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Decentralized and Wireless Control of Large-Scale Systems

Decentralized and Wireless Control of Large-Scale Systems

Objective

Increased global competition and an urgent need to address sustainability and resource-efficiency of operations force European industries and large-scale infrastructure operators to look for efficient real-time decision-making systems that allow them to react rapidly, consistently and effectively to a continually changing economical and environmental landscape. Advances in optimization tools and the emergence of new highly pervasive, cheap, and reconfigurable wireless sensing technologies now motivate the research for novel distributed layers of plant management that are highly coordinated through the plant-wide circulation of information. The WIDE project aims at developing a rigorous framework for advanced control and real-time optimization of truly large-scale and spatially distributed processes, based on the integrated use of distributed model predictive control and wireless sensor feedback.
While the technologies and methodologies investigated in WIDE are general enough for many contexts, the project employs its unique access to an operational European city water distribution network to prove the effectiveness of the new concept in real practice.
The objectives of WIDE are aligned with Objective ICT-2007.3.7 "Networked Embedded and Control Systems", target outcome (c) "Control of large-scale complex distributed systems" as (i) it envisions a generic modelling and control design method for large-scale distributed systems such as manufacturing and process plants and large scale infrastructures; (ii) it proposes a new engineering approach to the design of scalable distributed model predictive controllers that optimize operational efficiency under resource and safety constraints while ensuring robustness to component and communication failures; (iii) it enables the use of wide-area wireless sensor networks for closing the control loop.
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Coordinator

SCUOLA IMT (ISTITUZIONI, MERCATI, TECNOLOGIE) ALTI STUDI DI LUCCA

Address

Piazza San Ponziano 6
55100 Lucca

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 16 318

Administrative Contact

Alberto Bemporad (Prof.)

Participants (8)

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HONEYWELL, SPOL. S.R.O

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 347 185

E-SENZA TECHNOLOGIES GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 139 421

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 90 843

SOCIEDAD GENERAL DE AGUAS DE BARCELONA S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 43 860

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SIENA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 266 489

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 209 129

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 343 852

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 342 892

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 224168

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2008

  • End date

    31 August 2011

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 698 671

  • EU contribution

    € 1 799 989

Coordinated by:

SCUOLA IMT (ISTITUZIONI, MERCATI, TECNOLOGIE) ALTI STUDI DI LUCCA

Italy