IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol.48, No.6, 1064-1068, 2003
The synthesis of safe control policies in decentralized control of discrete-event systems
State estimation and safe controller synthesis for a general form of decentralized control architecture for discrete-event systems is investigated. For this architecture, controllable events are assigned to be either "conjunctive" or "disjunctive." A new state estimator that accounts for past local control actions when calculating the set of estimated system states is presented. The new state estimator is applied to a previous general decentralized control law. The new control method generates a controlled language at least as large as that generated by the original method if a safety condition is satisfied. An algorithm for generating locally maximal control policies for a given state estimate is also discussed. The algorithm allows an amount of "steering" of the controlled system through an event priority mechanism.