NSF Workshop on Logic Control for Manufacturing Systems

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

June 26-27, 2000

Sponsored by NSF and ERC/RMS

Workshop Schedule

(Presentation Abstracts)


Registration and Continental Breakfast


Introduction and Welcome, Pramod Khargonekar, University of Michigan

Industrial Challenges in Logic Control

What Level of Control is Required for Machine Tools?
Bryan Graham, Lamb Technicon

9:00-9:45 General Motors Powertrain Future Controls Software Requirements
Sushil Birla and Jerry Yen, General Motors
9:45-10:00 Break
10:00-10:45 International Standards for Open, Distributed Automation
James Christensen, Rockwell Automation
10:45-11:30 VALID Tool Set: Validation of Software Applications
Bertil Brandin, Siemens Corporate Research

11:30-12:15 Breakout Session I: Articulation of Industry Needs and State-of-the Art
12:15-1:00 Working Lunch, continued discussions
1:00-2:00 Reports from Breakout Session I

DES Formalism: Finite State Machines
2:00-2:45 From Programmable Logic Control (PLC) to Discrete Event Systems (DES)
Christos Cassandras, Boston University
2:45-3:30 Implementation Of A Hybrid PC/PLC Architecture For Manufacturing System Control
Beno Benhabib, University of Toronto
3:30-4:15 Logic Control for Flexible Manufacturing Systems
Placid Ferriera, University of Illinois

4:15-4:30 Break
4:30-5:30 Poster and demonstration session
6:00 Dinner

7:30-8:00 Continental Breakfast

DES Formalism: Petri Nets
8:00-8:45 Modeling, Control, and Performance Analysis of Manufacturing Systems using Petri Nets
Alan Desrochers, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
8:45-9:30 Petri Nets and Discrete-event Control Methods for Logic Controller Design
MengChu Zhou, New Jersey Institute of Technology
9:30-10:15 Modular Logic Controllers for Reconfigurable Machining Systems
Dawn Tilbury, University of Michigan

10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 Breakout session II: State-of-the-art in Academic Research; Future Research Directions
11:30-12:15 Working lunch, continued discussions
12:15-1:15 Reports from Breakout session II
1:15-2:00 Wrap-up session

For more information on the workshop, please contact one of the organizers:

Dawn Tilbury
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Eng. and Applied Mechanics
University of Michigan
2250 G. G. Brown, 2350 Hayward St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125
          Pramod Khargonekar
Professor and Chair
Electrical Eng. and Computer Science
University of Michigan
3033 EECS, 1301 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2122
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