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Remote Laboratory Operation: Web Technology Successes

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.849.1 - 6.849.7

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Sanjeev Arora

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Masoud Naghedolfeizi

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Session 2150

Remote Laboratory Operation: Web Technology Successes

Masoud Naghedolfeizi, Sanjeev Arora, Jim Henry Fort Valley State University/ Fort Valley State University/ University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Abstract National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded Fort Valley State University (FVSU) a three-year project to develop an undergraduate minor program in computer based measurement and instrumentation. The primary objective of this program is to enhance the existing mathematics, engineering technology, and computer science programs at FVSU. The implementation of the minor program will help students gain a solid foundation in computer science, engineering, physics, and modern experimental sciences through hands-on laboratory- based approaches with state-of-the-art technologies.

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of FVSU is currently developing a modern computerized instrumentation lab to support the curriculum of the minor program. The lab is being equipped with various experimental setups that could be used to perform scientific experiments for lab science courses offered at FVSU. These setups will be fully controlled, monitored and operated by computer systems using virtual instrumentation technology. They also feature on-line capabilities that allow users to operate them remotely through the Internet.

Equipment has recently installed in this lab that can be operated remotely via the Internet. The equipment consists of (1) a motor-generator set with a variable speed motor and a variable resistive load and (2) a variable-speed water pump, flow and level system. This paper discusses the way these are used in classes for teaching programming and data-acquisition. The paper presents typical assignments and a survey of student satisfaction and student complaints.

Computer-Based Measurement and Instrumentation

The lab development is based on the assumption that students in computer science and engineering technology need experiences with computers that are broader than standard "computer literacy" and programming. Computers are now quite powerfully used for data acquisition and equipment control. Students in this program will gain experience in computer use with these technologies.

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition Copyright 2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Arora, S., & Naghedolfeizi, M., & Henry, J. (2001, June), Remote Laboratory Operation: Web Technology Successes Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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