The IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems publishes high-quality papers on systems with interconnected components. The journal is primarily interested in problems related to the control of network systems but is also open to contributions concerning their design, study, engineering, optimization, and emerging behavior as these can inform and guide design and control. The Transactions invites rigorous methodological/theory papers on network systems and application papers that have a significant degree of modeling or methodological novelty in some application area of network systems. Application areas are many, spanning engineered systems, social science, economics, and biological systems.
Examples of potential application domains include:
- Networked control systems, where the controlled system, actuators, and sensors are not necessarily co-located but connected over a communication network with its limited band-width, delays, and losses.
- Communication networks, which include both wireline and wireless networks and have to be modeled, controlled, optimized, priced, simulated, and secured. Particular control- related problems in this domain include: routing, flow control, admission control, dynamics of the spread of viruses and malware, and interactions among competing entities (network economics).
- Sensor networks, often wireless, that have all characteristics of communication networks but with the addition of sensors which interact with the physical world. Examples of control-related problems concern estimation, consensus, averaging, and decision making over networks.
- Cyber-physical systems that encompass systems with both physical and cyber components. In many cases, networking is key to connect the various system components and a plethora of problems can be posed, from abstract architectural issues to very practical problems in actual systems. The optimal deployment, control, performance evaluation, and security of these systems are examples of problems that have been considered in this domain.
The Transactions is an electronic journal and is available on-line through the IEEE Xplore link.
It is sponsored by the IEEE Control Systems Society and technical co-sponsors include: the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, the IEEE Communications Society, the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.