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Software-Enabled Control: Information Technology for Dynamical Systems

Tariq Samad (Editor), Gary Balas (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-23436-4
419 pages
May 2003, Wiley-IEEE Press
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  • Discusses open systems, object orientation, software agents, domain-specific languages, component architectures, as well as the dramatic IT-enabled improvements in memory, communication, and processing resources that are now available for sophisticated control algorithms to exploit.
  • Useful for practitioners and researchers in the fields of real-time systems, aerospace engineering, embedded systems, and artificial intelligence.
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Table of Contents




The Sec Vision (H. Gill & J. Bay).

Trends and Technologies For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (D. Van Cleave).

Previewing the Software-Enabled Control Research Portfolio (T. Samad & G. Balas).


Open Control Platform: A Software Platform Supporting Advances in UAV Control Technology (J. Paunicka, et al.).

A Prototype Open Control Platform For Reconfigurable Control Systems (L. Wills, et al.). 

Real-Time Adaptive Resource Management for Multimodel Control (M. Agrawal, et al.). 

Heterogeneous Modeling and Design of Control Systems (X. Liu, et al.).

Embedded Control Systems Development with Giotto (T. Henzinger, et al.).


Online Control Customization Via Optimization-Based Control (R. Murray, et al.).

Model Predictive Neural Control For Aggressive Helicop ter Maneuvers (E. Wan, et al.).

Active Model Estimation For Complex Autonomous Systems (M. Campbell, et al.).

An Intelligent Methodology For Real-Time Adaptive Mode Transitioning and Limit Avoidance of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (G. Vachtsevanos, et al.). 

Implementation of Online Control Customization Within the Open Control Platform (R. Bhattacharya & G. Balas).


Hybrid Systems: Review and Recent Progress (P. Antsaklis & X. Koutsoukos).

A Maneuver-Based Hybrid Control Architecture for Autonomous Vehicle Motion Planning (E. Frazzoli, et al.).

Multimodal Control of Constrained Nonlinear Systems (T. Koo, et al.).

Towards Fault-Adaptive Control of Complex Dynamical Systems (G. Karsai, et al.).

Computational Tools For the Verification of Hybrid Systems (C. Tomlin, et al.).


The Outlook For Software-Enabled Control (T. Samad & G. Balas).


About the Editors.

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Author Information

TARIQ SAMAD is Corporate Fellow at Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and an adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. A graduate of Yale University, Dr. Samad received his MSEE and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. His other edited publications include Perspectives in Control Engineering: Applications, Technology, New Developments and Automation, Control, and Complexity: An Integrated View, both available from Wiley/IEEE.

GARY BALAS is a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics and Co-Director of the Control Science and Dynamical Systems Center, both at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Balas is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine and received his PhD degree in Astronautics and Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology. He is coauthor of the MATLAB? m-Analysis and Synthesis Toolbox and president of MUSYN Inc. Dr. Balas?s accomplishments include the Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of ASME.

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“…a serious and detailed look at much exciting and ambitious work…gives an excellent look at what will soon become possible – and probably commonplace – in advanced control systems.” (Measurement & Control)

"...an invaluable resource for research scientists, practicing engineers...graduate and undergraduate students...academic, corporate, and main libraries cannot afford to be without a copy of this outstanding publication.... Essential." (Choice, Vol. 41, No. 3, November 2003)

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