Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Kwan, H. K.


Engineering, Electronics and Electrical.




Traditionally, home automation systems use rudimentary forms of instrumentation and control. However, tremendous potential in this field coupled with research has produced more sophisticated solutions. This paper presents a project that provides a comprehensive home automation system using fuzzy logical control and 2-way voice communications. The fuzzy logic rules are based on human experience. The project has typical applications in a home (or in office). The digital communication for all discrete controls is based on X10 protocol, while the analog input for the Temperature control is based on 1-wire technology(TM). A desktop PC (Personal Computer) provides supervisory control. Additionally, the system can be interfaced via the Voice controller that provides interaction with the system through human voice. System commands can be input through the voice commands. Since the human voice pattern is unique, the software provides training to improve voice recognition. The code is written in Visual Basic 6 using Active X controls. Suitable user-friendly graphics are presented to operate the system easily. The goal of the system is to provide reliable control to the common and important household devices and also to conserve energy. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2002 .H37. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 41-04, page: 1152. Adviser: H. K. Kwan. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2002.