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Remote EE Laboratory Environment

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Electrical and Computer Division Technical Session 3

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Electrical and Computer

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Arnold Stanley Berger PhD University of Washington, Bothell

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Arnold S. Berger is an Associate Professor and former Chair of the Engineering and Mathematics Division in the School of STEM at the University of Washington Bothell where he teaches classes in embedded systems, computer system design, digital and analog circuitry. He is also the program administrator for the UWB Capstone program.

Dr. Berger is the author of two books on the subjects of computer architecture and embedded systems.

Before coming to UWB he was an engineer and engineering manager for HP and AMD.

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Our university has a large diverse and non-traditional student population who must balance jobs, family and school. The campus is located at the confluence of two major highways and most EE classes are scheduled in the late afternoon and evenings to better accommodate the needs of these students. Unfortunately, traffic in the metropolitan area around evening rush hour is quite congested and these students lose valuable time getting to campus for classes and labs. This paper describes design and development work carried out by our students to enable their peers to do their EE lab experiments working at home and remotely accessing the experiments.

The remote lab is an integrated hardware platform consisting of a motherboard with a PC-based oscilloscope, variable power supply, logic analyzer and function generator. A series of traditional EE lab experiments plug into the motherboard. Remote users access the experiments through a remote desktop connection to a lab PC that provides the communications link to the motherboard.

Each experimental “daughter board” consists of all of the basic circuitry as well as additional circuitry that enables circuit parameters to be changed, parts to be swapped out and wiring errors to be introduced into the design.

Finally, it is our intent to expand this program by establishing an open-source consortium. Anyone may modify and improve the system, contribute new experiments to the pool and make then make the improvements available to the educational community.

Berger, A. S. (2017, June), Remote EE Laboratory Environment Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28797

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