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Objectives. The objectives of WP5 are to use benchmarking as a mean for testing control technologies of networked hybrid systems developed in HYCON2, to serve as a mean of integrating the joint activities within the NoE, tying our work together, and to foster excellence through the identification and adoption of best practices.

Benchmarking enables institutions to improve their performance by identifying critical competencies, strengths and weaknesses, and later, using the lessons learnt from best practices, to make the necessary improvements. In the context of HYCON2, benchmarks serve as a link among the participating groups to cooperate and develop new ideas born from the interaction with other participants and case studies.

The benchmark examples would help the research task by a) allowing an objective evaluation of control for networked hybrid systems, b) sharing the efforts, resources and time spent in developing validation models c) giving researchers the possibility to evaluate their proposals in a variety of cases, and d) opening up a forum to compare their performances with those provided by alternative solutions and to discuss the quality of the results.

Besides this, benchmarking allows to show what has been achieved as a result of the integration of HYCON2 partners research. With this in mind, two "show case applications" corresponding to large‐scale, real‐world problems, have been selected to demonstrate the applicability of networked hybrid control systems and the value of and the need for research in control:

            - The freeway network around the Grenoble area
            - High-level operation of two coupled sections of a sugar factory in Spain.