Discrete Event Systems

  • Qing-Shan Jia Headshot Photo
    Discrete Event Systems Technical Committee Chair; Control Systems Magazine Technical Associate Editor

A discrete event system is a dynamic system with discrete states the transitions of which are triggered by events. This provides a general framework for many man-made systems where the system dynamics not only follow physical laws but also the man-made rules. It is difficult to describe the dynamics of these systems using closed-form expressions. In many cases simulation is the only faithful way to describe the system dynamics and for performance evaluation. It is the focus of this TC to promote the research on performance analysis, evaluation, and optimization of discrete event systems. The interested topics include but do not limit to:

- Theory and applications of discrete event systems
- Deterministic and stochastic event-based models
- Supervisory control
- Optimization of discrete event systems
- Discrete event simulation
- Performance analysis tools