Saeed, Bakhtiar I. (2014) Design of a wireless intelligent fuzzy controller network. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

Since the first application of fuzzy logic in the field of control engineering, fuzzy logic control has been successfully employed in controlling a wide variety of applications, such as commercial appliances, industrial automation, robots, traffic control, cement kilns and automotive engineering. The human knowledge on controlling complex and non-linear processes can be incorporated into a controller in the form of linguistic expressions. Despite these achievements, however, there is still a lack of an empirical or analytical design study which adequately addresses a systematic auto-tuning method. Indeed, tuning is one of the most crucial parts in the overall design of fuzzy logic controllers and it has become an active research field. Various techniques have been utilised to develop algorithms to fine-tune the controller parameters from a trial and error method to very advanced optimisation techniques.
The structure of fuzzy logic controllers is not straightforward as is the case in PID controllers. In addition, there is also a set of parameters that can be adjusted, and it is not always easy to find the relationship between the parameters and the controller performance measures. Moreover, in general, controllers have a wide range of setpoints; changing from one value to another requiring the controller parameters to be re-tuned in order to maintain a satisfactory performance over the entire range of setpoints.
This thesis deals with the design and implementation of a new intelligent algorithm for fuzzy logic controllers in a wireless network structure. The algorithm enables the controllers to learn about their plants and systematically tune their gains. The algorithm also provides the capability of retaining the knowledge acquired during the tuning process. Furthermore, this knowledge is shared on the network through a wireless communication link with other controllers.
Based on the relationships between controller gains and the closed-loop characteristics, an auto-tuning algorithm is developed. Simulation experiments using standard second order systems demonstrate the effectiveness of the algorithm with respect to auto-tuning, tracking setpoints and rejecting external disturbances. Furthermore, a zero overshoot response is produced with improvements in the transient and the steady state responses.
The wireless network structure is implemented using LabVIEW by composing a network of several fuzzy controllers. The results demonstrate that the controllers are able to retain and share the knowledge.

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