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Includes web-based educational material and practical tools using both virtual labs and tele-labs
Provides collectively best practices in web-based teaching, experienced by the groups and institutes of the contributors
The development of the Internet and World Wide Web technology has motivated the introduction of new ways for distance learning and education. This book provides a timely and cohesive set of contributions that present methodologies, technologies and practical tools for teaching control and robotic systems analysis and design over the Web. It is the first book of its kind in control and robotics education.
The emphasis is placed on the two major means for web-based control and robotics education, viz. virtual labs and telelabs. In a virtual lab the remote student can use a simulation/animation of the system under control for the experiments, whereas in a telelab the student can remotely conduct real physical experiments via the Web.
The book includes sufficient background and review material and investigates valuable new tools and best practices validated by several case-studies in many academic environments under a variety of educational conditions and requirements.
The book aims to enhance technological and educational skills with the ultimate goal to encourage web-based control and robotics learning.
Preface; Contributors ; Outline of the Book; Terminology; Chapter 1: Teaching Control and Robotics Using the Web, by Spyros G. Tzafestas; Introduction; Review of the Web-Based Control and Robotics Educational Platforms ; Web Telerobotics and Internet Delay; General Characteristics of Web-based Virtual Laboratories; General Characteristics of Web-Based Remote Laboratories; Some Examples; Concluding Remarks; Appendix : Software Environments for Developing Web-based Educational Platforms; References; Chapter 2: Control System Design and Analysis Education via the Web, by Harry H. Cheng, Bo Chen and David Ko; Introduction; Ch Control Systems Toolkit; Web Based Control Design and Analysis; Customized Design and Implementation of Web-Based Control Systems Conclusion; References; 65Chapter 3: Web Based Control Teaching, by Suzana Uran and Riko Šafaric; Introduction; Motivation for Web Based Control Teaching; Virtual Control Design Laboratory ; A DSP-based Remote Control Laboratory; Conclusion; References; Chapter 4: Web-based Control Education in Matlab, by Katarína Žáková; Introduction; Standard Solutions ; Alternative Solutions; Client Applications; Conclusions; References; Chapter 5: Object-Oriented Modelling of Virtual-Laboratories for Control Educationby Carla Martin-Villalba, Alfonso Urquia and Sebastian Dormido; Introduction; Implementation of Virtual-labs with Batch Interactivity; Implementation of Virtual-labs with Runtime Interactivity; Case study I: Control of a Double-pipe Heat Exchanger; Case study II: Control of an Industrial Boiler ; Case study III: Solar House; Conclusions; References ; Chapter 6: A Matlab-Based Remote Lab for Control and Robotics Education, by Marco Casini, Domenico Prattichizzo and Antonio Vicino; Introduction; Automatic Control Telelab; ACT Experiments Description ; The ACT Architecture; The Robotics and Automatic Control Telelab; Conclusions; References; Chapter 7: Implementation of a Remote Laboratory Accessible through theWeb, by Giuseppe Carnevali and Giorgio Buttazzo; Introduction; Examples of Existing Virtual Labs; Interface ; Software Architecture; Hardware Architecture; Experiments; Conclusions; References ; Chapter 8: Teaching of Robot Control with Remote Experiments, by Andreja Rojko and Darko Hercog; Introduction; Educational Strategy; The DSP-based Remote Control Laboratory; Control of a Mechanism with Spring ; Control of the SCARA Robot; Students’ Feedback; Conclusions ; References; Chapter 9: Web-Based Laboratory on Robotics: Remote vs. Virtual Training in Programming Manipulators, by Costas S. Tzafestas; Introduction; Remote Labs: Literature Survey ; Research Motivation and Objectives; Design of a Virtual and Remote Robot Laboratory Platform; Pilot Study: Research Methodology and Conclusion – Future Research Directions; References; Chapter 10: Design and Educational Issues within the UJI Robotics Telelaboratory: A User Interface Approach, by R. Wirz, R. Marín and P. J. Sanz; Introduction; System Description: The Architecture; System Description: The User Interface; A New Network Protocol: SNRP; Teaching Experiences with the Tele-laboratory Conclusions and Work in Progress; References; Chapter 11: Web-Based Industrial Robot Teleoperation: An Application, by Gianni Ferretti, Gianantonio Magnani and Paolo Rocco; Introduction; System Architecture; Teleprogramming and Supervisory Control Functions; Software Architecture; Teleoperation User Interface; Conclusions; References ; Chapter 12: Teleworkbench: A Teleoperated Platform for Experiments in Multi-Robotics, by Andry Tanoto, Ulrich Rückert and Ulf Witkowski; Introduction; The Teleworkbench System; Robot Platform; Application Scenarios in Research and Education; Challenges for a Teleoperated Robotic Laboratory in Research and Education; Summary and Future Work; References; Chapter 13: Web-Based Control of Mobile Manipulation Platforms via Sensor Fusion, by Ayssam Elkady and Tarek Sobh; Introduction; Prior Work; Design