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Work-In-Progress: Remote Laboratory with a Microcontroller System as the Server

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Computers in Education Engineering Division Poster Session

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Computers in Education

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26.1770.1 - 26.1770.13



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Abul K. M. Azad Northern Illinois University

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Abul K. M. Azad is a Professor in the Technology Department of Northern Illinois University. He has a Ph.D. in Control and Systems Engineering and M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Electronics Engineering. His research interests include remote laboratories, mechatronic systems, mobile robotics, and educational research. In these areas, Dr. Azad has over 100 refereed journal and conference papers, edited books, and book chapters. So far, he has attracted around $1.7 million in research and development grants from various national and international funding agencies. He serves on editorial boards of a number of professional journals and is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Online Engineering. He is active with various professional organizations (IEEE, IET, ASEE, and ISA) as well as a member of board of Trustees of CLAWAR Association.

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Syed Abdul Hadi Razvi Northern Illinois University

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ASEE Annual Conference 2015 Seattle, US Cost Effective Design of an Internet Accessible Remote Laboratory using Raspberry PiWith the advent of Internet of Things (IoT) it is not far when object, animals, and people will beprovided with a unique identifier, where they can be communicated from anywhere-anytime onlyvia a network connection. This philosophy is already been used in education area whereexperiments involving physical system can be performed over the Internet. With this scenario,performing experiments remotely over the Internet involving a real hardware is now a reality.However, one of the difficulties with the development of remote laboratories is the use aNetworked PC that needs to be connected with an experiment. This increases theimplementation cost of the remote laboratory facility, when only a limited part of processingpower of a PC is needed for this development. This makes the sustainability issue of remotelaboratories more pressing.To address this issue the paper will report the design and development of a remote laboratorysystem where a commercially available Raspberry Pi system will replace a PC. This will reducethe implementation cost as well as the physical size of the system. Raspberry Pi system comeswith a web server feature, analog to digital converters, and Wi-Fi Technology.The paper will report the design and implementation of a cost effective remote laboratory systemthat is capable of controlling a number of appliances within a model house. This will involve thedevelopment of instrumentation of a model house for monitoring and control of door lock,incoming mail (Physical) notifier, temperature monitor, garage door opener, security system, andenergy monitor. All these can be controlled through a web accessible dashboard either via acomputer or a mobile application. In terms of development will use a Raspberry pi with opensource software’s such as Linux, Python, My-SQL and Apache. At the end a comparisonbetween various types of remote laboratory developments will also be provided.

Azad, A. K. M., & Abdul Hadi Razvi, S. (2015, June), Work-In-Progress: Remote Laboratory with a Microcontroller System as the Server Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.25106

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