Aims and scope

The interdisciplinary field of Discrete Event Systems (DES) combines different formalisms, methodologies and tools from control, computer science and operations research. The research activity in this field is driven by the needs of many different application domains: manufacturing, process control, supervisory systems, embedded and networked systems, software engineering, transportation, and so on.

The Workshop on Discrete Event Systems will be organized for the 9th time in Göteborg, Sweden, following earlier successful meetings in Prague (1992), Antibes (1994), Edinburgh (1996), Cagliari (1998), Ghent (2000), Zaragoza (2002), Reims (2004) and Ann Arbor, Michigan (2006). It aims to bring together researchers from different fields (control theoreticians and control engineers, software engineers and computer scientists, operations research specialists) with an opportunity to exchange information and new ideas, and to discuss new developments in the field of DES theory and applications.


The workshop will cover all topics in discrete event theory and applications, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Formalisms and modeling methodologies: Petri nets, state automata, statecharts, process algebras, max/plus-algebra...
  • Control of discrete-event systems with emphasis on supervisory control and on real time control
  • Performance evaluation, diagnosis, optimization, implementation and scheduling
  • Discrete approaches of hybrid, reactive and embedded systems
  • Applications including manufacturing systems, transportation systems, process control, distributed systems, software engineering, office automation, protocols...
  • Emerging applications in telecommunication systems and related fields: performance evaluation, on-line control...
  • Software tools enabling efficient handling of industrial-sized systems.

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