This paper presents a novel design strategy for networked control systems, where a centralized controller needs to divide its attention between various actuators. Communication is via an unreliable network affected by data-dropouts and which allows access to only one actuator node at a time. To achieve good performance, control and network protocol are co-designed and signal predictions are sent to buffered actuator nodes. By using methods from predictive control theory, we show how closed loop stability in the presence of data-dropouts can be ensured.
17th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC 2008). Proceedings of the 17th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (Seoul, Korea 6-11 July, 2008) p. 6642-6647