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Integrating Cyber Infrastructure with Physical Laboratories

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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23.769.1 - 23.769.7



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Yongpeng Zhang Prairie View A&M University

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Dr. Yongpeng Zhang received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Houston in 2003, then joined Prairie View A&M University as a post-doctoral researcher. Dr. Zhang was then appointed to work as a tenure-track assistant professor in Engineering Technology in 2004. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2010. His research interests are control system, mechatronics, motor drive, and power electronics. His research has been widely recognized and funded by NSF, the Army Research Office, and industry as well.

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Lin Li Prairie View A&M University

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Dr. Lin Li is an associate professor of the Computer Science Department at Prairie View A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2004. Before that, he received his B.S. and M.E. from Beijing Institute of Technology and Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1996 and 1999, respectively. Currently, his research interests are in computer-aided education, network communications, and green home technologies.

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Integrating Cyber Infrastructure with Physical LaboratoriesLaboratories are important to engineering and technology curricula. Through systematicallydesigned experiments, students can gain hands-on experience, enhance classroom learning, andcultivate career interests. However, traditional laboratories are often restricted by space,scheduling, staffing, etc. Thus, how to effectively organize laboratories and maximize theutilization of limited resources has gained many researchers’ attention.In recent years, integration cyberspace with educational technology has achieved significantprogress. To facilitate the needs of research and education, lots of laboratory equipment has beenequipped with interfaces and software add-ons to enable users to operate the devices online.This paper presents the funded projects currently conducted at the University of ABC. Using anin-house developed online laboratory management system, the investigators redesigned a seriesof LabVIEW based engineering laboratories in which remote students can rotate to control theequipment, observe the lab results, record data and submit reports. These setups greatly reducethe cost of experimental facilities, enhance the accessibility of equipment and courseware, andsupport instructors’ instructional needs.The paper introduces the architecture of the online laboratory management system, and severalexamples to integrate traditional labs with cyber infrastructure are given. Finally, the projectimplementation strategies and results are also discussed.

Zhang, Y., & Li, L. (2013, June), Integrating Cyber Infrastructure with Physical Laboratories Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19783

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