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See detailAttack-tolerant Control and Observer-based Trajectory Tracking for Cyber-Physical Systems
Bezzaoucha, Souad UL; Voos, Holger UL; Darouach, Mohamed

in European Journal of Control (in press)

In the present paper, a model-based fault/attack tolerant scheme is proposed to cope with cyber-threats on Cyber-Physicals Systems. A common scheme based on observers is designed and a state feedback ... [more ▼]

In the present paper, a model-based fault/attack tolerant scheme is proposed to cope with cyber-threats on Cyber-Physicals Systems. A common scheme based on observers is designed and a state feedback control based on an aperiodic event-triggered framework is given with control synthesis and condition on the switching time. Classical fault tolerant control with Bi-linear Matrix Inequality () approaches are used to achieve novel and better security strategy based on an event-triggered control implementation. The purpose of using the event-based implementation would be to reduce (limit) the total number of transmissions to only instances when the networked control system (NCS) needs attention. Simulation results on a real-time laboratory three tank system are given to show the attack-tolerant control ability despite data deception attacks on both actuators and sensors. A detection/isolation scheme based on residual observers bank is also proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Imperialist Competitive Algorithm for a Real-World Flexible Job Shop Scheduling Problem
Tessaro Lunardi, Willian UL; Voos, Holger UL; Cherri, Luiz Henrique

in 23rd IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, Torino, Italy, September 4-7, 2018 (2018, September)

Traditional planning and scheduling techniques still hold important roles in modern smart scheduling systems. Realistic features present in modern manufacturing systems need to be incorporated into these ... [more ▼]

Traditional planning and scheduling techniques still hold important roles in modern smart scheduling systems. Realistic features present in modern manufacturing systems need to be incorporated into these techniques. The real-world problem addressed here is an extension of flexible job shop scheduling problem and is issued from the modern printing and boarding industry. The precedence between operations of each job is given by an arbitrary directed acyclic graph rather than a linear order. In this paper, we extend the traditional FJSP solutions representation to address the parallel operations. We propose an imperialist competitive algorithm for the problem. Several instances are used for the experiments and the results show that, for the considered instances, the proposed algorithm is faster and found better or equal solutions compared to the state-of-the-art algorithms. [less ▲]

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See detailVulnerability Analysis of Cyber Physical Systems under False-Data injection and disturbance attacks
Gerard, Benjamin; Bezzaoucha, Souad UL; Voos, Holger UL et al

in Vulnerability Analysis of Cyber Physical Systems under False-Data injection and disturbance attacks (2018, September)

In the present paper, the problem of attacks on cyber-physical systems via networked control system (NCS) subject to unmeasured disturbances is considered. The geometric approach is used to evaluate the ... [more ▼]

In the present paper, the problem of attacks on cyber-physical systems via networked control system (NCS) subject to unmeasured disturbances is considered. The geometric approach is used to evaluate the security and vulnerability level of the controlled system. The presented work deals with the so-called false data injection attacks and shows how imperfectly known disturbances can be used to perform undetectable, or at least stealthy, attacks that can make the NCS vulnerable to attacks from malicious outsiders. A numerical example is given to illustrate the approach. [less ▲]

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See detailA Contribution to Cyber-Physical Systems Security: an Event-based Attack-tolerant Control Approach
Bezzaoucha, Souad UL; Voos, Holger UL

in Proceedings of 10th IFAC Symposium on Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety for Technical Processes, SAFEPROCESS 2018 (2018, August 29)

In the present paper, a model-based fault/attack tolerant scheme is proposed to deal with cyber-threats on Cyber Physicals Systems. A common scheme based on observers is designed and a state feedback ... [more ▼]

In the present paper, a model-based fault/attack tolerant scheme is proposed to deal with cyber-threats on Cyber Physicals Systems. A common scheme based on observers is designed and a state feedback control based on an event-triggered framework is given with control synthesis and condition on the switching time. An event-based implementation is proposed in order to achieve novel security strategy. Observer and controller gains are deduced by solving su cient Bilinear Matrix Inequality (BMI) condition. Simulation results on a real-time laboratory three tank system are given to show the attack-tolerant control ability despite data deception attacks on both actuators and sensors. [less ▲]

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See detailStochastic Optimum Energy Management for Advanced Transportation Network
Sajadi Alamdari, Seyed Amin UL; Voos, Holger UL; Darouach, Mohamed

in 15th IFAC Symposium on Control in Transportation Systems CTS 2018 (2018, July 19)

Smart and optimal energy consumption in electric vehicles has high potential to improve the limited cruising range on a single battery charge. The proposed concept is a semi-autonomous ecological advanced ... [more ▼]

Smart and optimal energy consumption in electric vehicles has high potential to improve the limited cruising range on a single battery charge. The proposed concept is a semi-autonomous ecological advanced driver assistance system which predictively plans for a safe and energy-efficient cruising velocity profile autonomously for battery electric vehicles. However, high entropy in transportation network leads to a challenging task to derive a computationally efficient and tractable model to predict the traffic flow. Stochastic optimal control has been developed to systematically find an optimal decision with the aim of performance improvement. However, most of the developed methods are not real-time algorithms. Moreover, they are mainly risk-neutral for safety-critical systems. This paper investigates on the real-time risk-sensitive nonlinear optimal control design subject to safety and ecological constraints. This system improves the efficiency of the transportation network at the microscopic level. Obtained results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method in terms of states regulation and constraints satisfaction. [less ▲]

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See detailA Decoupling Approach to Design Observers for Polytopic Takagi-Sugeno Models Subject to Unknown Inputs
Bezzaoucha, Souad UL; Voos, Holger UL; Davila, Jorge et al

in Proceedings of the 2018 American Control Conference (2018, June 27)

A decoupling approach for state estimation of nonlinear systems represented in the polytopic Takagi-Sugeno with unmeasurable premise variables subject to unknown inputs is proposed in this paper. The idea ... [more ▼]

A decoupling approach for state estimation of nonlinear systems represented in the polytopic Takagi-Sugeno with unmeasurable premise variables subject to unknown inputs is proposed in this paper. The idea consists in defining a state and unknown input transformations in order to divide the state vector into two parts, a measurable part and an observable one (decoupled from the unknown input). A classical Luenberger observer to estimate the unmeasurable part is then designed and given in terms of Linear Matrix Inequalities (LMIs) conditions. A numerical example is also presented in order to illustrate the proposed approach. [less ▲]

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See detailCyber Security and Vulnerability Analysis of Networked Control System subject to False-Data injection
Gerard, Benjamin; Bezzaoucha, Souad UL; Voos, Holger UL et al

in Proceedings of the 2018 American Control Conference (2018, June 27)

In the present paper, the problem of networked control system (NCS) cyber security is considered. The geometric approach is used to evaluate the security and vulnerability level of the controlled system ... [more ▼]

In the present paper, the problem of networked control system (NCS) cyber security is considered. The geometric approach is used to evaluate the security and vulnerability level of the controlled system. The proposed results are about the so-called false data injection attacks and show how imperfectly known disturbances can be used to perform undetectable, or at least stealthy, attacks that can make the NCS vulnerable to attacks from malicious outsiders. A numerical example is given to illustrate the approach. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Extended Flexible Job Shop Scheduling Problem with Parallel Operations
Tessaro Lunardi, Willian UL; Voos, Holger UL

in ACM SIGAPP Applied Computing Review (2018), 18(2), 46-56

Traditional planning and scheduling techniques still hold important roles in modern smart scheduling systems. Realistic features present in modern manufacturing systems need to be incorporated into these ... [more ▼]

Traditional planning and scheduling techniques still hold important roles in modern smart scheduling systems. Realistic features present in modern manufacturing systems need to be incorporated into these techniques. Flexible job-shop scheduling problem (FJSP) is one of the most challenging combinatorial optimization problems. FJSP is an extension of the classical job shop scheduling problem where an operation can be processed by several different machines. In this paper, we consider the FJSP with parallel operations (EFJSP) and we propose and compare a discrete firefly algorithm (FA) and a genetic algorithm (GA) for the problem. Several FJSP and EFJSP instances were used to evaluate the performance of the proposed algorithms. Comparisons among our methods and state-of-the-art algorithms are also provided. The experimental results demonstrate that the FA and GA achieved improvements in terms of efficiency and efficacy. Solutions obtained by both algorithms are comparable to those obtained by algorithms with local search. In addition, based on our initial experiments, results show that the proposed discrete firefly algorithm is feasible, more effective and efficient than our proposed genetic algorithm for the considered problem. [less ▲]

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See detailModel Predictive Control for Aerial Collision Avoidance in dynamic environments
Castillo Lopez, Manuel UL; Sajadi Alamdari, Seyed Amin UL; Sanchez Lopez, Jose Luis UL et al

in 26th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation (MED), Zadar, Croatia, 19-22 June 2018 (2018, June)

Autonomous navigation in unknown environments populated by humans and other robots is one of the main challenges when working with mobile robots. In this paper, we present a new approach to dynamic ... [more ▼]

Autonomous navigation in unknown environments populated by humans and other robots is one of the main challenges when working with mobile robots. In this paper, we present a new approach to dynamic collision avoidance for multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). A new nonlinear model predictive control (NMPC) approach is proposed to safely navigate in a workspace populated by static and/or moving obstacles. The uniqueness of our approach lies in its ability to anticipate the dynamics of multiple obstacles, avoiding them in real-time. Exploiting active set algorithms, only the obstacles that affect to the UAV during the prediction horizon are considered at each sample time. We also improve the fluency of avoidance maneuvers by reformulating the obstacles as orientable ellipsoids, being less prone to local minima and allowing the definition of a preferred avoidance direction. Finally, we present two real-time implementations based on simulation. The former demonstrates that our approach outperforms its analog static formulation in terms of safety and efficiency. The latter shows its capability to avoid multiple dynamic obstacles. [less ▲]

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See detailA Mathematical Model and a Firefly Algorithm for an Extended Flexible Job Shop Problem with Availability Constraints
Tessaro Lunardi, Willian UL; Cherri, Luiz Henrique; Voos, Holger UL

in 17th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing, Zakopane, Poland, June 3-7, 2018 (2018, June)

Manufacturing scheduling strategies have historically ignored the availability of the machines. The more realistic the schedule, more accurate the calculations and predictions. Availability of machines ... [more ▼]

Manufacturing scheduling strategies have historically ignored the availability of the machines. The more realistic the schedule, more accurate the calculations and predictions. Availability of machines will play a crucial role in the Industry 4.0 smart factories. In this paper, a mixed integer linear programming model (MILP) and a discrete firefly algorithm (DFA) are proposed for an extended multi-objective FJSP with availability constraints (FJSP-FCR). Several standard instances of FJSP have been used to evaluate the performance of the model and the algorithm. New FJSP-FCR instances are provided. Comparisons among the proposed methods and other state-of-the-art reported algorithms are also presented. Alongside the proposed MILP model, a Genetic Algorithm is implemented for the experiments with the DFA. Extensive investigations are conducted to test the performance of the proposed model and the DFA. The comparisons between DFA and other recently published algorithms shows that it is a feasible approach for the stated problem. [less ▲]

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See detailCollision Avoidance Effects on the Mobility of a UAV Swarm Using Chaotic Ant Colony with Model Predictive Control
Dentler, Jan Eric UL; Rosalie, Martin UL; Danoy, Grégoire UL et al

in Journal of Intelligent \& Robotic Systems (2018)

The recent development of compact and economic small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) permits the development of new UAV swarm applications. In order to enhance the area coverage of such UAV swarms, a ... [more ▼]

The recent development of compact and economic small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) permits the development of new UAV swarm applications. In order to enhance the area coverage of such UAV swarms, a novel mobility model has been presented in previous work, combining an Ant Colony algorithm with chaotic dynamics (CACOC). This work is extending CACOC by a Collision Avoidance (CA) mechanism and testing its efficiency in terms of area coverage by the UAV swarm. For this purpose, CACOC is used to compute UAV target waypoints which are tracked by model predictively controlled UAVs. The UAVs are represented by realistic motion models within the virtual robot experimentation platform (V-Rep). This environment is used to evaluate the performance of the proposed CACOC with CA algorithm in an area exploration scenario with 3 UAVs. Finally, its performance is analyzed using metrics. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative Study of Genetic and Discrete Firefly Algorithm for Combinatorial Optimization
Tessaro Lunardi, Willian UL; Voos, Holger UL

in 33rd ACM/SIGAPP Symposium On Applied Computing, Pau, France, April 9 - 13, 2018 (2018, April)

Flexible job-shop scheduling problem (FJSP) is one of the most challenging combinatorial optimization problems. FJSP is an extension of the classical job shop scheduling problem where an operation can be ... [more ▼]

Flexible job-shop scheduling problem (FJSP) is one of the most challenging combinatorial optimization problems. FJSP is an extension of the classical job shop scheduling problem where an operation can be processed by several different machines. The FJSP contains two sub-problems, namely machine assignment problem and operation sequencing problem. In this paper, we propose and compare a discrete firefly algorithm (FA) and a genetic algorithm (GA) for the multi-objective FJSP. Three minimization objectives are considered, the maximum completion time, workload of the critical machine and total workload of all machines. Five well-known instances of FJSP have been used to evaluate the performance of the proposed algorithms. Comparisons among our methods and state-of-the-art algorithms are also provided. The experimental results demonstrate that the FA and GA have achieved improvements in terms of efficiency. Solutions obtained by both algorithms are comparable to those obtained by algorithms with local search. In addition, based on our initial experiments, results show that the proposed discrete firefly algorithm is feasible, more effective and efficient than our proposed genetic algorithm for solving multi-objective FJSP. [less ▲]

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See detailA Reference Architecture for Deploying Component-based Robot Software and Comparison with Existing Tools
Hochgeschwender, Nico UL; Biggs, Geoffrey; Voos, Holger UL

in Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotic Computing (2018)

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See detailModel predictive cooperative localization control of multiple UAVs using potential function sensor constraints
Dentler, Jan Eric UL; Kannan, Somasundar UL; Bezzaoucha, Souad UL et al

in Autonomous Robots (2018)

The global localization of multiple mobile robots can be achieved cost efficiently by localizing one robot globally and the others in relation to it using local sensor data. However, the drawback of this ... [more ▼]

The global localization of multiple mobile robots can be achieved cost efficiently by localizing one robot globally and the others in relation to it using local sensor data. However, the drawback of this cooperative localization is the requirement of continuous sensor information. Due to a limited sensor perception space, the tracking task to continuously maintain this sensor information is challenging. To address this problem, this contribution is presenting a model predictive control (MPC) approach for such cooperative localization scenarios. In particular, the present work shows a novel workflow to describe sensor limitations with the help of potential functions. In addition, a compact motion model for multi-rotor drones is introduced to achieve MPC real-time capability. The effectiveness of the presented approach is demonstrated in a numerical simulation, an experimental indoor scenario with two quadrotors as well as multiple indoor scenarios of a quadrotor obstacle evasion maneuver. [less ▲]

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See detailModel-Driven Interaction Design for Social Robots
Cornelius, Gary Philippe UL; Hochgeschwender, Nico UL; Voos, Holger UL

in 4th International Workshop on Model-driven Robot Software Engineering, Marburg, Germany, 2017 (2017, December)

Robotic software development frameworks lack a possibility to present,validate and generate qualitative complex human robot interactions and robot de-velopers are mostly left with unclear informal project ... [more ▼]

Robotic software development frameworks lack a possibility to present,validate and generate qualitative complex human robot interactions and robot de-velopers are mostly left with unclear informal project specifications. The devel-opment of a human-robot interaction is a complex task and involves different ex-perts, for example, the need for human-robot interaction (HRI) specialists, whoknow about the psychological impact of the robot’s movements during the in-teraction in order to design the best possible user experience. In this paper, wepresent a new project that aims to provide exactly this. Focusing on the interac-tion flow and movements of a robot for human-robot interactions we aim to pro-vide a set of modelling languages for human-robot interaction which serves as acommon, more formal, discussion point between the different stakeholders. Thisis a new project and the main topics of this publication are the scenario descrip-tion, the analysis of the different stakeholders, our experience as robot applicationdevelopers for our partner, as well as the future work we plan to achieve. [less ▲]

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See detailEvasive Maneuvering for UAVs: An MPC Approach
Castillo Lopez, Manuel UL; Olivares Mendez, Miguel Angel UL; Voos, Holger UL

in ROBOT'2017 - Third Iberian Robotics Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 2017 (2017, November 22)

Flying autonomously in a workspace populated by obstacles is one of the main goals when working with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). To address this challenge, this paper presents a model predictive ... [more ▼]

Flying autonomously in a workspace populated by obstacles is one of the main goals when working with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). To address this challenge, this paper presents a model predictive flight controller that drives the UAV through collision-free trajectories to reach a given pose or follow a way-point path. The major advantage of this approach lies on the inclusion of three-dimensional obstacle avoidance in the control layer by adding ellipsoidal constraints to the optimal control problem. The obstacles can be added, moved and resized online, providing a way to perform waypoint navigation without the need of motion planning. In addition, the delays of the system are considered in the prediction by an experimental first order with delay model of the system. Successful experiments in 3D path tracking and obstacle avoidance validates its effectiveness for sense-and-avoid and surveillance applications presenting the proper structure to extent its autonomy and applications. [less ▲]

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See detailA Perspective of Security for Mobile Service Robots
Cornelius, Gary Philippe UL; Hochgeschwender, Nico UL; Voos, Holger UL et al

in Iberian Robotics Conference, Seville, Spain, 2017 (2017, November 22)

Future homes will contain Mobile Service Robots (MSR) with diverse functionality. MSRs act in close proximity to humans and have the physical capabilities to cause serious harm to their environment ... [more ▼]

Future homes will contain Mobile Service Robots (MSR) with diverse functionality. MSRs act in close proximity to humans and have the physical capabilities to cause serious harm to their environment. Furthermore, they have sensors that gather large amounts of data, which might contain sensitive information. A mobile service robot’s physical capabilities are controlled by networked computers susceptible to faults and intrusions. The proximity to humans and the possibility to physically interact with them makes it critical to think about the security issues of MSRs. In this work, we investigate possible attacks on mobile service robots. We survey adversary motivations to attack MSRs, analyse threat vectors and list different available defence mechanisms against attacks on MSRs. [less ▲]

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See detailObserver-based Event-triggered Attack-Tolerant Control Design for Cyber-physical Systems
Bezzaoucha, Souad UL; Voos, Holger UL; Darouach, Mohamed

in 14th International Workshop on Advanced Control and Diagnosis, Bucharest, Romania, November 2017 (2017, November)

In the present paper, a model-based fault/attack tolerant scheme is proposed to cope with cyber-threats on Cyber Physicals Systems. A common scheme based on observers is designed and a state feedback ... [more ▼]

In the present paper, a model-based fault/attack tolerant scheme is proposed to cope with cyber-threats on Cyber Physicals Systems. A common scheme based on observers is designed and a state feedback control based on an aperiodic event-triggered framework is given with control synthesis and condition on the switching time. Classical fault tolerant control with Bilinear Matrix Inequality (BMI) approaches are used to achieve novel and better security strategy based on an event-triggered control implementation. The purpose in using the event-based implementation would be to reduce (limit) the total number of transmissions to only instances when the networked control system (NCS) needs attention. An illustrative example of the proposed approach applied to a three-tank system is presented. [less ▲]

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See detailDeadzone-Quadratic Penalty Function for Predictive Extended Cruise Control with Experimental Validation
Sajadi Alamdari, Seyed Amin UL; Voos, Holger UL; Darouach, Mohamed

in ROBOT 2017: Third Iberian Robotics Conference, Sevilla, Spain 22-24 November 2017 (2017, November)

Battery Electric Vehicles have high potentials for the modern transportations, however, they are facing limited cruising range. To address this limitation, we present a semi-autonomous ecological driver ... [more ▼]

Battery Electric Vehicles have high potentials for the modern transportations, however, they are facing limited cruising range. To address this limitation, we present a semi-autonomous ecological driver assistance system to regulate the velocity with energy-efficient techniques. The main contribution of this paper is the design of a real-time nonlinear receding horizon optimal controller to plan the online cost-effective cruising velocity. Instead of conventional L2-norms, a deadzone-quadratic penalty function for the nonlinear model predictive controller is proposed. Obtained field experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method for a semi-autonomous electric vehicle in terms of real-time energy-efficient velocity regulation and constraints satisfaction. [less ▲]

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See detailImplementation and validation of an event-based real-time nonlinear model predictive control framework with ROS interface for single and multi-robot systems
Dentler, Jan Eric UL; Kannan, Somasundar UL; Olivares Mendez, Miguel Angel UL et al

in 2017 IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA) (2017, August 30)

This paper presents the implementation and experimental validation of a central control framework. The presented framework addresses the need for a controller, which provides high performance combined ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the implementation and experimental validation of a central control framework. The presented framework addresses the need for a controller, which provides high performance combined with a low-computational load while being on-line adaptable to changes in the control scenario. Examples for such scenarios are cooperative control, task-based control and fault-tolerant control, where the system's topology, dynamics, objectives and constraints are changing. The framework combines a fast Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC), a communication interface with the Robot Operating System (ROS) [1] as well as a modularization that allows an event-based change of the NMPC scenario. To experimentally validate performance and event-based adaptability of the framework, this paper is using a cooperative control scenario of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The source code of the proposed framework is available under [2]. [less ▲]

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