Using network enabled microcontrollers in experiments for a distributed remote laboratory

Maiti, Ananda and Kist, Alexander A. and Maxwell, Andrew D. (2014) Using network enabled microcontrollers in experiments for a distributed remote laboratory. In: 11th International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation (REV 2014), 26-28 Feb 2014, Porto, Portugal.


Remote access laboratories are being used by universities to provide access to experiments through web based online environments. Usually, such experiments setups are an extension of the real hardware used in on-site laboratories. For a maker oriented RAL, users are encouraged to build their own experiment setups based on their understanding of the concepts and share them with their peers. Such a RAL system is targeted towards school level experiments. This poses a new problem of compiling equipment from an improvised set of tools, typically available at home or in schools. This is very different from the sophisticated laboratory equipment used in universities. In this paper, characteristics of such a RAL system are discussed and commercially available microcontroller boards to implement them are compared. Methods to operate these rigs based on a messaging protocol and an analysis of their performance in communicating with the network are presented.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 IEEE. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 14 May 2015 23:52
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 03:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-learning; message-oriented middleware; microcontrollers; remote laboratories; web instrumentation
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080505 Web Technologies (excl. Web Search)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1109/REV.2014.6784250

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