PICTool: Integrated hardware and software for teaching/learning FLC using microcontrollers

ERDEM O. A. , Akcayol M. A. , Orman A.

INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION AND SOFT COMPUTING, cilt.12, sa.4, ss.411-417, 2006 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 12 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2006
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/10798587.2006.10642942
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.411-417


In this paper, an educational tool named PICTool for FLC (Fuzzy Logic Controller) applications using PIC (Peripheral Interface Controller) microcontrollers is presented for cost-effective teaching and learning. PICTool is based on reconfigurable computing technology, targeting its use in different laboratory based FLC applications, with minimal modifications of the hardware components. The tool is designed to help the students improve their thorough understanding of FLC and PIC microcontrollers. PICTool was incorporated seven different exercises, which include hardware and software, to allow the student to interact directly with the microcontrollers. Students practice using the tool, interpret and draw conclusions related to the microcontroller architecture and FLC by using the given examples. The tool as a teaching aid was very successful according to feedback from the students and the instructors.