With the development and integration of theories of information, communication and control, large-scale and spatially distributed control systems over wireless digital channels are now widely applied in intelligent transportation, industrial automation and advanced manufacturing, for instance. Integrating wireless networks in control systems allows users to take benefit from modular and flexible system design, simple and fast implementation and reduced installation and maintenance costs in order to realize distributed processing and interoperability and reduce wiring and powerful configuration tools. However, the analysis and design of such systems pose new challenges due to packet loss, data quantization, channel fading, communication delay, and asynchronous sampling. In the past decades, although some fundamental aspects have been studied, there are several open issues that still need to be addressed such as the performance analysis of networked systems, the modeling and congestion control of wireless networks, co-design of wireless networked control systems, distributed estimation and control.
This special issue aims to bring together the latest approaches to understanding, analyzing and controlling systems over wireless digital channels in a quantitative way. Topics include, but are not limited to, the modeling, state estimation, and systems control:
network modeling for wireless networked systems
congestion control of wireless networks;
stabilization of wireless networked systems;
analysis of networked systems over digital fading Channels;
distributed estimation and control under communication constraints;
co-design of networks and control systems.