Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Bethel, Cindy L.

Committee Member

Haupt, Tomasz A.

Committee Member

Dampier, David A.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Computer Science

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Computer Science and Engineering


Finite state machines are often used for modeling the decision logic for simulated systems. MathWorks’ Stateflow has a graphical user interface that allow users to model finite state machines. A Stateflow model can be added as a block to a Matlab/Simulink model and be executed seamlessly together. Stateflow blocks are developed as “charts” but they are natively stored as XML documents. This research explores the possibility of extracting the behavior of the finite state machines as defined in a Stateflow chart. This is done by parsing the corresponding XML document and reproducing this behavior in a C++ implementation that can be instantiated within a large, C++ based simulation system. Furthermore, the goal of this research is to develop a tool that will automatically generate an equivalent C++ representation, given an arbitrary Stateflow XML model. This research is performed in the context of developing highidelity powertrain simulations to be executed in High-Performance Computing environments.