The ‘control unit’ can be realized in many forms from actual hardware devices and components (like power switches, displays, sensors), to software products (like specialized software for devices’ communication) and to services (like maintenance, repair of a system).
The field of M&C is considered of high importance especially in application domains: environment (air, water, soil, waste), transportation (cars, aircrafts), infrastructures (construction, manufacturing industries, home automation, power networks), healthcare (health and home care) etc. The M&C systems need also to fulfil extra-functional requirements such as safety, data security, privacy or energy efficiency. Progress and advancements in this area will have a direct impact on our everyday life.
Because Monitoring and Control technology is hidden, collecting data on its market penetration is not straightforward. With estimated revenues of more than 50B€, Europe has captured roughly one third of the global M&C market. Furthermore, it represents an important number of jobs in terms of total employment in the EU.
M&C research priorities will be supported under the Research Programme Horizon2020. They are based on key enablers for European competiveness and societal improvement generated by the M&C community:
- How to design control for cyber-physical systems with structures that change over time and with communication links established in a limited period of time?
- How to control autonomous systems with cognitive capabilities so to harmonize the interaction with humans?
- How to systematically design and verify mechanisms for dynamic reconfiguration of the overall system due to the disconnection or shut-down and re-integration of subsystems?
- How to integrate different formalisms into one environment with seamless re-use of models and integration of results obtained by different tools?
- Human-machine interaction: how to optimally conjugate automated systems with the interplay of humans?
From the previous reseach programme, FP7, EU-funded projects targeted key challenges such as energy efficiency, performance, climate change and renewable energy sources, safety or security.
More information and recomendations
“Systems and Control – Recommendations for a European Research Agenda towards Horizon 2020”, HYCON2 NoE Leaders, 2011.
“The Impact of Control Technology – Overview, success stories, and research challenges”, edited by T. Samad and A.M. Annaswamy, 2011.
“Monitoring and Control: Today's Market and Its Evolution till 2020.” edited by J. Pereira, Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2009.