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Modular Supervisory Control and Hierarchical Supervisory Control of Fuzzy Discrete-Event Systems

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3 Author(s)
Awantha Jayasiri ; Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Canada ; George K. I. Mann ; Raymond G. Gosine

This paper establishes modular and hierarchical supervisory control theories of Fuzzy Discrete-Event Systems (FDES). It aims to resolve the horizontal and vertical complexities present in large-scale event-driven systems, which are affected by uncertainties in their event and state representations. The modular supervisory control architecture composed of a set of noncommunicating local supervisors, in which one supervisor is assigned for each module having its own sensing and acting capabilities. The notion of separability for languages in FDES is introduced and the property of a language specification of FDES, termed as separably-controllable-observability, is proposed to determine the existence of modular supervisors to the control problem. The hierarchical supervisory control architecture consists of multilevel supervisors assigned to detailed low-level and abstract high-level models of the plant. The notion of output-control-consistency is introduced for languages in FDES. Then, the property called strictly-output-control-consistency is defined for FDES in order to maintain the hierarchical consistency between low-level and high-level FDES modules. The property of H-fuzzy observability is introduced to ensure the hierarchical consistency under the partial observation of low-level FDES. Finally, using the established hierarchical supervisory control theory of FDES, a behavior-based mobile robot navigation example is discussed.

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IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 2 )