Toward Real-Time Control in Future Wireless Networks: Communication-Control Co-Design

Guodong Zhao, Muhammad Ali Imran, Zhibo Pang, Zhi Chen, Liying Li

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Wireless networks are undergoing a transition from connecting people to connecting things, which will allow human interaction with the physical world in a real-time fashion, for example, Tactile Internet, industrial automation, self-driving vehicles, and remote surgery. Therefore, future wireless networks need to support real-time control since it is the essential function enabling such emerging applications. In this article, some fundamental design capabilities needed to realize real-time control in future wireless networks are discussed, with primary emphasis given to communication-control because both communication and control systems have strong dynamics and interdependencies, and they tightly interact with each other. A case study is provided to demonstrate the necessity of such co-design.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8558500
Pages (from-to)138-144
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Issue number2
Early online date4 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes


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