At-home system and controls laboratories

William K Durfee, Perry Y Li, David Waletzko

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We are piloting the concept of distributed laboratories in the form of kits that students take home and work on much like a problem set. The kits have an embedded microcontroller and communicate to the student's home PC over a serial port. The home PC provides the needed computational horsepower for experiment control, data collection, data analysis and reporting. The microcontroller handles real-time control tasks. Two kits have been developed, a fourth-order, linear mass-spring-damper system for frequency response and system identification, and an analog filtering system that uses music and synthetic sound as an input. Based on the experiences with and evaluation of the first generation modules, an improved second generation module that adds PID control is under development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)907-916
Number of pages10
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: The Changing Landscape of Engineering and Technology Education in a Global World - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Jun 12 2005Jun 15 2005


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