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Hands-on Active Learning via Development of FPGA-based Intelligent Microwave Oven Controller

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Electrical and Computer Engineering Problem-based and Active Learning

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Electrical and Computer

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26.831.1 - 26.831.15



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Chaomin Luo University of Detroit Mercy Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Chaomin Luo received his Ph.D. degree in Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Waterloo, in 2008, his M.Sc. degree in Engineering Systems and Computing at University of Guelph, Canada, and his B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from Southeast University. He was an Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering, National Taipei University in 2008. He is currently Associate Professor in the Dept of Electrical Engineering, at University of Detroit Mercy. He has published more than 60 journal and conference papers. He is the Publicity Chair in 2011 IEEE International Conference on Automation and Logistics. He is on the Conference Committee in 2012 International Conference on Information and Automation and International Symposium on Biomedical Engineering and Publicity Chair in 2012 IEEE International Conference on Automation and Logistics. He was Chair of IEEE SEM - Computational Intelligence Chapter and is currently a Vice Chair of IEEE SEM-CIS and Chair of Education Committee of IEEE SEM. He was Chair in International Conferences such IEEE IJCNN2014 and IEEE SSCI2014.

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Hands-On Active Learning via Development of FPGA-based Intelligent Microwave Oven Controller Chaomin Luo Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Detroit Mercy MI 48221-3038, USAAbstractLaboratory development is an essential portion in electrical engineering education toconnect theory and hands-on skills for student learning. This paper presents thedevelopment of learning modules of the senior elective course: VHDL Laboratory. Theanalysis of its assessment results is addressed in this paper. Especially, its pedagogy isdescribed by a final team-based design project of FPGA-based intelligent microwaveoven controller. The objective of this project is to develop an intelligent remotecontroller for an intelligent microwave oven implemented on FPGA of Xilinx Spartanwith IEEE 802.11 wireless communication. In order to guide students to fulfillrequirements of this final project, a series of milestones are developed to assist in studentlearning for enhancement of co-design capability on hardware and software. Newlaboratories for VHDL and its Lab courses were also created using Xilinx Spartan boardand VHDL software. In this project, the intelligent remote controller is utilized toremotely control the operation of the intelligent microwave oven designed by the sameresearch group. Based on the Spartan 3 FPGA board, functionalities for this intelligentcontroller have been designed and implemented, which effectively improve hands-oncapability of students.Additionally, the paper describes the experimental results that demonstrate how the novellaboratory development methodologies and pedagogy are beneficial for the hands-on skilland design efforts of students.

Luo, C. (2015, June), Hands-on Active Learning via Development of FPGA-based Intelligent Microwave Oven Controller Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24168

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