The role of supervisory controller synthesis in automatic control software development

Jos Baeten, Jasen Markovski
2015 Science of Computer Programming  
h i g h l i g h t s • We discuss the role of supervisor synthesis in automated software code generation. • The proposed approach is systematic and based on process theory. • We implemented a model-based systems and software engineering framework. • The framework has been applied to multiple industrial studies. a r t i c l e i n f o a b s t r a c t We give an overview of a model-driven systems engineering approach for high-tech systems that relies on supervisory controller synthesis. The
more » ... framework has a process-theoretic foundation and supports extensions with quantitative features. We briefly discuss several industrial case studies that highlight the advantages of the proposed approach. Model-driven control software development Embedding information and communication technology in consumer and industrial products was enabled by advances in software that carries most of these products' functionalities. The need for development techniques that can guarantee software quality is more than apparent. Conferences like Software Development Automation, Model-Driven Engineering Languages and Systems, or Applications of Concurrency in System Design, are some of the venues where this need has been recognized and studied by means of automated model-driven software development techniques. In this paper, we would like to point to one model-driven systems engineering approach, referred to as supervisory controller synthesis, which targets discrete-event control software for high-tech and complex systems. We find this approach to be relevant to the software development community and we hope that it might offer novel insights in development of quality control software, and bring the communities of software development, systems engineering, and formal methods closer together.
doi:10.1016/j.scico.2013.11.016 fatcat:e4enholjbvaezply45oa4znezm