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A Remote Laboratory for Robotics Accuracy and Reliability Studies

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Mechanical and Architectural Engineering Laboratories

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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22.93.1 - 22.93.13



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Richard Chiou Drexel University

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Dr. Richard Chiou’s background is in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on manufacturing. Dr. Chiou is currently an associate professor in the Goodwin School of Technology and Professional Studies at Drexel University. His areas of research include machining, mechatronics, and internet based robotics and automation. He has secured many research and education grants from the NSF, the SME Education Foundation, and industries.

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Robin Kizirian Drexel University

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Robin Kizirian completed his M.S. degree in Computer Engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia and his B.S. degree in Computer Engineering with a minor in Computer Science at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. He is currently serving as a research assistant at the Engineering Technology department at Drexel University. Robin has been involved in various projects funded by Pfizer, NASA, NSF and Department of Education. His areas of research include Embedded Systems, Mechatronics, Efficient Solar Energy Systems, Internet-based Quality Control and 3-D Online Education.

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Brittany Killen Drexel University

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Brittany Killen has completed her second year at Drexel University as a mechanical engineering major. Brittany has worked as a research assistant in the Applied Engineering and Technology lab, competed and won first place in the 2010 Drexel University Research Day, and was a co-author on a paper accepted for publication on research conducted in the AET lab.Through her work with Dr. Richard Chiou, she has worked on projects such as rapid prototyping of a walking robot and repeatability and accuracy of a internet based robotic system.

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AbstractAccuracy and reliability studies for remote laboratories can be utilized in a wide range ofcurricula in both engineering and engineering technology programs. In a typicalundergraduate class, learning of a theoretical method is often reinforced by analysis andpractical experiments. Using a remote measurement technology, theoretical learning canbe complemented by online experimental verifications. The paper addresses developmentof a remote laboratory setup that allows monitoring the resulting reliability and accuracythrough the web. The setup incorporates modern sensors, data acquisitioninstrumentation, and programs to monitor and control such an application. These toolscan be beneficial for laboratory practices in undergraduate level quality control orinstrumentation classes. The entire process shows results based on the data that iscollected in real-time through the Internet. The system demonstrates the effectiveness ofan online calibration tool to test for position accuracy and repeatability of a roboticdevice. The results would provide students with a “hands-on” approach to learning,allowing them to thoroughly understand the measurement research process.

Chiou, R., & Kizirian, R., & Killen, B. (2011, June), A Remote Laboratory for Robotics Accuracy and Reliability Studies Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17375

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