micro-processors in a vehicle gather measurements from several sources and combine engine force with brakes on different wheels to recover from a dangerous situation? How can multiple applications in a cell-phone be coordinated to make optimal use of battery, memory and processing power?
All these questions are examples of distributed control problems, where several actuators need to cooperate with access to different information and with bounds on the communication between them. The challenge for LCCC is to address such problems and at the same time extend theory and methodology of control beyond the traditional centralized viewpoint.Three directions of fundamental research have been defined to cover the span from mathematical theories to computer tools and implementation. Inspiration comes from application projects, usually with external funding from other sources. See the diagram below:
Main Research Areas
The three main research areas of LCCC correspond to the horizontal directions of the LCCC diagram:
- Distributed Decision-Making and Control
- Implementation in Networked and Embedded Systems
- Modeling Support for Design and Verification
The work is organized in research projects, often with external funding from other sources. To stimulate interaction between the research projects, LCCC has created six working groups:
LCCC has supported six seed projects. They are all completed, but several of them continue with external funding from other sources.
- Surgical Robotics
- Cerebellar Control and Adaptation
- Anesthesia in Closed Loop
- Process Control and Information Handling
- Dynamics, Pricing and Control in Power Systems
- Optimizing Fermentation Control for B.Licheniformis
- Power networks. (Responsible: Carolina Lidström)
- Traffic control and distributed decision-making. (Responsible: Gustav Nilsson)
- Cloud control and Networked Embedded Systems. (Responsible: Karl-Erik Årzen)
- Robotics. (Responsible: Rolf Johansson)
- Navigation and communication. (Responsible: Bo Bernhardsson)
- Process control. (Responsible: Tore Hägglund)
Feel free to contact the one responsible for each working group if you want information on how they work, when/where they meet etc.