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Highly-complex and networked control systems
General information
Europe EC
From 01/09/2010 to 30/11/2014 Completed
[Antoine Chaillet]

HYCON2 aims at stimulating and establishing the long-term integration of the European research community, leading institutions and industry in the strategic field of control of complex, large-scale, and networked dynamical systems. It interconnects scattered groups to create critical mass and complementarity, and provides the necessary visibility and communication with the European industries.

HYCON2 assesses and coordinates basic and applied research, from fundamental analytical properties of complex systems to control design methodologies with networking, self-organizing and system-wide coordination. HYCON2 has identified several Applications Domains to motivate, integrate, and evaluate research in networked control. These domains are Transportation , Energy, and Biological and Medical Systems

Benchmarking serves as a tool for testing and evaluating the technologies developed in HYCON2 and for stimulating and enforcing excellence by the identification and adoption of best practices. In particular, two show-case applications corresponding to real-world problems have been selected in order to demonstrate the applicability of networked control and the need for research in control. As no substantial technological breakthrough can be achieved without preparing the proper cultural background, a further important objective of HYCON2 is to spread and disseminate excellence through multi-disciplinary education at the graduate and undergraduate level.


The key objectives of the project are:

1) To foster in both ways fundamental studies and applications,

2) To develop generic modeling and the design of control methods, under the multiple constraints inherent to embedded systems, based on a model approach (EDP, ODE, continuous, discrete, discrete events systems, hybrid systems),

3) To design dynamical reconfiguration of architectures & implementation of languages and scalable algorithms for the control of evolvable, distributed and adaptable systems,

4) To master the complexity in terms of temporal and spatial uncertainties such as parameters, delays and disturbances, limited bandwidth in communications, actuation constraints and node availability.


In the domain of vehicles, HYCON2 envisions three directions of research: -Intra-vehicle networked control: new control designs for optimization procedures to make vehicles cleaner and safer. -Inter-vehicle network control: the host vehicle safety objectives are to be achieved by active control taking as input the near and possibly far traffic events by embedded or foresighted systems; mobility is to be increased through the construction of automated highways and the control of string of vehicles within these dedicated lanes. -Multi-vehicle networked control: develop new tools for coordinating the motion of a group of vehicles at the highest layer of control.


  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
  • Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique
  • Institut français des sciences et technologies des transports, de l'aménagement et des réseaux
  • European Embedded Control Institute
  • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
  • Technische Universität Dortmund
  • Technische Universität Berlin
  • Universität Kassel
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Universidad de Sevilla
  • Universidad de Valladolid
  • Università degli Studi dell'Aquila
  • Università di Pisa
  • Università degli Studi di Trento
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
  • Università degli Studi di Cagliari
  • Università degli Studi di Padova
  • Università degli Studi di Pavia
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
  • Technische Universiteit Delft
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan
  • Lunds Universitet
  • Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique
  • IMT - Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies

Budget / Funding

Total cost: € 4.942.479 / EU contribution: € 3.900.000

Funded under the call: FP7-ICT-2009

Topic: ICT-2009.3.5 - Engineering of Networked Monitoring and Control Systems

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