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Summary of the project

The project has developed an online laboratory environment with the aim of enhancing the learning experience of students in the field of Systems and Control, as well as other engineering disciplines. The remote lab environment permits students to gain access to a plethora of physical systems via a web-based interface, thereby addressing issues pertaining to the unavailability of laboratory space, the lack of setup availability, and scheduling conflicts. The remote lab incorporates an interactive pedagogical system that provides students with guidance throughout experiments, evaluates their responses to preliminary questions, and offers advice. The system provides a realistic, hands-on experience with non-ideal characteristics, stimulating students and accelerating their understanding of theoretical concepts. The project has been designed to be flexible and scalable, enabling use across multiple TU/e departments. It is aligned with the TU/e STRATEGY 2030 by promoting personal learning paths through digitisation, making learning independent of time and place, and facilitating the design of an online learning environment.

Aim of the project

The aim of the project has been to develop a robust, generic, and user-friendly software for the management of remote laboratories and experiments. The software layers facilitate the management of student access, experiment requests and data collection, while interfacing with real-time control platforms and physical set-ups. Furthermore, the project entailes the creation of a framework API for the development of interactive learning environments and the formulation of novel pedagogical approaches for remote laboratories. The project's objective has established an interface between various experimental setups, including flexible axle drives, magnetic ball levitation systems, three-tank systems, distillation columns, and inverted pendulums, and the remote lab environment. Students are provided with uninterrupted access to these experimental setups, thereby enhancing their learning efficiency and satisfaction. The project encompasses multiple phases, including development, testing, evaluation, and dissemination of results, with plans to expand usage to other departments and institutions.

Results and learnings

For more information, please contact:

Associate Professor
Leyla Ozkan
Control Systems
+31 40 247 3284
Associate Professor
Mircea Lazar
Control Systems
+31 40 247 3795
Full Professor
Paul van den Hof
Control Systems
+31 40 247 3839
Associate Professor
René van de Molengraft
Control Systems Technology
University Researcher
Jobert Ludlage
Control Systems
Project Manager
Will Hendrix
Control Systems
+31 40 247 3309