Automatica, Vol.43, No.4, 738-743, 2007
Decentralized supervisory control of discrete event systems with communication delays based on conjunctive and permissive decision structures
In many practical discrete event systems (DESs), some unexpected and uncontrollable events can subsequently occur before a proper control action is actually applied to a plant due to communication delays. For such DESs, this paper investigates necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of a nonblocking decentralized supervisor that can correctly achieve a given language specification when the decentralized supervisor is assumed to have a conjunctive and permissive decision structure. In particular, this paper presents a notion of delay-coobservability for a given language specification and shows that it is a key condition for the existence of such a decentralized supervisor. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.