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Filtering and Control for Unreliable Communication: The Discrete-Time Case

Call for Papers

In the past decades, communication networks have been extensively employed in many practical control systems, such as manufacturing plants, aircraft, and spacecraft, to transmit information and control signals between the system components. When a control loop is closed via a serial communication channel, a networked control system (NCS) is formed. NCSs have become very popular for their great advantages over traditional systems (e.g., low cost, reduced weight, power requirements, etc.). Generally, it has been implicitly assumed that the communication between the system components is perfect; that is, the signals transmitted from the plant always arrive at the filter or controller without any information loss. Unfortunately, such an assumption is not always true. For example, a common feature of the NCSs is the presence of significant network-induced delays and data losses across the networks. Therefore, an emerging research topic that has recently drawn much attention is how to cope with the effect of network-induced phenomena due to the unreliability of the network communication.

With the wide application of computer science since the 1960s, the theory and practice of the discrete-time system have entered a new stage, and the progress of the study on the large-scale integrated circuit makes the discrete-time system easily realized. The discrete-time system has a lot of advantages, such as small volume, low cost, easy implementation, and better reliability. Because of the extensive use of computers and digital communication networks, the discrete-time dynamic system has been widely applied in the communications, remote sensing, and so on. Therefore, in the past few years, there has been a growing research interest in the filtering and control issues for discrete-time systems with unreliable communication. Many methods for filtering and control have been proposed, and a lot of uncertain factors (e.g., random packet dropouts) have been discussed.

We invite authors to contribute with high-quality original research as well as review articles that will bring together the latest approaches to understand, filter, and control discrete-time systems under unreliable communication. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Multiobjective filtering or control
  • Network-induced phenomena
  • Stability analysis
  • Robustness and fragility
  • Applications in real-world discrete-time systems

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 20 September 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 13 December 2013
Publication DateFriday, 7 February 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Guoliang Wei, School of Optical-Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, No. 516 Jungong Road, Shanghai 200093, China

Guest Editors

  • Lifeng Ma, School of Automation, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210094, China
  • Zidong Wang, School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics, Brunel University, Uxbridge UB8 3PH, UK