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Virtual and Remote Functionality Development for Undergraduate Laboratory

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

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22.1663.1 - 22.1663.8



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Yongpeng Zhang Prairie View A&M University

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Yongpeng Zhang received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Houston in 2003. After one year post-doctoral research, he was appointed as a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Engineering Technology Dept. at Prairie View A&M University in 2004 Fall, where he received promotion as a tenured Associate Professor from 2010 Fall. His research interests include cyber-physical system, control theory, power electronics, motor drive, mechatronics, and real-time embedded system design. His research has been sponsored by U.S. Army Research Office, NSF, and industry with accumulated amount of 1 million.

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Lin Li Prairie View A&M University

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Dr. Lin Li is an assistant 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-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. His research interests include Computer Educational Technology, Computer Networks, Web Applications and Information Management.

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Xuemin Chen Texas Southern University

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Xuemin Chen received his academic degrees (B.S., M.S. and Ph.D.) from the Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China, in 1985, 1988 and 1991 respectively. His field of specialization was in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with emphasis on Stochastic Control Theory. He joined the Department of Engineering Technology at Texas Southern University (TSU) as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2006. He initiated the Virtual and Remote Laboratory (VR-Lab) at TSU in 2008. With the support of NSF HBCU-UP, CCLI and IEECI programs, a state of the art virtual and remote laboratory has been established. Now, the VR-Lab website is being served as portal for students to conduct various virtual and remote experiments.

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Virtual and Remote Functionality Development for Undergraduate Laboratory A particular challenge for online education in engineering is how to extend the traditionalhands-on laboratories over internet. Especially for Engineering Technology department, itslecture course is always accompanied by a corresponding laboratory session, in which hands-onexperiments allows students to experience the backbone of science and engineering, observingdynamic phenomena, testing hypotheses, learning from mistakes, and reaching conclusions. Online laboratories can be generally categorized in two approaches: the virtual laboratoryallows students to log on a simulated environment residing on the server; the remote laboratoryallows students to remotely control the real components or instruments from any places withinternet access. These two approaches can be generalized as VR-Lab (Virtual and RemoteLaboratory). By sharing VR-Labs with other institutions, it can drastically reduce the cost ofexperimental facilities, and increase the availability of diversified setups. Also, VR-lab can bevisited by students 7/24 via internet, avoiding complex logistics like staff, scheduling, as well ascommute. In response to the technology trend to move forward to online education, two facultymembers in neighboring institutions are collaborating on the development of virtual and remotefunctionalities for Engineering Technology laboratories, and this poster introduces the currentprogress and following implementation strategies on the collaborative projects.

Zhang, Y., & Li, L., & Chen, X. (2011, June), Virtual and Remote Functionality Development for Undergraduate Laboratory Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18971

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