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Common Multidisciplinary Prototypes of Remote Laboratories in the Educational Curricula of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012

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2153-5965

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Laboratory Development in ECE I

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Electrical and Computer

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16

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25.326.1 - 25.326.16

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https://peer.asee.org/21084

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Mohamed Tawfik Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED)

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Mohamed Tawfik received a M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED), Madrid, Spain, and a B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, in 2011 and 2008, respectively. He is an IEEE member since 2009. He is a Research Associate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (DIEEC) at UNED. He is author\co-author of more than 18 publications, including conference papers, book chapters, and journal articles on remote laboratories. He is collaborating in several researching projects, among them the NSF Catalyzing New International Collaborations proposal “Building an Ecology of Online Laboratories."

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Elio Sancristobal Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED)

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Elio San Cristobal Ruiz has a doctoral engineering degree from the ETSII (Industrial Engineering School) of the Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED), 2010. Also, he has a computer science engineering degree by the Salamanca Pontifical University (UPS), Madrid, 2002, and he has a technical engineering degree in computer networks (UPS), Madrid, 1998. He has worked for the University Distance Education Institute (IUED) from UNED. Nowadays, he is working for the Computer Science Service Centre of the Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED). At the same time, he is working as Assistant Professor in the Electrical, Electronic, and Control Department from UNED.

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Sergio Martin Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED)

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Sergio Martin has a Ph.D. by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the Industrial Engineering School of UNED. He is a Computer Engineer in distributed applications and systems by the Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M), receiving honor marks in his final project, and a Technical Computer Engineer by the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM). He teaches subjects related to microelectronics and digital electronics since 2007 in the Industrial Engineering School of UNED. He has participated since 2002 in national and international research projects related to mobile devices, ambient intelligence, and location-based technologies, as well as in projects related to e-learning, virtual and remote labs, and new technologies applied to distance education. He has published more than 100 papers both in international journals and conferences, being awarded in 2009 with the Best Paper Award in the Fourth International Multi-Conference on Computing in the Global Information Technology and in 2007 with the Jean Peperstraete award for the Best Paper in the 18th Annual Conference on Innovation in Education for Electrical and Information Engineering. He is a IEEE and ACM member. He joined in 2010 the Advisory Committee of the IEEE Spanish Chapter of the Education Society, and in 2009 the Advisory Committee of the IEEE Technology Management Council of Spain. He also participates as technical reviewer for several international journals and conferences.

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Rosario Gil Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED)

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Rosario Gil received a Ph.D. in electrical and electronics engineering from Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED), Madrid, Spain, and a M.Sc. degree in telecommunication engineering from University of Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain. She is a GOLD IEEE member since 2011 and WIE Spain Chair since 2011. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (DIEEC) at UNED. Her main research ares are emotional intelligence, 3D models for face recognition, and geometric patterns in the fingerprint identification. She is author and co-author in many conference papers, book chapters, and journal articles on these research lines and is collaborating in several researching projects.

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Alberto Pesquera Martín Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED)

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Alberto Pesquera Martín is a Computer Science Engineer by Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED). He was a collaborator member of Telematic Laboratory of UNED (Telelab) in systems of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). Nowadays, he is working for the Innovation and Technological Development Centre of UNED (CiNDETEC). He is an expert in learning management systems (LMS) and web development applications. Currently, he is collaborating in a research project of open services integration for distributed, reusable, and secure remote and virtual laboratories (s-Labs).

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Tovar Edmundo Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

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Edmundo Tovar, computer engineering educator, has a Ph.D. (1994) and a bachelor’s degree (1986) in computer engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). He is a certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) from the IEEE Computer Society. He is Associate Dean for Quality and Strategic Planning in the Computing School of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. From this last position, he is in charge of the training for academic staff, the introduction of innovative solutions including new pedagogies, new approaches that improve student learning of technical skills and cultural skills, improved methods of blended learning, and others.
He works in the open educational resources area. He is leader of an Innovation Group in Education in the UPM. He is Executive Director of the OCW UPM Office and an elected member of the Board of Directors of the OpenCourseWare Consortium. He is author of many papers in engineering education, a member of the Steering Committee of and Coc-hair for Europe of Frontiers Education Conference (FIE), and member of the IEEE RITA Editorial Committee. He is IEEE Senior Member, Past Chairman of the Spanish Chapter, and, as member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Education Society, he is currently Chair of the Distinguished Lectures Program for the IEEE Education Society.

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Martin Llamas-Nistal University of Vigo

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Martin Llamas-Nistal received the Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in telecommunication from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, in 1986 and 1994, respectively. From 1994 to 1997, he was Vice Dean of the Higher Technical School of Telecommunication Engineers, University of Vigo , Spain. From 1999 to 2003, he was the Head of the ICT Area of the University of Vigo. He is author or co-author of more than 200 papers in peer-reviewed international refereed journals and conference proceedings. He has directed several national and international research projects in telematics and technology-enhanced learning fields. He is very involved in activities within the IEEE Education Society (IEEE ES). He is Vice President of IEEE ES for Publications, elected member of the Board of Governors, and member of the Strategic Planning Committee. Since its founding in 2004, he has been a member of the IEEE Education Society Spanish Chapter Board and Coordinator of the Technical, Accreditation, and Evaluation Committee of the IEEE ES Spanish Chapter (2004-2008), and Chairman of the IEEE ES Spanish Chapter from April 2008 to April 2010. He is an Associate Editor of News & Notes and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Revista Iberoamericana de Tecnologías del/da Aprendizaje/Aprendizagem (IEEE-RITA) since its founding in 2006. He is member of the Steering Committee of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies since its founding in 2008. He is member of the program committees of different international conferences and workshops, and General Co-chair of the IEEE-EDUCON 2012 and TAEE2012. He has received several awards from the IW3C (the Highlight Paper in WWW 2001 and the Education Track Best Paper and Conference Best Paper Finalist in WWW 2002) and from IEEE (the 2010 Distinguished Chapter Leadership Award, the 2007 Chapter Achievement Award for the Spanish chapter as an outstanding model of technical activities, membership services, and professional development in Spain and Latin America, and the 2011 IEEE Education Society Chapter Achievement Award).

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Gabriel Diaz Orueta Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED)

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Gabriel Diaz Orueta has a Ph.D. in physics. He is a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (DIEEC) of the Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED). His research interests include the different approaches for getting the best of ICT technologies applied to different kinds of security and electronics learning for higher education at universities and also security measurement and metrics and security for process control systems. He has participated since 2005 in national and international research projects related to securities, ambient intelligence, and location-based technologies, as well as in projects related to e-learning, virtual and remote labs, and new technologies applied to distance education. He has published more than 100 papers both in international journals and conferences. He is also a Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM, and Vice-chair of Spanish chapter of the IEEE Education Society. He has been awarded the 2007 Chapter Achievement Award and the 2011 Best Large Chapter Award of the IEEE Region 8. He also participates as technical reviewer for several international journals and conferences.

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Juan Peire

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Manuel Castro Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED)

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Manuel Castro, electrical and computer engineering educator in the Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED), has an industrial engineering degree from the ETSII (Industrial Engineering School) of the Madrid Polytechnic University (UPM) and a doctoral engineering degree from the same university. He has received the Extraordinary Doctoral Award in the UPM and the Viesgo 1988 Award for the doctoral thesis regarding improving the scientific research about the industrial process electricity application, as well as the 1997 and 1999 years UNED's Social Council Award for the Best Didactic Materials in Experimental Sciences and the 2001 Award for the Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Technology from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. He works as researcher, coordinator, and Director in different projects, ranging from systems applications of simulation techniques, solar system and advanced microprocessor system simulation to telematics, and distance learning applications and systems, as well as computer-aided electrical engineering (CAEE), acting now as and Senior Technical Director. He is now with the UNED (Spanish University for Distance Education) as professor of electronics technology inside the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He was previously UNED's New Technologies Vice-rector, UNED’s Information Services Center Director, Research Doctorate Vice-director and Academic Affairs Vice-director of the Engineering School at UNED, and Director of the department. He worked for five years in Digital Equipment Corporation as Senior System Engineer. He publishes different technical, research, and teaching books and articles for journals and conferences, as well as multimedia materials and radio and TV programs. He belongs to the organizing committee of IEEE EDUCON, IEEE FIE (International and Europe Chair, 2000-2006), ISES, TAEE, and SAAEI conferences, as well as program and planning committees’ member and reviewer and Chairman of several organizations. He was Co-chair of the conference EDUCON 2010 (Engineering Education Conference), TAEE 2010 (Tecnologías Aplicadas a la Enseñanza de la Electrónica), and ICECE 2005 (International Conference on Engineering and Computer Education). He is Co-chair of the conference FIE 2014 (Frontiers in Education Conference) to be organized in Madrid, Spain, by the IEEE and the ASEE. He is Co-editor of IEEE-RITA (Revista Iberoamericana de Tecnologías del Aprendizaje) and of the Electronic Journal of Spanish Chapter of the IEEE Education Society. He is a Fellow member of IEEE (for contributions to distance learning in electrical and computer engineering education) and member of the Administration Committee (AdCOM) (2005–2012) of the IEEE Education Society and Vice-chair (2011-2012) of the IEEE Education Society; Founder and Past-Chairman (2004-2006) of the Spanish Chapter of the IEEE Education Society, and Chair of the IEEE Spain Section (2010-2011). He has been awarded with the IEEE EDUCON 2011 Meritorious Service Award (jointly with Edmundo Tovar), of the EDUCON 2011 conference; 2010 Distinguished Member Award of the IEEE Education Society; 2009 Edwin C. Jones, Jr., Meritorious Service Award of the IEEE Education Society, with the 2006 Distinguished Chapter Leadership Award and for the collective work inside the Spanish chapter of the IEEE Education Society with the 2011 Best Chapter Award (by the IEEE Region 8) and with the 2007 Chapter Achievement Award (by the IEEE Education Society). He is Vice-president of the Board of the Spanish International Solar Energy Society (ISES).

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Abstract

Common Multidisciplinary Prototypes of Remote Laboratories in the Educational Curricula of Electrical & Computer EngineeringAbstractOn recent years, the educational paradigm of electrical and computer engineering hasundergone a significant transformation with the advent and the exploitation of computer andcommunication technologies. Such transformation was necessitated in order to harmonize thelearning process with the needs of the daily life. As a result, E-learning has been adopted andhas added two major aspects to the learning process: 1) Interactivity; owing to the integrationof simulation and multimedia technologies. 2) Ubiquity; owing to the integration ofsynchronous and asynchronous communication tools, and remote laboratories. Thereby,thanks to E-learning students incentives toward learning have increasedThere is no doubt that practical sessions have an intrinsic role in electrical and computerengineering education; they augment the learning outcomes by strengthening theunderstanding of scientific concepts and theories. However, the cost and administrationburdens have hindered the adoption of practical sessions in engineering education until theappearance of remote laboratories. Remote laboratories have tackled these concerns bybringing practical sessions online and providing workbenches unconstrained by neithergeographical nor time considerations. For these reasons, remote laboratories have proliferatedamong many universities and institutes around the world to be adopted in most of thedisciplines of electrical and computer engineering curricula. A study carried out by theauthors deduced that most of the developed remote laboratories around the world are basedon common prototypes that are subsets of a common architecture, which is going to be themain topic of this paper.The paper reports on the common prototypes of today’s remote laboratories for electrical andcomputer engineering education and addresses the most outstanding developments for themultidisciplinary applications that are based on such prototypes. These applicationsencompass embedded systems (e.g. Programmable Logic Devices (PLD) andmicrocontrollers), Digital Signal Processing (DSP), instrumentation and measurements,automation (e.g. Programmable Logic Devices (PLC)), machinery control, robotics, andothers. The aim of this study is to foster the dissemination of remote laboratories in thelearning process with regarding to the recommendation of the Accreditation Board forEngineering and Technology (ABET) and to foster, as well, the globalization of engineeringeducation by pointing out the remarkable achievement in the remote experimentation field.

Tawfik, M., & Sancristobal, E., & Martin, S., & Gil, R., & Pesquera Martín, A., & Edmundo, T., & Llamas-Nistal, M., & Diaz Orueta, G., & Peire, J., & Castro, M. (2012, June), Common Multidisciplinary Prototypes of Remote Laboratories in the Educational Curricula of Electrical and Computer Engineering Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21084

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