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Discrete Event Systems: Modeling and Performance Analysis

Discrete Event Systems: Modeling and Performance Analysis is the first instructional text to be published in an area that emerged in the early 1980s and that spans such disciplines as systems and control theory, operations research, and computer science. Developments in this area are impacting the design and analysis of complex computer-based engineering systems. Designed for seniors and first-year graduate students, the book shows where Discrete Event Systems (DES) appear in modern technological environments, such as computer networks, automated manufacturing processes, and airport and highway traffic systems. The text provides a unified framework for modeling, design, analysis, and control of these “man made” dynamic systems.

Plenary Speaker at 55th IEEE Conf. Decision and Control

Abstract: Smart Cities are an example of Cyber-Physical Systems whose goals include improvements in transportation, energy distribution, emergency response, and infrastructure maintenance, to name a few. One of the key elements of a Smart City is the ability to monitor and dynamically allocate its resources. The availability of large amounts of data, ubiquitous wireless connectivity, […]

Student poster prizes at Graduate Research Symposium

Five posters of our lab were presented during the Graduate Research Symposium at BU. Topics cover from health care, sensor networks, multi-agent coverage control, traffic control, to persistent monitoring with applications in smart cities. Click here to read more.  

Keynote Address at ACM/IEEE 6th Intl. Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems

As computers become ever-faster and communication bandwidth ever-cheaper, computing and communication capabilities will be embedded in all types of objects and structures in the physical environment. Applications with enormous societal impact and economic benefit will be created by harnessing these capabilities in time and across space. Such systems that bridge the cyber-world of computing and […]

If Boston Were Smart

In 2012, the Daily Beast named Boston the country’s smartest metropolitan area. The website was referring to the people of Boston, of course, not the city itself. But what if the city itself were smart? What if technology, designed by the smart people who work in Boston, could help us save time and energy and […]

Plenary Speaker at 32nd Chinese Control Conference

Abstract: The time-driven paradigm for modeling, sampling, estimation, control, and optimization is based on centuries of theoretical underpinnings and was further promoted by the digital technological advances of the 1970s. In a world increasingly networked, wireless, and consisting of large-scale distributed systems, the universal value of this paradigm has understandably come to question. For example, […]

The Too-Smart City

Parking in Boston can be a grueling experience, but Christos Cassandras envisions a way to make it almost effortless: Have the city itself sense when spaces are opening up, and guide drivers to the most efficient spot. The engineering professor at Boston University and his students have already piloted a “smart parking” system in a […]