Course detail

Discrete Event Systems

FEKT-LSDUAcad. year: 2017/2018

Discrete event systems and their typical examples, modelling, Basic modeling concepts. Petri nets, definitions, types, purpose, autonomous PN, colored PN. Sequence systems. Markov chains and processes, queueing systems.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student can:
- analyse behaviour of discrete event systems
- design models for simple discrete event systems
- write discrete event systems model in different representations
- compute basic statistics for queing systems
- analyse simple Markov networks


The subject knowledge on the Bachelor´s degree level is requested. Basic knowledge of systems modeling (BMOD).


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Václavek, P.: Systémy diskrétních událostí, příklady. ET VUT FEKT, Brno, 2008. (CS)
Cassandras, C.G., Lafortune, S.: Introduction to Discrete Event Systems, Springer, 2007 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods include tutorials and computer laboratories. Students have to write seven assignments during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Lesson. Max. 30 points.
Examination. Max. 70 points.
Conditions for awarding the course-unit credit:
1. Active participation in exercises
2. Minimum of 10 points awarded for home-works

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Descrete event systems and models
Automata, basic concepts
Automata and language relation
Petri nets
Timed systems
Hybrid systems
Stochastic timed systems
Discrete event systems control
Discrete time Markov chains
Continuous time Markov processes
Queuing theory
Markov chains control
Discrete event systems simulation


This subject presents the field of systems with discrete character from its essence (contrary to discrete control of continuous systems). This is the question of systems of piece production, of bulk service, traffic systems etc. The subject is interested in modeling, control and optimization of behavior of discrete events. It deals in details with the formulation of the tasks of operations scheduling in computer, traffic and especially in production systems. It gives the overview of using the Witness simulation system - one of the top solutions in the field of discrete event system simulation.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-ML1 Master's

    branch ML1-KAM , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, optional specialized

  • Programme EEKR-ML Master's

    branch ML-KAM , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, optional specialized

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, optional specialized

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer