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Work-in-Progress: SiLaRR: Installing, Deploying on Internet, and Using a Robotics Laboratory Remote or in the Classroom with a Few Clicks

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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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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26.1771.1 - 26.1771.9



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German Carro Fernandez P.E. Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED)

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Dr. German Carro Fernandez has been a professor and member of the research staff in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronics, and Control (DIEEC) at the Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED), Madrid, Spain. He earned a M.Sc. and a doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Industrial Control and a bachelor's degree in Computer Systems Engineering Technology, all from UNED, and degrees in Economics and Financial and Tax Administration from the University of A Coruna (UDC) and Spanish Public Taxes School (EHP), A Coruna. His research interests encompass remote laboratories and its development and implementation, robotics and computer security, and the integration of these disciplines into the society from different fields: education, domestic, commercial, medical and social.

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Manuel Castro Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED)

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Manuel Castro is an Electrical and Computer Engineering educator at the Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED). He has an industrial engineering degree from the ETSII (Industrial Engineering School) of the Madrid Polytechnic University (UPM) and a doctoral engineering degree from the same university. He received an Extraordinary Doctoral Award from UPM; the Viesgo 1988 Award for improving scientific research in industrial process electricity applications; the 1997 and 1999 UNED Social Council Award for the best didactic materials in experimental sciences, and the 2001 Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Technology from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.

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Elio Sancristobal Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED)

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Elio San Cristobal Ruiz is an assistant professor in the Electrical, Electronic and Control department of the Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED), where he also works in the Computer Science Service Center. He received a doctoral engineering degree from the ETSII (Industrial Engineering School) of UNED in 2010. He also has a Technical Engineering degree in computer networks and a Computer Science Engineering degree from the Salamanca Pontifical University (UPS), Madrid.

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Francisco Mur Perez Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED)

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Francisco Perez Mur is an associate professor in the School of Industrial Engineering at the Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED). He received a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from UNED in 1997.

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SiLaRR: Installing, deploying on Internet, and using a Robotics Laboratory Remote or in classroom with a few clicksAbstractIn a technological society, as the current, training should use all the tools at its disposal to extendeducation beyond the physical classroom or the borders of a laboratory, [1]. With that goal threeyears ago began a research project whose main idea established researching and finding a systemthat would use a robotics laboratory, both remotely and in classroom, in an easy way.The result of this work was called SiLaRR (System Integration for Remote RoboticsLaboratories, for its acronym in Spanish). When the integration of robotic equipment in remotelaboratories is addressed, it is necessary to consider different factors from several engineeringfields, [2]: communications, software development, web development, hardware control,integration of electronic equipment, send and get services to data collection services, databases,queue management access, and many others.Since the philosophy of this project was to simplify the installation and start-up of remote roboticlaboratories, this work has focused on finding those existing alternatives within the free softwareand hardware, and to integrate them into the system whenever it has been possible, or, to developspecific tools, always using the philosophy of free software and hardware. The aforementionedsimple installation of robotics laboratories comes from the effort to disseminate knowledge notonly from an academic level, but through schools, businesses or even from individualsthemselves whose have robotics as hobby.Not everyone involved in education have knowledge of electronics, web development,communications, but several of them have knowledge about robotics and many want to helpothers to acquire such skills in real time using their robotics equipment through the provision ofthem as laboratories. But at the same time the robotic equipment must maintain its capacity andfunctionality for use in a classroom laboratory if necessary. For this, with SiLaRR, the intrusioninto systems of the robotic equipment has been reduced to the minimum. With that idea in mindit has been developed this system. Always that has been possible, the interactions with therobotic equipment has been made using low cost hardware or, directly, via software. Efficiency,reuse, flexibility and scalability have been the main features of this process.The results have demonstrated that the usefulness of this system does not have to be alonesubject to the field of robotics and can be used for laboratories that have nothing to do withrobotics, too. Generalization has been shown as another facet of this system. This research hashelped to expand the knowledge on robotics using real time remote laboratories from anywherein the world with a simple Internet connection and a connected device from a smartphone to apersonal computer, [3]. Figure 1. The architecture of SiLaRR system covers all the steps needed to deploy a laboratory easily and quickly.References:[1] J. A. Lara, D. Lizcano, M. A. Martínez, J. Pazos, y T. Riera, “A system for knowledgediscovery in e-learning environments within the European Higher Education Area – Applicationto student data from Open University of Madrid, UDIMA”, Computers & Education, vol. 72,March 2014, pp. 23-36, ISSN 0360-1315,[2] A. Balestrino, A. Caiti, y E. Crisostomi, "From Remote Experiments to Web-Based LearningObjects: An Advanced Telelaboratory for Robotics and Control Systems," Industrial Electronics,IEEE Transactions on , vol.56, num.12, pp.4817-4825, December 2009 doi:10.1109/TIE.2008.2006941[3] C. A. Jara, F. A. Candelas, S. T. Puente y F. Torres F, "Hands-on experiences ofundergraduate students in Automatics and Robotics using a virtual and remote laboratory",Computers & Education, vol. 57, no. 4, pp. 2451-2461, December 2011doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2011.07.003

Carro Fernandez, G., & Castro, M., & Sancristobal, E., & Mur Perez, F. (2015, June), Work-in-Progress: SiLaRR: Installing, Deploying on Internet, and Using a Robotics Laboratory Remote or in the Classroom with a Few Clicks Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.25107

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