A component-based approach to the design of networked control systems

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Component-based techniques revolve around composable, reusable software objects that shield the application level software from the details of the hardware and low-level software implementation and vice versa. Components provide many benefits that have led to their wide adoption it software and middleware developed for embedded systems: They are well-defined entities that can be replaced without affecting the rest of the systems, they can be developed and tested separately and integrated later, and they are reusable. Clearly such features are important for the design of large-scale complex systems more generally, beyond software architectures. We propose the use of a component approach to address embedded control problems. We outline a general coponent-based framework to embedded control aid show how it can be instantiated inspecific problems that arise in the control over/of sensor networks. Building on the middleware component framework developed under the European project RUNES, we develop a number of control-oriented components necessary for the implementation of control applications and design their integration. The paper provides the overview of the approach, discusses a real life application where the approach has been tested and outlines a number of specific control problems that arise in this application.


  • Karl-Erik Årzén
  • Antonio Bicchi
  • Gianluca Dini
  • Stephen Hailes
  • Karl H. Johansson
  • John Lygeros
  • Anthony Tzes
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Control Engineering


  • wireless sensor networks, wireless networks, control over, networked embedded systems, component-based software, mobile robotics, networked, control
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-279
JournalEuropean Journal of Control
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch