EE249, Fall 2012 – Project Proposals
Background Theme: Methodologies and Tools for Automated Design of Sense-and-Control Cyber-Physical Systems
Target Application and Case Study: Aircraft Electric Power Distribution Systems
The goal of the projects this year is to develop modeling, analysis and design tools for the realization of sense-and-control cyber-physical systems (CPS). To be concrete, all projects are inspired by the design of the power distribution sub-system of an aircraft electric power system (EPS). An aircraft EPS is an interesting example of CPS, complex enough to validate several ideas. However, the objective is to come up with techniques that can be applied well beyond this specific case study. Therefore, you are welcome to explore and propose additional benchmark applications to validate your solutions. Working in pairs is highly recommended.As discussed in class, within an aircraft EPS, one or more control units configure the system architecture (including power generators, buses, contactors, loads and sensors) to deliver the desired power throughout the vehicle, while satisfying a set of performance, reliability and safety requirements. While EPS systems become increasingly more complex, their realization can still be considered a derivative process (represented by the “V-diagram” discussed in class), where newly developed designs are often a reincarnation of older ones, due to the limited support for innovative designs offered by structured methodologies that could substantially reduce development risks. Therefore, a major challenge in this context is to develop algorithms and design aids for the synthesis of both the EPS architecture, i.e. the interconnections among different elements, and the reactive control protocol. Topics addressed by the projects will include:
Further details and references will be distributed through Piazza.