At-home systems and controls laboratory

William Durfee, Perry Li, David Waletzko

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

4 Scopus citations


At-home laboratories are inexpensive hardware 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 first-generation kits were 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 for understanding the properties of analog filters. Twenty five kits were constructed and used by students. Based on this pilot, improved, second generation kits have been designed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division 2005
Number of pages10
Edition1 PART A
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2005 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Nov 5 2005Nov 11 2005

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Dynamic Systems and Control Division (Publication) DSC
Number1 PART A
Volume74 DSC


Other2005 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


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