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Given two disjoint deterministic finite automata (DFAs) G and H, there exists a common word that synchronizes G to a prescribed state u and H to a prescribed state v.

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The content discusses the problem of synchronizing two disjoint deterministic finite automata (DFAs) G and H to prescribed states u and v, respectively, using a common word.
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The DFAs G and H are disjoint, meaning they have no relation beyond sharing the same alphabet.
The authors define the disjoint sum G + H, which captures the current states of both G and H.
The goal is to find a word σ that synchronizes G to state u and H to state v, such that the current state of G + H becomes (u, v).
This problem models scenarios where simple machines, such as delivery robots, need to be synchronized to specific locations and states using the same commands.
The authors note that if G + H is connected and synchronizable, then any current state of G + H is achievable by a synchronizing word.

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by Peter Bradsh... at **arxiv.org** 05-03-2024

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The cornering strategy introduced in the previous sections can be applied to the problem of synchronizing disjoint DFAs by considering the disjoint sum of the DFAs. When synchronizing disjoint DFAs G and H to prescribed states u and v, respectively, the cornering strategy can be used to synchronize the combined DFA G + H to the initial state (u, v).
To apply the cornering strategy in this context, we can create the disjoint sum DFA G + H, where the vertices are the Cartesian product of the vertices of G and H. By defining the edge set and labeling function appropriately, we ensure that the combined DFA captures the states of both G and H. Then, we can use the cornering strategy to find a synchronizing word that brings the combined DFA to the desired initial state (u, v). This involves identifying an f-corner in the combined DFA and constructing a synchronizing word based on the cornering strategy.

The ability to synchronize disjoint DFAs to prescribed states beyond the delivery robot example opens up a wide range of potential applications in various fields. Some of these applications include:
Manufacturing and Assembly Lines: Synchronizing machines and robotic arms in manufacturing and assembly lines to specific states can optimize production processes, reduce errors, and improve efficiency. By ensuring that each machine reaches its designated state at the right time, the overall production flow can be streamlined.
Traffic Control Systems: Coordinating traffic lights and signals at intersections to specific states can help in managing traffic flow, reducing congestion, and improving road safety. Synchronizing the traffic control systems can lead to smoother traffic movements and better overall traffic management.
Smart Grids and Energy Management: Synchronizing different components of a smart grid, such as renewable energy sources, storage systems, and distribution networks, to prescribed states can enhance energy efficiency, optimize power distribution, and support sustainable energy practices.
Healthcare Systems: Coordinating medical devices, patient monitoring systems, and treatment equipment to specific states can improve patient care, streamline healthcare processes, and enhance the overall quality of healthcare delivery.

The results can be extended to synchronize more than two disjoint DFAs to their respective prescribed states using a common word by applying the cornering strategy iteratively.
To synchronize multiple disjoint DFAs to their prescribed states, we can create the disjoint sum of all the DFAs involved, ensuring that the combined DFA captures the states of each individual DFA. By identifying f-corners for each DFA in the combined DFA and constructing synchronizing words based on the cornering strategy, we can synchronize all the DFAs to their respective prescribed states using a common word.
This approach allows for the simultaneous synchronization of multiple disjoint DFAs, each to its specified initial state, using a unified strategy. By extending the cornering strategy to multiple DFAs, complex systems can be effectively coordinated and controlled with a single synchronizing word.

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