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Academic Year 2016/2017 - 1° Year
Teaching Staff: Orazio MIRABELLA and Lucia LO BELLO
Credit Value: 9
Scientific field: ING-INF/05 - Information processing systems
Taught classes: 49 hours
Exercise: 30 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

The course aims to provide students with an understanding of communication issues in automation systems and knowledge of technologies and tools for the implementation of communication solutions in various application areas. In particular, this course will address issues related to the design and evaluation of communication systems with real-time constraints and systems based on wired and wireless networks.
The application part of the course will be devoted to the evaluation of protocols through simulation environment Omnet ++ and the creation of nodes for wireless sensor networks to be used in automation, with hardware provided by the teachers.

Detailed Course Content

1. Communication Issues and traffic characterization in the different types of automation systems.
2. functional architectures of different communication systems in automation.
3. Characteristics of the Application Layer of communication systems for industrial automation.
4. Main fieldbus: PROFIBUS, WorldFIP, FOUNDATION Fieldbus, INTERBUS-S. CAN.
5. General information on networks with real-time constraints and design issues.
6. Scheduling of transmissions in real-time networks.
7. Goals for automotive applications.
8. Industrial Ethernet and Standard IEC 61784.
9. wireless systems for automation applications.
10. Issues of clock synchronization.

Textbook Information

Industrial Communication Technology Handbook, 2nd Edition, CRC Press LLC, USA, ISBN : 978-1-4822-0733-0, 2014.


A series of tutorial prepared by the teachers can be found in or in the personal web sites,