Proceedings of the

The 33rd European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2023)
3 – 8 September 2023, Southampton, UK

On the Use of Control Theory to Enhance Systems Towards Resilience

Tobias Demmer1,a, Jens Kahlen1,b, Daniel Lichte1,c and Kai-Dietrich Wolf2

1Institute for the Protection of Terrestrial Infrastructures, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany.

2Institute for Security Systems, University of Wuppertal, Germany.


This contribution explores the potential of control theory for improving system resilience. It is essential that critical systems are able to withstand adversarial attacks and other forms of disruption. We discuss how this can be achieved through the use of control theory to allocate resources. In this work, control theory - as an established mathematical framework - is used to analyse the behaviour of a generic system in order to ensure resilience. Finally, this contribution provides an example of a resilient system design that uses control theory and we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the approach, and how it may be implemented to achieve optimal system resilience.

Keywords: Resilience quantification, Control theory, Systems engineering.

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