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Hierarchical Supervisory Control Theory

In this work we present a hierarchical control theory for supervisory automata based on state aggregation. Conditions are determined on state partitions which ensure that the control of transitions between blocks in a high-level (i.e. aggregated) model, combined with local state - dependent controls, is effective in the sense of achieving specifications given either for the high-level model or for the low-level system. A design methodology is proposed for the construction of the necessary partitions. We show this formulation of hierarchical supervision satisfies the consistency conditions in the existing language-based hierarchical supervisory control theory. Examples are presented including a material transfer line with re-entrant flow and a double queue.

P. Hubbard, P.E. Caines

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