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Scale-Free Control for Complex Physical Network Systems

Objective

Technology achievements were typically built upon fundamental theoretical findings, but nowadays technology seems to be
evolving faster than our ability to develop new concepts and theories. Intelligent traffic systems benefit from many technical
innovations, for example. Mobile phones, radars, cameras and magnetometers can be used to measure traffic evolution
and provide large sets of valuable data. Vehicles can communicate with the network infrastructure, as well as each other.
However, these huge technological advances have not been used to the full so far. Traffic lights are far from functioning
optimally and traffic management systems do not always prevent the occurrence of congestions.
So what is missing? Such systems affect our daily life; why aren’t them on pace with technology advances? Possible
because they have become far more complex than the analytical tools available for managing them. Systems have many
components, communicate with each other, have self-decision-making mechanisms, share an enormous amount of
information, and form networks. Research in control systems has challenged some of these features, but not in a very
concerted way. There is a lack of “glue” relating the solutions to each other.
In the Scale-FreeBack project, it is proposed to approach this problem with a new holistic vision. Scale-FreeBack will first
investigate appropriate scale-free dynamic modeling approaches breaking down system’s complexity, and then develop
control and observation algorithms which are specifically tailored for such models. Scale-FreeBack will also investigate new
resilient issues in control which are urgently required because of the increasing connectivity between systems and the
external world. Road traffic networks will be used in proof-of-concept studies based on field tests performed at our
Grenoble Traffic Lab (GTL) and in a large-scale microscopic simulator.

Call for proposal

ERC-2015-AdG
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Host institution

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 2 873 601

Beneficiaries (1)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 2 873 601
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other