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Technical Committee on Discrete Event Systems
In recent years, the enormous evolution of computer technology has led to the proliferation of artificial dynamical systems that are mostly man made and highly complex. The behaviour of these systems is determined by the occurrence of asynchronous events: because of this attribute they are labelled as Discrete Event Systems (DES). Examples of such systems are encountered in many well-known application areas such as automated manufacturing, computer networks, transportation, air traffic control, as well as in new emerging areas such as healthcare, communications and information processing, allocation and management of technical, human and financial resources. In the last decades the attention of a large number of researchers and practitioners has been devoted to this class of dynamical systems in order to address a series of difficult problems of combinatorial nature to analyse, optimize and control DES. New paradigms are introduced in order to combine mathematical techniques with processing data and simulation procedures.

Discrete event system models (such as Petri nets, automata, Markov chains) are used to describe very different aspects of the real world: computer systems, communication systems, manufacturing systems, traffic systems. Recently, corporations and researchers have been attracted by the key problem of using effectively and efficiently the latest developments of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in different new fields such as transportation systems, logistics networks, healthcare systems, smart buildings and smart cities. This new application leads to the description of new realities that exhibit a high degree of concurrency and are characterized by resource sharing and conflicts. The challenge is opening new frontiers in the application of tools and models typical of the discrete event systems in order to improve the knowledge and the management of new complex and man-made systems.

The primary objective of the TC on Discrete Event Systems is to promote communication between DES researchers, students, and practitioners. Hence, the goal of the TC is to provide a basis for the exchange of information and ideas among researchers and practitioners through scientific events, such as special conference sessions, tutorials and journal special issues.


TC Co-Chairs

Maria Pia Fanti Polytechnic of Bari, Italy
MuDer Jeng National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan


. Feng Chu, Universite d'Evry Val d'Essonne, France
. Mariagrazia Dotoli, Polytechnic of Bari, Italy
. Alessandro Giua, University of Cagliari, Italy
. DooYong Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
. Jin-Shyan Lee, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan
. Zhiwu Li, Xidian University, China
. Da-Yin Liao, National Chi-Nan University, Nantou, Taiwan
. Ernesto Lopez, CINVESTAV, Mexico
. Liu Min, Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, P.R. China
. Spyros Reveliotis, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
. Robin G. Qiu, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
. Ying Tang, Rowan University, USA
. Walter Ukovich, University of Trieste, Italy
. Jiacun Wang, Monmouth University, USA
. MengChu Zhou, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

Goals for the next five years.

. Special sessions at the annual IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
. Organize invited lectures at SMC Chapters
. Organize tutorial and workshops
. Promote Special issues
. Technical papers for submission to the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
. Reviewing of articles submitted to IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics

Three most important activities since the beginning the committee.

. Organized the special issue on "Health-Care Management and Optimization Systems", IEEE Transactions on Man and Cybernetics, Part A: Systems and Humans, Nov. 2012, Author(s): Fanti, M. P. Ukovich, W. ;  Xie, X. ;  Zhou, M., Volume: 42 , Issue: 6.

. Organized the special issue on "Engineering Applications of Petri Nets" of the IEEE Transactions on SMC - Part C, vol. 37, no. 4, July 2007, editors MengChu Zhou and MuDer Jeng.

. Prof. M. P. Fanti and Mengchu Zhou were the General Chairs of the IEEE 2010 Workshop on Health Care Management, Venice, Italy, February 18-20, 2010 web: https://www.deei.units.it/WHCM2010/
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