Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Klaus Werner Schmidt, Middle East Technical University

Topic: "Supervisory Control for Discrete Event Systems: Introduction, Methods and Applications"

Location: Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Abstract: Discrete event system (DES) models are suitable to describe man-made systems such as manufacturing systems, automation systems, telecommunication networks, traffic systems or logistic systems. As a common feature, such systems have a discrete state space and their dynamic behavior is driven by the occurrence of asynchronous events. Moreover, such systems are usually composed of a large number of interacting components such that systems of practical size have a very large state space. Accordingly, the controller (supervisor) design for DES is a challenging problem and requires advanced concepts such as modularity and system abstraction. This talk first introduces the DES modeling framework and discusses the basic supervisory control framework. Then, the ideas of modularity and system abstraction are outlined in order to reduce the design complexity. Application examples illustrate that the described concepts are applicable to systems of practical size and support the idea of "correctness by design".

Bio: Klaus Werner Schmidt received the Diploma and Ph.D. degrees in electrical, electronic, and communication engineering from University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, in 2002 and 2005, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara. His research interests include supervisory control for discrete event systems, industrial automation systems, industrial communication networks, intelligent transportation systems, and industrial project control. He is an Associate Editor of the journal "Discrete Event Dynamic Systems: Theory and Applications" and of the "Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences"

  Date and Time




  • Ankara, Ankara
  • Turkey


Assoc. Prof. Klaus Werner Schmidt