Network-Informed Control - Control-Informed Network (NICCI)

PIs: Rolf Findeisen (Otto von Guericke U Magdeburg), Holger Karl (U Paderborn), Daniel Quevedo (U Paderborn)

In this project, we strive to design a controller and network resource management unit separately, but still they exchange requirements capabilities and configurations messages. One of the main challenges would be, given the limited data rate, delays and erroneous transmission, how can one guarantee safe and reliable operation of the system controlled visa wireless network? (Comprehensive project description can be found here.)

Planned Contributions

  • Determine the feasibility and desirability of a close, information-exchange-driven cooperation between controllers and network resource management.
  • Develop architectural models (including interfaces, data formats, and protocol definitions) for this integration, ensuring modularity and generality rather than problem-specific design.
  • Develop core algorithms for this architecture, e.g., compression of diversity-based network capabilities meaningful for control, controllers which make best use of and adapt to changing network capabilities.
  • Integrate prediction techniques, for both control demand and channel state, in the overall system design.
  • Evaluate the resulting architecture and algorithms by analysis and simulation

Involved PhD candidates and PostDocs

  • Binyam Shiferaw Heyi: Education: (2008): BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (2013): MSc in Network Services and Systems, KTH-The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. Work Experience: (Jan 2017-present) Research Assistant, Computer Network Group, Paderborn University, Paderborn, Germany. (Sept 2013-Dec 2016): Lecturer, School Electrical Engineering and Computing, Addis Ababa Science and Technology University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, (Feb 2012-Jan 2013): Network Engineer, MarnaTech AB (Now FlowScape AB), Stockholm, Sweden.


  1. Shiferaw Heyi B, Karl H.: Modelling Time-Limited Capacity of a Wireless Channel as a Markov Reward Process, Proc. of IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), 2018.

Special Publications

  • D. Quevedo: Privacy and Security of Cyber-physical Systems, International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control (Guest Editor)
  • D. Quevedo: Feedback Control for the Internet of Things, IEEE Internet of Things Journal (Guest Editor)