Hybrid control system is an exciting field of research where it contains two distinct types of systems: one with continuous dynamics continuous variable dynamic system and the other with discrete dynamics discrete event dynamic system, that interact with each other. The research in the area of hybrid control can be categorized into two areas: one deals with the conventional control systems, and the other deals with the decision making systems. The former addresses the control functions at the low level (field level). The latter addresses the modeling, analysis, and design at the higher level found in the supervision, coordination and management levels. The study of hybrid systems is central in designing intelligent hybrid control systems with high degree of autonomy and it is essential in designing discrete event supervisory controllers for continuous systems.
Part of the book: Petri Nets in Science and Engineering