GIFT - An Integrated Development and Training System for Finite State Machine Based Approaches
At the Ilmenau University of Technology’s “Integrated Communication Systems” Department a main teaching concept deals with the design of digital control systems. Different lectures from the 1st to the 8th semester are using Finite State Machines (FSM) as a specification technique to realize different design tasks. During undergraduate studies the basics of Finite State Machines and their usage within the design of digital control systems are taught. To conceptualize more complex digital systems, as required in higher courses, it is necessary to use powerful toolsets. One example of such a toolset is the GIFT (Graphical Interactive Finite State Machine Toolset) system, developed by the Integrated Communications System Group at the Ilmenau University of Technology. With this toolset we want to extent our remote lab GOLDi and implement new techniques for a web-based development system for Finite State Machines.
KeywordsControl engineering education Web-based design tools Remote laboratories
The authors would like to acknowledge the work of Tobias Vietzke, Andrey Yelmanov, Lisa-Marie Schilling, Nicole Ponischil, Lennart Planz, Stephen Ahmad, Bastian Hellweg and David Sukiennik for their work within the GIFT and GOLDi framework.
This work was supported in part by the European Commission within the program “Tempus”, “ICo-op – Industrial Cooperation and Creative Engineering Education based on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation”, Grant No. 530278-TEMPUS-1-2012-1-DE-TEMPUS-JPHES  as well as “DesIRE - Development of Embedded System Courses with implementation of Innovative Virtual approaches for integration of Research, Education and Production in UA, GE, AM”, Grant No. 544091-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-BE-TEMPUS-JPCR .
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