Intelligent Fuzzy Controllers Laboratory

The Intelligent Fuzzy Controllers Laboratory has been developed in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Western Michigan University with the help of a DURIP grant by the Department of Defense and generous donations by ABB Automation Technology Products, Sweden. This new lab is to support research, the development of advanced courses, and graduate projects in the area of intelligent controls for large, complex hybrid systems.

Two controls projects that were carried out in the lab are as follows: development of fuzzy automaton models for the supervisory level of flatness control for cold rolling mills, the other one is the development of a Generic Encapsulated Fuzzy Automaton Software Agent for Object Oriented Control Systems.

Another former project was the development of an Intelligent Vehicle Health Management System, using sensors, embedded systems and fuzzy logic, for light tactical vehicles in the context of Condition Based Maintenance. This research was done for TARDEC, of DOD.

Current research projects include the development of intelligent decision support systems and fuzzy logic hardware accelerators using SoC FPGA devices. Two projects that are currently underway are as follows: intelligent laparoscopic surgical box-trainer device and hardware accelerator for fuzzy logic-based, real-time video image processing algorithms. The box-trainer project is a collaborative research with the Department of Surgery, WMed.


Microcomputers Laboratory

This lab supports the following courses: ECE 4525/5950 Digital Design, ECE 4500/55400 Digital Electronics, ECE 4510/5530 Microcontroller Applications, ECE 4820 Senior Design Project, ECE 5510 ASIC Design, ECE 5570 Reconfigurable Digital Machines and ECE 6050 Advanced Microprocessor Applications. In addition, it provides facilities for research in the areas of intelligent sensors, reconfigurable digital systems and evolving digital systems.


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