A WEB-BASED, DISTRIBUTED, REAL EDUCATIONAL LABORATORY FOR ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING COURSES

K. Efstathiou∗ and D. Karadimas∗

Keywords

Client–server architecture, remote laboratory, distributed instru mentation and resources

Abstract

This paper presents an Internet-based laboratory, named as Remote Monitored and Controlled Laboratory (RMCLab), aiming to provide high-quality lab training in electrical engineering subjects to students all over the world. The key feature of this remote laboratory is the utilization of real experiments, by employing real instrumentation and real circuits, rather than simulation or virtual reality environment. RMCLab’s hardware infrastructure contains multiple reconfigurable sub-systems (FPGAs), which can be enhanced by many analog expansion modules. The main characteristics of this system include the versatility of the hardware resources, due to the dynamic reconfiguration potentiality, as well as the low cost of the hardware components. Moreover, this system enables its users to test, in real time, their own custom circuit designs. This paper provides information regarding the architecture of RMCLab and concludes with a specific example regarding the implementation of an elementary circuit in digital electronics and a short statistical review of the RMCLab educational usage.

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