Century of manual remote control, automation, autonomy, and self-organization

We present a multidisciplinary historical review of manual remote control, automation, autonomy, and self-organization roughly covering the last century. Some conceptual analysis is given using hierarchical classifications. We show the relationships between control theory, computer science, and communication theory. We observe that the three disciplines have progressed at least partially independently, but we can see also some convergence towards similar system models, often using different terminology. We expect that multidisciplinary studies will turn out to be useful for avoiding overlapping work and for making faster progress. Furthermore, a unified terminology would facilitate communication between disciplines. This review provides a starting point for building such terminology.

Authors:
Mämmelä Aarne, Riekki Jukka

Publication type:
A4 Article in conference proceedings

Place of publication:
2018 14th IEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications (MESA)

Keywords:
automatic systems, autonomous systems, multidisciplinary view, remotely controlled systems, self-organizing systems

Published:

Full citation:
A. Mämmelä and J. Riekki, “Century of manual remote control, automation, autonomy, and self-organization,” 2018 14th IEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications (MESA), Oulu, 2018, pp. 1-6. doi: 10.1109/MESA.2018.8449192

DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1109/MESA.2018.8449192

Read the publication here:
http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2019081223962