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B04: Remote and Online laboratories
Thursday, 04/Nov/2021:
4:30pm - 6:00pm

Session Chair: Dan Centea, McMaster University
Virtual location: Zoom Room B

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Teaching MATLAB Programming by utilizing Image Processing and Graphical User Interface Basics

Muna Darweesh

University of Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Learning a new programming language becomes a very important requirement for individuals who would like to be part of the Engineering and Technology fields especially with the rapid changes that we encounter nowadays. For the last three decades, MATLAB has been known for its reliability in research and engineering education. It is a very dynamic language with rich libraries. It is considered a user-friendly and well-structured program. However, for new learners, precisely high school students, it might be difficult to engage them through the session, given the fact that it has been conducted virtually and the nature of the course which is different from the traditional high school courses. Thus, this paper will summarize the experience of a three-week program that was designed for high school students to teach MATLAB by applying image processing basics.

Introduction of Online Labs to Enhance the Quality of the Real-time Systems Course

Marjan Alavi, Seshasai Srinivasan

McMaster University, Canada

Real-time Systems is a 3-unit course offered to the IV-level students enrolled in the Software Engineering Technology program at McMaster University’s W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology. It is a multidisciplinary course involving software, embedded systems, and control theory. The students enrolled in this course already have an advanced technology diploma in Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Systems Technology, Software or Networking, or Computer programmer/Analyst. A mix of recent college graduates and mature students with adequate industry experience participate in this course.

This paper presents the implementation of the fully online Real-time systems course in the Software Engineering Technology program. The highlight of this course is the improvement by including MATLAB Simulink labs to give the students hands-on training and enhance their online learning experience. This is a very pertinent strategy because students enrolling in these programs have a natural aptitude for experiential learning, and insist on seeing the applicability of concepts to real problems. In this work, we present the evolution of this course from no-labs to several online labs and the effect on student learning.

Case Study of a Virtual Lab Environment Using Virtualization Technologies and a Desktop As A Service Model

Michael Dietz, Azarias Abebe, Jan Lederer, Tobias Michl, Ronald Schmidt-Vollus

Nuremberg Campus of Technology

In laboratory practicals, students explore scientific and technical phenomena. The COVID-19 pandemic has required that students´ access to their labs is restricted for health reasons. The basic idea of a virtual model of a real laboratory test bench is not new, but the use of industry-level software to create a so-called digital twin—and, beyond that, the possibility of using this software environment inside a virtual PC—is a simple and reusable solution. The research question is the following: What requirements should a virtualization concept for virtual labs using a digital twin fulfill in the context of educational institutions and how can these be implemented? To answer this question, this work describes in detail the various evolutionary steps of a technical concept for an adoption of virtual desktop infrastructure. The virtual lab concept owns

inherent conceptual properties such as scalability and platform independence, as well as 24/7 remote access.

Development and Use of IoT Boards for Online Labs

Dan Centea1, Reiner Schmidt2, Anoop Gadhrri1, Ishwar Singh1

1McMaster University, Canada; 2Roboteurs, Inc., Canada

The paper presents the work completed at, or connected to a Learning Factory (LF) that provides modern design, prototyping, and manufacturing processes that incorporate Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 technologies. Running laboratory experiments with products that include mechanical and electronic components becomes impossible in a fully-online environment.

The paper presents an approach that could allow students to learn communication technologies in an online lab environment using a small electronic device designed outside the LF and built, assembled, and tested in the LF. The goal is asses if this approach provides a good experiential learning activity to students. The design part of the learning could be done remotely by students, the building could be done in the LF by people with access to the facility, while the testing could be done online by students.

The IoT board is a key element in an online learning environment able to allow students to learn and test online IoT concepts such as sensors, interfacing, and communication technologies, and run applications in several platforms. The paper describes these platforms and their use in two foundational courses focused on smart systems and in advanced-level courses related to autonomous robotics/vehicles applications.

Virtual Laboratory As A Tool To Increase Student Motivation In The Context Of Engineering Education Digitalization

Irina Victorovna Makarova1, Aleksey Boyko1, Gleb Parsin1, Polina Buyvol1, Maria Drakaki2

1Kazan Federal University, Russian Federation; 2International Hellenic University, Department of Science and Technology, University Center of International Programmes of Studies

Currently, global changes have affected all spheres of human activity. The consciousness and attitudes of people are changing with the emergence of such concepts as Industry 4.0, Smart City, smart transport and logistics, digitalization of industry and others. Global challenges such as COVID-19 are emerging, and they are also adjusting the way we live. In this regard, the restructuring of modern engineering education system is also required. The changes should not only contribute to the creation of a systemic strategy, but also influence the use of new learning tools. The approaches and principles to educational content formation must also change. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to develop a virtual laboratory as a tool to ensure the required level of motivation, considering the specifics of the training system for vehicle service engineers.The proposed approach to the use of digital educational content made it possible to improve the quality of training in the automotive direction, brought not only benefits to students in the framework of distance learning, but also provided new learning scenarios for both teachers and students: it allowed a flexible approach to the experimental topic, diversified the composition experiments and bring the problems of industrial areas closer to the academic space.

Renewable Energy by Remote and Online laboratories

Hen Friman1, Netser Matsliah1, Yafa Sitbon2, Ifaa Banner3, Yulia Einav4,1, Nava Shaked5

1Faculty of Engineering. H.I.T - Holon Institute of Technology, Holon, Israel; 2Dean of Students Office. H.I.T - Holon Institute of Technology, Holon, Israel; 3Director of "Israeli Hope". H.I.T - Holon Institute of Technology, Holon, Israel; 4Dean of Students, H.I.T - Holon Institute of Technology, Holon, Israel; 5Head of the Multidisciplinary Studies Department, H.I.T - Holon Institute of Technology, Holon, Israel

Renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies are the key for creating a clean energy future for not only the nation, but the world. World Energy Consumption relies heavily on coal, oil, and natural gas. Fossil fuels are non-renewable, that is, they rely on finite resources that will eventually dwindle, becoming too expensive or too environmentally damaging to retrieve. In contrast, renewable energy resources, such as wind and solar energy, are constantly replenished and will never run out.

Under the guidance and supervision of Dr. Hen Friman and Ifaa Banner, HIT has set up an innovative course "Green Ambassadors", this course integrates work run by the Dean of the Students, the Social Involvement Unit and the "Israeli Hope" in the academia. This course combines learning in the classroom and social activity - passing on the material the students have learned to elementary school pupils in an enjoyable way to boost awareness and accessibility to information regarding environmentalism. The ultimate goal was that the young pupils would become “green ambassadors”—children with environmental awareness

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