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Laboratories Enhancement With Labview Based Graphical Development Tools

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

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June 25, 2008



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LabVIEW and Mindstorms Based Experiments

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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13.833.1 - 13.833.10



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Suxia Cui Prairie View A&M University

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Dr. Suxia Cui is an assistant professor in the department of Engineering Technology at Prairie View A&M University. She received her BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Beijing Polytechnic University in 1997 and 1999 respectively. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University in 2003. Her research interests include digital signal processing, data compression, image processing, video coding, and wavelets.

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Yonghui Wang Prairie View A&M University

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Dr. Yonghui Wang received the B.S. degree in technical physics from Xidian University, Xan, China, in 1993, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Beijing Polytechnic University, Beijing, China, in 1999, and the Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, in 2003.
From 1993 to 1996, he was an Engineer with the 41st Electrical Research Institute, Bengbu, China. From 2000 to 2003, he was a research assistant with the Visualization, Analysis, and Imaging Laboratory (VAIL), the GeoResources Institute (GRI), Mississippi State. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Engineering Technology, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX. His research interests include image and signal processing, and image and video coding.

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Yongpeng Zhang Prairie View A&M University

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Dr. Yongpeng Zhang received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Houston (2003), and then joined Texas Instruments DSP Solutions Lab of CECSTR, Prairie View A&M University as a post-doctor research fellow. Currently he is an Assistant Professor in Engineering Technology Department, Prairie View A&M University, Texas. His main research interests are control system, motor drive, and DSP solutions. He has authored 15 journal and conference papers, and has been the visiting faculty at University of Houston sponsored by NSF Research Opportunity Award. His research has been funded by NSF, US Army Research Office, and National Instruments.

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Cajetan Akujuobi Prairie View A&M University

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Dr. Akujuobi is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and the founding Director of the DSP Solutions, Mixed Signal Systems and Broadband Access Technologies Programs and Laboratories at Prairie View A&M University. He is also the founding Director of the Center of Excellence for Communication Systems Technology Research (CECSTR). His research interests include High-Speed (Broadband) Communication Systems, Mixed Signal Systems and DSP Solutions. He is also the Department Head for Engineering Technology at Prairie View A&M University.

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Laboratories Enhancement with LabVIEW-Based Graphical Development Tools Abstract

With the rapid development of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, there is a lag for the traditional laboratories to keep up with the modern industry requirement. Although there are many applications of new technologies such as MultiSim, Xilinx, and etc. that have been introduced to classroom, they may only influence one or two courses. The lack of consistent in learning creates new problems in the curriculum. To address this concern, four faculty members in the Engineering Technology department at Prairie View A&M University proposed to revamp the current Engineering Technology undergraduate lab courses with LabVIEW, aiming to improve the delivery of laboratory and corresponding lecture contents through virtual instruments and graphical tools, inspiring students’ interests in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subject by accessing the latest innovations, and strengthening their marketability upon graduation.

LabVIEW is a powerful industrial standard graphical development environment developed on a novel concept of virtual instrumentation, which utilizes computer technologies in combination with flexible software and modular hardware to create interactive computer-based instrumentation solutions. Also NI provides a standard academic educational product of ELVIS. With such a multi-functional platform, as well as many third-party compatible products, the same platform can be used in a wide variety of subjects including circuit, electronics, digital logic, network analysis, digital hardware, robotics, control, microcontroller, and DSP.

Based on the consistent platform of ELVIS and LabVIEW, a sequence of lab courses in both Computer Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology programs can be developed, from freshmen, sophomore level courses, all the way to junior and senior level courses. Totally there are eleven courses to be revamped, including DC Circuit Lab, AC Circuits Lab, Electronics I Lab, Basic Electronics II Lab, Digital Logic Circuits Lab, Network Analysis Lab, Robotics Lab, Digital Hardware Lab, Control System Lab, Microcontroller Lab, and DSP lab. Through such a plan, all the students will receive enough training on the latest innovative equipment. Also the undergraduate curriculum of Engineering Technology department at PVAMU will be strengthened by the according lab courses.

I. Background

For the past decade, computer and electrical technology has been one of the most fast growing areas in engineering territory. New equipments have come into being, new products have appeared in the market, and new theories have been applied to the existing devices. All of the above give new expectations to current engineers and technologies. At the same time, they challenge our education of modern technologists.

1. Industry Demand

Cui, S., & Wang, Y., & Zhang, Y., & Akujuobi, C. (2008, June), Laboratories Enhancement With Labview Based Graphical Development Tools Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3704

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