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European Control Conference 2024, Workshop

ECC workshop on Control with 6G

Jun 25, 2024 09:00
to 16:00 (CET)
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Brinellvägen 8, 114 28 Stockholm, Sweden
Room TBD

Control systems are becoming increasingly complex and networked. This complexity has spun the development of new data-driven and learning methods, which are computationally expensive and operate on data collected by many agents, requiring greater cloud computing resources. By extending the capabilities of today’s 5G mobile networks, work towards a future 6G mobile network standard has started that can provide dependable accessibility to both nearby network compute resources and datacenter resources at its core. While there are opportunities to further exploit the use of 6G in control systems and influence the design of 6G to better address control requirements, 6G-enabled control systems provide new technical challenges that are not well understood nowadays: how to cloudify and deploy control algorithms in cloud environments, how to make the 6G network programmable to control needs, how to jointly co-design control, communication and compute systems.

The event will consist of five 40-minutes presentations from various leading researchers active in the topic, two 20-minute presentations from leading companies on relevant network control applications, and a visit to 5G network control demonstrators at KTH’s campus. The goal of this workshop is to introduce the challenge of 6G-based control systems to the community and enable the opportunity for control and communication researchers in both academia and industry to connect. The discussions will be aimed at the control community, introducing core 6G aspects and opportunities to the control community. The day will end with a panel discussion on the future directions of the topic.

Call for demonstrations

If you are interested in demonstrating your work, please contact José Araújo at Ericsson.

We are open for both live and non-live (for example video + poster) demos.

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Agenda

8:30-8:40 Welcome  
8:40-9:20

6G vision and the need for communication control co-design

Leefke Grosjean, Ericsson
Alf Isaksson, ABB and KTH Royal Institute of Technology
9:20-9:40 Industrial motivation talk:
Boliden Edge Lab
Rasmus Tammia, Boliden
9:40-10:00 Industrial motivation talk: 
tbd

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10:00-10:30 Coffee break  
10:30-11:10 Determinism in 6G Networks James Gross, KTH
11:10-11:50 Going over the edge with control systems Johan Eker, Lund University and Ericsson
11:50-13:30 Lunch  
13:30-14:30 Visit to Reactor Hall at KTH
5G networked control demonstrations
Coordinator:
José Araújo, Ericsson
14:30-15:10 Title tbd Paulo Tabuada, UCLA
15:10-15:50 tbd tbd
15:50-16:30 Panel discussion Moderator: 
Joachim Sachs, Ericsson

Speakers and panelists

Leefke Grosjean

Leefke Grosjean

Ericsson

Leefke Grosjean is a Master Researcher at Ericsson Research in Stockholm, Sweden. She is driving innovation for empowering industry with 5G/6G and showing the potential this transformation brings to industry, people, and society as a whole. She has several years of experience of leading large research projects, driving ecosystem engagements, and showcasing research excellence together with industry partners and academia. Previously she has been active in Ericsson's 5G standardization of channel codes. She holds an Msc. in Electrical Engineering and Information Theory from RWTH Technical University, Aachen, Germany, and a PhD in Telecommunications from KTH Technical University, Stockholm, Sweden.

The next generation of industrial cyber physical systems is expected to take advantage of innovative technologies, such as AI , cloud computing, while at the same time balancing resource constraints and sustainability constraints with requirements on ever increasing performance. A key technology to realize the transformation towards the cyber-physical continuum is wireless communication. Interconnecting devices in industrial systems wirelessly and connecting them to compute platforms brings not only flexibility but also a tremendous innovation potential. To exploit the full potential, in particular for real-time applications, there is a paradigm shift needed: In order to achieve superior performance communication, compute, and control can no longer be considered independently. Therefore, there is increasing importance in the emerging research area towards co-designing control applications in a holistic manner taking into consideration not only communication but also computing aspects. This talk sets the scene for the workshop by exploring the need for co-design, outlining key challenges and highlighting the role of 6G in this context.

Alf Isaksson

Alf Isaksson

ABB and KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Alf Isaksson is a corporate research fellow for automation and control at ABB and adjunct professor in automatic control at KTH. He has received his Ph.D. in automatic control in 1988 from Linköping University. He has been with ABB since 2001 and prior to that he was a full professor in automatic control at KTH.

The next generation of industrial cyber physical systems is expected to take advantage of innovative technologies, such as AI , cloud computing, while at the same time balancing resource constraints and sustainability constraints with requirements on ever increasing performance. A key technology to realize the transformation towards the cyber-physical continuum is wireless communication. Interconnecting devices in industrial systems wirelessly and connecting them to compute platforms brings not only flexibility but also a tremendous innovation potential. To exploit the full potential, in particular for real-time applications, there is a paradigm shift needed: In order to achieve superior performance communication, compute, and control can no longer be considered independently. Therefore, there is increasing importance in the emerging research area towards co-designing control applications in a holistic manner taking into consideration not only communication but also computing aspects. This talk sets the scene for the workshop by exploring the need for co-design, outlining key challenges and highlighting the role of 6G in this context.

James Gross

James Gross

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

James Gross is a professor with the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science School of KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm since November 2012. He is associate director of KTH Digital Futures and co-director of KTH’s comptence center on edge computing TECoSA. From 2014 – 2020 he was a member of the board of KTH’s Innovative Centre for Embedded Systems, while he served from 2016 – 2019 as director for KTH’s ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. His research interests are broadly in the area of mobile systems & networks, with a focus on critical machine-to-machine communications, edge computing, resource allocation as well as performance evaluation methods (in particular stochastic network calculus as well as age of information). Prior to joining KTH, he was assistant professor and head of the Mobile Network Performance Group at RWTH Aachen University from 2008 – 2012 as well as a member of the DFG-funded UMIC research centre of RWTH. James studied at TU Berlin and UC San Diego, and received his PhD from TU Berlin in 2006. 

James has published about 170 (peer-reviewed) papers in international journals and conferences. His work has been awarded multiple times, among them the best paper awards at ACM MSWiM 2015, the best demo paper award at IEEE WoWMoM 2015, the best paper award at IEEE WoWMoM 2009 and the best paper award at European Wireless 2009. In 2007, James was the recipient of the ITG/KuVS dissertation award for his PhD thesis.

The last decade has seen a substantial shift towards approaches and infrastructure services providing low latencies and high reliabilities. Examples of these technological developments are 5G URLLC, networking protocols like TSN and DetNet as well as edge computing. These developments have been motivated by the ambition to utilized networked infrastructures more and more as execution fabric for cyber-physical systems. However, despite these efforts todays deployments of such applications and infrastructures fall short in comparison to the visions of the last decade. In this talk we discuss reasons for this discrepancy and possible consequences for 6G network design. We advocate that the appeal of cyber-physical systems run over such networked infrastructures persists, however, new approaches are required to enable convergence and scalability of future infrastructures. Major findings from the current project Deterministic6G are presented as cornerstones of such future systems.

Johan Eker

Johan Eker

Lund University and Ericsson

Johan Eker is a Principal Researcher at Ericsson Research and a Professor in real-time control systems at Lund university. He earned his PhD in 1999 and then joined the Ptolemy group at UC Berkeley. He is the leading the WASP research arena on data-driven operations (WARA-Ops). His current research focus is on control of large scale compute systems, but his research interests range from programming language design for parallel hardware, real-time control systems, mobile communications. software design for mobile devices, adaptive resource management, IoT and cloud technology. He is the co-designer of the CAL Actor Language, which is part of the MPEG standard ISO/IEC 23001-4:2011. He holds over 70 granted patents in the areas of telecom, IoT and cloud computing. He is involved in the operation of the Ericsson Research Data Center and works with industrial cloud applications.

Control systems are increasingly connected to the cloud to access compute and storage services, as well as advanced AI functionality. Since wireless connectivity and remote services are inherently unreliable, control systems must be designed to be robust, accommodating variations in latency and availability of remote services. Furthermore, resource orchestration—that is, determining which control system gets access to which resources—becomes complex as the number of devices and the network's size expand. This talk will address the challenges and research opportunities for wireless mobile real-time control systems.

Rasmus Tammia

Rasmus Tammia

Boliden

Rasmus Tammia is the program manager for AI in Mining at Boliden. After obtaining a M.Sc. in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from Linköping University, Rasmus developed advanced control algorithms for Scania’s biogas engines. Since 2019, he has been a part of Boliden’s team that develops state-of-the-art solutions for process control.

The session will focus on how the idea of Boliden Edge Lab came to be and why it was a necessary step for Boliden in order to accelerate their digitalization journey to be able to support R&D activities within AI for process control and mine automation applications.

Organizers

José Araújo

José Araújo

Ericsson

Joachim Sachs

Joachim Sachs

Ericsson

Leefke Grosjean

Leefke Grosjean

Ericsson

Alf Isaksson

Alf Isaksson

ABB and KTH