Discrete Event Systems

TC Leadership

Maria Pia Fanti

TC Co-Chair

Maria Pia Fanti (Email)
Polytechnic of Bari, Italy

MuDer Jeng

TC Co-Chair

MuDer Jeng (Email)
National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan

Our Goal

In recent years, the enormous evolution of computer technology has led to the proliferation of artificial dynamical systems that are mostly man made and highly complex. The behaviour of these systems is determined by the occurrence of asynchronous events: because of this attribute they are labeled as Discrete Event Systems (DES). Examples of such systems are encountered in many well known application areas such as automated manufacturing, computer networks, transportation, air traffic control, as well as in new emerging areas such as healthcare, communication and information processing, allocation and management of technical, human and financial resources. In the last decades the attention of a large number of researchers and practitioners has been devoted to this class of dynamical systems in order to address a series of difficult problems of combinatorial nature to analyse, optimize and control DES. New paradigms are introduced in order to combining mathematical techniques with processing data and simulation procedures.

Discrete event system models (such as Petri nets, automata, Markov chains) are used to describe very different aspects of the real world: computer systems, communication systems, manufacturing systems, traffic systems. Recently, corporations and researchers are being attracted by the key problem of using effectively and efficiently the latest developments of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in different new fields such as transportation systems, logistics networks, healthcare systems, smart buildings and smart cities. This new application leads to the description of new realities that exhibit a high degree of concurrency and are characterized by resource sharing and conflicts. The challenge is opening new frontiers in the application of tools and models typical of the discrete event systems in order to improve the knowledge and the management of new complex and man made systems.

The primary objective of the TC on Discrete Event Systems is to promote communication between DES researchers, students, and practitioners. Hence, the goal of the TC is to provide a basis for the exchange of information and ideas among researchers and practitioners through scientific events, such as special conference sessions, tutorials and journal special issues.


  • Feng Chu, Université d’Evry Val d’Essonne, France
  • Mariagrazia Dotoli, Polytechnic of Bari, Italy
  • Alessandro Giua, University of Cagliari, Italy
  • DooYong Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
  • Jin-Shyan Lee, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan
  • Zhiwu Li, Xidian University, China
  • Da-Yin Liao, National Chi-Nan University, Nantou, Taiwan
  • Ernesto Lopez, CINVESTAV, Mexico
  • Jiliang Luo, Huaiqao University, China
  • Liu Min, Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, P.R. China
  • Spyros Reveliotis, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Robin G. Qiu, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Ying Tang, Rowan University, USA
  • Walter Ukovich, University of Trieste, Italy
  • Jiacun Wang, Monmouth University, USA
  • MengChu Zhou, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

Recent Activities

  • Organized the Track at the European Modeling & Simulation Symposium 2012 (EMSS 2012) “Simulation Approaches in Logistics Systems” Chairs: Maria Pia Fanti, Polytechnic of Bari (Italy), Chrysostomos Stylios, Technological Educational Institute of Epirus (Greece), Walter Ukovich, University of Trieste (Italy).
  • Organized special/Invited Sessions at each SMC conference starting from IEEE SMC-2007 till IEEE SMC 2012
  • Prof. M. P. Fanti and Mengchu Zhou were the General Chairs of the IEEE 2010 Workshop on Health Care Management, Venice, Italy, February 18-20, 2010
  • Prof. M.P. Fanti was program co-chair of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, October 11-14, 2009 Hyatt Regency Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
  • Prof. S. Reveliotis was program chair of IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, Bangalore, India, August 22 – 25, 2009 and Prof. M. P. Fanti was chair of the track Foundations of Automation
  • Prof. M. P. Fanti was chair of the 2nd IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control of Discrete Systems, Bari, Italy, June 10 – 12, 2009.
  • Organized Special/Invited Sessions at the International Workshop on Modelling & Applied Simulation, 17-19 September, Calabria, Italy, 2008, a conference co-sponsored by the IEEE-SMC Society.
  • Organized Special/Invited Sessions at the European Modeling & Simulation Symposium 2008, 17-19 September, Calabria, Italy, 2008 a conference co-sponsored by the IEEE-SMC Society.
  • Prof. Mengchu Zhou, as the General Chair, organized 2008 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, CASE 2008, August 24-25, 2008, Washington D.C., USA
  • Prof. Mengchu Zhou organized the Workshop on Petri Nets and Agile Manufacturing, June 24-25, 2008 – Xi’an, China, a satellite event of the Petri Nets 2008 29th International Conference on Application and Theory of Petri Nets and Other Models of Concurrency, Xi’an, China, June 23-27, 2008
  • Organized the special issue on “Engineering Applications of Petri Nets” of the IEEE Transactions on SMC – Part C, vol. 37, no. 4, July 2007, editors MengChu Zhou and MuDer Jeng.

Join Us

  • Interact with experts in Discrete Event Systems for discussions about advances in different fields of theory and applications.
  • Participate in interesting conferences and workshops.
  • Contact colleagues in different regions of the world.
  • Exchange research ideas and possibly share research resources.

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