Safety-Critical Cyber-Physical Systems: From Validation & Verification to Test & Evaluation
The goal of this project is to advance the state of the art in design of autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) by integrating tools from computer science and control theory. With the rise in deployment of autonomous CPS--from automotive to aerospace to robotic systems--there is a pressing need to design systems whose properties can be verified and validated to ensure their safe operation. The work will help establish the scientific basis for design of systems that are amenable to rigorous test and evaluation methods, especially as the systems interact with other agents and the world in highly dynamic ways. This has the potential to inform the development and deployment of complex CPS in a variety of application domains: from (semi-) autonomous cars, to safety features in aviation, to robotic systems for industrial applications and space exploration.
The objectives of the work in our group are focused on the following topics:
- Design of provably correct layered control protocols through the use of vertical assume/guarantee contracts that link design at different layers of abstraction (feedback control, trajectory generation, supervisory control).
- Design of control algorithms that provide resilience to failures in sensing, perception, prediction, and actuation while maintaining safe operation of the system.
- Experimental implementation of algorithms on laboratory testbeds that demonstrate the use of software tools for specification, design, and synthesis of control protocols.
Description of the main objectives of the project
- Time-Optimal Navigation in Uncertain Environments with High-Level Specifications (Ugo Rosolia, Mohamadreza Ahmadi, Richard M Murray, Aaron D Ames, To appear, 2021 Conference on Decision and Control (CDC))
- Reactive motion planning with probabilistic safety guarantees (Yuxiao Chen, Ugo Rosolia, Chuchu Fan, Aaron D Ames, Richard Murray, Submitted, Conference on Robotic Learning (CoRL))
- Failure-Tolerant Contract-Based Design of an Automated Valet Parking System using a Directive-Response Architecture (Josefine Graebener, Tung Phan-Minh, Jiaqi Yan, Qiming Zhao, Richard M Murray, Submitted, 2021 American Control Conference)
This project is supported by the National Science Foundation (CNS-1932091)