Intelligent online interface to digital electronics laboratory with automatic circuit validation and support

Maiti, Ananda and Maxwell, Andrew and Kist, Alexander ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9105-7050 (2020) Intelligent online interface to digital electronics laboratory with automatic circuit validation and support. In: 16th International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation: Cyber-Physical Systems and Digital Twins (REV 2019), 3 Feb - 6 Feb 2019, Bangalore, India.


Abstract

Digital electronics laboratory activities involve setting several circuits using logic gates. The circuits are created according to a specific Boolean algebra model or computing components. Such activities include setting up basic gates such as AND OR, NOT etc. followed by complex circuits e.g. Adder, Flip-Flops, Registers. These activities involve substantial amount of wiring between specific ports or end-points of components. Students often consume significant amount of time trying to make a circuit rather than analyze the circuit and its operation. This work proposes an intelligent online interface supported by a new dedicated hardware architecture to map the circuits while they are being designed by the students. The hardware is based on low-cost microcontrollers and port expanders. Such a system is capable of matching the current circuit with a target circuit in a web-based environment as well as find the possible faults in the current circuit. The time taken for the overhead procedure of mapping circuits is shown to be within acceptable limits for a real-time learning experience. Once the circuit is mapped it is re-produced on-screen in a web-page so that students can determine the actual status of their circuits in real-time.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2022 07:06
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2022 01:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: circuit design; cyber-physical systems; digital electronics; e-learning; micro-controllers
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4010 Engineering practice and education > 401002 Engineering education
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4606 Distributed computing and systems software > 460603 Cyberphysical systems and internet of things
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 22 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 2204 Information systems, technologies and services > 220404 Computer systems
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280110 Expanding knowledge in engineering
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-23162-0_1
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/47149

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