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Internet Accessible Remote Laboratories

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Limited resources and other factors pose major challenges for engineering, technology, and science educators’ ability to provide adequate laboratory experience for students. An Internet accessible remote laboratory, which is an arrangement that allows laboratory equipment to be controlled remotely, addresses these difficulties and allows more efficient laboratory management.Internet Accessible Remote Laboratories: Scalable E-Learning Tools for Engineering and Science Disciplines collects current developments in the multidisciplinary creation of Internet accessible remote laboratories. This book offers perspectives on teaching with online laboratories, pedagogical design, system architectures for remote laboratories, future trends, and policy issues in the use of remote laboratories. It is useful resource for graduate and undergraduate students in electrical and computer engineering and computer science programs, as well as researchers who are interested in learning more about the current status of the field, as well as various approaches to remote laboratory design.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. Editorial Advisory Board
    2. Section Editors
  5. Foreword
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgment
  8. Section 1: Teaching with Remote Laboratories: Case Studies
    1. Chapter 1: A LabVIEW-based Remote Laboratory
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. SYSTEM OVERIVEW
      5. LABORATORY IMPLEMENTATION
      6. ISSUES OF RELEVANCE TO THE LABORATORY
      7. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 2: Teaching Hardware Design with Online Laboratories
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. OVERVIEW OF TWO REMOTE LABORATORY SYSTEMS
      5. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 3: New Tools in Hardware and Software Design Applied for Remote Photovoltaic Laboratory
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. NI ELVIS PLATFORM
      4. SOLARLAB: A NEW TOOL IN RENEWABLE ENERGY EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
      5. SOLARLAB IN REMOTE LABS
      6. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 4: Remote Experiments in Freshman Engineering Education by Integrated e-Learning
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. MECHANICS VIA INTe-L
      4. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      5. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 5: Implementation of Remote Laboratories for Industrial Education
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. REMOTE LABORATORY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARIBOR
      4. REMOTE LABORATORY AT THE BIEL ACADEMY OF APPLIED SCIENCE
      5. DISCUSSION OF RESULTS
      6. CHALLENGES AND TRENDS OF APPLICATION OF DISTANCE LEARNING AND REMOTE LABORATORIES’ TECHNOLOGY IN INDUSTRY
      7. CONCLUDING REMARKS
    6. Chapter 6: Collaborative Development and Utilization of iLabs in East Africa
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND TO THE iLAB-AFRICA PROJECT
      4. INSTITUTIONALISATION OF DEVELOPER TEAMS
      5. DEVELOPMENT OF ELVIS BASED iLABS
      6. UTILISATION OF ILABS TO SUPPORT CURRICULA
      7. FUTURE PROSPECTS
      8. CONCLUSION
    7. Introduction
  9. Section 2: Teaching with Remote Laboratories: Best Practices and Pedagogy
    1. Chapter 7: Online Laboratory Education
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF THE ILN
      5. FUTURE ILN INITIATIVES
      6. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 8: The Role of Internet-Accessible Laboratory Plants in the Teaching of Automatic Control
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. EDUCATIONAL SCHEME DEVELOPMENT
      4. REMOTE AND VIRTUAL EXPERIMENTS IN TEACHING AUTOMATIC CONTROL
      5. CASE-STUDY EXAMPLE
      6. EQUIPMENT ARCHITECTURE
      7. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 9: Evaluation of Remote Interface Component alternatives for Teaching Tele-Robotic Operation
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. Methodology
      5. The Experiment: interface components analysis
      6. Experimental settings and apparatus
      7. Experimental Results
      8. Guidelines and final design
      9. FURTHER RESEARCH
    4. Chapter 10: Teaching Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) Online
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE NEED
      4. THE TECHNOLOGY CAD COURSE
      5. TCAD LABORATORY
      6. STUDENTS’ PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
      7. LABORATORY EVALUATION AND STUDENTS FEEDBACK
      8. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 11: AutomatL@bs Consortium
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. AUTOMATL@BS NETWORK
      5. CONCLUSION
    6. Introduction
  10. Section 3: System Architecture, Design, and Interfaces
    1. Chapter 12: On Infrastructures for Educational Online Laboratories
      1. Abstract
      2. Introduction
      3. Background on online laboratories
      4. Issues with Current Online Laboratory Systems
      5. Conclusion
    2. Chapter 13: Architectures and Design Methodologies for Scalable and Sustainable Remote Laboratory Infrastructures
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. REQUIREMENTS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF SUSTAINABLE REMOTE LABORATORY INFRASTRUCTURE
      5. CLOUDLABS 1.0: AN INSTANCE OF THE DICI SYSTEM MODEL
      6. CASE STUDY: A CLOUDLABS 1.0 DIGITAL DESIGN REMOTE LAB
      7. FUTURE TRENDS
      8. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 14: A Lab Server Model for the iLab Shared Architecture
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. EVOLUTION OF ONLINE LABORATORIES
      4. THE LAB SERVER MODEL
      5. A DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING LABORATORY
      6. INTEGRATION INTO ISA
      7. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 15: The VISIR Open Lab Platform
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. HANDS-ON LABORATORY INSTRUCTION AT BTH
      5. OPENING A HANDS-ON LABORATORY FOR ELECTRICAL EXPERIMENTS FOR REMOTE ACCESS
      6. EXTENDING THE PLATFORM TO THE MECHANICAL DOMAIN
      7. MAIN VISIR PLATFORM ELEMENTS
      8. FUTURE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTIONS
      9. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 16: Online Workbenches for the Deployment of Electronics Experiments
      1. Abstract
      2. Introduction
      3. The NI-ELVIS iLab as a common development platform
      4. The VISIR Electronics Laboratory as an iLab Lab Server
      5. Future directions and Conclusion
    6. Chapter 17: Web-Enabled Remote Control Laboratory Using an Embedded Ethernet Microcontroller
      1. Abstract
      2. Introduction
      3. Software Architecture
      4. Remote Control Laboratory WEB OBJECTS
      5. TINI Hardware
      6. Data Acquisition and Control Hardware
      7. Internet-Enabled RC Circuit Experiment
      8. Ethernet-Enabled DC Motor Experiment
      9. Ethernet-Enabled Two Tank Level Control Experiment
      10. Experiment SafeTY
      11. Student Comments
      12. Future Improvements
      13. Conclusion
    7. Chapter 18: Matlab RTW-based Internet Accessible Remote Laboratory for Teaching Robot Control
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. IAL ARCHITECTURE
      4. IAL WEB APPLICATION
      5. IAL-BASED CONTROL OF A SCARA ROBOT
      6. CONCLUSION
    8. Chapter 19: Remotely Accessible Systems for Computing Sciences Disciplines
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. VIRTUALIZATION
      4. STORAGE AND DELIVERY OF VIRTUAL MACHINES
      5. SERVER VIRTUALIZATION
      6. CLOUD COMPUTING
      7. REMOTELY DELIVERED DESKTOP ENVIRONMENTS
      8. VDI IN HIGHER EDUCATION
      9. VIRTUAL LABORATORY MANAGERS
      10. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS AND CONCLUSION
    9. Chapter 20: Remote Instrumentation for Science Education
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. OVERVIEW
      4. PERSONNEL
      5. LABORATORY EQUIPMENT
      6. HANDLING STUDENT SAMPLES
      7. SCHEDULING, AUTHENTICATION AND AUTHORIZATION
      8. CREATING A REMOTE SESSION
      9. BATCH PROCESSING AND OFFLINE DATA ANALYSIS
      10. A SYSTEM VIEW OF THE INSTRUMENT NETWORK
      11. OTHER NETWORK ISSUES
      12. CONCLUSION
    10. Introduction
  11. Section 4: Policy Issues
    1. Chapter 21: What do Students Gain from Laboratory Experiences?
      1. Abstract
      2. Some fundamental questions concerning remote laboratories
      3. Remote labs - enriching the student learning experience?
      4. Practical intelligence in hands-on laboratory classes
      5. Fault diagnosis tasks
      6. Measuring practical intelligence and diagnostic ability
      7. Results and Discussion
      8. Conclusion
    2. Chapter 22: Developing Remote Labs for Challenged Educational Environments
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. CHALLENGED EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND THE TOTAL COST OF ONLINE LABS
      5. TYPICAL ISSUES AND PROBLEMS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND CHALLENGED UNIVERSITIES
      6. ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGES
      7. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 23: Labshare
      1. Abstract
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. Context
    4. Chapter 24: Collaborative Sustainability Strategies for Online Laboratories
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION And BACKGROUND
      3. KEY STAKEHOLDERS
      4. DEVELOPMENT CONSIDERATIONS
      5. MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
      6. Pedagogical Development
      7. CASE STUDIES
      8. CONCLUSION
    5. Introduction
  12. Section 5: Future Trends
    1. Chapter 25: Possible Futures for Remote Laboratories
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. TRENDS IN THE INTERNET
      4. What's Next for Remote Laboratories?
      5. Proposal for a Network Architecture to Support Remote Laboratories
      6. What is XMPP?
      7. Publish Subscribe Protocol
      8. Conclusion
    2. Chapter 26: Mobile Laboratory Model for Next-Generation Heterogeneous Wireless Systems
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. OVERVIEW OF MOBILE LABORATORY MODEL
      4. COMPONENTS OF MOBILE LABORATORY MODEL
      5. MLM-ADAPTED UBIQUITOUS MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS ARCHITECTURE FOR NEXT-GENERATION WIRELESS SYSTEMS
      6. A MOBILE LABORATORY PROTOTYPE
      7. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 27: Stakes and Issues for Collaborative Remote Laboratories in Virtual Environments
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. FEATURES OF REMOTE LABORATORIES IN VIRTUAL WORLDS
      4. ADVANTAGES OF INTEGRATING USING REMOTE LABS IN VIRTUAL WORLDS
      5. PRACTICAL EXAMPLES OF REMOTE LABS IN VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS
      6. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 28: Towards an Immersive Virtual Environment for Physics Experiments Supporting Collaborative Settings in Higher Education
      1. Abstract
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. Phase 1: Proof of Concept based on Project Wonderland 0.4
      5. Phase 2: Prototype based on OPENWonderland 0.5
      6. SUMMARY AND FUTURE WORK
    5. Chapter 29: A Semantic Portal for Publication and Exchange of Educational Online Laboratories
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. Background
      4. A Semantic Platform
      5. Conclusion
    6. Introduction
  13. Compilation of References
  14. About the Contributors
  15. Index