On the history of diagnosability and opacity in discrete event systems
Hadjicostis, Christoforos N.
SourceAnnual Reviews in Control
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This paper presents historical remarks on key projects and papers that led to the development of a theory of event diagnosis for discrete event systems modeled by finite-state automata or Petri nets in the 1990s. The goal in event diagnosis is to develop algorithmic procedures for deducing the occurrence of unobservable events, based on a formal model of the system and on-line observations of its behavior. It also presents historical remarks on the early works on the property of opacity, which occurred about ten years later. Opacity can be seen as a strong version of lack of diagnosability and it has been used to capture security and privacy requirements. Finally, diagnosability is connected with the property of observability that arises in supervisory control. This paper is part of set of papers that review the emergence of discrete event systems as an area of research in control engineering.