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Linear Time Logic Control of Discrete-Time Linear Systems Abstract

The control of complex systems poses new challenges that fall beyond the traditional methods of control theory. One of these challenges is given by the need to control, coordinate and synchronize the operation of several interacting submodules within a system. The desired objectives are no longer captured by usual control specifications such as stabilization or output regulation. Instead, we consider specifications given by linear temporal logic (LTL) formulas. We show that existence of controllers for discrete-time controllable linear systems and LTL specifications can be decided and that such controllers can be effectively computed. The closed-loop system is of hybrid nature, combining the original continuous dynamics with the automatically synthesized switching logic required to enforce the specification. Keywords

automatic synthesis, discrete-time, linear control systems, hybrid systems, linear time logic Comments

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Linear Time Logic Control of Discrete-Time Linear Systems Paulo Tabuada, Member, IEEE, and George J. Pappas, Senior Member, IEEE

Abstract—The control of complex systems poses new challenges that fall beyond the traditional methods of control theory. One of these challenges is given by the need to control, coordinate and synchronize the operation of several interacting submodules within a system. The desired objectives are no longer captured by usual control specifications such as stabilization or output regulation. Instead, we consider specifications given by linear temporal logic (LTL) formulas. We show that existence of controllers for discrete-time controllable linear systems and LTL specifications can be decided and that such controllers can be effectively computed. The closed-loop system is of hybrid nature, combining the original continuous dynamics with the automatically synthesized switching logic required to enforce the specification. Index Terms—Automatic synthesis, discrete-time, linear control systems, hybrid systems, linear time logic.

I. INTRODUCTION A. Motivation N RECENT years, there has been an increasing interest in extending the application domain of systems and control theory from monolithic continuous plants to complex systems consisting of several concurrently interacting submodules. Examples range from multimodal software control systems in the aerospace [1], [2] and automotive industry [4], [5] to advanced robotic systems [6], [8]. This change in perspective is accompanied by a shift in control objectives. One is no longer interested in the stabilization or output regulation of individual continuous plants, but rather wishes to regulate the global system behavior through the local control of each individual submodule or component. Typical specifications for this class of control problems include coordination and synchronization of individual modules, sequencing of tasks, reconfigurability and adaptability of components, etc. In order to address this emerging class of control problems we need to formally specify the desired system behavior:

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Manuscript received February 9, 2004; revised February 25, 2005, March 1, 2006, and April 12, 2006. Recommended by Associate Editor J. P. Hespanha. The work of P. Tabuada was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under CAREER award 0446716. The work of G. J. Pappas was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant EHS 0311123. P. Tabuada was with the Department of Electrical Engineering, the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA. He is now with the Electrical Engineering Department, the University of California, Los Angeles, CA 900951594 (e-mail: [email protected]). G. J. Pappas is with the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA (e-mail: [email protected]). Color version of Fig. 1 available online at http://ieeexplore.ieee.org. Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/TAC.2006.886494

How can we formally and succinctly specify the desired behavior of concurrently interacting systems? The specification mechanism should also lead to controller design methods. These controllers will enforce a hybrid behavior on the controlled system since system evolution is influenced both by the continuous dynamics and by the discrete interaction (communication) between submodules. While many ad-hoc approaches have been reported in the literature for the design of such hybrid systems, any formal guarantee of operation can only be obtained through formal verification which is noticeably a hard problem [9]. This suggests that one should aim at design methods that satisfy the specification by construction: How can we design (hybrid) controllers ensuring satisfaction of specifications by construction, thereby avoiding or substantially reducing the need for formal verification? Another dimension of this problem, that should not be neglected, is its computational aspect. As the number of modules increases, the possibilities of interaction between modules also increase thus rendering analysis of global behavior an extremely difficult task. This intrinsic complexity of concurrently interacting systems can only be addressed by computational synthesis methods, reducing error-prone human analysis or synthesis to the strictly necessary minimum. Only fully automated methods have the potential to scale and successfully address control problems for systems consisting of large numbers of interacting components: How can we render the design of controllers completely automated, from specification to implementation? Motivated by the previously described problems, we present in this paper an approach for the control of linear systems with objectives expressed in linear temporal logic (LTL). There are two main reasons to describe control objectives in temporal logic. Firstly, temporal logic provides a formal specification mechanism allowing one to quantitatively define the desired behavior of a systems by prescribing the interaction between submodules. Secondly, temporal logic makes it possible to succinctly express complex objectives due to its similarity to natural language. In particular, temporal logic is well suited to express the novel class of specifications required by the control of concurrently interacting systems. These two reasons also justify the successful use of temporal logic as a specification language in the concurrency and computer aided verification communities [10], [12]. In the next section, we show through simple examples how control specifications can be easily expressed in LTL. The approach presented in this paper is also an important contribution towards the synthesis of correct by design systems. Temporal logic enables the use of powerful automata theoretic techniques lying at the heart of computational algorithms for

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control design. Transferring control design from the continuous to the finite world of automata (or transition systems) is in fact one of the major contributions of this paper. This transfer is also accompanied by the relevant refinement techniques allowing the transformation of finite automata models of the closed-loop dynamics into hybrid models where software controllers supervise continuous plants. In addition to presenting a fully automated design method, the resulting closed-loop systems satisfy the LTL specifications by construction, therefore resulting in correct designs for which no further validation or verification is necessary. B. Problem Formulation Temporal logic allows one to succinctly describe many interesting temporal properties of systems. LTL formulas are built from predicates through the usual propositional connectives and two temporal operators: and . Informally, is read as “next” and a LTL formula is satisfied when formula is satisfied at the next time instant. The operator is read as “until” and formula is satisfied when formula is satisfied until formula is satisfied. From the “until” operator, two commonly used operators can be defined: and . The first is read as “always,” requiring that holds for all to be satisfied. The operator is future time in order for requires to hold at some time read as “eventually” and in the future. This set of operators permits the construction of formulas expressing many interesting control specifications which we now illustrate by simple examples. Periodic synchronization: Consider two mobile robots performing a collaborative task. Each robot is sensing different information that should be shared with the other robot at least every three units of time. We consider robots described by discrete-time linear control systems

Vector

models the position of robot 1 while vector models the position of robot 2. We model the exchange of information between the robots by the requirement that inter for communication robot distance is reduced to less than to occur. This distance constraint is captured by the predicate

communicate for some metric . The desired inter robot communication specification can now be modeled in LTL as

communicate where is an abbreviation for “eventually within 3 units of time” and is defined by . Satisfaction of formula requires that at each time step holds, that is, communication will always occur within the next 3 time units.

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Path planning and obstacle avoidance: Consider now a robot navigating in an environment cluttered with obstacles. be a predicate modeling the location of obstacle Let and let Goal be a predicate modeling the destination location. Requiring the robot to reach the destination while avoiding the . obstacles can be captured by Goal Fault tolerance and recovery: Fault tolerance and recovery be an LTL formula speccan also be specified in LTL. Let a LTL formula ifying the normal operation of the system, an LTL formula describing the occurrence of a fault and prescribing the desired fault recovery procedure. The formula states that the system should alor it should operate correctly until ways operate correctly holds. If this last formula is true, then the fault deoccurs at some time and is followed by the fault scribed by recovery procedure, defined by , at time . The previous examples represent only a small fraction of the interesting properties that can be specified through the use of LTL. The goal of this paper, synthesizing controllers enforcing LTL specifications, can thus be described as follows. Problem: Let be a discrete-time linear control system and a LTL formula describing the desired behavior for . Design a controller for such that the closed-loop system satisfies . The solution to the aforementioned problem will require an interesting combination of computer science and control theoretic concepts and methods briefly described in the next section. C. Approach and Main Contributions The synthesis of controllers enforcing LTL specifications relies on the possibility of extracting finite models from continuous control systems. These finite abstractions will be equivalent (in a precise sense to be defined) to the continuous models therefore enabling the solution of control problems posed for continuous linear systems through discrete algorithmic techniques. Resulting discrete models for the closed-loop system are then refined, resulting in controllers for the original continuous system whose hybrid closed-loop behavior will satisfy the desired specification. The overall approach is pictured in Fig. 1 and organized as follows. In Section II, we present one of the paper’s main contribution. We show that any discrete-time controllable linear system admits finite abstractions (bisimulations) with respect to a certain class of observation functions defined by the system dynamics. The existence of such finite abstractions is one of the essential factors enabling the development of algorithms for system analysis and design. In this paper, we will use finite abstractions of linear control systems to algorithmically synthesize controllers for LTL specifications. This will be done by constructing a finite supervisor for the discrete abstraction enforcing the LTL specification. Since supervisory synthesis is based on operational models such as finite state machines, Büchi automata or Petri nets, in Section IV we introduce LTL and discuss the conversion of LTL formulas into Büchi automata. Supervisory synthesis is the subject of Section V where it is recalled that existence of finite supervisors enforcing infinite languages defined by Büchi automata can be decided and that such supervisors can be effectively computed. In Section V we refine the closed-loop behavior obtained by composing the finite abstraction with the

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Fig. 1. Intermediate steps in controller design.

discrete supervisor obtaining a hybrid closed-loop behavior enforcing the specification. The other main contribution of the paper is the possibility to synthesize this hybrid controller in a completely automated way. This result is formulated and proved also in Section V. We conclude the paper at Section VI with a discussion of the presented results. The proposed methodology makes extensive use of both control and computer science concepts, notions and results. Since many of these notions may be unfamiliar to some readers we have decided to focus on the main aspects of the approach, thereby leaving for a later opportunity a more careful discussion of the algorithmic complexity issues as well as the many existing techniques to reduce complexity. We are also not explicitly addressing the centralized/decentralized nature of the resulting controllers, which although important, is a very difficult problem as many important decentralization questions are undecidable [13]. For the same reasons, we have decided to omit large examples and illustrate the introduced notions and algorithms with small, yet pedagogical examples. D. Related Literature The analysis and synthesis of systems based on temporal logic specifications is by now current practice in the concurrency and computer aided verification communities [10], [12]. Although this approach was initially devised for purely discrete systems, the seminal work of Alur and Dill on timed automata [14] showed that certain classes of hybrid systems could also be addressed. Subsequent extensions lead to results for multi-rate automata [15] and rectangular hybrid automata [16], [17] which lies on the decidability boundary [9]. These results were based on the construction of finite abstractions on which algorithms with guaranteed termination can be used for analysis and synthesis. Different classes of dynamics for which finite abstractions exist were introduced in [18] by combining tools from logic and linear dynamical systems. See also [19] for a survey of these methods. Nonlinear dynamics were considered in [20] where bisimulations based on foliations transverse to the nonlinear flow were introduced. In [21], invariants are

also exploited for a supervisory control approach to the control of hybrid systems. A different kind of dynamics, simple planar differential inclusions, was considered in [22] where it was shown that qualitative analysis of system trajectories is decidable by making use of unique topological properties of the plane. Different approaches based on approximation techniques to obtain finite abstractions include the work in [23] for verification and [24] for synthesis of supervisor controllers. Recently, a different abstraction technique based on quantifier elimination was introduced in [25]. This methodology allows one to obtain a sequence of finer finite abstractions that are sufficient to verify reachability related questions. From the different mentioned approaches, only the work described in [20] address the problem of constructing (exact) finite abstractions of control systems. For linear systems, controllability can be exploited to compute the foliations required by the method in [20] leading to finite abstractions of the vector field obtained by fixing the control inputs. Although at the technical level we do not make use of foliations, our construction can be seen as providing a way of integrating in the same finite object the different abstractions of [20] obtained for different control inputs. However, our construction considers discrete-time systems, while the results in [20] were developed for continuous time. The construction of finite abstractions is also related to the study of reachability of quantized systems [26], [28]. For quantized systems, the original continuous dynamics is unchanged, but the set of available inputs is restricted to a finite set. This approach also provides an abstraction of the original control system, that can be regarded as a subsystem of the original one. Our approach differs from quantization based reachability in that we do not restrict the set of available inputs. Nevertheless, both approaches emphasize the advantages of having finite representations. Other related work includes the study of stabilization of linear systems with quantized observations [29], [30]. Synthesis of controllers from temporal logic specifications had already been advocated in [31] where the authors postulate a discrete abstraction for the walking mechanism to be controlled. In [32], temporal logic is used to motivate the devel-

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opment of the synthesis procedures as well as to prove several facts regarding the proposed algorithms. Different automated synthesis procedures is reported in [33], where it shown that synthesis of reachability specifications for hybrid systems with linear dynamics on convex polytopes can be performed by simply working with the polytopes vertices. Closer to our approach is the work reported in [34], where it is shown that under certain controllability assumptions the controlled invariance problem for linear systems is decidable. Although our decidability results are also based on a controllability assumption, the problems being addressed are fundamentally different. We refine a given partition of the state space until a bisimulation is obtained while in [34] a set is refined until controlled invariance is achieved. The goal of the refinement algorithms is therefore distinct, although termination is ensured in both cases by controllability. Other related work, based on supervisory control of discrete specifievent systems [35]–[37], includes synthesis for cations [38] and real-time logic [39]. However, synthesis from temporal logic specifications in the computer science community can be traced back to [40], [41]. More recent work includes controller synthesis for branching time specifications [42], decentralized control [43], [44], control of synchronous systems [45], [46] and synthesis for several different problems in timed automata including game theoretic approaches [47], scheduling [48], optimal control [49], [50] and synthesis from external specifications [51]. Although many of these works provide valuable inspiration, the proposed synthesis methodologies are only applicable to purely discrete systems or systems modeled by timed automata. II. FINITE QUOTIENTS OF CONTROLLABLE LINEAR SYSTEMS In this section, we show that finite abstractions of controllable linear systems exist and are effectively computable. These results will make a fundamental use of several computer science notions that we now review. A. Transition Systems and Bisimulations Given a function and a set , we will use the notation to denote the subset of defined by while denotes the set for some . A partition of the set is a collection of sets satisfying and for . Each partition induces a projection map sending each to the unique set condefines taining . Conversely, every surjective map a partition of defined by the collection of sets . on a set induces a parAn equivalence relation defined by iff . The tition elements of the partition are the equivalence classes of . Conversely, given a partition on we can define an equivahaving the elements of as equivlence relation alence classes. For this reason we will interchangeably work with partitions or equivalence relations according to what will refines or that it is a be more useful. We say that partition there exists a refinement of partition when for every such that . Given a refinement of a partition we can define a projection map taking every

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to the unique element such that . We recall some formal language notions. Given a set we denote by the set of all finite strings obtained by concateis, therefore, given by nating elements in . An element of with for . By we denote the set of all infinite strings obtained by concatenating elements is an infinite string with in . An element of . Given a string belonging to or we dethe th element of . The length of a string note by is denoted by . A subset of is called a language while a subset of is called an -language. We also review the notion of transition systems that will be extensively used as an abstract model for control and computation. Definition 2.1: A transition system with observations is a where tuple is a (possibly infinite) set of states; • is a set of initial states; • • is a transition relation; is a (possibly infinite) set of observations; • is a map assigning to each an observa• . tion A string is a run of if for or for . A run of is . initialized when The introduced notion of transition system differs from other notions encountered in the literature in that observations are not associated with transitions but rather with states. These two models can easily be seen equivalent given the well known equivalence between Moore and Mealy machines [25]. The presented model is, however, more natural since observations of control systems depend on the states and this structure is inherited by the several transition systems used in this paper to capture the dynamics of control systems. are finite, and infinite otherWe say that is finite when a pair belonging wise. We will usually denote by . As we will only consider transition systems with obto servations, we shall refer to them simply as transition systems. extends to a unique map Since the observation map defined by of strings

we will abuse notation and use the same symbol for both the observation map as well as for its induced string map. Given a , we denote by the set of states in that can state reach in one step, that is

We extend Pre to sets

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Discrete-time linear control systems can be naturally embedded in the class of transition systems. Given a discrete-time linear control system

there is an associated transition system

with

defined by iff there exists a such that . To complete the definition of we must also provide an observation set and observation map . The nature of the observation space and map depend on the problem being solved and are left unspecified for now. The described embedding is control abstract since the input value reis not explicitly captured quired to perform transition by the transition system. However, this information can be reby solving for the covered from the pair input . Since transition systems capture both control systems and software systems, we can synthesize controllers consisting of continuous and discrete (components) within the same framework. Transition systems define different types of languages. Definition 2.2: Let be a transition , is desystem. The language generated by , denoted by fined as:

for some finite initialized run of The -language generated by

is similarly defined:

for some infinite initialized run of The structural notion of bisimulation relates properties of different transition systems. with Definition 2.3: Let be transition systems and a relation. Relation is said to be a bisimulation relation between and if the following hold for any : ; • implies and implies ; • implies the existence of satisfying • and ; implies the existence of satisfying • and . to denote the existence of We shall use the notation a bisimulation relation between and . Bisimilar transition systems share many properties including generated languages. and be tranProposition 2.4 (Adapted from [53]): Let . Then, the following sition systems and assume that equalities hold:

In addition to preserve language equivalence, bisimulations also preserve properties expressible in several temporal logics such as LTL, CTL, CTL or -calculus [54]. In this paper, we will construct finite bisimulations which are of a special form. Definition 2.5: The quotient of a transition system with respect to an equivalence relation is the transition system defined by is an equivalence class of ; • ; • in if there exists and such • in ; that for some . • is well defined since implies Note that . Furthermore, if is a bisimulation relation and it follows that the graph of the projection between , defined by , . is, therefore, is a bisimulation relation between and called a bisimilar quotient of with respect to . B. Finite Bisimulations of Controllable Linear Systems In this section, we show how finite bisimulations of controllable linear systems can be obtained. We make the following assumptions. A.I) Control system is controllable. A.II) The columns of matrix are linearly independent. Assumption A.II) results in no loss of generality since we can always remove linearly dependent columns from matrix without destroying essential properties of . Assumption A.I) is essential for the existence of finite bisimulations. It has several important consequences, the first of which being the following decomposition of the state–space. Proposition 2.6 [55], [56]: Let be a discrete-time linear control system satisfying Assumptions A.I) and A.II). Then, , there exists a sequence of positive integers called controllability indexes of , such that:

equals

and

is

linearly

dependent of the vectors . Using the controllability indices we can introduce the subof defined by space

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Subspace naturally induces an observation map for deto the fined as the natural projection from the state–space quotient space (2) into its equivalence Observation map takes a vector which we can identify with a point . class in Observation map uniquely determines transition system associated with . We now state this fact for later use. Definition 2.7: Let be a discrete-time linear control system satisfying Assumptions A.I) and A.II). Transition system associated with is defined by with iff there exists satisfying and defined by (2). This choice of observation map is crucial in proving the first major contribution of this paper. Theorem 2.8: Let be a discrete-time linear control system satisfying Assumptions A.I) and A.II). For any finite partition of the observation space of there exists a finite refinement of the state space partition such that the quotients and of with respect to and denoted by and , respectively, are finite bisimilar quotients. In order to prove Theorem 2.8, we state and prove a preparatory result ensuring that existence of finite bisimulations is not destroyed by changes of coordinates or invertible feedback. be a discrete-time linear control Proposition 2.9: Let system satisfying Assumptions A.I) and A.II), and let be the through discrete-time linear control system obtained from an invertible linear change of coordinates and an . For any finite invertible linear feedback partition of the observation space of , there exists a finite making the refinement of the state space partition quotient of with respect to a finite bisimilar quotient iff of the state–space partition there exists a finite refinement making the quotient of with respect to a finite bisimilar quotient. be the finite partiProof: Assume that exists and let of the state space of (note that is a partion is an invertible matrix). It is clear that retition since . To show that is a bisimulation relation fines between and consider and assume that in . By definition of and invertibility of , such that there exists and in with . It then follows from the fact that is a bisimulation relation between and that in with . Let be the input trig. Then, input triggers a gering the transition in and transition since and . This proves condition (3) in Definition 2.3 and condition (4) is proved using the same argument. Condition (2) is trivially satisfied since the and is invertible while condition (1) set of initial states is follows from the equality . We now return to the proof of Theorem 2.8. Proof (of Theorem 2.8): In view of Proposition 2.9 we can assume, without loss of generality, that is in Brunovsky

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normal form since any controllable linear system can be transformed into this form by a change of coordinates and an invertible feedback [55], [56]. Recall that the Brunovsky normal form of a controllable linear system with controllability indexes is given by

.. .

.. .

.. .

.. .

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A simple computation shows that for a control system in Brunovsky normal form is of the form (5) where

is the projection map and is an arbitrary linear isomorphism. We will now introduce some notation to simplify the proof. We will use to denote and to emphasize that is obtained from by applying the . We will sequence of inputs also denote by the largest controllability index. will We now note that it follows from (5) that input not affect when . implies In other words, (6) To illustrate this remark, consider a control system defined by and with observation map . Since the controllability index corresponding to input is 2 we see that for

This remark will be used several times in the proof. Consider now the equivalence relation sively defined as follows:

recur-

We claim that is an auto-bisimulation relation. Since condition (1) in Definition 2.3 follows from the chosen obserand and condition (2) follows from vation function for , in order to prove the claim we only need the equality to show that for any

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1) if satisfying

, then there exists and ;

2) if satisfying

, then there exists and

. We will show only (1) since the same argument is valid for (2). implies We will prove (1) by showing that since (1) would then follow from the defini. tion of and let Consider then . It follows from and the definition satisfying of , the existence of . Making use of (6) for we to by changing the components see that if we modify of such that we will still have since is based on the equalities

for

. Thus, we define

as

if if At this point we have and . It follows we consider and the definition from of , the existence of satisfying . Making use of (6) for we see that if we modify to by changing the components of such that we will still have since is based on the equalities

for

. We thus define

in virtue of the way we defined conclude from (5) that

for

. We thus

which, in turn, implies and concludes the proof of the claim. To conclude the proof of the theorem we must show that has a finite number of equivalence classes. However, represents this follows at once from the observation that steps and defined with respect to bisimilarity restricted to a finite observation space. The possibility of synthesizing controllers enforcing LTL specifications hinges on Theorem 2.8 as it guarantees that admits a finite representation in the form the behavior of of a bisimilar quotient. This bisimulation is based on a finite used to describe the partition of the observation space of control objectives through a LTL formula. We thus see that , naturally defined by the the observation space and map of system dynamics under Assumption II, are essential ingredients of Theorem 2.8. Since existence of finite bisimulations has been established, the following well known bisimulation algorithm can be used to compute the coarsest possible bisimulation [57], [58] provided that every set operation is effectively computable, that is, provided that there exists an algorithm for a Touring machine implementing the desired set operations. The bisimulation aland the initial partigorithm starts with a transition system of and terminates with the coarsest partition tion such that is a bisimilar quotient of . Algorithm 2.10: (Bisimulation Algorithm)

as if if

If we keep on modifying to according to the previously described process, we will obtain

Consider now a transition from to and let be an arbitrary element of . It then follows the existence of to a transition from and, furthermore

As we are considering linear control systems it is natural defined by to consider partitions of the observation space semi-linear sets. To ensure computability we restrict all the coefficients to live in . conDefinition 2.11: The class of semi-linear subsets of sists of finite unions, intersections and complements of the following elementary sets:

Computability of the finite bisimulation is now a consequence of effective computability of intersections, unions and complements of semi-linear sets and the fact that Pre of a semi-linear set can be computed by quantifier elimination [59], resulting in a semi-linear set. We thus have the following corollary to Theorem 2.8.

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and represent regions on the obserNote that predicates . The formula vation space is satisfied when the distance between vehicles is smaller than 1 and ensures that such distance constraint is satisfied every 3 time steps. the set defined by and by its If we denote by complement, that is

Fig. 2. Identical vehicles following the same lane.

Corollary 2.12: Let be a discrete-time linear control system satisfying Assumptions A.I) and A.II) and defined by and with rational entries. For any finite partimatrices defined by semi-linear tion of the observation space of and sets, the quotients of with respect to partition , whose existence is asserted by Theorem 2.8, are finite bisimilar quotients which are effectively computable. Example 2.13: We now illustrate Theorem 2.8 on a variation of the periodic synchronization example discussed in the introduction. Consider two identical vehicles moving on the same lane as shown in Fig. 2. For our purposes it will be sufficient to consider the translational dynamics along the lane. Each vehicle is modeled as a discrete-time double integrator

we can use the bisimulation algorithm with the initial partition . Following Algorithm 2.10, we compute:

Since into the sets

and

and defined by

we split

where and represents the translational position of car . Since we will only be interested in controlling the spacing between the vehicles, we introduce new variables:

leading to the following model:

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At this point the refined partition is given by . Choosing now and from we compute

governing intervehicle spacing measured by . Observation satisfies and if we model by map we obtain the row matrix

To make the discussion concrete we take leading to and note that other choices for would equality work. The requirement that vehicles should come together (in order to communicate) at least every 3 s can be modeled by

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and into

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it follows that equality leads to . One possible choice for map these equations is

and satisfying

Starting with the following observation space partition:

Fig. 3. Finite bisimilar quotient T

on the left and T

on the right.

we obtain a finite bisimulation with eight states defined by where

This

splitting

leads to the new partition which already defines a bisimula-

tion since

The sets associated with each discrete state were computed using Algorithm 2.10 and are given by This finite bisimulation has four discrete states and is graphically represented in Fig. 3 where initial states are grey colored and observations are represented outside the circles denoting the states. Example 2.14: Consider now a linear control system described by the following matrices:

It is not difficult to see that controllability holds and the controland . Vector space lability indices are given by is, therefore, spanned by the first column of . Adopting the following matrix representation for the observation map :

To illustrate the computation of these sets, we con. Starting from partition sider

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we

obtain

note by

the

the set

state

space

partition . , we have

If

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III. LTL FORMULAS AND BÜCHI AUTOMATA LTL logic is a very powerful specification mechanism since it allows one to express complex requirements through simple formulas. Even though the use of temporal logic is now widely used for verification of software systems [10], [11], we argue that temporal logic is equally relevant to synthesis problems. In this section, we define LTL syntax and semantics, provide simple examples to illustrate the definitions, and discuss the translation of LTL formulas into Büchi automata. A. LTL Syntax and Semantics We start with a finite set of predicates from which more complex formulas can be built. Even though can be an arbitrary finite set we shall keep in mind the particular case where is the observation space of . LTL formulas are then obtained through the following recursive definition: ; • true, false and are LTL formulas for all and are LTL formulas, then and are • if LTL formulas; and are LTL formulas, then and are • if LTL formulas. and implication are deAs usual, disjunction and , respecfined as the abbreviations of tively. The operator is read as “next,” with the meaning that the formula it precedes will be true in the next time step. The is read as “until” and the formula second operator specifies that must hold until holds. From the operator, we can define other commonly used operators: (9) (10) is read as “always ” and requires to be true Formula reads “eventually ” and for all future time, while formula states that will become true at some point in the future. A unique interpretation of LTL formulas is obtained by defining LTL semantics. LTL formulas are interpreted over sequences of . Although LTL formulas are usually predicate values interpreted over sequences of sets of predicate values, in this paper we identify with a finite partition of the observation only one predicate is satisfied. space and thus for each We say that string satisfies formula at time , denoted by , if formula holds at time along trajectory . The

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When each predicate is an element of a finite partition of the observation space of , requirement specifies that trajectories of should start in the set defined by and stay in that set forever. . According Example 3.2: Consider now the formula to the previously introduced semantics, every string satisfying this formula is of the form:

.. . where we have used the symbol to denote an occurrence of any by satisfying , predicate in . The first string satisfies after which formula no longer imposes any constraint by initially on the string. The remaining strings satisfy until they satisfy at some later time. Once satisfying is satisfied, any predicate in is allowed to occur in the string since is already true. Operator is very useful to capture temporal ordering of control requirements. One can specify, for example, that the temperature and humidity in a building should stay within certain bounds (as specified by predicates on the observation space) until the end of working hours, or that an aircraft should stay at a certain altitude until the descent phase is initiated, etc. Example 3.3: More complex (and useful) formulas usually involve nesting of temporal operators. One such example is oboperator with the formula tained by combining the resulting in the formula . Intuitively this formula requires to hold for all time, or that holds until at some later

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time holds for all future time. A string satisfying necessarily of the form

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satisfaction of by the closed-loop system. Such a controller is and a Büchi automaton describing the specificabuilt from tion. It is therefore necessary to translate the LTL specification formula into a Büchi automaton. B. Büchi Automata

.. . Formula can be used to model convergence towards through a particular the operating conditions described by subset of the state–space described by . result in formulas with Different combinations of and different meaning. For example, any string satisfying the formust satisfy at every time step, which mula holds or holds until implies that at every time step either holds at some future time. Examples of strings satisfying are given as follows:

Example 3.4: We now return to Example 2.13. The only predicate appearing in formula (8), is an element of the observation space of . According to LTL semantics and the abbreviation , some of the infinite strings satisfying (8) are given by

The strings satisfying a given LTL formula can also be compactly described in terms of a finite operational model. Such model is slightly more complex than a transition system since LTL formulas specify both the finite and infinite behavior of for strings. Consider for example the formula . This formula requires to hold at some time in the future. Given a string , we cannot decide if by looking at a finite prefix of since can always appear at a later point in time. This shows that we need to equip transition systems with an additional mechanism describing the behavior of strings “at infinity.” These new transition systems are called Büchi automata. Definition 3.5: A Büchi automaton is a tuple , where is a finite transition system and is a set of final states. A string is a run of if for and there exist such that . infinitely many Since every Büchi automaton carries an underlying tran, it also defines generated languages sition system structure and -languages. In addition, final states allows one to introduce the notion of accepted language. be a Büchi Definition 3.6: Let , is automaton. The language accepted by , denoted by defined as for some initialized run of

The reader should verify for himself that in every of the above strings, every length 4 sub-string contains . This shows that the previous strings satisfy the specification formula since requires that at every time step holds, meaning that should hold at or that it should hold at or . This simple example also shows how tedious and error prone it is to list all the possible strings satisfying the very simple formula (8). When a LTL formula is interpreted over observed sequences each predicate corresponds to a subset of and the in specification defines how trajectories of interact with these sets. This is a convenient and formal way of expressing control requirements for discrete-time linear systems. If every string satisfies formula we simply say that satisfies in which is denoted by . We shall use a similar notaeven though predicates in do not correspond to tion for sets in . We shall use the notation when for every . In general it is not the case that and a controller needs to be constructed to ensure

Büchi automata accept languages which are more general than the languages generated by transition systems. we can always conSince given a transition system with , leading to struct a Büchi automaton , we can regard transition systems as a subclass of Büchi automata. The relevance of Büchi automata comes from the fact that for any LTL formula it is possible to construct a Büchi automaton accepting every string satisfying formula . This fact was first shown by Büchi [60] in the context of decidability of first and second order monadic theories of one successor. Although decidability of the translation between LTL formulas and Büchi automata was settled by Büchi’s work, the complexity of such translations has been improved through the years by different authors. The resulting automata are, in the worst case, exponential in the length of the translated formula. However, current practice in computer aided verification shows that such worst case complexity is seldom achieved. Since this translation is well documented in the literature we point the interested reader to the survey [61] and to the algorithms described in [62] and [63] for more details. We now return to the periodic synchronization example converting the specification formula into a Büchi automaton.

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on the states rather than on the transitions. Nevertheless, the lancan still be expressed in guage of transition system and . terms of the languages of Proposition 4.2: Let and be transition systems with the same observation space . The following equalities are always satisfied:

Fig. 4. Transition system T corresponding to specification formula '.

Example 3.7: Recall the specification formula discussed in Example 2.13 that we repeat here for convenience

Specification formula can be translated into the transition system represented in Fig. 4 where has been abbreviby . In this case, the final states of ated by , and are all of its states and thus we can equivBüchi automaton by its underlying transition system. alently represent Note that starting from any state of state will be necessarily reached in at most 3 steps. Since the observation associthis implies that at any time step, will hold ated with is no later than 3 time steps implying that any string generated by satisfies . We shall not discuss further Büchi automata as we will not have the oportunity of using them in this paper. However, they are essential for the construction of a discrete controller or suenforcing as discussed in the next section. pervisor for IV. SUPERVISORY SYNTHESIS The existence of finite bisimulations for linear systems, discussed in Section II, enables the design of controllers enforcing LTL specifications at the purely discrete level. Such control problems on infinite behaviors have been studied in the discrete event systems community [35], [37] and, in this section, we review the results and concepts required for our purposes. We start by introducing a notion of parallel composition between transition systems modeling interaction between components. This interaction can be understood as a form of control where a supervisor is designed to modify (restrict) the behavior of another (transition) system by interconnection. and Definition 4.1: Let be two transition systems with the same and observation space . The parallel composition of (with observation synchronization) is denoted by

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. • The presented definition of parallel composition is not the usual synchronous product used in the supervisory control literature since we have defined transition systems with observations

The previous proposition shows that a controller can rethrough language intersection in order strict the behavior of to eliminate strings which do not satisfy the specification formula . Furthermore, as asserted in the next result, can be obtained by working with the finite a controller for transition system . proposition 4.3: Let be a controllable linear system, let be a LTL formula with predicates denoting sets in a finite and let be the finite partition of the observation space of whose existence is refinement of state–space partition asserted by Theorem 2.8. There exists a controller satisfying iff there exists a controller satisfying . Proof: It follows at once from the properties of bisimulation, see for example [53], that for any transition system implies . The result now follows from Proposition 2.4. At this point the reader may be wondering why the previous result is concerned with the existence of a controller for and not for . Since a controller modifies the behavior of the system to be controlled by parallel composition with obseris preferable as the vation synchronization, working with offers more detailed information reobservation space of than the observation space of . garding the dynamics of Recalling that for any LTL formula we can always conrecognizing every string satisfying struct a Büchi automaton and recalling that from we can construct a Büchi ausatisfying , the problem of tomaton constructing a controller enforcing can be conceptually reduced to the following steps. from and . 1) Construct from . 2) Construct 3) Construct from . from . 4) Construct satisfying 5) Construct a Büchi automaton controller . The first four steps have already been described in this paper and the fifth step has been extensively studied in the discrete-event systems literature [36], [64]–[66]. For the purposes of this paper defined in (5). Note we will simply assume the existence of exists, then Proposition 4.3 asserts that no that if no such (and consequently for ) exists. Furthercontroller for can be modeled by a tranmore, we will also assume that sition system, that is, there exists a transition system sat. As disisfying cussed in [36], a finite supervisor that is implementable (in software, hardware or software and hardware) necessarily has finite memory and therefore can only restrict the infinite behavior of

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Fig. 5. Parallel composition of T

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based on finite length observations. Therefore, for any imenforcing there plementable Büchi automaton controller satisfying exists a finite transition system . We refer the reader to [36], [64]–[66] for more details on the existence and compuand return to Example 2.13. tation of Example 4.4: Fig. 5 shows two different controllers enforcing LTL formula (8) on the transition system displayed in Fig. 3. We can see that both controllers enforce LTL formula (8) on since on the first case the language of the parallel composition , while in the second consists of strings of the form case it consists of strings in which occurrence of (if any) is immediately followed by an occurrence of .

V. REFINING THE CLOSED-LOOP In the previous section, we outlined how a finite controller for enforcing a desired LTL specification can be obtained. In this section, we will see that we can also extract from the continuous inputs required to enforce the specification on . The explicit modeling of the control inputs available to will result in a hybrid closed-loop behavior. This motivates the introduction of discrete-time linear hybrid systems and their corresponding transition systems. Definition 5.1: A discrete-time linear hybrid system consists of the following elements. • The state–space where is a finite set of for each . states and . • A set of initial states where for each • The continuous dynamics defines a discrete-time linear control system with inputs restricted to the set .

which assigns • The discrete dynamics and continuous state the to each discrete . discrete successor states Similarly to the purely continuous case, hybrid systems can also be embedded into the class of transition systems. Assuming the continuous dynamics to be controllable we can define transition system

associated with a discrete-time

linear hybrid system by iff and . The and observation set and map are defined by where and are the observation set and map associated with the control systems defined by for each . The importance of embedding linear hybrid systems into the class of transition systems resides in the possibility of formally defining a notion of correct implementation. Definition 5.2: Let be a controllable linear system, let be a LTL formula with predicates denoting sets in a finite parof the observation space of and let be a contition , that is, troller enforcing on the finite bisimilar quotient . Linear hybrid system is said to be a correct implementation of the closed-loop behavior if . A hybrid implementation of a desired closed-loop behavior can be immediby ately obtained from defining (11) (12) (13)

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Fig. 6. Hybrid implementation of the closed-loop behavior enforced by the second supervisor represented in Fig. 5.

(14) (15) (16) The construction of represents the last step required for the solution of Problem 1.1 as we now summarize in the following result. Theorem 5.3: Let be a controllable linear system satisfying Assumptions A.I) and A.II) and defined by matrices and with rational entries. For any LTL formula with predicates , it is denoting semi-linear sets on the observation space of decidable to determine the existence of a controller satisfying . Furthermore, when such a controller exists it admits the hybrid implementation defined by (11) through (16) which is effectively computable. . Proof: By Corollary 2.12, we can effectively compute from , it follows Since we can also effectively compute from standard results in supervisory control [36], [64]–[66] that for it is decidable to determine the existence of a controller and also that is effectively computable. The result now follows from the fact that steps (11) through (16) are effectively computable since the sets denoted by are semi-linear. It is important to emphasize that the resulting hybrid controller implicitly defined by can be obtained in a totally automated fashion. The closed-loop system is still a control system in the sense that at every state different future evolutions are possible under the action of different input values. This is natural since the closed-loop model can now be further controlled to satisfy additional objectives or optimized to extremize certain performance criteria. Another important characteristic of the presented method is the automatic synthesis of both the switching logic (implemented by software) and the continuous aspects of control. In fact, a software implementation of the controller implicitly defined by can be automatically generated from by into code reading the state translating each discrete state of from sensors, computing based on and and sending to the actuators. This fact is especially important since verification of hybrid systems is currently limited to systems with very simple continuous dynamics such as timed automata. The proposed approach thus results in systems that satisfy the specification by design while enlarging the class of system that can be shown to operate correctly. Example 5.4: We now illustrate the construction of the hybrid implementation of the closed-loop systems displayed in Fig. 5. We focus on the construction of which is the only nontrivial

Fig. 7. Hybrid implementation of the closed-loop behavior enforced by the first supervisor represented in Fig. 5.

element in the definition of . The first closed-loop system in Fig. 5 consists of a single discrete state and the corresponding set is defined by

The resulting hybrid implementation is represented in Fig. 7. The second supervisor has three discrete states for which we need to compute the input set . For discrete state , we have

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The resulting hybrid implementation is represented in Fig. 6. VI. DISCUSSION This paper presented an approach for the fully automated synthesis of controllers enforcing LTL specifications for linear systems. The resulting controllers are of hybrid nature combining the continuous dynamics of the original control system with the switching logic required to implement the desired specification. We can thus see these hybrid models as abstract descriptions of the embedded software required for its implementation. Since the resulting closed-loop system is guaranteed to satisfy the specification by construction, the presented synthesis technique enlarges the class of embedded systems for which formal guarantees of operation can be given.

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Paulo Tabuada (M’00–M’02) was born in Lisbon, Portugal, one year after the Carnation Revolution. He received the “Licenciatura” degree in aerospace engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal, in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Institute for Systems and Robotics, a private research institute associated with Instituto Superior Técnico, in 2002. Between January 2002 and July 2003, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. Currently, he is with the Electrical Engineering Department, the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include modeling, analysis and control of real-time, embedded, networked and distributed systems; geometric control theory and mathematical systems theory. Dr. Tabuada was the recipient of the Francisco de Holanda Prize in 1998 for the best research project with an artistic or aesthetic component awarded by the Portuguese Science Foundation. He was a finalist for the Best Student Paper Award at both the 2001 American Control Conference and the 2001 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and he was the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2005. He coedited the volume Networked Embedded Sensing and Control published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences series.

George J. Pappas (S’91–M’98–SM’04) received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1998. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, and the Director of the GRASP Laboratory, the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He also holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Computer and Information Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. He has published over one hundred articles in the areas of hybrid systems, hierarchical control systems, distributed control systems, nonlinear control systems, and geometric control theory, with applications to robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, and biomolecular networks. He coedited Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (New York: Springer-Verlag, 2004). Dr. Pappas is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award in 2002, as well as the 2002 NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). He received the 1999 Eliahu Jury Award for Excellence in Systems Research from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley. His and his students’ papers were finalists for the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (1998, 2001, 2004) and the American Control Conference (2001, 2004). He is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUTOMATIC CONTROL.

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