Asee peer logo

Laboratory Development For Robotics And Automation Education Using Internet Based Technology

Download Paper |


2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

Tagged Division

Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

Page Count


Page Numbers

11.858.1 - 11.858.13



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Richard Chiou Drexel University

visit author page

Dr. Richard Chiou is currently Associate Professor of Applied Engineering Technology at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Dr. Chiou received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1995. His areas of education and research emphasis include machining, mechatronics, and Internet based robotics and automation. Dr. Chiou incorporates real-world problems into his research and teaching. He has secured many research and education grants from the NSF, the SME Education Foundation, and industries.

visit author page


Yongjin Kwon Drexel University

visit author page

Dr. Yongjin Kwon has over 12 years of engineering experience in industrial and academic settings. He has extensive experience & practical knowledge in current design, manufacturing and quality control. His work has been cited a number of times in high profile journals. He is currently developing Internet-based manufacturing systems.

visit author page


Shreepud Rauniar Drexel University

visit author page

Mr. Shreepud Rauniar was born in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1980. He received B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur, India in 2003. Since 2004 he has been pursuing M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University. His research interests are in designing web based applications & control systems for robotics and automation.

visit author page


Horacio Sosa Drexel University

visit author page

Dr. Horacio Sosa is a professor and the senior associate dean of the Goodwin College at Drexel University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied mechanics from Stanford University. His research interests include theoretical mechanics, advanced materials, and engineering education. He was a visiting professor at universities in Japan, Spain and Argentina, and was awarded with Fellowships from Argentina’s National Commission for Atomic Energy, Spain’s Ministry of Education, NATO’s Collaborative Council, and FULBRIGHT.

visit author page

Download Paper |

NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

Laboratory Development for Robotics and Automation Education Using Internet Based Technology

Abstract This paper describes laboratory and curriculum development integrated with Internet based robotics and automation for engineering technology education. Drexel University’s Applied Engineering Technology Program received a NSF CCLI grant to develop a series of laboratory courses in the area of internet based robotics and automation in manufacturing. The development efforts include industrial partnership with Yamaha Robotics, restructured and advanced courses in applied engineering program curriculum, and laboratory activities integrated with network technologies. The instructional materials for Internet based robotics and automation education utilized Robotics and Mechatronics lab as the experiments of choice. The application-oriented curriculum, which is validated by the industry, has been developed with the goal of producing graduates ready to work in engineering technology. The new Internet based techniques allow the remotely situated students to program, control, and monitor the robotic operations through the Internet using the Windows-based graphical user interface. This also allows the integration of robots and automation into the information networks and easy access through the Internet for design and manufacturing. The paper also covers the new learning technology through the lab development for teaching of the remote monitoring/control of robots and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and how to effectively deliver internet based robotics and automation education through the Internet.

1. Introduction Robotics and automation are essential components in automotive, electronic, appliance and other industries. Over the past few years, Web-based approaches have been widely used in collaborative product design and manufacturing. In the areas of robotics and automation, Web-based technology is regarded as a new promising approach for manufacturing. In tomorrow’s factory, design, manufacturing, and business are integrated into the Internet. It is a trend that web based robotics and automation have become critical issues in the integration with e-manufacturing systems and management. Internet has improved technology tremendously over the past few years. The improvement in data transfer speed, data security, technology to transfer these data has opened new frontiers. The internet technology can also create online educational tools for teaching and demonstration of automated manufacturing processes with robotics. Those Web-based systems allow robotics and automation to communicate, share design data, information and knowledge through the Internet1-13.

To enhance the workforce skills in the product development cycle, an Internet- based approach for lab development is introduced to develop web-enabled robotics and automation. This laboratory development component in the NSF project deals with integrating various AET (applied engineering technology) tools such as robots, pneumatic actuators, sensors, web-cameras, conveyors, programmable logic controllers

Chiou, R., & Kwon, Y., & Rauniar, S., & Sosa, H. (2006, June), Laboratory Development For Robotics And Automation Education Using Internet Based Technology Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--832

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2006 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015